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Sunday, November 29, 2009

An observation

Most of my Sunday morning hitchhikers/passengers tend to be soldiers heading back to their bases after having been given permission to go home for the weekend.

I never really spent much time thinking about it before today, but there is definitely a specific scent to the car based on the gender breakdown of the soldiers.

For instance, even after a weekend at home, a carload of male soldiers will usually smell like a combination of gun oil, B.O. and a pile of freshly laundered clothing that has been heavily doused in Axe body wash and deodorant. 

A mixed carload of male and female soldiers will smell of gun oil, B.O., fabric softener and Axe.

This morning was the first time in a very long time that I've had a car full of only female soldiers; a group of women heading down to officer's training at the 'Bahd Ehad' base in the Negev. 

In addition to the smell of freshly baked cookies (which one of the thoughtful young women brought me as a thank you for the ride), the car smelled like freshly laundered uniforms, soap, and a soft hint of shampoo.

Look, I don't shop around for passengers... they find me.  But I have to say I much prefer the smell of today's lot over the usual mixed or all male crowd.

Posted by David Bogner on November 29, 2009 | Permalink


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Do they just stick their thumb out?

Posted by: Steven | Nov 29, 2009 2:25:15 PM

Ha. Young guys think that the more Axe they put on, the sexier they are ;)

Posted by: Jacob da Jew | Nov 29, 2009 2:32:20 PM

Yeah, but gun oil and B.O. are the smells of victory.

Posted by: sobersubmrnr | Nov 29, 2009 2:43:18 PM

Steven... what a question!

Jacob da Jew ... I sometimes think that after a late saturday night with friends, some of these guys swap a shower for a good dousing in Axe. :-)

sobersubmrnr... Nooo, that would be 'Napalm in the morning'. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Nov 29, 2009 3:16:17 PM


Posted by: uberimma | Nov 29, 2009 7:45:23 PM

Everyone likes the smell of freshly washed women :-)

And all guys like the smell of gun oil!

And BO, we can all do without.

Posted by: Mark | Nov 29, 2009 7:51:21 PM

I decided to have mercy on my teenage boys and not write a blog post about them "discovering" this Axe stuff. Yowzers!!!!

Posted by: westbankmama | Nov 29, 2009 7:57:13 PM

In LA if you smell Axe it is a guarantee it will be accompanied by males speaking Hebrew.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 29, 2009 10:57:29 PM

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