Married, moved, and getting it together.

Smoke Gets In Your Nose

There’s a lingering scent of smoke in my nose. I can’t quite tell if that scent is leftover from having driven within 15 miles of the Moorpark Fires, or whether that scent is just as present and strong in Camarillo.

It’s discomfiting.

Douglas Adams has an essay in Last Chance to See, his foray into environmental writing, about Rhinos. I think it’s Rhinos, anyway. He describes their powerful olfactory senses, and that their sense of smell allows them to “time travel” because of the way scent propagates, they might be smelling something that passed near many minutes ago. Their perception, then, is not in sync with time, so their conception of the world around them, being largely blind, is based on this older information.

I can’t possibly do it justice, but smoke in my nose makes me remember that essay and how much I liked it.

posted this 16 years ago.
What else did he post in December 2006?

(Monday December 4th 2006 at 10:25am)

Comments: 2

Tracy, I don’t know. But if you know there is not smoke, but the smell persists, you might want to check with a doctor.

I have a cigarette smoke-like smell in my nose and I have not been around any smoke for quite a while. It’s all I smell anymore. What would cause it?

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