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Follow-up to my "scents" thread... [14 Oct 2005|09:00am]
I believe one or two of you didn't see the humor in my last post... While I DO have a preference for strong, liquory-smelling cologne, I don't really hold anything against men whose preferences tend toward the more flowery side of the olfactory spectrum -- "to each his own" has always been my mantra. Far be it from me to poo-poo a fellow for having "feminine" qualities -- I am a DANDY, after all!

That said, I was (QUITE ironically!) horrified yesterday when I found myself ambushed in a department store by a salesman with a spray bottle of cologne! He sprayed me without warning with a blast of rose-tinged mist and asked me if I liked it!

I am quite alarmed and disconcerted! Men are NOT supposed to have to deal with this sort of perfidious bamboozlement!

(By the by, I agree strongly with the sentiment that cologne should be applied quite conservatively! After smelling strongly of roses for several hours yesterday, I've only become more resolved in this tenet - as one gentleman on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" once said, "spray and walk away!")
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