For those of you who have never met me, I'm approximately 6'2” tall, and currently weigh about 168 pounds. For all of my (reasonably) adult life, I've been a “Large”. If I needed a T-shirt, or a coat, or a sweatshirt, I was always a Large.

My consistent largeness provided comfort as I navigated the often turbulent waters of life.

But recently, things have changed. America has - and I'm sure I'm not telling you anything new, unless you've been living in a cave for the past 10 years (presumably a cave with a nice 100 MBit network, a cable modem, and a kickin' gaming system), you've probably noticed that America has been getting fatter. Not the country, which at my last measurement, was just a bit under 1000 leagues wide, but the people.

For a while, this was no issue, but clothing manufacturers have started to adjust their sizes upwards, which means that Large isn't the Large that I have grown to love. But, of couse, all of them haven't done it, so now I sometimes end up with a large, and sometimes with a medium. Not that bad if you can try them on ahead of time, but for TechEd I got two Large shirts - you have to order large because if medium is too small, you're SOL - and I swim in them a bit. I guess I could wear 10 or 12 T shirts underneath to fill it out a bit, but that hardly seems practical.

Argh.