My favorite writer of all time is H.P. Lovecraft. He wrote wonderful horror stories, science-fiction stories, poems, and at least one story about zombie-like creatures coming out of graveyards to feed on the living.
I am also a sucker for Lovecraft-related merch. I have an Arkham, MA sticker on my car, and a Miskatonic University sweatshirt I sometimes wear. Anyhow, the other day I purchased a Miskatonic University lapel-pin over the internet. It arrived a little over a week ago, and I started wearing it on my lapel.
Since then, in the course of my travels in-and-around the city of Chicago, several people have stopped me and commented on it. Their comments can be summarized thusly:
1 Person – “Oh hey. Miskatonic University. Cool!”
7 People – “Go Michigan!”/”Go Wolverines!”
And actually, one of the people in the latter group (I met him at a conference in the Loop) was an employee of the University of Michigan.
Alas, the adventure continues…