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What is your favorite smell?

Asked at Royal Crest Lanes, 933 Iowa on June 25, 2009

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kansasmutt 4 years, 9 months ago

Republcans running scared, Yummmmyyyyyyyy. Smells like victory, aaaawwwwwwwhhhhhhh

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 9 months ago

Marion says… "The scent of a woman."

[ tangedit: ] "The scent of an unscented woman."

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Aguilar 4 years, 9 months ago

It does get any better than the initial poof of air that rushes to the nostrils from a just opened bag of pork rinds.

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pace 4 years, 9 months ago

the first south winds of spring.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 9 months ago

you know that smell that happens about 3 hours after several really awesome pickled eggs... it's so disgusting and putrid but you can't help but love it.

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sustainabilitysister 4 years, 9 months ago

A Ponderosa Pine smells pretty darn good!

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mmiller 4 years, 9 months ago

A nice, ripe, raunchy fart... LMAO.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh, by the way...

...like most women, she is pricey.

Prolly take $40-50K to grab her but she would be worth it!

LOL!

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh, well, I'll confess.

When I was in high school George Putnam's '39 Packard Twelve Seven Passenger Touring sedan sat down the street.

Even if you haven't heard of George Putnam, you have most assuredly heard of his wife; some gal named Ameilia.

Amelia was gone by '39, so she never rode in it and I suspect Mr. Putnam never drove it himself and as he passed away in 1950, the old girl had just sort of languished around the country, moving from owner to owner.

Anyway, in my high school you could get lunch at the cafeteria, bring you lunch or go home for lunch.

I would bring my lunch and go sit in the back of that big black beauty and soak it in.

The slightly mouldy interior, the wood; that's real wood, the leather up front, the vapours from the oil leaks.

I was done, then and there.

I know where she is now and if things work out right......

Well, in any case, we can always dream, can't we?

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acg 4 years, 9 months ago

New babies. Fresh cut lawn. Really good green bud. Oh, yeah, and what The Rock is cookin'. :)

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Dayle Hodges 4 years, 9 months ago

There are so many to choose from, but I think I will go with Jergen's Lotion original scent. I think today they call it "cherry almond". It smells like my Great Grandma Hila used to. As a child I remember it in a clear tear drop shaped glass bottle with a black screw on cap.

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kristenkim 4 years, 9 months ago

Favorite floral scent: gardenia.

Favorite overall: a newly-published book. Love the smell of fresh ink!

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jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

"My blogs are mine to do whatever I want. If you like them, that's nice, if you don't I can live with that. Never lost a minutes sleeping worrying about what other people think."

Sorry, Irish, but noone's gonna actually believe that you don't care what they think when you repeatedly post that you don't care what they think. Particularly when you do so on random strings, unsolicited.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

"The best revenge is being happy", is from Sammy Davis, Jr. on being asked what he thought of people who were very critical of him.

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Deja Coffin 4 years, 9 months ago

I can't narrow down my all-time favorite smell....but I can definitely tell you my least favorite smell!!

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blindrabbit 4 years, 9 months ago

BMI why waste Aqua Velva on the skin; the swabs in the Navy loved this stuff at sea or while on restriction. The hangovers are a little tough though!

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hujiko 4 years, 9 months ago

freshly opened playing cards

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 9 months ago

Favorite smell? Hard to say, given the present ambience. But my least favorite smell... well... it makes a sound like "clique, clique, clique."

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 9 months ago

A freshly plowed W. Kansas field. There is nothing at all more earthy than that.

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Scattered 4 years, 9 months ago

My 3 year old grandson's suntan lotion....or as he corrects me "it's sunscreen, GiGi".

Very reminiscent of Coppertone....which is the smell of every summer of my life.

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Marcy McGuffie 4 years, 9 months ago

Smell can definitely bring back vibrant memories. I was thinking that earlier this week, when I went shopping and could smell the tar of a parking lot. It reminds me of being a kid and going to Worlds of Fun. It's not a smell I'm really fond of, but it brings back fun memories.

Good smells: gasoline rubber cement coffee new babies freshly mowed grass brownies baking

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 9 months ago

I asked this of my dogs and they more or less replied, "Anything dead!"

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GreenEyedBlues 4 years, 9 months ago

A crisp, inky strap of $1 bills straight from the Fed.

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Ceallach 4 years, 9 months ago

A freshly bathed baby gets my vote.

Walking into Great Harvest bakery, YUM.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

A blueberry muffin right out of the oven!

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passionatelibra 4 years, 9 months ago

BMI - Here's some dating advice by Foamy (thank you for sending me this my friend!!).

Foamy for President!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMuIG2vE9I0

DISCLAIMER: Strong language used. Don't like sailor speak? Don't watch it...

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Chris Golledge 4 years, 9 months ago

Ponderosa pine bark on a warm summer morning.

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Mixolydian 4 years, 9 months ago

Cascade hops.

When I was a kid I loved the smell of comet cleaner. I thought, It smells good, it must taste good....uhhhhhhh...not so much.

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somedude20 4 years, 9 months ago

My finger!!! Also like the smell of fine herb

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autie 4 years, 9 months ago

I guess I know what's in store for my cats this evening....after a session of yodeling, wires and balloons and amp meters...science in action. Zoey the cat engaged in rigorous lounge training left me speechless.

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BigPrune 4 years, 9 months ago

The faint hint of a Chipotle Burrito building stronger and stronger. Ahhh.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 9 months ago

Cat yodeling and cat chattering! Jay, the wet hot pavement..lol. I remember that. My bare feet remember that too. Makes me want to be 12 again. Brute..my step dad wore that..ewwww.

R_I..I can't remember what it was..that small concentrations of skunk..they analyzed it and part of it is like something else that is a good smell and some people pick up on that. If I remember what or where I'll let you know. (I think it harkens to how animals eat things we wouldn't because they can detect the nutritional value) 8 [

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BMI 4 years, 9 months ago

The women say they like my Aqua Velva and Brute. I like it because it's so cheap and I can get it at swap meets. Hey, while I've got you guys. How do you get women to go out on second dates? I get first dates on line all the time, we have a great time. But they barely touch their food, always want to leave the restaurant quickly and go for a walk outside, they get tired, want to skip the movie and go home alone often preferring to take a cab instead of me driving. Is this typical?

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donald_gilchrist 4 years, 9 months ago

The smell of really good, freshly picked weed, Or a skunk.

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jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

Fresh rain on warm pavement Tar (good one, jonas! reminds me of playin' football)

Ooo. Ooo. That smell.

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schula 4 years, 9 months ago

Freshly mowed grass Burning leaves Irish Spring soap (reminds me of my grandpa) Chocolate chip cookies baking A sweaty man Vanilla scented candles Lilacs Peonies Roses A man wearing Stetson cologne Bread baking

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prospector 4 years, 9 months ago

Clockwork Orange for Leslie's quote.

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kmat 4 years, 9 months ago

Prospector - cat yodeling rocks!!!

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

"Bet you don't know where they quote is from." Leslie

Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke?

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canyon_wren 4 years, 9 months ago

Dude--you listed so many good ones--especially punk. Like Jonas, I like the smell of fresh tar and gasoline, too--just a whiff--and also the smell of a freshly lit cigarette, as mentioned by another poster. Then there's the smell of a wienie when it has just turned good and brown over a campfire. And kerosene reminds me of my grandma's shed, and Lifebuoy soap. Douglas fir Christmas trees (pinyon pines we cut out here in Utah just don't smell the same). Sickening smells include the Blue Waltz perfume we used to give our mothers for Christmas--bought at Kress' or Woolworth's. (You can still buy Lifebuoy and Blue Waltz--if a person wanted to--from Vermont Country Store's catalog.)

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 9 months ago

Irish, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 9 months ago

Favorite smell? There are too many to good smells to have a favorite. Maybe ozone in a lightning storm? Smokeless powder residue? Baking bread?

The spousal unit finds the odor of skunk pleasant in small concentrations... Strange woman.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

Tomatoes in the garden. Oh, a newborn baby, definitely. My blogs have nothing to do with favorite scents, but since some of you seem to have me on their mind. My blogs are mine to do whatever I want. If you like them, that's nice, if you don't I can live with that. Never lost a minutes sleeping worrying about what other people think. "The best revenge is being happy." Bet you don't know where they quote is from.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 9 months ago

prospector, Doing what I can for the America I want...

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autie 4 years, 9 months ago

Hey, can anybody tell, is Sean working or bowling? Pretty wild looking crowd that needs controlled down there.

Nobody has mentioned "What the Rock,....Is Cookin!"

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countrygirl 4 years, 9 months ago

Chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. Now I'm hungry!

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prospector 4 years, 9 months ago

This smells bad. Who in there right mind thinks that we can legislate the climate/weather?

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20602099&sid=aqMTL9KJ_QJQ

R_I

Record lows on carbon credits. Good work!

http://www.chicagoclimatex.com/market/data/summary.jsf

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killjoy 4 years, 9 months ago

The absorbent material used by the janitor combined with the vomit. Oh yeah, that evokes pleasant memories.

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powershopper 4 years, 9 months ago

Gootsie -- That is what I meant.

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Dateable_Shelter_Dude 4 years, 9 months ago

Most cats don't leik getting wet either. Men should stop doing weird things to cats. Juggling is okay. Cats are tumbly in about everything they do anyway.

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Gootsie 4 years, 9 months ago

Cats do indeed stink when in from the rain.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

Good one, powershopper. Nice knowing you.

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powershopper 4 years, 9 months ago

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kmat 4 years, 9 months ago

Palmolive dish soap.

Monday at my parents house I was doing dishes and my mom had a bottle of it. My grandma always used Palmolive and the smell of it took me back to being a little kid staying with my grandparents. I miss them a lot and it's amazing how that simple smell took me back to them.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

"Evinrude on Taneycomo."

Hell yeah, single homeless dude!

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prospector 4 years, 9 months ago

Really, Gardenia

and

Free State Beer

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Dateable_Shelter_Dude 4 years, 9 months ago

I thought of one. How about napalm in the morning. It smells like victory. How does a mime making a graph make it smell? Getting your cat it's own litterbox would be the right thing to do dude. Cat's don't like to share no matter how you get your kicks. I thought a sachet was a way walking. You ladies are confusing. No wonder men sit in bars with other men.

Someone else mowing. Coffee section at the grocery store. Evinrude on Taneycomo. Evinrude Anywhere. Sounds good too. Heck, I'm not picky just put me in a lake and pour a little gas somewhere. Fresh cut lumber. Mom's Sunbeam Mixer-One of a kind smell you remember Freshly washed partner. Fresh out of the lake partner. Partner- heck, they all smell pretty good. Car (only) exhaust on a bitter cold school morning Puppy breath before they ever eat dog food Vaporub Old time no ac large open door and windows farm produce markets. Where you smell the produce, the dirt, sweaty men working, sweaty ladies in dresses with big baskets and brown paper bags. No parking lot farmer's market will ever match that wonderful experience. KS Ravine in summer. Where the air is somewhat still so the smells of the hot vegetation accumulates around each plant as you walk by, smells you never noticed it has. You can even smell warm warmer and warmest as you go into more or less shade then the smells of watery areas, smells that waft up as you tramp down last years dead growth and snap stems. Punks.

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somedude20 4 years, 9 months ago

Spinal Tap's glove? I think I might like how Megan Fox smells but her movies STINK!

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

Roses, a new book, fresh baked bread.

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Gootsie 4 years, 9 months ago

So right about smells and memories. I can smell something rose-scented and am immediately put back in my grandma's bathroom. I now keep a rose sachet in my sitting room so when granddaughter comes to stay, she will smell the same thing.

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canyon_wren 4 years, 9 months ago

You're so right, autie! Smells and certain songs can really trigger memories and it's nice that it is something "beyond our control"--it just happens to us. Of course, sometimes we can induce it--like the time I went through the toiletries section of a discount store and opened a few jars or bottles--like Noxema and Clearasil (teenage memories), Mennen's aftershave (my dad), Jergen's lotion (6th grade in Santa Rosa, CA), etc., to get a few whiffs and go back in time. It probably wasn't a good idea, as far as protecting the safety of the products was concerned, but it was really a nostalgia trip.

And, having moved 40+ times while growing up and 30 times during a 31-year marriage, I can really pinpoint when certain songs were popular just by the association with a specific place.

BTW--I hope Alzheimer's victims are at least able to conjure up some good old memories even if they can't remember what's gone on lately, as I will really be prepared.

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MarchSadness 4 years, 9 months ago

Fresh cat droppings in my litter box....YUMMY!

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spacehog 4 years, 9 months ago

Napalm in the morning. It smells...like.........victory.

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bearlybrewed 4 years, 9 months ago

Chancellor Heminway's car exhaust when he leaves town.

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autie 4 years, 9 months ago

Good smells, bad smells, I always find it interesting how smell can trigger memory. There have been times when a smell has trigger something from like 30 years ago. Some things your brain will never let go of.

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MadeInKS 4 years, 9 months ago

Lavender (of course!) Sandalwood Peonies Nutmeg Ginger Baby powder Pine trees

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classclown 4 years, 9 months ago

How does one remove their blogs?

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gogoplata 4 years, 9 months ago

Zippo lighter.
I also like the smell of a cigarette when it is first lit.

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dajudge 4 years, 9 months ago

Ahhh, the smell of money!

To which my friend turned and replied "No, that's the smell of a pork burrito I had for lunch."

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bronze 4 years, 9 months ago

hot moldy 'astro-turf' at the new Lawrence High Athletic fields?

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SwineFlu 4 years, 9 months ago

A lot a.....Alotta FA-JI-TA. Fresh cut cilantro.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 9 months ago

Skip this for those who know, but a repeat for those who don't. Tips on 'most discussed' blogs and articles and missing blogs.

If you look at this link, you can see things that have dropped a bit further down the most discussed list, even if the blogger has removed them. Or, if you go back to your comment history, or anyone who has made a comment and use the permalink, it will take you to missing blog. If you post a new comment, it will soon bring it back onto the most discussed, but only until new comments drive it off the board again. If it's still hot, it could run for days after the blogger took it off, it's happened, lol.

You might want to add this page to your bookmarks to watch the most discussed, it gives a better view of the threads than the little list on screen right. http://www2.ljworld.com/popular/discussions/

You can also save any blog to your bookmarks to pull out for future snarkiness.

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consumer1 4 years, 9 months ago

Clean sheets are nice, or the air right after a spring rain. Like last night.

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jaywalker 4 years, 9 months ago

Lavender Honeysuckle in the spring Steaks or burgers on the grill Mountain air A woman's skin

(In no specific order)

And for the old school posters - freshly mimeographed paper

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passionatelibra 4 years, 9 months ago

Birch Lake at 3 in the morning on a summer day The first time I opened my front door after a heavy snowfall My Dad's first BBQ of the year The earth after a good rain/storm Lavender

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Kat Christian 4 years, 9 months ago

The morning dew in the mountains or from the ocean.

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beatrice 4 years, 9 months ago

Freshly popped popcorn, and I ain't talkin' microwaved.

Least favorite is possibly a more interesting question, to which I would have to say The Metro in Paris in August. What is up with the French and their disdain for deodorant anyway? If you've never had the good fortune of visiting Paris, imagine finding yourself in the middle of a summer-time Anarchists parade ... then throw in bleu-cheese and old shoes.

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BABBOY 4 years, 9 months ago

Smells, like, America!!!

(I think that is the quote or at least pretty close)

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

Well, it was pretty easy to find out all about her through google (she's obsessed with Kealing via Twitter posts!). Maybe she thought some things through a bit more after getting whallopped for a week straight.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 9 months ago

She's been taking a lot of her blogs down.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

Autie - Maybe that youtube video you posted broke her blog.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 9 months ago

...and I felt so victorious that I beat you to it I grabbed my Brunhilde shield to go out into the moonlight to dance naked. I forgot about that worthless motion detector light by the door and made it 30 jiggling ft out before it turned on my backside, all 150 stage spectacular watts. Just as I turned to retreat back to the house I saw something fall from the tree. The thunk made me jump. I bent over to look, using the shield as a shield..(remembering Tim Allen's line about a man bending over a bathtub looking like a goat). Poor thing. My black squirrel had hit the ground still warm. Dead. Must have had a heart attack. What would give a squirrel a heart attack in the middle of the night?

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autie 4 years, 9 months ago

Looks like Irish took her Sanford blog down. Too much chin music?

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blue73harley 4 years, 9 months ago

Nitromethane and burnin' rubber.

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spacehog 4 years, 9 months ago

Whiskey bottles and brand new cars; oak tree you're in my way. There's too much coke and too much smoke Look what's going on inside you. Ooh, ooh that smell Can't you smell that smell? Ooh, ooh that smell The smell of death surrounds you.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 9 months ago

Ocean breeze. I need it soon too.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 9 months ago

The Dodge City/Garden City/Liberal triangle is a test in olfactory stamina.

A freshly baked biscuit with a pan of sausage gravy is the best smell in the world.

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canyon_wren 4 years, 9 months ago

Freshly-cut grass, alfalfa in bloom, peonies, sweet peas and mockorange, bacon frying, good coffee first thing in the the morning when you're camping--an endless list!

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Gootsie 4 years, 9 months ago

Yes Prospector. Boot Hill smells like a never-ending cattle drive.

This could be a very interesting thread...

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bronze 4 years, 9 months ago

the first snow on evergreen trees

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zettapixel 4 years, 9 months ago

The smell of a good South Texas BBQ. Fajitas, ribs, sausage, and mollejas!

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prospector 4 years, 9 months ago

The Country Stampede or Dodge City with a south wind after a rain. You would not be able to tell them apart come Saturday.

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autie 4 years, 9 months ago

You know I would have said what MD said. It smells....like victory.

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classclown 4 years, 9 months ago

Hard to say as it's very subjective. For example If someone farts on an elevator that I'm in, then the next pleasant smell I come across upon exiting would be my new favorite smell.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 9 months ago

I smell what you are steppin in.

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tunahelper 4 years, 9 months ago

hot, sweaty, steamy, sexy, you know what!

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RoeDapple 4 years, 9 months ago

Fresh roadkill skunk on a hot summer day.................

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 9 months ago

The smell of success.

Or, you know, a good pizza or something.

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