After two days of organizing, cleaning and other do-it-yourself projects around the house, I couldn’t help but remember this photo I snapped on a city bus in Gainesville, Fla. I think I could officially be this sign maker’s muse, much to the dismay of the folks I encountered at Pier 1 and Lowe’s while stocking up on supplies.
To all of them, including the former coworker I bumped into for the first time in two years, my apologies. My nose does work; I was just too busy getting things done to care. At least I didn’t make you sit next to me on the bus.
p.s. I can’t help but wonder. Did the person who created this sign choose the number of green odorous marks based on the rule of three in design composition? Or did he or she intend this sign to target only the stinkiest of the world, not just the slightly foul?
p.s.s. WordPress selected this as its Daily Prompt for today: Some writers’ names have becomes adjectives: Kafkaesque, marxist, Orwellian, sadistic. If your name (or nickname, or blog name) were to become an adjective, what would it mean?
Let’s hope this post doesn’t make my blog synonymous with Charlie Brown’s buddy Pig Pen or stinky writing in general.
How about you? Do you only go out in public when you’re 100% presentable and odor-free? Or like me, do you just cross your fingers and pray that you won’t run into anyone you know and keep a safe, I-know-I-need-Febreeze distance from strangers while you’re out?
May 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm
Fun post and I love your accompanying picture, well found!
May 27, 2014 at 12:49 am
Thanks, Barbara. I posted the image to my personal Facebook account a while back, but I felt inspired by it today. I’ve realized that I’m a little obsessed with taking pics of signs. I’m sure that will pass. 🙂
May 27, 2014 at 2:01 am
Funny. Reminds me of a time I was asked, as a new manager to talk about body odour with an employee. No-one else had been able to. So I did. He was surprised not by the fact he did but by the fact it had bothered others and they hadn’t said…. problem sorted.
May 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm
I was just about to add a story about work situations, as well! When I saw the picture associated with this post, I immediately flashed back to several situations in various management positions where an employee had a B.O. problem that was affecting the workplace. What a dreadful position to be in, to have to talk about something that is so personal with someone who apparently doesn’t even KNOW that they stink. And who knows what their own personal story/living situation is–i.e. why they stink. It’s horrible to have to do this. Or at least it was the dreaded task for me and all the other managers I’ve worked with! No one wanted to be “the one.”
May 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Never an easy conversation for sure…
May 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm
Oh boy, ladies. I didn’t even consider the ramifications of “stinkiness” when I shared this post. I’ve never encountered this as a manager, and I don’t envy you for having to do so. I certainly hope my odor was confined to off-work situations. 🙂
May 28, 2014 at 1:02 am
The ramifications of stinkiness. Sounds like a country in a children’s fantasy story … Somewhere they have to cross on their journey to…
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May 27, 2014 at 11:37 am
Now that I work from home I shower much less frequently than when I had a “real” job. I do intend to shower daily, but before you know it it’s 5:00 and time to go into homemaker mode. Yesterday I rushed out first thing to talk to my neighbor and as I stood there speaking with her, I noticed she was all made up, jewelry just so, and I hadn’t even brushed my hair or teeth. Nice.
Great post and love your name!
May 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm
I absolutely understand. I work from home 3 out of 5 or so days of the week. I can assure you that I’m not “pretty or clean” on those days. Gotta love the benefits and drawbacks of working from home.
May 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Now that I’m 55…I only get stinky after a long run…one of my personal post menopausal perks.
May 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm
Ha! Must be nice. I battle the ugly/stinky on a daily basis when I’m working from home. 🙂