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Thursday, August 13, 2009

You Smell That?

Welcome to Thursday, the 80% worker’s Friday, and another half-assed attempt on my part to deduce the direction of my weekend by reading too much into my morning commute’s iPod playlist.

Here we go.

She’s In Parties by Bauhaus
Shining Star by Earth Wind and Fire
Get On the Good Foot by James Brown
Mass Destruction by Faithless
Transformer by Gnarls Barkley
M79 by Vampire Weekend
Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

As usual, I predict a darn good time. I would also like to predict that I find a stray $20 somewhere, although honestly, I don’t see that anywhere in the playlist.

Today is my 415th post, ladies and gentlemen, 413 of which have been consecutive.

Yay, me.

Right around the 200th post or so I started to wonder just how long I could do a post a day when it occurred to me that, while I certainly have recurring themes I touch on, I also never seem to run out of my own personal wonderments.

The bus, for example. Is there an end to the humor the bus and its accoutrements offer? I ask you! The bus, the bus stops, all a microcosm of humanity in its beautiful, questionable, worrisome glory.

Let’s take yesterday, shall we?

Yesterday, I watched a woman at the bus stop downtown unselfconsciously apply deodorant. Cars streamed by, people walked dogs, beggars held out their hands and there she was, her shirt pulled up as she coated one armpit, and then the other.

“What are you looking at?” She said it matter-of-factly, not aggressively.

“I use the same brand,” I said.

“Good stuff, ain’t it?” But she didn’t really say “stuff”.

She then applied perfume.

Her afternoon/bus-stop ablutions done and satisfied that she was both smell-free and smell-full, she settled back onto the bench to re-stinkify with a pack of Marlboro Red.

The bus came as she lit up. I got on. She didn’t.

What else was in that enormous purse? Did the deodorant “hold”?

Not knowing is part of the fun. And yes. I’m having fun.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Come back tomorrow if you can.


ellen abbott said...

I always loved not having to commute to work but now that I have started blogging I realize how much material I am missing out on. I have to dig into my memory banks and half the stuff I want to find has been dumped.

The Jules said...

I admire anyone who can blog on a dialy basis but when you do that AND make it quality, I am suitably awestruck.

May you always smell pleasantly of aloe vera and your roll-on never trap an underarm hair.

The Jules said...


Hmm . . .

Pearl said...

Just wanted to quick post -- as I steal time from my employers! -- that I should -- should! -- have my laptop back this weekend and look forward to hitting the 'Net on a regular basis.

I'm sure friends and family are sick of me begging for computer time!


Anonymous said...

Another fine and varied collection of music Pearl. I to admire greatly anyone who can post daily. That's one fine wordy head on those shoulders you've got there!

CatLadyLarew said...

EWWW! Nice save with the comment about the "good stuff"... kept her from hitting you, which I'm sure is what was coming next.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...
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the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

At least she wore some. Small blessings and what not.

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

Sorry, blogger coughed when I posted the original comment, causing me to double-post, so I deleted the first, rather incomplete thought.

powdergirl said...

I'm amazed that you can post everyday, and you never sound like you're reaching for material. Cool.
Yeah, you've made me think about taking up public transport as most of what I have to say comes from the little social interactions and observations as well.

I still might get that bus pass.

Douglas said...

Even though the bus stories are always fun and sometimes amazing, I am glad we have no mass transit in this town. I just can't picture a couple dozen geezers in (very) baggy shorts and ugly polo shirts climbing onto a bus with golf bags... Oh wait, I can... yuck!

Not The Rockefellers said...

M79 - perfect bus song

And I could so see you charming your way across the Kyhber Pass

and computer time from your employers and friends...

415? Why you don't look a day over 300...hardee har har

Peace - Rene

De Campo said...

She was smoking Reds????!!!! Some people have no sense of decency.

In other news, your blogging work ethic is truly inspiring.

Barbara Blundell said...

back to the buses ! What about a coach trip ? You could have a never ending supply of material with all the things people get up to there!

Anonymous said...

You blog every day? Whoa. Kudos to you and also on the choice of Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown and, of course, IMHO, the Led Zeppelin, especially that song. ;)

Stray $20? I don't remember that song. Who performed that? Was it Johnny or June Carter CASH? Oh, I'm sorry, that was really horrible. I'll leave the funny to you. :)

Heidi said...

That's awesome! I love that you told her you use the same 'stuff'.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I'm always amazed at your ability to post EVERY day! But the bus certainly does offer a lot of anecdotes.

Joanna Jenkins said...

"Today is my 415th post, ladies and gentlemen, 413 of which have been consecutive."


Congratulations! I have about 315 to catch up on :-)


Kevin Musgrove said...

The inventors of wet wipes and moist towelettes have a lot to answer for on public transport. The problem is, once you spot that somebody's washing their feet on the train you just *have* to watch.

A Mom on Spin said...

Congratulations! That is one awesome steak!!!

Life just always hands us fun things to blog about. We just have to be on the lookout for them.

IB said...

415 posts?! Sweet Jesus, that's an ass-load.

You inspire me to do the same but alas, I cannot. I don't have the stamina. At the rate I'm going (quickly calculatin'....), it'll take me 8 years to reach that number. Ugh.

Rock on, Pearl.

darsden said...

Congrats Pearl on your posting

YOU are a Shinning Star... too

Nazish Rahman said...

OMG this is your 415th post...seems u r the most experienced blogger that i've come acrossed :)!!

i liked the way u write..it interesting!!! keep blogging!!

take care

mapstew said...

Happy 415th!

Have a great weekend.

I shall sing a song for you tonight.


♥ Braja said...

She didn't say "stuff"? Why, I'm surprised....


bettyl said...

People are truly strange animals. *sigh*

That Baldy Fella said...

413 consecutive posts? Impressive, very impressive. Hats off, I say.

Vanessa Rogers said...

wow, That is truly a feat. Good for you. I don't think I would have the discipline.