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  1. Re: If you could go back in time and smell the original formulation of ANY fragrance...

    Zibeline, Knize Ten, Apres l'Ondée, Tabac Blond, En Avion, Bois des Iles.
  2. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yay! I'm so glad that all of your errant parcels have been safely delivered. I've got two more en route, but I feel more confident now about their eventual delivery. Yes indeed, this thread has not...
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    Re: CHANEL Online Purchases?

    Maybe it's a mail routing issue, not originating within Chanel operations.
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Right, and then Guerlain had that batch issue with L'Heure Bleue and Mitsouko in 2015 (ingredients not performing as expected), corrected in 2016. They did not recall the inferior bottles, but they...
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    Yes, a lot like 1980! Catalogue payments by snail mail or over the phone, order forms readiing: "Allow two weeks for delivery." And that was actually fast, compared to some of the wait times cited in...
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    Re: Making a list and checking it... Twice?

    No time like the present to start keeping two lists, then!
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    Re: CHANEL Online Purchases?

    Wow, I hate to hear this. I haven't purchased from Chanel in at least a year, and my order was packed in the usual beautiful and sturdy Chanel box, along with samples in a pretty embossed bag,...
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    Re: CHANEL Online Purchases?

    I've never had less than perfect service through Chanel's online store. Products are beautifully presented, carefully packed and shipped quickly. Customer service is excellent.
  9. Re: Should I be worried if FragranceX sent me old Creed bottle?

    Totally agree! Your bottle is a toddler, not even an adolescent, in terms of its lifetime. It probably smells better than a newer one.
  10. Re: Rest In Peace Dzing! The greatest perfume ever.

    Such a shame this is being discontinued! I blind-bought it before the repackaging, glad I did.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I would guess it was routed incorrectly (the new normal :happy:) , but it will eventually get to you.
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    Re: Cant get past the bottle design.

    I could do without Guerlain's reworked bee bottles, especially for heady classics like Samsara. But overall, bottle design is not a deal-breaker for me.
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    There is something so deep, mysterious and Waterloo Bridge-y about the vintage. Current versions smell like l'Heure Bleue, all right, but those tender dimensions did not survive reformulation. This...
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    Re: Dark White Florals

    Great selection of samples, danygurl!
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    Re: L'Heure Bleue cheap now: recent EdT vs. EdP?

    Bigsly, go to eBay and Etsy immédiatement and search on "vintage l'heure bleue" - there are some really nice bottles for under $200 from the 60s through late 90s, parfums and EDPs.
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    Re: Dark White Florals

    Excellent suggestion! Yes, very much easier to find than Narcisse Noir, and much more affordable as a result. Danygurl says she likes a bubblegum note, so I guess we could toss Tabu into the mix;...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I am very glad to hear that your FedEx package finally arrived, and that your wayward USPS parcel is at least appearing in the system again! Now fingers are crossed for the other two not to go too...
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    Re: Dark White Florals

    You can't be sure, buying vintage is always a risk. But Narcisse Blanc is currently available and it's quite nice.
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    Re: Dark White Florals

    Absolutely. Minis from the 80s appear now and then on eBay for around $100, well worth the price.

    Caron's current Narcisse Blanc qualifies as a dark white floral, too - it's less deep and nuanced...
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    Re: Why do people do this ?

    That's my take on it, too.
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    Re: how do you know when a new batch is out?

    Companies do not publish that information, we have to check batch codes on bottles and boxes (they should match) and compare how things smell. An updated year on the batch code doesn't necessarily...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Thanks, JBS1. I was very surprised to get that tracking info finally, and can't help but think it had something to do with the complaint (not claim, as I originally thought) I filed this week. Well,...
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    Whoa, not what I would have expected from FedEx! Seems like there are problems across the board with shipping. I must say, international mail has always gotten to me faster than domestic mail - never...
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    Marvelous 'toon from Reddit, right on the money.

    Our packages are ambling and shambling around somewhere in the system, unscanned and tossed into random bins. I've noticed several times that...
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    Re: The Eyewear Thread

    Really elegant and timeless design - nice choice!
  26. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I won't, I'll allow 5 more days and if it's still not here, will file a claim.
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    Re: The Downside (?) of Try Before You Buy

    More than once, I've purchased a decant or sample and thought it was great, only to find that full bottles I subsequently bought smelled different. If you know which fragrance groups, notes and...
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    Thank you so much for that link! I see that I will need to wait a couple more days before I start a missing mail investigation. Much appreciated, JBS1.

    FedEx is a gem! Businesses will surely sit...
  29. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    I assume it was insured, it was shipped First Class by FragranceX. But, following the link you kindly provided, I see that I did not actually file a claim, I just opened a missing package complaint....
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    I hear you. Glad that UPS and FedEx are doing so well with their service in your area.

    The package I'm waiting for has not been scanned since Jan. 2 in NYC. I filed a claim with USPS on Jan. 8,...
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    Re: General query - 'returning' fragrances

    On eBay, sellers often state clearly that returns on personal items like perfume and cosmetics are not accepted. Discount houses tend to be more lenient, accepting returns if the customer says that...
  32. Re: I'm new to fragrences, and constantly worried about "overspraying."

    A very good tip! I often spray or dab the back of my hand in the evening, so that I can go to sleep thinking of something beautiful, instead of covid.

    Welcome to Basenotes, Vitamin D. Try not to...
  33. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Ahhhh, access code retrieved! :happy: That's good news.

    I got an email from my local post office saying they'd received the case number on my missing package claim, and they're "looking into it."
  34. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Such a mess. This situation is not going away anytime soon, I fear.
  35. Re: The Carousel of Fragrance 'Collecting' - does it ever stop?

    Yes, it's possible for your collection to eventually feel complete, i.e. sufficiently satisfying and option-rich that you don't experience internal pressure to keep adding to it. But it can take many...
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    Thanks JBS1, fingers crossed!

    I am glad that you received your decants, with no damage. Hope the packages you're still waiting for get to you soon and in good condition.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Businesses that don't give customers the option of choosing between carriers must really be taking a hit. I'm a cosmetologist (retired, but cut my own and my husband's hair) and need new shears, but...
  38. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    WOW. Unbelievable. The fact that it's actually been scanned along its crazy route makes me think you'll eventually get it, but....wow.
  39. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    No, that is just one of the stock arbitrary reasons they upload for not delivering a package. I've had "unsuccessful delivery attempt" be attributed to my business being closed (I don't have a...
  40. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I love how the tracking info changes from stating a package's actual location to "In Transit," with a throwaway line that "your item will arrive late." No actual info at all. My husband's aftershave...
  41. Re: The most "different than expected" fragrances

    Reformulated Tabac Blond and En Avion - they're both beautiful, but nothing like the pre-1980s versions. When I bought the current ones, I was expecting to find some degree of the originals' spice,...
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    Re: Stuck Glass Stopper

    I'm bumping this thread because I received a bottle of vintage Narcisse Noir extrait and the stopper simply wouldn't budge, despite applying my usual bag of tricks (20 minutes in the freezer, then...
  43. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Very true. 2021 will likely not see major changes.

    Since I once had a small package from MN take two months to get here, I hold out some hope that all of still missing parcels will get them...
  44. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Oh, boy. Scary!

    My husband ordered some aftershave before Christmas and it's still not here - nor has it ever been scanned after acceptance in NYC. Shipped First Class.
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    Re: Brands faking their color juice

    I am sure that is so, and as I said, it is characteristic of manufacture and does not constitute fakery.
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    Re: Brands faking their color juice

    I've always assumed that current fragrances (the ones in glass bottles,, anyway) are dyed. I don't think of it as fakery, just part of the marketing package. And it wouldn't affect the smell, any...
  47. Re: Fragrances that seem to lift your spirits when you're feeling down

    Rich classic florals from Guerlain, Caron and Patou.
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    Re: perfumes that get better with age

    Chanel, definitely. But I think that most well-stored perfumes get better over a period of months. They mellow and unfold. This is why I revisit least-favorite fragrances from time to time: some of...
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    Re: Lutens Website

    Maybe Lutens' US outlet, Saks Fifth Avenue, can help - they have a Contact Us page on their website, and a customer service number: 1-877-551-7257.
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    Re: Lutens Website

    Oh, sorry, I thought you meant that the contact page wouldn't come up at all on your browsers. It took LuckyScent about 10 days to respond to an email I sent, probably there are just a few staff...
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    Re: Lutens Website

    On their website (sergelutens.com), you can scroll down to the bottom of any page and click on Contact Us, which brings up a web-based contact page; alternatively, you can email them at...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    After awhile, it does seem as if you're watching a TV show - there's an almost casual curiosity about whether or not a package will arrive, an awareness of calculating the odds in a misty...
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    It sounds like packages are finally dribbling in, though the backlog will take weeks or months to clear up. Bark will probably end up with two or more useless debit cards by spring. Glad yoiur baking...
  54. Re: Has fear of reformulation, discontinuation etc. ever affected your buying to an unreasonable ext

    That describes my general modus operandi, too. Reformulations have taken place throughout perfume history, depending on availability and quality of ingredients, but not until the mid-to-late 1990s...
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    Re: Robert Piguet Your Favorites?

    Bandit and Fracas, hands down.
  56. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yep, it's happened to me, too. Weird! Love that episode with Newman.
  57. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Those expected hours of delivery are a bridge too far, I don't know why they even include them in the tracking info. Mine always start out saying "delivery by 2:15 PM"...then it changes to "...by 5...
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    Re: Share your blind buy statistics!

    Not counting different concentrations of the same fragrance, about 75% of full bottles in my collection were blind buys, and I've never hated, disposed of, or given any of them away. Even the ones I...
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    Re: Luckyscent Order Issues

    Yes, I emailed them last month and someone got back to me, but it took about 10 days. Most of the staff are probably working from home, minimal crew and so on.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Good coffee is such a comfort, you can never have too much :wink: If only it didn't need to be fresh-roasted, I'd buy it by the barrel. I remember the days when all we had was instant coffee (not...
  61. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    That's good news, Bark. My last parcel was scanned, too. Notices and documents, like your debit card and HouseofPhlegethon's bills, are a worry, and people ordering medications by mail must have...
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    Re: R.I.P. Pierre Cardin

    I was sad to see that this morning. What a game-changer he was.
  63. Thread: Weird Houses

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    Re: Weird Houses

    Demeter is basically a headspace technology house with a catalogue that includes some very weird scents.
  64. Thread: Weird Houses

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    Re: Weird Houses

    +1 for Olympic Orchids. I want to say House of Matriarch, but they also do some straightforward realistic scents.
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    Re: Riptide09 Intro Post!

    Welcome to Basenotes, Riptide09.
  66. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Absolutely awful. Who knows how all of this will end up affecting people's credit scores? And tax documents start going out next week!
  67. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    That's just it, you can't be sure the package is still sitting there.You might receive it any day, as things are not getting routinely scanned, even at the point of origin. It might still be in NY,...
  68. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yikes! Wouldn't that be a read!
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I've also had items delivered that were never entered as anything but "acceptance pending." :D

    ETA: Quite often, tracking info on Amazon will be different from what USPS shows, for example Amazon...
  70. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I have often seen that in my tracking messages, and assumed it meant that separate people, working in different areas of a facility, had scanned a package and entered the data with different tracking...
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    Re: The Grey Market

    I've only used gray market for perfume, and from what I've seen it does appear robust - probably doing better than ever, in these days of limited shopping options.
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    Re: The Grey Market

    That article was written in 2010 - I wonder what (if anything) has changed in the intervening years.
  73. Thread: Face masks

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    Re: Face masks

    Elastic, for convenience and because I don't wear the mask for long periods of time. I purchased a couple of "ear saver" straps on Etsy, but have not had to use them.
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    Re: Best less popular designer house in vintage

    Worth - although the house is venerated for its past glories, it gets little attention. +1 on Molyneux and Molinard, too.
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    Re: Loss of smell due to COVID-19

    I get how distressing this is, but please don't do anything drastic. The virus hasn't been around/studied long enough for anyone to know its longterm effects or eventual outcomes - parosmia and other...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I'd have to agree with you there! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    It does appear that our packages are starting to trickle in, despite the unreliability of scans. Maybe they'll all be here by the second...
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    Re: Vintage Balenciaga

    I haven't noticed that, but then again, with vintage bottles, one can't be certain how they smelled rolling off the production line. I love violet, and thankfully it's still front and center in my...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I, too, have harbored intermittent persecution complexes (I'm not prepared to call them delusions) related to the USPS. Do they have a "naughty list," like Santa Claus? I don't think they have a...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Very glad to hear it, Bark.
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    Re: Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas, happy holidays to all! I think I'll wear En Avion today, but maybe Shalimar.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I hope so, too, but bad performance and lowered expectations have a way of becoming the new normal.
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    Re: Vintage Balenciaga

    I am only familiar with Le Dix extrait, having developed an obsession with it a couple of years ago and purchasing bottles from its first year (1947), 70s and 80s. It has aged beautifully, which is...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    I'll bet it will come today, since it was scanned for Informed Delivery yesterday - probably still on a truck. Glad you got your coffee!

    In recent days, all of the major news outlets have had...
  84. Re: Do you gravitate toward scents similar to your cologne in other areas?

    No, I prefer all other products to be unscented.
  85. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    LOL! A bird in the hand...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Right. I've actually received shattered bottles of vitamin supplements shipped in padded envelopes. I buy all my supplements from one online store now, even though a few items cost more there,...
  87. Thread: USPS Anxiety

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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    A very good result, overall! USPS has damaged many more of my packages than any other shipper - I'm talking smashed parcels and/or boxes with huge gaping tears and punctures. Sellers who use USPS...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    :thumbup: UPS seems to be doing great, so far.
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    What a lot of hassle! But it's great that Peet's switched to UPS for your delivery. There's a good (or even) chance that you'll get it tomorrow. Nothing like a pot of great coffee.

    My book just...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yes, I see why hope is thin, Well maybe there will be a fluke and it will actually happen.

    I must try Peet's - after the holidays! :)
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yay! That bigger box at least meant your purchase didn't get lodged between post office counters and other parcels. I'm so glad your purchase got to you in good time.

    The company where we usually...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    It's dreadful, and the thing that scares me even more than the package situation, is paper mail delay and loss - bills, payments, insurance cards, credit cards, licenses, documents of all kinds. And...
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    Re: Your Therapeutic Fragrances

    White flower and sandalwood notes are restorative to me.
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    Re: Erectile tissue in the nose

    Indeed, alternate nostril breathing has many applications for healing and restoring balance on all levels - it's pretty remarkable.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    What an informative, enlightening thread this is. Shipping issues are such a huge problem, you'd think that more would have been done corporately (and pre-pandemic) to address problems and to...
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    Re: Erectile tissue in the nose

    Yes, there's a detailed yogic practice (Swara Yoga) based on this fact, and it's incorporated into many more general forms of yogic breathing (pranayama). Fluctuations between the two nostrils play a...
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Man, that is a new one on me. Thanks for posting (and you, too, Chuck) - always good to be forewarned.
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    Re: 1923 Colleen Moore video

    Oh, cacio, it's marvelous! If you get to Chicago again, be sure and go see it. It's the stuff of dreams.
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    Yes, exactly. You don't want the money, you want the item!
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    Re: USPS Anxiety

    The same has happened to me, several times. Scanned as delivered 20 minutes before actual delivery. The first time it happened was a couple of years ago, when phonng the neighborhood post office...
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