Some people just don’t appreciate what it is that I do. I suppose it is odd, but Mother always says that it’s important to follow your passion. And smells have always been my passion. [note #18998: does passion have a smell? research project 3.3 under Emotions.] [note #18999: is passion an emotion? also research project 3.3]
A man at the post office began asking me what I was doing, and I described the goal of project 1.0 (leaving out the romantic details of course). I suspect he thought that I was joking. He laughed. [note #19000: breath smelled of stale coffee, ginger, garlic, and a mild degree of bacteria from gingivitis. start profile for man #422] I explained that not only was I proving a theory that American post offices (pre-1980s construction) have a universally common smell, but that isolating that smell was of great sentimental value to me. Or perhaps he suspected I was mentally ill and not in fact a life-long devotee of the collecting of smells.
Since the school board banning of my presence on elementary school grounds, I have been forced to continue my work strictly by memory. This has proven to be a challenge. Although elementary schools have many materials in common with a U.S. Post Office, they are not identical by a long shot. The presence of children and the materials that they use in school complicates the matter many-fold. [note #19001: Make a timeline of the history of the use of floor wax and cleaners grouped by school district within county]
I saw woman #374 again at the library today. I suspect that she knows that I’m observing her. She gave me a very queer look. It was in the form of a smile, but I suspect that it must have been something else entirely. I still do not know her name. But I have gathered one more component for her smell profile. Her sweater smelled faintly of cedar wood [#374 smell component #4]. I suspect that she must be storing her winter clothes in a cedar chest and has just now begun bringing them out because of the cooler weather. It’s a lovely addition to an already lovely profile. I hope to encounter her again soon.
Mother [profile #2] is calling for her chamomile tea and ginger snaps.