Some of you might know that I work in a library, but what you might not know is that I work in the IT group of the library. Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection would have it that the group is made up of nerdy guys (80%, in fact) who will talk to you about geeky things like the difference between Vista and Windows 7 but who couldn’t care less about the long-term ramifications of the latest chypreless-chypres. Hard to imagine… but true.
And so to throw in a perfume obsessive into this gang of techno-geeks makes for some extremely interesting banter. Now… I’m usually the quietest most mild-mannered fellow but lately I think that my dark side might have gotten the better of me. Here are a few examples of a couple of my more recent tantrums and what I need to know from you all is… am I a perfume fascist?
Co-worker 1 : Gee, Normand. That smells nice! Is it Aqua Velva?
Me : Aqua Velva? Have you gone completely mad? It’s GIVENCHY III! Get away from that computer screen… I think the radiation might be doing a number on your sense of smell!
Co-worker 2 : That smells pretty good… is that a ship you’re wearing?
Me : Yes. (big sigh) I can’t fool you… I am wearing a ship. And if you must know, I’m wearing… THE QUEEN MARY 2!!!
Co-worker 3 : Eeesshh… smells like a cowboy in here!
Well, actually, I was wearing Stetson so I’ll give this guy a couple of points for XLT (eXtreme Lateral Thinking).
And so, as this year comes to an end and 2011 looms on the horizon, I’ve decided to renew last year’s resolution to be kinder, gentler and more generous to my fellow coworkers. They’re really a great bunch of guys… absolutely useless in perfume classification… but extremely bright and fun to be with. However, if one of them asks me one more time what happened to the first four Chanels, you’ll have to forgive me for punching the guy in the nose… but I promise, I’ll count to 10 before I take him down.
So… maybe I’m not a fascist… maybe more a perfume terrorist, which is better… I think.
Happy New Year everyone! I’ll be back the 2nd week of January. Until then… have a great perfumed New Year’s holiday!
Top image : Photograph of Il Dulce (1883-1945)
Bottom image : Auld Lang Syne Postcard (ca. 1907)