Summer in the Midwest is always so strange. We start out either blistering hot or freezing cold. This year we got lucky – a cool ‘real’ Spring meant I got to enjoy the gorgeous lilacs that abound in this area – older than my parents, those bushes kept their fragrant blooms for almost a month. Heavenly.
Now we’re into Summer. Never mind what the calendar says. It’s been Summer-with-a-capital-S it’sHOT!!! for awhile. Today was 90F, which is ridiculous. But there it is: Summer in the Midwest. I don’t want to talk about perfume because the only thing I’ve been smelling lately is dirt and linden blossoms – both wonderful scents but I can’t think of anything else to say about them. I want to talk about sound. There is a sound that accompanies an extremely hot weekday in the Midwest. It’s always been around, more obvious in suburban or rural settings…but it exists, even in big cities. It’s the absence of sound. And to me it marks the beginning of Real Summer. It’s the stillness of a Catholic church facade on a Tuesday morning, with every carving and statue thrown into high relief, it’s almost as if the church is asleep, awaiting Sunday morning. I drove past several churches today and every single one of them had that stillness, with doors closed against the heat and the weekday. Schools now take on that vacant look – I remember the weird feeling I used to get when I would walk past Mercy High school on a Summer’s day; it just felt weird, as if I’d been caught peeking in a neighbor’s bedroom window. Occasionally there would be a caretaker around the grounds but somehow that only heightened the feeling of soundlessness.
And what is it about lawnmowers? How can they, noisy things that they are, contribute to that soundless Summer feeling. My neighbor runs his mower twice a week (that’s his grounds above) and the moment he shows up on his rider I slip into a soundless fugue state.
So. Obviously I’m wrong. It’s not soundlessness. Could it be that there are sounds specific to a hot Summer’s day? The hum of the mower, the squee-squaw of swings in the park…do shadows in high relief have a sound?
Hmmm….too hot to figure it out.
But not too hot to FINALLY! get to the winners of the Amouage Journey draw!!! Lawdamussy! I have at least 438 excuses, none of which you care one whit about. YOU WANNA KNOW WHO WON!
And so I shall tell you!
The winners of the Amouage Journey woman samples are:
The winners of the Amouage Journey man samples are:
I’m not usually gender specific on perfumes but on this one I really do want to see what the guys think of Journey Man & the women’s views on Journey Woman. Drop me a line at anita AT perfumeposse dawt CAHM (good grief but it’s getting harder to evade the ‘bots)…tell me what you won and where I should send it – and send it I shall!