I’m writing this ahead of a much-needed holiday – March and I are planning a road trip to the Piedmont Triad (and, GASP! possibly a little side trip to MAYBERRY! (Mt Airy NC) – I actually have all the early Andy Griffith Show on DVD and have a couple of AGS reference books. I was even given a set of AGS trivia cards, back in the day when folks still played with real cards!
I’ll bore you with allll the details, when we return. For now, let’s talk about ‘us’. So. Back in the Jurassic Era, I remarked to my artist/rare bookseller then-husband that I kept seeing the same people at all the venues we attended. He replied that even though we lived in Chicago (hardly a small burg) there is a core group of like-minded people that you will always see, whether it’s artsy folk or foodies or booklovers. And he was, largely, correct – I found this in the Bay Area and even LA which, like Chicago, is spread out over a bazillion miles. But in general you will see the same folks at Steppenwolf that you see at Lookingglass, etc. And there’s usually some sort of crossover, with a lot of those folks attending avant-garde venues or some bizarre hybrid (Rare Cheeses/French Bulldogs? What? No? Are you sure? ).
Perfume, however, seems to cross over all sorts of demographics. When I first got involved in the genre, I thought all the women wore floaty, Ophelia-like garments and spouted poetry all the men to either be non-butch gay or metrosexual. Hey, I never said I wasn’t profilin’ !!! But that’s the point – much as I was intrigued to find that a Super Macho guy (a prison guard) is an opera devotee, or that a 40yr old, Asian urban mom is deeply into country music – finding that an amazingly diverse group of people are perfumistas was a delightful awakening for me. As I have learned to admit that my original thinking (which I would’ve sworn was somewhat sophisticated) was actually more rigid and prejudiced than I imagined, I find myself ever increasingly fascinated by what perfumistas are also into.
A lot of my interests are expected – and ancillary to perfume – I’m heavily into gardening and culinary arts, both of which have sensory attractions that dovetail with perfume. But I’m also a huge fan of Draft Horses – specifically the 6-Horse Hitch. Now. Y’all wanna talk profilin’? I am, quite possibly, the ONLY one of ‘my kind’ that you will find on that circuit. Lord knows I haven’t seen another ethnic person PERIOD at any of the Hitch events – ever – not even at the World Percheron Congress meetings ! And the aromatics at a Hitch series …well, no Amouage Lyric there (though it does have a distinct Dzing! vibe goin’)! I also enjoy – truly enjoy! – learning how to operate heavy equipment – I’m learning how to use a backhoe, coked to the gills in vintage Chanel No5. But I know I’m not the only one with interests that would lie outside the general Venns of what perfumistas should like. I remember writing a post that included a paen to automatic shotguns and Shotgun News – and how stunned I was as y’all crawled out of the atomisers to profess your own shotgun love!
And..I wonder how many of ‘me’ there will be, viztin’ Mt Airy? Hey, ya nebber know! I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find another Black, shotgun-lovin’, heavy equipment operatin’ perfumista. Hey, why not!
Hey, maybe s/he also collects Puppet Storybooks, Just. Like. Me.
So. I’m just being nosy now. What sort of things do you Posseites like to do? What do you do? (if it’s okay to say – I’ll go first: I was in Film Production for 30 years, now I own a custom machine shop. Newsflash: it’s the Persack Same Thing except: I now stay in Super 8s (Ravenna, Nebraska does not have a Four Seasons) and I wear a hard hat. Other than that? Pretty much the same thing, save the end product. Oh! And people are way less tiresome in machining. They don’t care what kind of handbag you carry or where you take them to lunch – they just want their damb parts!
I’d especially love to know the Really Weird Ones, the ones that run counter to perfume expectations!
The Girl’s manicure is holding up – mine is a mess because I just pulled a bunch of bolted lettuces – so she wants to show it off by poking random.org again – we’ll pull a couple of winnahs!
OOOH! and last week’s winners are
gmail me: evilauntieanita and give me your deeeetails. I’ll send you some goodies from the Messy Armoire!