Monday, Jul. 05, 2004 | 9:48 a.m.
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Last night was better with Nina Bina, which is remarkable considering all the fireworks noise. I'm not making any proclamation of success, yet, but it definitely went better. She slept well, only waking enough to need tending once. She's in good spirits this morning.
Yesterday we went to a bbq with my covenmates. We were supposed to bring a salad, and since I was feeling headachy and groggy most of the day, I decided to go to the store to get my contribution. While I was there, standing in the beer aisle and trying to decide whether Jeff would want to try something new or stick with his current favorite, I was assaulted by some woman's perfume web. You know what I'm talking about? How some people seem to have broken olfactory glands and liberally douse themselves with so much perfume or cologne that standing within a ten foot radius results in the unwary feeling as though they've walked into a sticky, cloying web of scent that gets into eyes, nose and mouth? Ugh!
What is the message there? Is it overcompensation for something? Maybe these people are throwbacks to the time when Europeans didn't bathe, they just piled on more perfume to hide their body odor? Or is it denial of their own animal smells? Are they trying to overpower their own pheromones? Maybe they've just spent so much time in their own scent web that their own noses have shut down in self defense and they simply can't fathom that a half gallon of their favorite scent just might be a little too much? I mean really, a little goes a long way. I want to smell your perfume or cologne if I'm close enough to hug you, not when I'm innocently trying to pick out a six pack of beer from twenty feet away. And it lingers when you're gone, like some cat that marked its territory with the unmistakable stench of its own urine.
All I can say is... if I ever smell like that, someone better TELL me. Because I felt like I needed a shower and a can of coffee to clear my poor nose after I got back from the store yesterday. Phew!
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