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May 21, 2007

Spring scents

Posted by Nancy Guppy at 03:36 PM

There are a number of differences between "destination walking" and "meandering walking," namely structure.

"Destination walking" involves intense structure -- an action agenda, a well-thought out route, and constant wristwatch-watching.

"Meandering walking" is loose and free, much like Woodstock, sans nude mud bathing and Jimi Hendrix's inspiring rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner."

That said, here is an important similarity: Walking of all kinds is probably the best way to lessen your carbon footprint.

Plus it gets you up close and personal with the world. You see, feel and smell so much more than when you're driving fast with the windows rolled tight and the global-warming, self-cooling A/C blasting.

Which brings me to my most recent sojourn.

Walking to the video store to return a movie (eco-points, please), I passed through a new'ish smell. Spring brings out so many interesting scents and this one was hard to peg. Not exactly a flower -- a little too pungent and forced for that -- but something sweet and fruity. I quickly flipped through my brain card catalog* of smells:

Sweet tarts? No.


Old lady perfume? No.


Children's orange flavored aspirin? No.


Grape Kool-Aid? YES!

Okay, now for the source. Let's see, stalks of bamboo... trees... bushes... Sanikan... uh oh. Sanikan. That was my source.

Kinda wrecks my memories of grape Kool-Aid. On the plus side, I really needed to go.


*Card catalog: The Neolithic way we once located books in the library.

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