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...


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.