If the Hoodie Fits

I’ve never understood why it is so important to get something in your size until now.

Generally, I like my shirts fitted and my jackets and pants baggy to create a hIMG_3889.JPGip-hop inspired look. By fitted, I mean one size down what I usually wear, so if I want, say, a Tupac Longsleeve,  I would get it in a small and not a medium. I just like the tight fit and how it wraps and molds around the body as opposed to having sleeves overfold from the extra bagginess and the bottom of the shirt drop as low as to my crotch. For my hoodies, I just really like the baggier, but not overbaggy, style, just so it is comfortable enough to wear and provide as much warmth as possible while still looking presentable. For example, because I fall between a Men’s small and a Men’s medium category, I would choose the medium size for my Kung Fu Kenny hoodie.  However, the real problem begins when I step out of my comfort zone.

 

About a week ago I had my eye on this one nice hoodie. It was not that much- I had a $20 discount and that changed my grand sum of around $50 to just $20. Specifically, it was a Lira Men’s IMG_3890.JPGRose Hoodie. However, there was only one problem: It only came in 2 sizes; XL and XXL. I had visited Tilly’s shops several times to look for a smaller size or a different type of hoodie that I liked, but nothing appealed to me and the smallest size I could still possibly fit was an XL. I asked around to see if my friends had any solutions. The most common one that came up was, “wash it in very hot water and dry the crap out of it.” I was very skeptical about the idea. However, when I tried it, it in fact did shrink! It was absolutely amazing for me to find out that things like these work. However, with everything comes a price.

 

 

I am very happy my hoodie actually came out looking decent, although just a tad IMG_3891.JPGbit too large. I, however, did not know that there was a large change that using direct heat like that could ruin the hoodie in a number of ways, including fading, breaking down the material, and having the designs peel off. luckily, this did not happen to me on a major extent, but I do recommend that before anyone tries this they consider the cost. If you believe is worth it, go for it.

 

Now, I try something a bit odd to shrink my clothes. First, if I am washing the object by itself, I would normally use one or two levels ofIMG_3894.JPG heat down from the maximum. Once finished, I would throw the object into the dryer. However, here is the tricky part: I would set up different times of direct heat and “cooling down” so the damage to my clothes would be minimal. For example, maybe 10 minutes of maximum heat, then 5 of the next lowest heat and 5 of the next and so on. At the end, I would blast it on full heat until the remaining time is finished (Probably just 10-15 mins). Overall, I am happy how my hoodie came out and intend on using this only as a reliable but last choice options.

 

 

No iPhone 7? No Problem

 

I never realized how harmful it is to have your phone water damaged.

 

Only recently, I noticed these blotches on my phone, each of different shades. I never had any problem with my phone in the past. Upon discovering the cause of 

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Photo: Kelth Rowley March 3, 2009©(CC BY-SA 2.0)

these spots was water damage, I also continued to learn how water damage can short circuit the motherboard of the phone and ultimately make that $500 phone worthless. Luckily, my phone was not severely damaged, except for the still-present dots on my phone. Although all my fears and concerns about my phone were put to rest, I still only had one question: How on Earth was my phone water damaged?

 

For days I continued to research the root of my problem to no avail until I came to a life-changing realization while repeating the same mistake that caused my phone’s water damage: Using my phone in the shower. Even though a phone owner does not stick their phone directly under the water (who would?), the heat and water vapor enter the pores of the phone, inevitably leading to the water damage I have now. With my newfound

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Photo: Jaysin Trevino January 13, 2009©(CC BY 2.0)

research, I tried not using my phone or even having my phone in the bathroom as I showered. However, it was too hard to do as I craved to use my phone in the shower. What other time is better to use your phone besides when you are warm, relaxed, and at peace? Somehow, I needed a way to tend to both my phone’s and my own fundamentals.

 

 

Then, I came across an idea that made me feel so simple minded for not thinking about it earlier. If something could simple cover the phone and not fall off, anyone could use their phone in the showers when they wanted to. However, there were a few standards this miracle item had to meet: Is it completely water repellent? Does it wrap around and stick to the phone? Is it thin enough to still use the phone’s touchscreen functions but still repel water? As I explored for items that met all these requirements, I finally found the Holy Grail of protecting phones in the showers simply in my kitchen cabinet.

 

A plastic food bag. That was all it took. Plastic is a wonderful all-around go-to item. It is thin but still repels water and is resistant enough to withstand the heat of the shIMG_2866.JPGower (I usually shower on the hottest setting). To make sure this worked, I decided to try it myself. I filled my sink with water and placed two cans of tuna inside a plastic food wrap bag while the water was still running. My average shower takes almost twenty minutes, so for good measure I left the tuna and plastic bag in there for thirty minutes. When I opened it, I was astounded. There was no liquid at all to be found in the plastic bag. In conclusion, plastic bags save the lives of those who use their phones in hot showers.