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Val / July 13, 2009 8:10 AM

Sunscreen in warm air, charcole, popcorn and hot rain.

Val / July 13, 2009 8:11 AM

oops... I mean charcoal :o)

sd / July 13, 2009 8:19 AM

outdoor cafes, flowers, the lake

Rachel / July 13, 2009 9:05 AM

freshly-cut grass and my drunk uncle's armpit

Katie / July 13, 2009 9:33 AM

Stale hobo pee in the Jackson tunnel.

Marie / July 13, 2009 10:32 AM

Nectarines. I don't even have to eat them. I can just stand there and smell them.

Mucky Fingers / July 13, 2009 10:43 AM

Chlorine and hot cement, sometimes combined.

Carrie / July 13, 2009 1:00 PM

Cookouts and some weird tree smell that bothers me.

printdude / July 13, 2009 1:25 PM

The ballpark: grilled onions, spilled beer, cracker jack, popcorn, grilled sausages, peanuts, sweaty men, perfumed ladies, suntan lotion and freshly mown grass.

anne / July 13, 2009 2:58 PM

fields of freshly cut grass

R / July 13, 2009 3:20 PM

Flame-broiled armpits wafting through the aisles of the bus.

David Grant / July 13, 2009 3:21 PM

Laundry, lavender, pizza.

Amanda / July 13, 2009 6:12 PM

There is a weird smell in the morning, a kind of sour smell that seems to be coming from the street. Not sure if it's the run-off from the sewer or what, but I only smell it when it's hot outside. That and cut grass.

cval / July 13, 2009 6:32 PM

Funk & Wagnels!!!! Taking the Summer Quarter at De Paul

fluffy / July 13, 2009 8:14 PM

freshly cut grass, humidity, sweat, coconut lotion/suntanning lotion, chlorine, fast food, cheap avon perfume, ocean/beach/fishy smell, flowers, marijuana, grilled food, cool (as in a/c) but moldy old bar.

Pete / July 14, 2009 10:41 AM

Too often, somebody else's armpit.

kelly / July 14, 2009 11:00 AM

Burning hot asphalt, which in turn makes me think of the extreme excitement of going to Great America as a kid.

Rose / July 14, 2009 12:29 PM


Elizabeth / July 14, 2009 4:32 PM

Carrie- I think I know what tree you're talking about--the ones with the white flowers? We used to call them cum trees in college...because we were ever-so mature.

spook / July 14, 2009 5:31 PM

moist soil

Carrie / July 15, 2009 12:13 AM

Elizabeth-- yes, that's the one! My mom knows all about trees and recently mentioned the catalpa tree to me-- I just looked it up and I think that is the one. I feel like it stinks before it flowers? ...when it's full of pods? ha cum tree-- what else would college kids call it? ;)

Guy Smiley / July 15, 2009 9:59 AM

Weed. Sweaty bodies. Charcoal. Dead fish. Alley urine. Stale beer. Cigarette smoke on the sidewalks now. The gorilla/lion house at the Lincoln Park Zoo. And the occasional sweet smelling flowers in the park.

Juana / July 20, 2009 3:32 PM

Yes, alley urine mixed with warm garbage smell.
The smell of the hot pavement after it rains and makes it steam.
Fresh cut grass of course.
Night humidity.
Summer lake breeze.

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