Sunday, September 12, 2010

i lost my t-shirt

i lost my John Lennon t-shirt in college...got it in New York on the art tour...promoting world peace or something like that...& had paintings by him or Yoko or some guy names John...so they could sell more t-shirts...it had a green stain...(bet you thought i would say whirled pees)...like something they would feed us in college...in cafeterias or classrooms...before starbucks and other brand names were served...& mystery meat was still alive...i found this out when i went back to speak...to students about finding a job...before i lost mine and spent the last 18 months working part time...when i thought i knew something...but i still did not find my shirt...after all these years...i'd just buy another but figure...the money would fund the right politicians...to make sure they kept their promise to build bigger guns...because facing down the barrel you find peace...their PR guys really need a slogan like 'pieces for peace'...and bumper stickers...we could slap on poles & cars...so we could see it until we believe it...& t-shirts...& if they did not sell we could give them to goodwill...or use them as body bags...it's not that i am cynical...really...i just lost a t-shirt...that really did not make me feel any better...about people dying...while i do nothing...except wear it...because who doesn't want world peace...and as hip as drinking grande lattes...does that make me an accessory?

88 comments:

Betsy said...

I thought I was the only one that ...you know...used these recurring dots when I typed. ;)

CM said...

Sometimes a T-shirt isn't just a T-shirt, huh?

Great stream of consciousness.

I know all about that mystery meat from college...ugh.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. i just kinda let it flow...a little rant i guess about wearing statements we never really do anything for...just expect it...because we are entitled to it...

Susan Deborah said...

Of T-Shirts and politically charged statements. Young young Brian! I'm glad you have come a long way since then.

Joy always,
Susan

otin said...

I honestly believe that there will never be world peace. Too many differing ideals and cultures.

Emmanuel Ibok said...

Wow!...cool man...I found the title particularly captivating. Nice work you put up here each time you post.

Have a splendid week ahead.

Cheers!

Maggie said...

I wish world peace could be possible. I mean anything is possible, but it is something hard to be able to achieve. I really enjoyed todays topic.

Tina said...

This is a style I haven't seen from you before. Like it very much. And I hear you brother. Amen.

Teri said...

The "dots" are called elipses I think. They hold a place for other words that are left out. I wish that all it took was a bunch of people buying T-shirts to promote world peace but I think that it will take more than that. We will have to get rid of our egos and see everyone as being part of us; you know "one". We are all one. As John Lennon said "And the world will live as one." He had the right idea.

TALON said...

Sad that this is so often true - putting money where your mouth is, but not putting your heart into it.

Kulio said...

It's why I never buy bumper stickers -- I'm afraid of being a hypocrite :-) great flow of thoughts...

n. davis rosback said...

hummm....
you give me ideas.

Cindybrown said...

I love the dots :)I use them quite often myself. This makes me think about all the t-shirts I own and what they stand for.

Graceful said...

I like this. Stream of consciousness. I'm a big fan of the ellipses...I think I overuse it.

emily wierenga said...

i love how deep you go.

Lori said...

When I first started reading this I was thinking this was all about a t-shirt...I should know better...lol...wouldn't it be great if something like wearing a t-shirt that promotes world peace would actually bring it? I like these stream of consciousness writings. :)

kkrige said...

...
hugs
...
(insert what you will in my elipses)

Unknown Mami said...

Give peas a chance.

Reflections said...

Thanks for being so inspiring... your post really stirred many questions for me. Like, if so many people thing world peace would be a good thing, why is it that our world seems to be so far away from it? Or, so many people backing world peace, why is it so difficult to accomplish even with our own little worlds?...

How many of us can say we are at peace with everyone we know?

Alice Audrey said...

Somehow a cafeteria-green splotch on a T-shirt doesn't sound too beautiful, warm sentiments or not. As to being an accessory, no more than anyone else.

Ed Pilolla said...

brilliant, truly. we've been hearing peace through war for so many generations. these politicians and companies that are the war machine will chew through innocents on both sides to make money and secure power. and you told the tale with humor through a shirt. and mystery meat. this is why i can't go for long without checking in here.
:)

Tabor said...

Golly this is chock full of thoughts. Almost too many calories for one meal of thought.

Zuzana said...

Some t-shirts are more then just t-shirts.;)
I think only you can make a post of flowing thoughts and get away with it with such an excellence!;))
Have a lovely Monday Brian,
xo

Vodka Logic said...

I'm with CM... my old college tees are tucked into a bottom drawer, not like they'd fit me anyway. And being sooo much older they don't contain any political messages, it wasn't as popular back then.. one might have a pot leaf on it somewhere.. lol.

Good luck finding another "tee"

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Hell no! You're no accessory.

Just Be Real said...

With you on this Brian. Blessings.

Sh@s said...

At times feel helpless as there isn't much that one can do or maybe we can but the price is too much to pay. so, we prefer to remain in our safe zones and do things that does not disturb our comfort much.

Valerie said...

My slogan-free tees don't do anything but get dirty. Perhaps ... inside my ellipses there is a magic charm that brings about world peace.

adeeyoyo said...

Wow, the ramifications in virtually all we do... mind boggling! We support things we have no idea of, or that we would consciously never intentionally do. I love your 'mystery meat', I remember that phrase from years ago, but forget what the meat was supposed to be! I agree with Otin that we won't have world peace without some huge upheaval - like the Second Coming! Better shut up now or I'll be writing a post!

Goofball said...

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slommler said...

Great rant...love the way it flows.
And a really powerful message about wearing political statements. We walk around flashing ours or someones belief system with no responsibility considered.
The thought of John Lennon's T-shirt as a body bag really gave me a chill!
Hugs
SueAnn

Brian Miller said...

tina...i think i did it one other time...i like playing around with styles...

yeah, i agree i guess it will take a lot...but never underestimate the power of a samll group of people (mead?) and i cant see it as an excuse to do nothing...

ladyfi said...

Great piece! Sometimes we think that wearing a statement is enough... when it's not.

TechnoBabe said...

Good rant, Brian. We do tend to like a logo or some words and wear them proudly but do we really stand behind the meaning we advertise?

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

In a perfect world, wouldn't it be awesome if wearing a 'peace' T-Shirt (stained or not) had some effect on actual world peace? :)

Daniel said...

Let it out brother, let it out. The occasional rant is good for the soul. Typically, though, it solves nothing nor resolves anything, but at least it allows some personal cleansing and understanding so that one can go forward.

Candie Bracci said...

I 'love' this post!;)

JStar said...

Yea a lot do go all out wearing t shirts about causes they really only pretend to care about...

Bonnie said...

...pieces for peace... Great post Brian - AGAIN! :-)

Vicki Lane said...

Oh dear... so many dreams lost with that tee shirt...but when the dream is gone, then it's morning and time to do something...as best one can... about the problem.

natalee said...

i had a save a tree ,eat a beaver shirt ..i wore in college.. my hubby saw a pix of me in it and laughed..oh my cruncy granola tree huggin days.....i wonder where that shirt went..... I dont rem. throwing it away...hmm... now i also sip starbucks and I love using the dots..LOL!!!!!!

the walking man said...

That's why all of my T shirts are black or say nothing of any import. Those with words on them are covered by my leather vest which has no patches on it. I will have world peace when I practice it in my piece of the world...(just had to add that ellipse...to show I can be a fun guy too.)

Gaston Studio said...

The comments are interesting and varied, as they should be but I disagree that wearing a tshirt that makes a statement is of no use... at least you're willing to wear the shirt when a lot of people just "walk on by" and do absolutely nothing.

Lorraine said...

you know Brian right at this very moment chances are that ex-girlfriend (hopefully peaceful) is wearing your shirt...

Pauline said...

reverse advertising? make guns and war unpleasant things? let's try it and see if it works...

Raven said...

I love the stream of consciousness that erupted just from losing a t-shirt!

Maha said...

you know, a famous Egyptian writer uses those dots in everything he writes. your piece felt kinda weird at the beginning but then I just found that it is the best thing about it. I loved how you just connected a lost T-shirt and politics. Very original.

Pat said...

I love how you went from a T-shirt to world peace. Amazing

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

LOL... that's what my head looks like too...and my experience! Don't get me started about my absolute insistence that THEY do something about the inhumanity of humane societies.

Myrna R. said...

You are so honest, even for the rest of us. I tell myself all the time, how I wish I could do more. I pat myself on the back, not so much for T-shirts bought but for money donated to assuage my conscience. Then, I drink my latte.

Thanks Brian, for your powerful writing.

Shrinky said...

We are all guilty of often failing to match up to our beliefs - but hey, better that than having nothing to aspire to, eh?

Mmm said...

time to get another one, dear Brian. :) As it is, I never ever ever wear any T-shirt that advertises anything or anyone. They don't pay me to promote their cause or name brand like some walking billboard...so I wear boring regualr plain T's! Plus, I don;t really want to encourage peeps I don;t know stare at my pecs. LOL.

dustus said...

Eww... You prompt me to recall the mystery meat from the college cafeteria that perhaps was still alive. lol Gave me the GI bug once. Seriously though, the points you make about funding and politics are spot-on. Nice write!

Pseudo said...

imagine....

Eva Gallant said...

Call me a cynic, but I don't think there will ever be world peace. There's too much money in war.

annell said...

It is something to hope for....thanks, and who knows, maybe one day it will turn up, you know lost things are never really lost, it's just we don't remember where we left them.

Brian Miller said...

jane, dont get me wrong i agree it is better than nothing...this one kinda spilled out a conversation with a young man who was wearing a shirt not to support the cause he proclaimed but because he liked it...i dunno.

drybottomgirl said...

Monte blanc just made a commemorative pen in honor of John Lennen, it sells for $27,000.00 so I guess you got off cheap with the t-shirt. We can all be big talkers but as you challenge so eleoquently do we "walk the walk?".....

signed...bkm said...

we all are accessories when we live apathetically...are we not?,,,bkm

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
Brian said,"and as hip as drinking grande lattes...does that make me an accessory?"

"a little rant i guess about wearing statements we never really do anything for...just expect it...because we are entitled to it..."


The last two pieces of the puzzle and yes, I do agree with you wholeheartedly. Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Nessa said...

I always had a thing about t-shirts and bumper stickers, stuff like that. I always thought it was something like "yeah, I believe in this/support this - but not enough to do more than buy this slogan and make someone else a lot of money."

unprecedentedintellectual said...

your shirt carries so much meaning

Mama Zen said...

This is awesome!

clean and crazy said...

great work, i love it. even the shirt

Maggie May said...

I would NEVER have lost a John Lennon T shirt!

I use recurring dots all the time.....
Maggie X

Nuts in May

william said...

awe, sometimes cherished things that get lost are missed :)

pink dogwood said...

this rant needs to go on a tshirt :)

Syd said...

We tried to do something during Vietnam but that didn't work. And no one learned a thing. Now Iraq and Afghanistan. We just keep doing the same things over and over.

Anonymous said...

and the Miss America crown goes to... Brian! on the murky road to something-or-other... love the rant!
http://mairmusic.wordpress.com/
posting anonymously again because of error messages for WordPress... :-)

heartspell said...

Nice train of thought and having a heart in the right place must count for something, because maybe you would save one of those dying people, t-shirt or not. Heartspell :)

Arts Web Show said...

Great flowing writing in this one.
Awesome

She Writes said...

My favorite t-shirt ever just said, "Ride On," dark gray blue, tiny white bike, small white words. Brand Name? Life is Good. Hope I funded the right thing, too ;0.

Matty said...

I never liked the Beatles or any of their individual members. But I did like BTO.

e said...

Great post...Reminds me of days long gone when a friend and I put Peace bumper stickers all over campus.

The Retired One said...

So true, Brian. Maybe we need to print a T-shirt that says on it:
"what have you DONE to be true to your T-shirt proclamation?" ha
(except the one that says 'I'm with Stupid" on it) haaa

River said...

The places a t-shirt will bring you... Good points Brian :)

Kate Hanley said...

Wow! I wonder if this came up because Mark David Chapman was recently denied parole or if it just came up. Everytime, I see a Beatles poster or hear a song, I am amazed at that phenomenon. It will never happen again.

The Empress said...

I'm with Ed, I don't like to go too long between visits. You tether my mind with your quiet writing.

And, yes, a t shirt, a statement. I remember this, and still do it with my 3.

They have come to want to do this on their own, and I love that.

tattytiara said...

Wow cool, this is a real departure from the styles of writing I've read of yours to date. Your creativity has a lot of varied outlets!

Mighty M said...

Use the t-shirt money and send it to a quality charity, that's what I say. :)

Liza said...

this one slapped me because I have done things, said things, and worn things not because I believed in them, or even knew jackshit about them, but because I liked the cut, color, and crassness I thought they projected.
interesting Brian.
thanks for sharing,
whirled peas and all.

deb said...

fabulous.
true,
real,
fabulous.

Sophia said...

I love where my writing often ends up when I just go with the flow as well. Maybe one day, I'll start sharing some of my own writings as well. In the meantime, I am thoroughly enjoying yours! :)

Magpie said...

We must be thoughtful about what we promote...but then if the shade of green is just right...

JamieDedes said...

You asked the big question and did it well. Are we who sigh and deplore still culpable? Probably ... Effective use of stream-of-consciousness.

Thanks, Brian!

Tracy said...

I think I saw Dick Cheney washing his car with your t shirt. :-)

secret agent woman said...

Imagine.

Marla said...

Yep. Maybe it's time.