Ah, for the funk,
Of the odorous skunk,
Willowing ‘cross the land,
While you pinch your nose,
And rush windows to close,
I waft it near with my hand.
If you suffer from asthma,
It’s a helpful miasma;
When a child, I had asthma, and so:
While skunk smell may be strong,
To adore it’s not wrong:
Do not scorn me for stinking solo.
I was very kindly nominated for a Liebster Award by A.D. Martin some time back. (Thank you most kindly 🙂 .) At last, I am answering the questions that accompanied the award:
1. What are your favorite smells?
You mean, beSIDES skunk?
Gasoline, fallen leaves, dirt, either dry or damp.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
Scents from flowers: Roses, lilacs, iris, and carnation.
Scents from bottles: Freesia and jasmine.
Perfumes on other women: Rose, and Chanel No. 5.
Perfumes on me: Calvin Klein’s Obsession.
Places on men: Necks with or without very light aftershave.
Underarms, with or without deodorant (but not after a long workday or workout, please).
2. What is your favorite sound?
“I think you’re the most creative, funny, interesting, talented, and beautiful woman I’ve ever met or could hope to meet in this lifetime.”
Bonus if said by a man whom I find funny, interesting, intelligent, and physically appealing on some level.
But, since I’ve never heard anything like that, said by anyone like that, I choose birdsong:
Runner-up? Fallen leaves:
3. What is your favorite fruit?
Raspberries, as long as they’re atop crème brulee.
Strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, apples. The latter with or without peanut butter or cheese.
4. Do you have a green thumb?
Definitely. As long as what I plant is:
(1) a weed;
(2) a zucchini;
(3) an air plant.
I love flowers, so when I had a yard, I always stuck to easy southern Cal. stuff like agapanthus, hyacinth, and potato vine.
5. What is your favorite genre to read?
I don’t have a favorite genre, but do have a favorite content and style: I am thrilled with wit—especially wordplay or rapid-paced dialogue—and when I can also learn something, or am made to think, it’s a double-wow. So the genre may be anything: science/speculative fiction (David Brin, Neal Stephenson), or travelogue (Bill Bryson), or history (Sarah Vowell), or mystery/thriller (Josh Bazell, Matt Ruff)…
6. Any specific rules that you follow to the letter?
Yes. My one rule for life is, apparently, this: Follow the path of most resistance.
7. What is your hometown?
Chicago. Chi-Town. The Windy City. Can’t find my way around it without a map, though. We left when I was five. Chicago has the best-planned art museum ever. Fantastic place. All pieces well-lit and displayed.
Current hometown? Mystery, AK.
8. Are you drinking enough water each day?
I believe so, in that there is visual and auditory evidence of locational transference (click pic for more):
9. Favorite social media platform?
I am not a participant in any, other than WordPress. I was really into Vine for a while, though, marked favorites and occasionally commented, and was quite surprised to see that although I had never posted a single Vine, I’d somehow gained a handful of Followers there!
10. Why have you chosen to blog?
Initially, I did not see blogging as a way to communicate with anyone but myself–a way to document and clarify my thoughts. I liked the short format it enforced (I began on Blogger.) Now, I’m grateful for the warm hearts and stimulating minds of the people I’ve met through WordPress.
I’m frustrated at your talented prolific posts. (I read only around 150 wpm, on paper. Onscreen, I suspect it’s half that. Many fonts, backgrounds, and layouts bother me.)
Passing the Torch
I’m now supposed to nominate several bloggers with few followers. How would one know, unless a blog’s Follower count appears on its homepage? Perhaps that’s the giveaway: If it ISN’T listed, probably not many? (THIS blog doesn’t list it 😉 ).
So, I’ve chosen instead to highlight:
ONE (1) the blogger who let me know I’d been nominated, and
TWO (2) the brand-newest blogger on my block.
I learned I’d been nominated via the wonderful Rebecca over at this site. Here is a sample of how she draws you in with her thoughtful examination of a seemingly simple idea:
Time must be allowed to move organically. We cannot rush time. We have to encourage it to run its course and allow it the chance to collect information, memories, along the way. It is like walking a dog. There are people who pull their dog the entire way. Never pausing when it does. Never allowing it to sniff around. You see them. Yanking on the chain while the poor pup is mid-pee. Too busy fiddling with some device. Head down. They have no idea what is even taking place. Those are people who do not properly understand why a dog must be walked. It isn’t merely for the physical benefit. The most important part of that walk, apart from bonding time and socialization (or perhaps the need to expel), is the sniff. It is a mental workout for the dog.
And now, (drumroll, please) in-tro-ducing: YEMIE!! She JUST wrote her first post, and, as you will see, her personality leaps off the page, embraces you warmly like you’ve been friends forever, and then pulls you up and and makes you join her party dance! Here’s an excerpt from one of Yemie’s replies to an early Follower, giving a taste of the life in this girl:
“Whoa! Guess who’s come soo early to breakfast?! If it isn’t the delightful, most adorable one! Knock me over and out with a broomstick! *rolling my eyes* LMAO!”
Check out Yemie’s first post, and I bet you’ll be hooked.
HOW TO KILL SKUNK SMELL
(NOT WITH VINEGAR OR TOMATO JUICE)
Prepare to be surprised: The reason you think vinegar or tomato juice works is because your nose’s smellers are getting overloaded from the powerful skunk stink, and they just poop out and stop working! YOU can’t smell the stink any more, but if another person drives up to your house and walks in: WHOA!! So the site below will give you some ways to make the smell REALLY go away.
HOW TO GET RID OF WILD SKUNKS