In the Eighties, I was both married and published. So I needed a denim jacket more in keeping with my more dignified state. Marianne took a new jacket and bleached the Milky Way across it. Then she embroidered stars on the back in the pattern of the Northern Cross -- the constellation also known as Cygnus, the Swan.
The Guinness shoulder patch I had bought in Ireland in 1982, the first time I had ever been overseas. Above one pocket are a cloisonne button of Fat Freddy's Cat, another for Solar Energy (I was working for the National Solar Heating and Cooling Information Center at the time), and a handmade "Cool Runnings" wooden button which I had bought in Jamaica. Over the other pocket was a NASA patch -- I was a sponsor, not a participant. The black-and-white button was for Philadelphia's Mythos Festival, a city-wide celebration of myth that Marianne and I both enjoyed the hell out of. I wore it upside down to symbolize my intention to turn mythology on its head.
The braided string had significance, I know, but what it was I have long forgotten.
I used to call this jacket "my SFWA colors."
"I needed a denim jacket more in keeping with my more dignified state."
And of course nothing communicates dignity more clearly than a cloisonne button of Fat Freddy's Cat.
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