My Uncle

It had been far too long since I last saw him and his wife but regardless my uncle left his Earthly form last night. My father’s oldest brother was one of the sweetest, most cheerful and smartest people. His wife used to joke that he could donate serotonin. Ha!

He was president of his frat in college and then after graduating with honors attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Before leaving for Vietnam he fell madly in love with his wife, my aunt. They met at a club in downtown Minneapolis while dancing.

She was a pretty teacher who loved “That Girl” and he was a promising young accountant. They married and had two children.

Eventually he reached genuinely admirable heights in his career and so did his wife. They were devoted to each other. They also were absolutely fantastic grandparents. A wonderful uncle and aunt too.

My last conversation with him was about English Literature. It was a very short conversation but I’ll keep that with me until my own end in the future.


Roja Dove Diaghilev reminds me of a vintage D’Orsay chypre I own. I never thought I’d smell anything like it in current perfumery so this is certainly impressive in that way. And yet, ironically, I think if I didn’t already have vintage chypre bottles that are well preserved I’d appreciate this fragrance more. As it is, I appreciate it but would find it difficult to see the point in buying it given that I have a few bottles of vintage chypre perfumes that smell quite similar.

Yes, I bought one more round from Luckyscent.

Baccarat Rouge needs to be purchased. Enough said.

Strangers, A Sorta Fairytale in Hyde Park is…awful at first. Cloying, fake, saccharine. Yuck. The drydown is pleasing. Not pleasing enough to buy but nice… It starts to smell like burnt brown sugar.

I also tried BOHOBOCO Coffee White Flowers and Victoria Minya Hedonist Iris. They were nice. Not nice enough in my estimation to buy but that’s a matter of personal taste.


No sense saying more. I used to discuss perfume notes in detail but…no. Not today.

…I can’t believe I’m buying Baccarat Rouge. I fought it. But…it’s either a classic in its own time or worth enjoying while it’s still wearable.