Sense and Scents

March 24, 2013

I think the most offensive thing is a scent someone is wearing…..that is NOT subtle..is just OVER powering in its awfulness….

There are 4 people …(use to be 5) at work …that just are an assault on one’s scent…and this is from someone who had a deviated septum fixed and lost most of his ability to smell (thank God)…..

Deb….. who no longer wears her “perfume” ….if you could call it that…I think was told by my boss….who can tell anyone nicely how offensive they are and make them laugh, smile, and STOP….Deb is a nice woman until you had to sit next to her…and I think appreciated the advice…

There is another woman at work…who LOVES the scent of Vanilla…lives alone with her cat …(whom I KNOW must also smell like Vanilla) ……which almost all of us find REALLY offensive….the fortunate thing is that she is always “sick”…….so we don’t have to suffer from it….as she is hardly ever there…

The reason I started this note…was …sitting at my desk with all of my windows open on this gloriously warm sunny Spring day in Southern California …my insensitive nostrils were hit by the smell of Fabreze…the fabric conditioner one puts into clothes…..

There are two men at work (one gay and one straight)…who just REEK of Fabreze when they get near you….the straight guy…well is the straightest gay man (in the sense he IS 100% Straight but KNOWS everything about Gay culture I have ever met)…and I guess his wife launders his clothes…I guess I should tell him…but don’t want to hurt his feelings….

As when he and this other friend approaches it is just this OVERPOWERING “Fabreze” scent….

I use unscented detergent and unscented fabric softener…well the reason I started was due to having roommates …..as one never knows …..

And this other guy at work smells like a freshly opened bar of Dial soap …when he passes from 30 feet away you can smell him…..and he is sensitive…so I could not ever tell him how scentually offensive he is….well I take that back…maybe if we went out drinking …..

I had this glorious party on Friday night for my Charades group…which normally is 7 Gay Guys ..we have been alternating from house to house for years……but this time one guy was in Utah visiting family…so we were reduced to 6….so I decided to have 12 of us….(basically 6 new players…)

I had my Gorgeous delightful roommate…a VERY talented actress out here from NewYork for Pilot season…and her handsome boyfriend who is out here – an actor also but is a Writer….they both are in that wonderful explorative years of one in their 20’s…..so SOO refreshing!!!

I had also invited a dear friend who unfortunately could not make it as he had been donating platelets (blood) to a friend who needed it….

And Michelle….(who needs any introduction to her…she is one of my best friends))

Michelle has a pinched nerve…..due to her over exuberance in the One Billion Woman Rising dance held on Valentines Day…..

Well I had talked to all of my friends…the 6 of them…about Michelle and they had heard about her…and thought she was a myth I had made up….So I was so glad to invite her…..

Well due to her pinch nerve she took a pain pill and fell asleep…for too long…I texted her 3 times…called her twice ….and after 2 hours as we were eating ..she called….and said she would throw something on…and motor over….

My dining table in the loft that overlooks my living room only holds 6 people comfortably…and I had put Michelle there next to my roommate…but when she didn’t show..I put a dear friend Ralph there..the rest of us sat in the Living Room….

When she did say she was on her way…I delayed everything…and kicked Ralph out of her seat…

Michelle AMAZED everyone there…as she is such a naturally exuberant …exciting presence…..and is cursed to honestly tell you the actual truth…but in such a way you just laugh and accept it…..

Absolutely EVERYONE loved her…which I knew would happen

And then we played Charades…Michelle (who was on the OTHER team)…had never played…and had been given a name I had mentioned ..the singer Nicki Manaj (sp?) to act out…well Michelle tried to act out the WHOLE person – rather than name or act out syllable by syllable….so I whispered to act out the first name “sounds like lick”…and they GOT it…

Then in the second game Michelle threw out the name of Sheilah Kuehl (sp??)..a politician who supposedly performed on Doby Gillis once)….and of course I got it….

I got stuck or my team did on “She” ..as they got “sounds like” and reached “See”….but could not get to she….

There is just something about low lights, a candle lit crystal chandelier (from a bordello in Manhattan in the 1880’s) over the dining table and a profusion of candles… thoughout….

I guess I am queer for ambiance…..

My special Gay family..whom I have known for over 30 years…and then my wonderful new friends….my roommate and her boyfriend …. And two guys..John Glenn and Mark…whom I have known for a long time…but for some reason we have not socialized for a long time…

And dear dear Michelle……

As a child I always LOVED solving mathematical equations…as it gave me such happiness..sort of like one who likes to work on crossword puzzles

..and this is what this party was…. It just all made Sense…and put such a smile on my lips….

(Michelle will never forgive me for Nicki Manag…(can still see Michelle wiggling her hips ala Nicki) nor I her for Sheila Kuehl…..

I always wonder if Life can get any better… BUT IT DOES!!!

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