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The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




liam, kind of musty and wet

chacho, drier - but still musty, smells of carpet

adam - dirt, cement, but good overall

keith - kinda like cigarette smoke or maybe weed smoke i guess

paul - just a basement. smelled like filing cabinets

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EorayMel
May 29, 2015



I never went into any of my friend's basements OP

Zeluth
May 12, 2001



There was a basement. I kissed, at least, two dudes down there.

The Walrus
Jul 9, 2002




EorayMel posted:

I never went into any of my friend's basements OP

... where did you play nintendo?

or in chacho's case, battle chess

Devils Affricate
Jan 22, 2010


Nobody has basements in California, so no OP, sorry!

Cubone
May 26, 2011

Because it never leaves its bedroom, no one has ever seen this poster's real face.

Devils Affricate posted:

Nobody has basements in California, so no OP, sorry!

yeah

couple things I often wondered about as a kid- the existence of basements, and schools where the hallways are indoors

ErrorInvalidUser
Aug 23, 2021

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS


vividly

Gibbs
May 9, 2021



My friend's basement smelled like Jos Louis snack cakes.

Junk
Dec 20, 2003

Listen to reason, man. Why make your job difficult?

not every friend of mine had a basement, but now that you mention it i do remember how one smelled. mildewy and faintly of diesel and 90s new computer smell.

good idea for a thread op, this is so specifically sentimental

RapturesoftheDeep
Jan 6, 2013


Hardly any of the houses in my neighborhood had basements, just half-underground split level rec room type things. None of them smelled except the people across the street from us who had a kerosene heater with a burnt spot in the carpet in front of it. It smelled like kerosene and burnt carpet a little.

Come to think of it, I don't remember anything about the kids who lived there, just the kerosene heater and the time we made up some game called "Hot Sa-Lava" that was like volleyball except that the ground was made of lava. I think there was a girl named Becky and maybe a younger brother or two. The dad on the other side of the duplex pulled a gun on one of the neighbors once, though, I remember him pretty well (drinky Irish guy with a bushy red mustache).

Only one kid in the neighborhood had a basement and it didn't smell like anything, but one time her parents got a refrigerator and a bunch of other appliances and let us set up a little village in the cartons and it was the most fun part of my childhood, definitely better than Disney. I think about it probably every week or so.

OK, thanks to listening to this episode of Theater of Memories, tune in next week to hear about the rednecky girl who showed me her Dad's Penthouses and which ethnicities the old guy next door would talk poo poo about.

Brother Tadger
Feb 15, 2012

I'm accidentally a suicide bomber!



Hot couch guy

Nooner
Mar 26, 2007

An A+ Poster (:

Devils Affricate posted:

Nobody has basements in California, so no OP, sorry!

Mumpy Puffinz
Aug 11, 2008

Also, Lithuania is not a Baltic state

(Lithuania is an error of History)

Nap Ghost

Yeah, I remember mold and CRT TVs

BONER X
Jan 1, 1970



like the change rooms at the public pool

Zil
Jun 4, 2011

😈Satanically👹 Summoned 𖤐 Citrus🍋





No basements in Texas, so have no idea.

Escape From Noise
Jul 27, 2004

Would an advertising executive
Understand where the homeless live?
Would he know about the bubbles in his glass?
Would the bubbles in his glass
Understand what the man's golf cart is?
Do they know you can die frozen underneath an overpass?


We had a basement when I was a kid. My friend who's dad owned the funeral home in our lovely little town in the Ozarks had a big ol' house with a partial basement.

Edit: I don't remember what it smelled like but it brought back a lot of memories

BAGS FLY AT NOON
Apr 6, 2011

this kills the crab

Sure, they're visually impressive, but a lot of posters find large avatars physically uncomfortable. Furthermore, the owners of large avatars often rely on their size alone and don't bother to develop more refined posting techniques.







Remember? Iím still there OP.

mkvltra
Nov 1, 2020



Peter - damp concrete and carpet samples
Max - white people
Azeem - baby products

Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013

Bigger Beef Corporation


A slightly sweet and very mild musty smell mixed with a touch of the pipe tobacco his dad would very occasionally smoke.

Bula Vinaka
Oct 21, 2020

beach side


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STABASS
Apr 18, 2009



Fun Shoe

I don't think I can remember smells, just impressions of smells. which is good because I don't want anything stinking up my memory palace!!

Bula Vinaka
Oct 21, 2020

beach side


The human brain remembers smells best.

Next time you are in an office supply store like Staples or OfficeMax, go down the aisle that has pencils and erasers, and you will probably remember early elementary school.

Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013

Bigger Beef Corporation


STABASS posted:

I don't think I can remember smells, just impressions of smells. which is good because I don't want anything stinking up my memory palace!!

I'll give you a smell to remember or your money back.

Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013

Bigger Beef Corporation


Bula Vinaka posted:

The human brain remembers smells best.

Next time you are in an office supply store like Staples or OfficeMax, go down the aisle that has pencils and erasers, and you will probably remember early elementary school.

I worked in an OfficeMax as a teenager. I'll probably just remember that instead. Your plan is RUINED now!!!!

signalnoise
Mar 7, 2008

i was told my old av was distracting


Bula Vinaka posted:

The human brain remembers smells best.

Next time you are in an office supply store like Staples or OfficeMax, go down the aisle that has pencils and erasers, and you will probably remember early elementary school.

When I was growing up one of my hangout spots was nextdoor to a nail salon and to this day acetone and other nail polish smells smell good to me

Dr. Quarex
Apr 18, 2003

I'M A BIG DORK WHO POSTS TOO MUCH ABOUT CONVENTIONS LOOK AT THIS

TOVA TOVA TOVA


Ogre - Weirdly filtered cigarette smoke from his parents' attempts to smoke indoors but not have the house smell awful by installing a series of ionic filters that, well, worked better than nothing certainly

Erik - Cat pee

Mike - Unnecessarily wealthy new-basement nothingness

Mooey Cow
Jan 27, 2018



Pillbug

The hell you talking about OP none of my friends had basements

Vampire Panties
Apr 18, 2001

Congratulations on not getting fit on Sunday, dumbass!




Nap Ghost

OMG OP I AM SO TRIGGERED

I grew up in California and basements are a myth, like raining at summer camp or snow days.

AKA Pseudonym
May 16, 2004

A dashing and sophisticated young man

Doctor Rope

Cubone posted:

yeah

couple things I often wondered about as a kid- the existence of basements, and schools where the hallways are indoors

I always wanted to take a school bus like the kids on TV, it looked like fun. But they're relatively rare in California for whatever reason. Instead I was stuck walking in near perfect year-round weather like a chump.

BONER X
Jan 1, 1970



Vampire Panties posted:

OMG OP I AM SO TRIGGERED

I grew up in California and basements are a myth, like raining at summer camp or snow days.

LOL triggered lmao holy poo poo take all my 5s i cannot believe this poo poo its so loving funny you said triggered jesus christ i cant breathe

Nooner
Mar 26, 2007

An A+ Poster (:

I dont have a basement because California, but my new house has this huge walk in "crawlspace" underneath that has some insane goon lair vibes to it. I think imma get a bunch of old CRTs and set up a battlestation down there

BONER X
Jan 1, 1970



Nooner posted:

I dont have a basement because California, but my new house has this huge walk in "crawlspace" underneath that has some insane goon lair vibes to it. I think imma get a bunch of old CRTs and set up a battlestation down there

nooner i am TRUGGeRED STOP

Smugworth
Apr 18, 2003

Well, I've got brain damage on the side of my brain, and I don't know which side, left or right, where I huffed gasoline for ten long years.




Sid Vicious posted:

LOL triggered lmao holy poo poo take all my 5s i cannot believe this poo poo its so loving funny you said triggered jesus christ i cant breathe

BONER X
Jan 1, 1970




XD

You Are A Elf
Apr 26, 2010

Black Gold!



We have no basements in Arizona. Sorry, OP. Caliche rock sucks.

Although where I work at, we used to own a building built in 1907 that did have a basement with a lot of twisting corridors and rooms straight out of a horror film. It didnít smell like much of anything other than musty. When we sold the building and moved out, a bootleggerís tunnel was found down there from the 1920ís. Pretty cool.

frumpykvetchbot
Feb 20, 2004

PROGRESSIVE SCAN

Upset Trowel

My maternal grandparents (basement) kitchen smelled of fresh dough and ozone from arcing electrics. It was very pleasant somehow.

My dad's moms apartment smelled of chocolate, cigars and cognac. It was exquisite. Especially on winter day where the air outside was crisp and icy and a window cracked open created a fine mix.

My great grandfather was a fading and largely bedridden, octogenarian wisp of a man who had once been a wealthy importer and owned a midtown store with luxury goods like cigars, fabrics, perfume and liquor. His house was enormous, old and creaky and full of smells of old things that might have once been fine and valuable. There was furniture in exotic woods, frilly drapery, ornate plaster ceilings and wall decorations, stained glass windows, a piano, a card playing table with leather hide chairs for four players. All the smells were mixed with a whiff of cooking gas from the ancient stove and water heater and a pervasive stink of petroleum from the cast iron room heaters (I hated lighting those things!).

Inzombiac
Mar 19, 2007

PARTY ALL NIGHT

EAT BRAINS ALL DAY




cat piss
cat piss
cat piss
cat piss
my piss

its all nice on rice
Nov 12, 2006

Sweet, Salty Goodness.





Buglord

My friend had a finished basement that we would have LAN parties in. Not surprisingly, it smelled of sweaty teens and hot pockets.

Ralph Hurley
Aug 3, 2009

:barf::sweep::zoid:





I grew up in the Midwest but I live in California now and I miss basements. Basements own.

This kid I was friends with in elementary schoolís whole house smelled loving horrible, forget the basement. The first time I went over there it hit me so hard I thought I was going to barf but I didnít want to be rude so I didnít say anything. I got used to it after a few visits. I donít know what it was, the place seemed clean they werenít gross people or hoarders or anything. No pets, no smoking. There was just an overpowering rotten cheese funk in every room and I never figured out what it was.

Edit: the kid next door to him always had woods porn. Literal shredded hustlers that he stashed in a tree stump.

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Dr. Quarex
Apr 18, 2003

I'M A BIG DORK WHO POSTS TOO MUCH ABOUT CONVENTIONS LOOK AT THIS

TOVA TOVA TOVA


People could never describe the smell of my parents' house either, other than that it was distinctive but not bad. Which I assumed was them being polite. But as an adult once I had long since moved out and could encounter the smell elsewhere I determined it was like old exotic wooden things and incense, as evidenced by how every like Tibetan/Nepali goods store I have ever been in smells the same (a sample size of three stores but still fairly illustrative)

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