Letter to The Record and The Aegis | July 2, 2013
Editor: I lift the lid off the writhing pot on my stove and inhale deeply. The aroma of Old Bay seasoning and the briny crab reaches my nose, a smell so familiar and so comforting. Their bright red bodies smeared wholly with that special seasoning wipes away the fact that a mere hour earlier the pots contents were in a cooler on the floor, scratching and pinching, and blue. Placing the lid carefully back down, I turn my attention to the sweet corn, its smell dispersing through the kitchen alarming those present it is ready to be eaten, the broth milky and corn silk floating along in a one note soup.
by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2011
Emmy nominee Josh Charles told the Sun Magazine what he loved about Baltimore. Turns out it was some boring old building. But he did tell Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine In the August issue's "Life Happens While You're Eating" feature, the Baltimore native remembered his hometown when asked about his most memorable meals -- like a lot of us, Charles loves Boog's Bar-B-Q at Camden Yards and Obrycki's Crab House. Charles told the magazine, "I grew up going to Obrycki's, and the smell when you walked into that place- that combination of crabs and Old Bay- reminds me of summer and good times.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2005
Residents of a Sykesville subdivision say fumes from a Carroll County sewer system are seeping into their homes, causing health problems for their families and devaluing their properties. In a meeting with the county commissioners yesterday, residents of Shannon Run insisted on the installation of costly monitors that would detect minute levels - in parts per billion - of toxic chemicals in their homes because county inspectors have been unable to determine the source of the odor. The county has ordered two monitors from a Tempe, Ariz.
By JANET GILBERT | January 14, 2007
I am smelling like a man. I don't mean I am bending down to smell something in the way a man would because I have rarely witnessed a man performing the "voluntary sniff." A man, alone in an elevator, might perform an olfactory check of his pant cuffs if he has mistakenly walked through a dog park on his way back from lunch. But this is the "compulsory sniff"; something a man must do, apparently solo. My point here is, my actual person smells like a man. My best guess is that there was a mix-up at the factory that, coincidentally, makes both my antiperspirant and my laundry detergent.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
Responding to residents' complaints of an intermittent foul odor, the state Department of the Environment will collect and test air samples at Locust House in Westminster.Many of the 100 senior and disabled residents of the federally subsidized housing complex have reported the odor in their apartments and in common areas of the seven-story building, county inspectors said.An independent air-quality consultant inspected the building two months ago, but reported no problems with the air circulating in the 17-year-old building.
By Russell Baker | May 30, 1995
PENNSYLVANIA Avenue has been routinely open to traffic for the entire history of our Republic. Through four presidential assassinations and eight unsuccessful attempts on the lives of presidents, it's been open; through a Civil War, two world wars and the gulf war, it was open. And now, it must be closed."That from President Clinton, announcing "a responsible security step necessary to preserve our freedom"; to wit, closing Pennsylvania Avenue to motor traffic.The thing about keeping them underground was they looked so awful when you brought them up. Pale as a slug's belly.
By Special to the Sun | October 17, 2004
A Memorable Place The pleasures and pains of Africa By David Berry SPECIAL TO THE SUN The first thing you notice in Africa are the smells. In Nairobi, Kenya, it is the smell of walking dusty paths along city streets choked with fumes from poorly tuned, oil-burning cars and trucks. It is the smell of corn roasting over open charcoal fires. Even in the best neighborhoods, it is the smell of trash burning along the roads. It is the smell of poverty so overwhelming that the average American has no frame of reference.
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2004
After weeks of eight-hour days spent working in offices that smelled distinctly like a locker room -- sweaty, musty and dirty-sock-like -- some employees in the Howard circuit clerk's office were so frustrated recently that they talked about staging a sickout. "It got to the point the smell was still around. People were sick," said Katherine Beane, who is executive assistant to Clerk of the Circuit Court Margaret D. Rappaport. "We were just a bit fed up." But after a weekend away, and with the air somewhat better, they shelved the idea.
By JACQUES KELLY | June 9, 1993
You know you're in a Baltimore alley when the garbage bag of post-Memorial Day hard crab shells emit an odor that could make a Marylander denounce seafood.This time of year, the heat, haze, humidity and rain combine to give areas in Baltimore scents that belong to us and nobody else. Depending on where you are, the scents reflect geography (Chesapeake Bay and the Patapsco River), industry (old smokestacks and decaying sewers) and personal taste (Old Bay crab seasoning).Not all the scents are bad. Nobody hates those coming from a bakery.
By Diane Winston | March 14, 1991
Think bar. Think smell. Think smoke, sweat and beer.Now think again.At Turner's, a modest-looking watering hole in Federal Hill, the air smells sweet. A scent, gently tickling the brain, pricks the edge of memory. Sometimes it's cedar, redolent of winter holidays. Other times it's eucalyptus, Mother's warm compresses on the chest.Customers at the bar keep time to Motown and swill their beer. It's relaxed here and the regulars say it has something to do with the small, cream-colored machine gurgling behind the bar."
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