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Andy Sullivan: Against The Grain

There are some things that, even if you don’t want to, you just have to throw away. When you have to let go of something you’ve had since the George H.W. Bush administration, it’s not particularly easy.  What’s crazy is that it was a pair of shorts I was still wearing! Yes, I could still wear them.  I’m not typically the guy who holds onto things that are past their prime, but these served me well for years, the past few wearing as I mowed the yard.

A long, long time ago, (you just sang that in the tune of Don McClean’s “American Pie”, didn’t you)? I bought a pair of jean shorts.  As the years went on, the shorts became more faded. The shorts got a little tighter as I grew.  You know how it goes with old clothes.  I added them to my “everyday pile”.  They were my favorite pair of junk shorts.

This past July 4, I had to throw the shorts in the garbage.  You know it’s time to get rid of something when you rip a rather large hole in the pocket to the point where the pocket is actually hanging off of said shorts.  I put my hand in the back pocket and heard a great rip!

I took to Facebook to ask if there was something they kept long after they should’ve.  College clothes from someone long since college, a friend of mine with whom I graduated high school who still can wear our “Seniors Rule shirt, to one friend who admitted to having old cell phone chargers.  I’m also guilty of that one as well.  In fact, I still have my old cell phone, charger included.  

This doesn’t mean I need to go on Hoarders, though! I take it one step at a time: first the shorts, next the old cell phone.

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Hello.  My name is Andy Sullivan.  I received my bachelor’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University in June 2009.  I began writing for beechtree in July 2009.  I enjoy writing, photography, watching basketball and football, and playing guitar.  I also write a blog that encompasses sports and entertainment, called Sports and More, at If you have any comments, please leave them in the space below.  Thanks for reading!


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