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I just got back from a trip to the West Coast, celebrating 20 years with my partner, Richard. (That's not us in the photo. It's me on the left and Josh Meyer of Imaginary Authors on the right. Richard took the photo.) I thought I'd report back on the two perfume-related highlights. The biggest highlight was an afternoon hanging out at one of Portland's many brew pubs with Josh Meyer of Imaginary Authors, who is a really nice, humble, unpretentious guy. he brought along lots of samples for us to play with including a little atomizer of a special blend of Bull's Blood with oud that he made up for me. For those of you who have tried Bull's Blood, I'll just say that this is Bull's Blood made even more intense, if you can imagine such a thing. He also gave me a little bottle of a bit of a cypress/incense blend that is a potential future base for something. He had several of these potential bases in tow, but this is the one I kept gushing on about. He also talked a bit about his next release, which should be coming out this fall. It's called Cape Heartache, and it's "by" the same "author" who "wrote" Memoirs of a Trespasser. I wasn't able to smell any of it, but Josh described it as having pine and vanilla leaves (?) among its many notes. It should be exciting to check that one out this fall.

As I mentioned in another thread, I was also able to stop by Alder and Co. and snag what seems at the moment to be one of the last bottles of Slumberhouse Mare, a very green vetiver/violet fragrance, which I'm really enjoying so far. The women there were extremely nice and packaged my bottle as well as anyone possibly could, although the lack of a cap still resulted in a bit of leakage in transit. Hopefully, we'll soon see the return of the caps to the Slumberhouse line.

All in all, a great trip to the lovely Pacific Northwest!