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I don't know about other people who were in the service but, when I was in a field unit, we spent a LOT of time in the motor pool(a.k.a. the really big parking lot/garage for civilians). I can't remember exactly, but it seemed like, pretty much every day we would go down there and do our checks on our vehicles, try to get the mechanics to pimp them out, endlessly load/unload/pack/repack/move these stupid medical cases(Sisyphean boulder) from one location to another, untangle and repack ground camouflage, etc. Anyway, I remember the really pungent odor of diesel blasting out from these big exhaust vents in the back of the tanks. I remember really cold mornings and it was kind of nice when one went by because it made everything warm(yeah, wonder why I am so retarded now? CO poisoning, lol!) Anyway, I just walked out to my car to grab a book and it's pretty chilly outside and a big UPS truck just went by and blasted me in the face with a big whiff of diesel and it instantly brought me back to the motor pool. They say smells evoke memories like no other sense can and I believe it. There is one other smell that can instantly bring me back to that same time period and it is Pine Sol. For some reason, when I was in, the army was obsessed with Pine Sol for cleaning. I can't stand that smell any more. If I walk into someone's house, and they use Pine Sol, it just smells like one big latrine to me.

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ange420
Mar. 11th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
My family's cabin in Tahoe smells verrrrrrry strongly of Pine Sol. We've had 3 different bear break ins (no one was ever there when it happened, but the bear(s) broke the window and ransacked the kitchen each time) and supposedly they dislike the smell of Pine Sol. So before anyone leaves the cabin, they place containers full of Pine Sol next to all the windows. It reeks!
petre
Mar. 11th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
our boat had exhaust port down low at the water line, right amidships, where you were exposed to it pretty much any time you walked down the side of the boat. the diesel exhaust smell eventually made me gag and wretch at the slightest exposure. luckily, the smell of the marine grade diesel, or the v-16 engines, or a combination of both, cannot be duplicated easily by large trucks or buses.
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houseofsmiles
Mar. 11th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I love how smells evoke those memories. It's insane how it will bring you back to the exact moment, like some weird time warp. I wish I could remember what it smelled like to be a non-smoker then just STAY there. Halloween candy bag....there's a good one.
karlgrenze
Mar. 11th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yea, but it will smell like a nice CLEAN latrine. ;)

I use it to clean my kitchen and bathroom, and use something else with my wood floors. My mom bought the stuff, so I just use it. It'll be another 10 years since I finish it. :)
thingstouchme
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh I have so many smell memories. My house burned down when I was in 7th grade, but some of the shit in a few of the rooms was salvageable, including some of my parents' clothes. They washed and washed those clothes several times to try getting the smoke smell out, using Tide. The Tide smell was in the new house for a long time, and to this day I hate TIde because it reminds me of my house burning down.

Also, I blame jet fuel for MY retardation! Jogging path/playground right at the foot of Air Force base runway = 2 year long fuel inhalation = DERRRR!
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