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A strange thing happened to me on Sunday. I was watering some plants in my yard and some guy walks up to me and asks if I could give him a ride to the pharmacy...

I hestitated for a bit, but finally said okay. I guess I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt hoping that if I'm ever in their shoes and need help some one will help me some day.

We got in my car and I quickly discovered that this guy reeked of urine pretty badly. I speedily drove him to where he needed to go. As soon as he got out of my car I grabbed my little travel size bottle of Febreeze and sprayed the hell out of that seat.

Later, in my house I kept getting a faint whiff of urine. I took a heavy duty shower and loofahed myself vigoriously with TWO different kinds of soap. Some friends came over and we took their dogs to the park and swam a bit. Every so often I'd smell it again---urine--fleeting yet undeniable urine whiffs. It seemed like it was coming from me. I told my friends and they insisted that they couldn't smell anything.

It's still happening, but with slightly less frequency. Still though...that's kind-of creepy.


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Jun. 15th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
Oh my. That's majorly freaky. I do think that sometimes unpleasant smells get "stuck" in our noses, so maybe that's what happened.

You definitely deserve a gold star for being a good samaritan.
Jun. 15th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
My years of being a busdriver cured me of any desire to give random strangers rides.

We had some people that rode the bus that would literaly clear everybody else out. They'd be riding alone and the busdriver would be driving with the window open, blasting fresh air into his face.

I'm not sure why basic hygiene is so difficult for some people.
Jun. 15th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
It must be like the memory of the smell. Too bad it couldn't be like the memory of the smell in a bakery. Maybe you need to smell something else really good to get rid of the icky smell memory.
Jun. 15th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Were you wearing the same clothes you had on when you gave him the ride? That may be it. Sometimes bad smells can permeate into whatever it is you're wearing and follow you around until you change them and wash them.
I'm proud of you for being so giving but I worry about situations like these. Next time offer to give him busfare. He could have been a serial killer and wanted your skin to make a dress...not good!
Jun. 15th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah no kidding! Weren't you ever told not to pick up hitch hikers?! Well this is the same thing, only worse, seeing as he showed up on your DOORSTEP for cryin' out loud! Maybe I'm just selfish and paranoid, but I would have run in and locked the door, probably leaving the water running outside! So, if we don't hear from you for a few days, should we start looking for a urine smelling fellow?
Jun. 16th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
Just interested...
I saw your list of books on book_worm's request for 500 to read before 21, and enjoyed many of those books myself. Read some of your journal entries, and like your down-to-earth style with confidence and frustration intertwined. I'm at ckctomcat if you wanted to check out my crappy journal, or cazman@hotmail.com if you wanted to e-mail. Not some weirdo interested in romance--I'm happily married, just looking for solid conversation.
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