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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boat smell

Submariner wives either love it or hate it.. and sometimes both in the same day.  

Boat smell.  

To me, it smells a lot like a mechanic's garage.  [I think that's why I like it; because though I don't have many pleasant memories of my mom's second husband, who was a boat mechanic, I always had fun when he worked late and me and Scott would play in the huge garage.]  The smell is really Amine, which is the chemical in the submarine's atmosphere that is used to take out moisture. 

I totally didn't know that until I Googled Amine just now.. I just knew it was a chemical.  Learn something new every day..

So anyway, it's what my husband smells like every single day.  It means that he's home, and that I have him for a little while before that big black bitch gets him back.  (Sorry if that offends a grandparent or something.. but it's true.)  So when he brings his huge sea bag in, and dumps the dirty Amine-smelling laundry in the middle of the living room, I can't help but smile.  As much as it adds to my day, I love doing his laundry when he first comes home.  Know why?  Because it means he's home.


3 comments:

  1. This is SO interesting to me because I've literally ALWAYS wondered what that smell was!! Being military, we end up doing a lot of military-geared touristy things when we travel. When we went to Baltimore, we toured every single ship and sub in the Inner Harbor. And when we toured the sub, I thought "that's that smell again!! WHAT IS IT?" And I had the same thought you did...it smells like a mechanic's garage. So, thank you for putting this out there. I can't wait to talk to my husband in the morning and tell him what I learned. ;-D

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  2. Uhoh! Don't tell your husband yet! I was supposed to amend this to say that Amine is not for keeping moisture out of the air. And dadgumit if I can't remember what my husband said it is actually for. His response was "It's sweet that you looked it up, but..."

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