Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ooh, Ooh That Smell!

Ooh, ooh that smell

Can't you smell that smell?
Ooh, ooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you.

-Lynard Skynard from "That Smell"

(While reading the following keep in mind that I work 3 days every other weekend.)

Friday I arrived to work with my canvas work bag in tow. I sensed the foulest of odors surrounding me. What in the world was it? I bathed so it shouldn't be me. The stink was pretty bad. I eventually found the source: the smell was emanating from my bag. I carefully removed items from my tote, one by one. The stench was overpowering. At last, I found the culprit . . . a leaky container of chopped tomatoes from the deepest depths of my duffel. These tomatoes had been fermenting for 2 weeks! Trust me . . . it was not a pretty site.

My colleagues, at work, were none too happy with me either. The aroma of air freshener does not cover the putrid and rancid scent of rotting tomatoes but rather forms a whole new nasty and pungent smell all together.  (Gag!)

In the meantime, it may be awhile before I have the stomach to look at, or even eat, another tomato.


Willoughby said...

I can imagine what it smelled like! I left a bologney sandwich in my locker for a few weeks when I was in middle school.

Will you have to replace your bag?

Lissaloo said...

Ewwww, when I pregnant with my first I left some cucumbers in my purse in the hot car for a couple days, gag, I still have a hard time eating cucumbers and that was over 10 years ago.

ChristineM said...

I was wondering the same thing that Willoughby asked - I have a friend who bought a new car because somehow a steak (packaged up from the grocery store) had slipped under the back seat. They kept bringing it to the shop, thinking some critter crawled up and died in the vent...then her husband found the true culprit! Even though no one else seemed to detect the smell, she always smelled rotting meat when she got in the car. So, new car for her!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I found a rotting watermelon MONTHS after it had started to rot and get all moldy and rancid, in my pantry. For a couple weeks the stench was growing and no one could find a source. The watermelon had fallen behind the bakers rack; it was the grossest thing (other than animal) I have ever smelled.

Raoulysgirl said...

When my brother and his first wife were first married, they moved into this tiny little apartment in town. It was one of those one-room plus a bathroom things. The weekend that they moved in, the weather was beautiful and all of the windows (what few there were) were open. A few days later, the weather started getting warmer. The warmest day, they still hadn't turned their ac on. When they got home from work, the smell in their little apartment was PUTRID. I happened to be spending the night with them (I was still a youngster). After calling their landlord and everyone doing a "search for the smell" routine, my brother found it. The last tenants (who were evicted) had left a housewarming gift for the next renters...some sort of fish (it was too far along to identify the exact variety) in one of the vents. It was LOVELY!!!

Charisse and Holly said...

Please, please don't blame the poor tomato. It had no choice in the matter. Have you ever wonder if our tummys smell bad on the inside? Mixing all of those foods together, and then taking their own sweet time to push stuff through. Now that is something gaggy to ponder. You have a plethora of awards. I'm giving you another...come by our blog.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Now I don't know if I can ever eat a tomato again either!! Stopping over from Life Laugh and Latter. New follower too!

Tracy said...

right now we are dealing with broccoli smell in the house and that is bad enough.

kyslp said...

Blech! I'm glad that I didn't like tomatoes before I read this.

Rachel said...

Grouse! Thanks for the laugh.... I think the stench of a rotten potato trumps a tomato though! They are foul smelling!


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