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shower cologne

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shower cologne
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This is the very first bottle of cologne I ever owned. Actually, this is the second bottle of that scent because I used up the first pretty quickly and had to replace it immediately, back in...1983?

A smell can transport you to an exact moment and time and I used this bottle as a time machine throughout my life to recall happy carefree summers spent in Tokyo as a girl.

Cologne doesn't go bad like milk, but it changes, like wine. And when I took a whiff of it today, I was surprised to find that it no longer took me to that familiar place. Yet another bittersweet reminder that the tighter your grip on something, the more resolute its ability to slip away and become what it must, estranged and even obsolete.

I emptied out the magic potion and recycled the bottle.

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