Hello and welcome to Monday.
After taking extra time to complete my tribute to Bob Russell for yesterday's entry (T-shirt #171), I am incredibly behind schedule with work and everything else, so today's entry will be short and sweet.
This is a shirt that may be destined to become pajamas.
Have you noticed that my pajama shirts are all white? Am I fixated? I suspect that this may be part of my OC tendencies. I am not OCD. I don't think my OC has a D. No disorder here. Just order. That's the whole point, isn't it?
Bob Russell would have liked this shirt. If not the shirt, then the sentiments. He wore many T-shirts featuring environmental causes as that was one of his main areas of focus as a community activist. For years, with Sally and others, he ran the Neahtawanta Education and Resource Center and published the newspaper Synapse that addressed environmental causes. This information was buried in my tribute yesterday but not in the forefront. Bob is one of the greatest influences in my life, inspiring me to care more for environmental issues and work to support the same kinds of outcomes he did.
When I thought of featuring this shirt, the Police song "One World" came into my head and ran around and around and around. So I am including it on today's blog entry. See the video below.
But first some last words about "gmr" and "afl" (see hat in the pictures).
"Gmr" is my title for my function in the universe. It is short for "Galactic Monkey Wrench." This title was awarded to me by a close friend in college who defined my function in the universe. I toss in the "monkey wrench," and I have to power to affect the workings of the entire galaxy with my galactic-influencing monkey wrench powers.
When I shared this title with another friend who has his own title (the LOC or Lord of Chaos), he blurted out "GMR" for "Galactic Monkey Wrench" without thinking of the actual spelling and acronyms of the title. It stuck. Besides, GMR sounds much better than GMW. So, I am the Galactic Monkey WUH-rench. I adopted GMR as my alternate acronym and named my freelance writing business (and associated emails and web sites) "gmrstudios."
AFL stands for Anguish, Fear, Lamenting, which comes from the 10,000 Maniacs song "Grey Victory" about the Enola Gay and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. AFL has become a catch-all phrase with my friend, the LOC, for our frequent and continual reaction to things in the world, the universe, to the actions of other people, to our own fears, regrets, anxieties, and frustrations.
My friend the LOC gave me this hat to match one he has with LOC AFL embroidered on it.
Bob Russell would have found this explanation and meaning amusing, also, and certainly he would have had something sarcastic to say about it.
I can still hear you, Bob. I can still hear you.
For now, hear this.
"One world is enough for all of us."