August 06, 2008

Sarah: That New Apartment Smell

Each night my apartment becomes stifling, the air thick with the scent of incense. The smoky aroma engulfs me, and I am left wondering how the neighbor's aromatherapy can effect my air quality to this degree. I tried baking brownies in retaliation, but they seemed unimpressed. Any fortification suggestions are welcome.

Across the grassy area separating two buildings within my apartment complex, I watch my neighbor's daily routine. Shortly after I come home from work, he walks out of his house wearing big noise-cancelling headphones, holding a glass mug full of lemonade, and dragging a white wooden chair behind him. He places the chair in the grass, 10 feet away from the street and sits nearly motionless for at least a half hour. I'm painfully curious about what could be playing in those headphones. A relaxation exercise, complete with soothing music and a Gaiam-worthy voice, directing his breathing and instructing him to visualize himself underwater? Perhaps he's learning French using a series of recordings? I'm dying to know.

Posted by sarah at August 06, 2008 09:12 AM

But...why learn French next to the street?

Posted by: lisa on August 6, 2008 09:53 AM

So, i find matches helpful in fighting unpleasant smells in missionary appartments. That sulfur sent really overpowers just about everything. In terms of incence, we once had this Jamaican couple show up at the church because they believed that they had a possesion problem. So we gave them a blessing each and sent them home. Do we went over and they had decided that loudly blaring bad signal christian radio and burning frankinsense throughout the house would help. A lot of frankinsense. Like we had trouble seeing in the appartment because of all the smoke. Leading me to say that the best solution is, um . . .
Open a window?

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on August 13, 2008 02:30 PM
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