Regarding my choice of the scent today: État Libre d'Orange Éloge du Traître
Yesterday, in my office, I ACCIDENTALLY spilled water from an electric water heater that was filled to the top. Let’s say 1.5 to 2 qt. of water directly over the air condition. Few minutes later, after I dried what I could, I felt the scent of burning plastic … Other than ruined air-condition, no other harm was done. It was a little exciting before I dared to press the switch on the heater but the fear of burning the entire building was stronger.
Anyhow, many coworkers came to complain about the smell. I felt bad. I never even wanted the darn water boiler to be placed over an air condition, nor do I ever use it to heat the water.
Today, another colleague came in the room asking if I’m sure that nothing is still burning. I knew immediately that he’s referring to Éloge du Traître so I just calmly assured him that there is no danger whatsoever. He advised me to open a window; "Something definitely stinks here". Yeah right. The heater is broken, I'm not opening the window today. But that made me wonder, what makes us make the choice for the scent that we will use. I was somehow influenced by yesterday’s event. I didn’t think about it in the morning.
What gives us the impulse to decide about the scent? Is it ever a random choice?