Love my new rainbow heart Cuddlist t-shirt!

This t-shirt means a lot to me. I wear the Cuddlist name proudly since I completed their professional cuddler training and they certified me as a professional cuddler. I wear the color purple proudly, a color that blends the richness of red with the coolness of blue and produces the perfect complement to the color of gold, signifying “the royal treatment” that cuddling is. The heart of the graphic symbolizes the platonic love shared between two humans holding each other in body and soul, the love that a cuddler can show you — not give you, but show you — because you already have that love in your heart, and a cuddler can nurture that love and encourage it to grow. The rainbow colors of the heart symbolize the honesty it takes to discover who you are and how you love, and the pride it takes to declare it, celebrate it, and even fight for it. And the gray towel behind me, well… I needed some kind of plain background for this bathroom selfie, now didn’t I?

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Colorful and interesting interpreter outfit

Me (white man with salt-and-pepper hair) wearing burgundy button-down shirt with black-and-brown plaid pants
My new burgundy shirt with plaid pants

Gotta keep it interesting! As a signed-spoken language interpreter, I need to wear solid-colored tops that contrast with my skin tone so my deaf clients can read my signs without distraction. Rather than wearing black and gray all the time, as many interpreters do, I prefer to wear dark shades of blue, red, purple, brown, and green. I’ve wanted to get some plaid pants for a long time, since the pants are outside of my signing space, but all I saw were loud golf pants and extremely expensive subdued plaids. I finally found these subdued black-and-brown plaid pants for $55 at Tilly’s. They are very comfy. I love them!

For those interested, the pants are Brixton reserve gray men’s chinos (as of this writing they are on sale for $34.98), and the shirt is a Nordstrom “boat twill” ($59). The pants do not require ironing, and the shirt, well, I can’t recommend Nordstrom SmartCare shirts strongly enough. They hold their color and press wash after wash. They always look ironed but never need ironing! I love them.

Fashion is part of how I make myself happy to get out the house and feel handsome— or at least presentable 😉. Dressing nicely is a way I show people that I respect them enough to give them something pleasing to look at. I aim to be mindful of how I need to look while honoring how I want to look. There is no one outfit that is appropriate for every job, and there are jobs for which I dress more conservatively than I have done in this picture. I just wanted to show this as an alternative to the black and gray that so many interpreters feel obliged to wear all the time. (Plus, it was one of those “Damn, I look good!” moments that spark so many selfies.)

P.S. I did not interpret with the earphones on.