Whatchamacallit 124: University of Wyoming Flag

University of Wyoming Flag

I’ve owned this flag since, I believe, spring of 1998.

As I vaguely recall, I bought it shortly before graduating with my MA in Political Science (minor in Environment and Natural Resources) from the University of Wyoming.

I cannot say that I ever had a specific plan for the flag, other than to just have it. In fact, until July 2016, it pretty much stayed in its packaging. That month I had a party in a park and I wanted something to help my friends find me in the vastness of the park – this flag, with its unusual (for Berlin) symbol and bright golden color stuck out.

I remember that upon taking it out of its packaging, it gave off a chemical-like odor – something that stuck around awhile. Thankfully, it no longer seems to give off the odor.

Currently, it hangs on two nails behind the door to my living room.

In other words, I almost never see it – especially because I’ve layered another UWyo flag and a Colorado Gay Pride flag on top of it.

For while I imagined that one day I could visibly fly my flags, maybe developing a rota depending upon what was important for a given day. I’d invest in a number of appropriate flags and have fun with the project. Yet I do not foresee a time when I will ever be able to fly the flags in a place where more than a token number of people can see them.

Sure, I could put the flags over my shoulders as I march in parades, but – quite frankly – there’s never going to be a University of Wyoming parade in Berlin. The Colorado Gay Pride flag could work during Berlin CSD, but, to be frank, I would probably have to explain what and where it represents to everybody – and who wants to spend a parade doing that?

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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