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Thread #59418   Message #1569344
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
23-Sep-05 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads


For the last couple of days I've been catching whiffs of a vaguely familiar odor. "What's that damned smell?" I'd ask myself every few minutes. "I don't think it's something burning. Smells more like something chemical. What the hell is it?"

Finally, I recognized it as being very similar to the smell given off by PVC pipe when you cut it. "But I haven't done any plumbing work for months." I said to myself, "Maybe it's from that oil processing plant a few miles down the road." (Have I ever mentioned that there are a bunch of oil wells around here?) But my wife couldn't smell anything so that sorta dashed that idea.

Then I noticed that the odor was more pronounced when I was at the computer. "Oh, hell!" I thought, "The friggin' computer's melting." So I took the cover off the computer and sniffed around. Nothing.

"All right," I thought, "it's obvious that I'm losing my mind. I've always heard that olfactory hallucinations are the first indications of the onset of schizophrenia. This must be it. Time to head off to Chattahoochee and do the Thorazine Shuffle with the rest of the loonies."

So, while I was taking a break from searching for downloadable Power of Attorney forms so my wife could take care of my affairs while I was off being Chief Broom, I took off the reading glasses that I have to wear for computer work and noticed that the smell went away. Put 'em back on, the smell came back. "Aha!" I mentally exclaimed, "It's the damned nosepads on these new el cheapo reading glasses! They're made of a PVC-related plastic! I'm not whacko! Well... not whacko enough to be Baker Acted... yet."

I just hope the smell goes away as the things age and the plastic finishes curing. Sorta hard to ignore it when it's on your nose.