People In Perfumeland – The Husband Tells All (And More)

Today I want to introduce you to somebody who is in Perfumeland almost against his will (but I think in the meantime he finds it rather nice here among us fumies). He is related to Olfactoria by marriage and has followed the blog’s progress from Day 1, whether he wanted to or not.

The Husband, as he is known to regular readers from comments or my allusions to his shenanigans, fragrant or otherwise (otherwise most often means something bacon-related), lets us in on his deepest secrets today.

A surgeon during the week and barbecue specialist on the weekends, The Husband is a busy man, but he is never too busy to read my posts and all your comments and for that I want to thank him. He is my first critic and the one always pointing out typos before I embarrass myself.

His own journey into perfume is not an inconsiderable one either: from Ralph Lauren Polo Blue to Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan it is quite a ways and I am proud of his sophisiticated tastes nowadays.

So without further ado, I present to you: The Husband!

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I always look this angelic and innocent and the lighting in this particular photo has nothing at all to do with it!

A good day starts with… chorizo fried in extra virgin olive oil, one or two eggs sunny side up, and a loaf of bread.

I’d never leave the house without… clothes.

I always feel good… when I think of bacon.

My favorite thing in the world is… bacon, and my wife, and the kids, and bacon.

bacon The next thing I want to buy is… lunch (preferably with bacon somewhere in it).

The place I always come back to is… my dear Auntie Anne’s place. (Yes, she of pretzel fame.)

My personal style is… very much determined by my wife. So I guess (after asking her) it is classic-relaxed. Oh and scrubs, I look ravishing in scrubs.

My favorite perfume… that’s a trick question I will not answer as not to make a fool out of myself in front of an audience of thousands of fresh-fruity-floral hating people.

When I travel… I worry about my feet smelling up the plane.That’s why I wait until my neighbor takes his shoes off before I do and then I give him a look like it is all his fault.

To relax I need… about 12 seconds to fall asleep.

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Our borrowed dog, Kira.

I like to gift people with… presents (they have selected themselves beforehand, so nothing can go wrong. Yes, I’m a coward like that).

When I have a bad day… I remind myself that coming home to two screaming kids will probably make my day even worse, so I might as well get over it.

I find my inspiration… just as important as my expiration.

Something I would never want to miss is… the evacuation bus in case of an alien attack.

My last mistake was… a fried bologna sandwich at Boomer’s Restaurant in Louisville, KY on August 2nd, 2012.

In my fridge there is always… a big chunk of ice in the back with food frozen to it. Maybe it is time to look into that… (Editor’s Note: That is so not true!)

On my nightstand… I keep a mess. (Editor’s Note: That is quite true!)

The perfect weekend… starts with Friday morning.

My role model… is Robert K. Merton. (Having King be your middle name must be just awesome.)

Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this… is my views on the Roswell coverup. (But I have to deal with my wife rolling her eyes heavenward, so I’d better not get into details.)

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The boys and the car – almost all I need.

It is pretty clear that bacon plays a significant role in this man’s life. So does finding ways to drive his Landrover Defender into the next available ditch on purpose and discussing conspiracy theories.

I’m glad he found a way to accommodate perfume into this very different world as well.

Thank you for this interview, M!


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77 Responses to People In Perfumeland – The Husband Tells All (And More)

  1. cookie queen says:

    1. I need to make you a proper bacon butty one day.
    2. For a split second I thought our fridges could be friends.
    3. We could discuss whether man really did land on the moon – or if it was a big epic hoax.


  2. Anka says:

    Thanks for featuring The husband, Birgit (and for the lovely pictures), I had great fun reading the answers!
    He seems to be a happy person, someone who fells asleep as quick must be.
    Ha, I guess my husband can relate to some of the preferences: He has a thing for bacon, too, always rolls his vegetables into bacon slices…and any fragrance which smells fresh and fruity gets a thumbs-up.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Anka.
      Vegetables wrapped in bacon? Hmmm, that might be the solution for my younger son to finally get some veggies into him.

      • Anka says:

        Could work, it’s best with green beens, zucchini and even broccoli. But my favorite is plums and dates (withoug kernels, of course) wrapped in bacon and simply roasted in a pan. It’s perfect together with rice or simply as finger food or hors d’oeuvre. So good!! Now, I am really getting hungry…

  3. Sandra says:

    Great answers!!! Had me laughing. Wishing you all a fantastic summer with the borrowed dog, BBQs and car! Xoxo

  4. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Oooh, all that lovely bacon (I’ve always thought doctors live the most unhealthy life of us all).
    Anyway, one day I’d like to assist you when making your famous “Turduck” 🙂
    Have a very happy summer, Dr.O !

  5. Ines says:

    That was a great idea to interview the Husband! 🙂

    I wonder if he is a fan of bacon? 😉
    Btw, I don’t think we hate fruity-floral people. It’s just that we might wonder about their perfume taste… 😉

  6. Sabine says:

    Hallo, the husband.
    Looks like you made a good catch, Birgit, although I assume a surgeon with a sense of humour can be a tad disconcerting.
    And what is it with men and bacon? It’s just a strip of bit smoked meat.

  7. Johanob says:

    AWESOME!!Lol!And Love the bacon myself!You have a very gorgeous family B!Happy Wednesday!Johano

  8. What a wicked sense of humor 🙂 I’m sure there is a bacon scent out there somewhere so that he can be surrounded by it’s goodness all day long. Hmmmm, maybe one of those Pizza Hut fragrances would do the trick?!

  9. poodle says:

    Were our husbands separated at birth? Bacon, fruity florals, dry sense of humor… He’s a character. I love how his perfect weekend starts.
    When I was at Foxwoods Casino I went into the candy store there and they had an entire display of bacon stuff. Gum, candy, lip balm, accessories. Bacon everything. Lots of great gifts for the bacon lover. I’ve seen bacon scented candles too.

  10. Tara says:

    Oh this is too good! Brilliantly, brilliantly funny. Especially loved the place The Husband always comes back to and his role model.

    How great that he reads all your posts and has graduated to Ambre Sultan.

    Great pics too. Although none of M in scrubs? 🙂

    For some reason I’m cravng a bread and meat based snack…

    • Olfactoria says:

      I had to laugh about the “role model” too.
      I have a pic of M in scrubs, I even uploaded it on wordpress, but then I didn’t want to go overboard. Maybe that was a mistake? 😉

    • the husband says:

      Ambre Sultan is a great perfume, I have to say. Serge, if you are reading this, I will be in Paris soon. How about a drink?

  11. Vanessa says:

    A man who looks ‘ravishing in scrubs’. I love a good oxymoron. No, I bet he jolly well does too. And one would have every confidence in the ability of a bacon-fuelled surgeon. Seriously, when M is over in Portland for that award thingy, he needs to hook up with Chickenfreak and her husband, who can take him on a guided tour of the city’s bacon-forward eateries.

    Loved the image of food encrusted ice at the back of the fridge! We all have a bit of that. And I envy M’s ability to fall asleep so fast. Probably just as well since he wakes up routinely at 3:30 AM in any time zone.

    Oh, and he missed the second ‘m’ in ‘accommodate’. Probably minding the grill at the key moment…;)

    • Olfactoria says:

      I wanted to add that you too are my very reliable and trusted spellchecker, the missing m (and now rectified) is the punishment for leaving that out apparently. 😉

      His ability to fall asleep that fast is a bit irritating as it happens whether he is in the middle of a conversation or not. 😉

    • the husband says:

      Doesn’t everybody look ravishing in scrubs? Why do you think Clooney had his big breakthrough? Falling asleep is easy, even when it happens in the middle of a sente

  12. Carol says:

    Your husband is absolutely hilarious! I nearly choked on my morning coffee reading this!

  13. ringthing says:

    This truly made me laugh out loud, especially the mistaken fried bologna sandwich remembered right down to the date! That would leave an impression ☺

  14. I loved reading what your hubbie had to say. He has the funniest tongue-in-cheek humour! I heartily approve of his fixation with bacon – does he know that there is a bacon perfume out on the market? Just google ‘Fargginay’ 😀 Thanks for sharing with us, and what beautiful kids you have, too!

  15. Shelly says:

    Fun read, thanks

  16. Suzanne says:

    I think I told you this before, but we have an Austrian restaurant in our town that has as its logo, “Herwig’s, Where Bacon is an Herb.” Sounds like it’s an herb for Dr. O, too! 😀

    I thoroughly enjoy it whenever Dr. O makes an appearance here, and his answers were terrific. He might look ravishing in scrubs, but I think he looks most handsome in that bottom photo with your boys. And now I have to know, does he really eat that much food in the morning, B, or is that a playful response to that first question?

  17. nemo says:

    Fellow bacon lover here! What a funny interview 🙂 I especially liked his answer to the “favorite perfume” question!

  18. Joey says:

    Your husband is my spirit animal! I LOVED this. =)

  19. WOO HOO! Heya Husband. You are a crack up. I can just imagine you laughing at yourself and being so freaking pleased at your answers, like a naughty kid who has one over the grown ups. Thanks for bringing a smile to my morning, see you in NYC.
    Birgit, you are lucky beyond compare, yes I know sometimes it feels like bad lucky, believe me we your audience are all writhing in jealousy at your sparkling spouse.
    Portia xx

  20. Looking forward to hearing about the Land Rover exploits when they happen…..

  21. Missionista says:

    This was hysterical, thanks for the laughs!

  22. masha7 says:

    Another European victim of the Fried Bologna Sandwich! I apologize on behalf of my country….
    Wonderful interview, I am very happy to meet your DH!

  23. Cotton Red says:

    Has The Husband ever had chocolate-covered bacon? I LOVE bacon, including these (not sure if they’re available outside U.S. but surely there must be similar goods elsewhere):

  24. Natalie says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Husband’s answers, and since I’m so self-centered, I especially enjoyed that we had basically the same answer to the question of “can’t leave the house without.” 🙂 There is a lot to be said for being practical, right?

  25. Hysterical! I’m getting to this post quite late, but the comments thread is super entertaining!

    I can attest that The Husband’s love of bacon is strong and unwavering. Speaking of bacon, guess what is coming up on October 18? The Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, yeah!

    Want to move your trip up a month? 😉

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