Thursday, June 22, 2006
For those who have never worked food service, I don't imagine you'll understand this fully, though there are other industries with distinct smells.
I smell when I come home from work. I'm not talking BO from sweat at work (though that too is alway possible...), what I'm talking about is smelling like the restaurant we work in. Each place has a slightly different and distinct smell. Red Lobsters smell like Red Lobsters wherever you go. I know this is the same for other restaurants from my experience in other companies. The customers like this smell for the most part. They associate it with positive things - good food, fun etc. Waiters on the other hand are repulsed by this smell (so are their spouses!). I come home smelling like a big basket of fried seafood. My clothes reek of it. I could be blindfolded in a room and still be able to point to my clothes because of the smell that eminates from them. Now some might joke that washing your clothes and taking a bath could fix that, but the truth is that washing the clothes only partly removes the smell. Only after bleaching do my shirts fully loose the stench of Red Lobster. My pants and apron seem to never loose that distinct smell. I notice the smell most strongly when I've been away from work for a while. If I take a week off from work, when I first enter the store it's like a scented punch in the nose when I open the doors. They say that scent has the strongest triggers for our memories of all our senses.
The smell of a Red Lobster will forever be one that I will not enjoy, far too many days of my life spent in those confines.
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