Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Smell Like a Fungus

In the northern United States, there is a fungus.  It is miles across, the largest single organism in existence.  Dig into the ground anywhere and you'll find it, or a part of it.  Remember this.

There is a smell to hotels, a hotel-motel smell, an old-carpet-cheap-cleanser smell.  The air thickens with it.  Open any hotel door anywhere in the world and you'll smell the same acrid scent in all of them.  It is like a fungus.  

Whatever you do, wherever you go, please, never go down into the basement of the hotel.  It's important.  Promise me.  Promise me you won't...

3 comments:

Wendy Sparrow said...

Yes, but did you know that fungus organism in Oregon is also edible.

Remember that!

Another reason to live in the Pacific Northwest--you'll never go hungry--though you may die from eating the wrong kind of mushroom.

(I liked the ominous mood to this piece. I almost didn't want to ruin it with light-hearted banter but, alas, I'm a slave to an immature muse.)

Unknown said...

I love that fungus. It's got so much awesome story potential in it. Real-life weird is the best weird.

Deb Markanton said...

Hey, I've been in those hotel/motels! That fungus is an entity unto itself. whoa. I did NOT go into the basement, thank god.