When I was in college my creative writing teacher asked us all to keep a smell journal for a week, writing down the many odors we encountered each day. It was an interesting idea, but seeing as we all lived in New York City, a place that's notorious for it's almost complete lack of public toilets, I'm not sure it worked out all that well.
A few days ago, Mike, Chloe and I went to check out a coffee shop called "Lestat's" near Adams Ave. (yes, like the vampire!) and I found myself thinking of this assignment again. I had pondered the variety of waters they had in their beverage selection and finally chose a "Hint" (cucumber flavored water), mostly because they had nothing sparkling. It was awful. It was way too strong and the smell was powerful (and nauseating). Everything about our visit that day was cucumber. I should have thrown it out, instead I left the drink in the beverage holder of my car and my daughter opened it up yesterday, filling the car with cucumber and our visit to the coffee shop flooded back in a flash. We're all going to be in trouble when they invent smell-o-vision.
Anyway the reason we went to "Lestat's" was to check out chairs they had that looked opulent enough to be in the castle set of "Once Upon A Mattress". Marcus, the director really liked them. So we'll be negotiating a loan with the good people at Lestat's. I should probably go back sometime and order something else.
In the mean time I finished up the overhead projections for the show...
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut