Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been trying my best to work on a profile on Ensar Oud combined with reviews of three of his sandalwood oils, but I keep getting distracted by events.
Yesterday, my hosting platform, Dream Host, was hit by a “crippling” DDoS cyber attack on their global servers that, at one point, temporarily sent my site and thousands of others into a crashing void. Constantly receiving alarming messages about that was no fun.
And, today, my city is in the bulls-eye center of a major hurricane with “life-threatening” rainfall predicted. It’s supposed to hit later this afternoon. I’m actually a bit nonchalant about it all except for one thing: The Hairy German is going to completely lose his mind. He hates storms, even minor ones, and even on Melatonin to calm him down, so this afternoon is not going to be any fun at all. And heavens only knows what’s going to happen by evening when he needs to go out to do his business and I have to try to explain about Category 3 level hurricane aftereffects. So, please, wish him luck. Not me, him.
Since I find it completely impossible to focus on serious writing with every news site warning of deaths and major flooding in my area, I thought today was a good day for one of my occasional Grab-Bag Posts about more lighthearted events and subjects. Consider this my laughing in the face of potential chaos. (Although I won’t be laughing if I lose all power and my arctic air-conditioning….)
AMUSING OR INTERESTING PERFUME ARTICLES:
I thought this was hilarious: “New Fragrances Let Sugar Babies and Daddies Sniff Each Other Out.” Racked’s description is even better than that title, particularly for one of the fragrances:
the sugar baby/sugar daddy dating site Arrangement.com just dropped a collection of fragrances geared toward its very specific audience. It’s called “The Essence of Sugar Dating.”
First off, we have the Sugar Drop line, featuring Filthy Rich, Billionaire Baby, and Sweet Hustle. Top notes of condom wrapper and champagne? Sorta! In the press release, Filthy Rich is described like so: “Reminiscent of the most memorable nights, the bright and robust Filthy Rich combines powerful hints of berry and sea splash with an undertone of freshly printed money.” [Bolding emphasis to names added by me.]
That official scent description for “Filthy Rich” never fails to make me laugh. The other fragrances in the line don’t sound any better, and each one costs $99! This is Racked’s snarky take on some of the others:
For the gentlemen, we have the Papa-Gâteau Collection. I don’t speak French, but Google Translate tells me that translates to “Papa Cake,” which somehow sounds even more disgusting than “sugar daddy.” The scents on offer are Opulence, NSA (which stands for “no strings attached” — you can be excused, in light of recent headlines, for thinking it meant “National Security Agency”), and Liquid Asset. “A sexy, fresh, and aquatic aroma with bergamot, neroli, and tangerine, Opulence combines notes of rosemary and jasmine on a woody — err, woodsy — base.” That’s it, I’m not reading any of the other descriptions to you. [Bolding emphasis to names added by me.]
Moving on, some of you may have already seen this June article from The Telegraph, but I thought I would share it for anyone who may have missed it: “Stagnant water, charcoal, semen… 10 smells that changed the perfume industry.” It lists quite a few fragrances that are well-known to niche perfumistas, like Avignon, Molecule 01, En Passant, or Secretions Magnifiques. One fragrance was unfamiliar to me, however: Killian Well‘s 2015 Dark Ride. The article states:
The inspiration was a log flume ride so, “it smells of chlorine, stagnant water, pyrotechnics, and mildew,” says Catterall. “It absolutely stinks, but people love it.
I don’t know about you, but the smell of mildew is one of the things I loathe the most. I simply cannot imagine wanting to waft not only mildew, but mildew combined with some of the other things on that list. Have any of you tried Dark Ride? Does it really smell as described?
TELEVISION, MOVIES, LIFE & OTHER THINGS:
I’d planned to talk a little about Game of Thrones which I think has been wonderfully nerve-wracking, despite all its plot holes and bizarre time/geography issues this season, but my lights just flickered ominously, so I better wrap things up as speedily as I can manage.
Television I’ve loved this summer: Game of Thrones, Endeavour (the Morse prequel series), old seasons of the Great British Bake-Off, and some Scandinavian Noir shows on Walter Presents.
Happy Book/Movie News: I was delighted when I heard that enchanting, funny, quirky, and sweet bestseller, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is going to be made into a movie. It’s a lovely book. (Amazon link.) On the surface, it all seems very light-hearted, a book club formed by eccentrics in WW2, but there are darker veins running underneath because, as some of the publisher reviews state, the club is really a facade “to protect its members from arrest at the hands of the Nazis during WWII.” As one noted, “it is the tragic stories of life under Nazi occupation that animate the novel and give it its urgency; furthermore, the novel explores the darker side of human nature without becoming maudlin.” The upcoming movie reunites several Downton Abbey cast members, along with Tom Courtney and Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis in GOT) under the direction of Mike Newell (Harry Potter, Great Expectations, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco).
Music: I’m listening to Sisters of Mercy‘s Floodland because it seemed like a good choice for today. This Corrosion has always been a favourite of mine, although right now I’m not saying to “give me the rain”!
The Hairy German: Some of you always kindly ask about my Teutonic Overlord and his iffy health. He’s okay. His three main chronic and/or life-threatening issues are under control, but he’s begun to frequently limp and go lame on one side, and I’m starting to worry about a neurological, degenerative condition (e.g., Degenerative Myelopathy) which his vet has said might be a possibility. We’ll see.
Right now, I’m more concerned about how His Imperial Highness will fare during a hurricane and its aftermath. He has new toys, treats, tons of Melatonin in his future, and shall have his paws kissed throughout, but that still doesn’t answer the question of what we’ll do if he needs to go to the bathroom and there is a tornado or the expected 35 inches of water outside. Okay, he swims, as do I, but really, that’s not an ideal scenario for him going to the loo, is it? In hindsight, maybe I should have trained my giant German to use a litter box. Anyway, as you may have gathered by now, I’m not looking forward to the next two days at all.
So, what’s going on with you? Tell me about your news, fun stuff, things you’ve been reading or watching, movies you loved (was Dunkirk as good as reported? I’ve been dying to see it), your weekend plans, or anything else that you’d like to share. Between working on the upcoming Ensar Oud sandalwood article, testing more of his ouds, and the events going on outside, I may not be able to reply much (or at all), but I would love to hear your news and it will be a lovely distraction when Mother Nature turns my city into one giant swimming pool.
[UPDATE 8/27: We’re all well. Safe, but a little soggy. Thankfully, the predictions of another Hurricane Katrina did not turn out to be founded. There was no damage in my area, but parts of the city have, indeed, turned into a swimming pool:
Some people are apparently canoeing to their houses and the airport is closed. Even so, things turned out to be much better than expected and feared. We were all a little unnerved when the hurricane was upgraded to a Category 4 late Friday, expected to be the deadliest to hit the state since 1961, and also compared to Katrina in its anticipated aftermath. Some parts of the region are suffering and, tragically, some people have died but my region was spared the worst.
I wanted to thank all of you for your good wishes and thoughts. It meant a lot.
UPDATE 2 — Noon: The situation has worsened quite significantly, I’m afraid. Water levels are rising sharply while the rains are getting more torrential. Things are expected to continue this way for the next week with “catastrophic” and “epic” damage anticipated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is what it is like already in some parts of the city:
Given the situation, the next post on Ensar Oud may be delayed a little. Thank you for your understanding.]