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  1. Sample glee! :D

    I love it when I get perfume in the mail. Today, three packages arrived. One, a swap, with a decant of Jicky PdT, and some nice extras, including a sample of Carnal Flower. Two, a sample of Serge Noire from the lovely Helg of Perfume Shrine. And three, samples of all three Elixirs Charnels from the Guerlain boutique in Montreal! I sent them a SASE containing the necessary decanting supplies, and they very kindly answered my request. So I will have many wonderful things to sample in the next couple ...

    Updated 22nd January 2009 at 02:33 PM by kopah

  2. Grrrrrr Gmail

    I've been a happy Gmail user since I got an early invite to use it several years ago. But today I think I might have to switch. (currently looking at Thunderbird)

    Normally Gmail will happily download my pop email (anything that goes to an or email address without a hitch)

    After a few days of not really getting any email (which is heaven, but concerning), it seems that Gmail as decided to stop downloading my emails as of about 4 days ago. I ...
  3. I Smell. . . Evolution

    Thanks to the generosity of other fragrance fanatics, the number of samples I have awaiting my sampling has grown. A lot. This post is just to kind of chronicle how my sample racks have changed. I have no doubt that other ideas could supercede even my current ones, but for now, this is my sample rack history.

    My very first sample rack was a little jewelry box. I don't have a picture of it. It got full. Some samples didn't fit in it well. And they didn't stand upright, which ...
  4. Quest for the Perfect Leather, Part III

    Cuir Pleine Fleur (Heeley)
    Weirdly vegetal. That cucumbery violet-leaf note from Narciso Rodriguez For Him is back, and I don't like it any better here than I did there. Why did I have such high expectations? LT gave it 4 stars (PtG fall '08 supplement), but I should have known when he noted the "fresh-green accord of violet leaf, citrus and vetiver" that I wouldn't like it. Who the hell wants a fresh-green leather anyway?

    Updated 21st April 2009 at 11:38 PM by kopah

    Leather Quest , Reviews
  5. Gay Marriage, Calif. Prop 8 & a World Perspective

    You guys know that my heritage is Spanish, right? Well, I just thought I'd post the words of Rodríguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, on the day the Spanish Cortes legalized gay marriage:
    [When the Spanish parliament yesterday took its historic vote legalizing both gay marriage and adoption of children by gay couples, Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero -- who put the full prestige of his office and party behind passage of the gay human rights legislation -- made one of

    Updated 8th November 2008 at 05:44 AM by JaimeB

    Personal Reflections