Good morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Many teams across the uni-verse will be wearing green today, and perhaps you’ll be wearing some emerald attire yourself. Maybe you’ll even get yourself a shamrock shake at McDonald’s or a green beer at your local bar, or read Green Eggs and Ham, or find some other way to engage with the world’s greatest color.
Here at Uni Watch HQ, however, we don’t need a holiday to go green-themed, because green has been my Very Favorite Color for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I do know that I got my first bicycle as a present for my fifth birthday, and I had made it very clear to my parents that the bike had to be green (they happily complied), so I know I was already on Team Green by then.
Fifty-odd years later, my love of green has not diminished one iota. It’s hard to explain why I love green so much — it just pushes my buttons and makes me happy, the same way a certain smell or a certain flavor can make someone happy. Around the same time I got that first bike, my mom would sometimes sit me down in front of an easel and encourage me to paint, and I remember very clearly the day she taught me how mixing yellow and blue would produce green. It was like magic — instant green, spontaneous green! I sat there for what seemed like hours (although it was probably just a few minutes) varying the blue/yellow ratios to create different shades of green.
Nowadays, I don’t have to rely on birthday gifts or paint-mixing to surround myself with my favorite color — I can simply decorate my home with it. For example:
- I have a green sofa and several green-inclusive pillows:
- That sofa lives in the living room, which has a green rug:
- There’s also a green rug in the dining room:
- And there’s yet another green rug in the bedroom:
- Speaking of the bedroom, I have a wide assortment of green sheets and pillowcases. Here are the ones currently in use:
- Moving on to the bathroom, I have green bath towels (and mint-green walls, although I can’t take credit for that, as they were already painted that way when I moved in):
- And, of course, green hand towels:
- My love of green extends beyond home décor. For example, I have a lot of green plaid short-sleeved shirts (these photos originally ran on Uni Watch in 2020, as a pandemic project):
- And I also have a lot of green long-sleeved shirts (and I’ve acquired a few more since these photos were taken in 2020):
- I also have a few non-plaid green shirts:
- Then there are the green sweaters:
- Moving on to outerwear, I have some green plaid jackets:
- I also have a really nice green varsity jacket.
And so on. I also have green T-shirts, jerseys, hats, scarves, shorts, blazers, blankets, pot holders, dish towels, tchotchkes, and more, but I won’t bother with photos of all of those. You get the idea.
Expanding our scope to look outside the home:
- I have a green phone case:
- The header images for my Twitter and Facebook accounts are just plain green bars.
- This website that you’re reading right now is very green-themed.
- From 2010-ish through 2017, I had a green car, which was really satisfying. Unfortunately, when it came time to replace that car, I wasn’t able to get another green one. But maybe one day. (Speaking of transportation: Oddly enough, the only green bike I’ve ever had was that first one that I got when I turned five years old. My current one, which I’ve had since 2010, is sort of nickel/brass-colored.)
I should point out here that I also own a lot of non-green clothing and home accessories. I don’t even think a visitor to Uni Watch HQ would necessarily think that the place is overwhelmingly green — I’d say the primary aesthetic is earth-toned, not viridescent. But maybe that’s just because I’m used to it.
As for green uniforms, I did a ranking of the all-time best green uni designs last year. That piece was originally paywalled, but I’ve now made it available to all — enjoy.
Thanks for letting me express my love of my favorite color, and have a great St. Paddy’s Day!