Share Your World for July 6, 2020

Time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World! Follow that link for the instructions and the questions, of which my answers are below…

In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic? Waking up in the morning. A priest friend of mine said it’s a miracle you experience every day.

Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been? Anyplace there’s a paper mill. The worst was probably West Monroe, Louisiana. I have no idea what it is about the papermaking process that stinks so much, but trust me, it’s the worst smell I’ve dealt with.

What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults? Honestly, I can’t think of any. When people want to insult me, they’re usually pretty direct about it.

What incredibly common thing have you never done? Watch anything on Netflix, and honestly, I don’t know if I ever will.

See you in the funny papers!

20 thoughts on “Share Your World for July 6, 2020

  1. Early in my career, I worked for that industrial product distributor who shall remain nameless….but one of my customers was a corn syrup plant just outside of Lafayette, IN. When I’d call on them, there was that absolutely dreadful stink that I still smell to this day. How a vegetable could smell like that, I’ll never know. Even chicken processing plants I visited later in my tenure there didn’t smell that bad.


    1. The things I imagine they have to do to extract the syrup from the corn are what make it smell so bad. The syrup itself is relatively odorless.


  2. Flowers and animals are magic. Hamilton, Ontario stinks because they have steel plants right on the bay. When one travels on the QEW freeway and ready to go over the bridge, you smell it. It can be so strong that it has hurt my throat! “You look so good,…well for you.” “You are so bright but you are not really University material”( my Aunt). “ that colour looks good on you…who knew?” “ You make me laugh. At least that is going for you.” I have heard these and that comes to mind right away but there are others, never mind the outright insults. I don’t have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or any of these and don’t care to…I’m with you. My hubby doesn’t have a cell phone and doesn’t want one.


    1. I do use Spotify, Apple Music, and Prime, but I don’t really get into the video.

      I was in Hamilton a while back, but didn’t notice anything particularly foul about the air. Of course, growing up in Chicago Lord only knows what I was breathing, and driving through Indiana on the south end of Lake Michigan, there were steel mills and chemical plants, so it might have just been that I knew those smells…


  3. There used to be a paper mill in St. Marys, Georgia. We could smell it in Jacksonville, Fl and it was awful. Chicken coops are also bad.


  4. As a Brit I know everything we say is an insult disguised as a compliment – but mostly to our closest friends and family, so the hidden insult is actually a compliment in itself… We’re a strange bunch 🙂


  5. Thanks John for Sharing Your World! Netflix is pretty much over-rated in my opinion. You haven’t missed anything important. I like that idea of waking up as a miracle. That’s really cool. Thanks for sharing that thought! 😀 Paper mills stink? I had no idea. I know (having smelt these things) that hog farms really stink, a dead animal moldering under a house in the middle of July or August (in Utah where it gets upwards of 100 degrees on a ‘cool’ day sometimes) stinks horribly, and that process for fiber glass that they use next door in the counter top manufacturing business smell like hell (or what I suppose hell must smell like). I’ll have to add ‘paper mill’ to my list of stench ridden things to avoid.

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