It’s not often my boss makes a special request when I go out on assignment, but when I was tasked with writing a story about our weekend algae bloom on Lake Okabena Monday morning, he asked if I could make the photos the scratch-n-sniff kind for Tuesday’s newspaper.
Scratch-n-sniff photos of an algae bloom – now wouldnâ€™t that be something!
Just imagine reading the newspaper over your morning cup of coffee, all the while wondering where that smell is coming from. Is it a skunk? Could it be sulfur, or maybe itâ€™s rotten eggs? Yeah, that doesnâ€™t sound too appetizing to me either!
It kind of reminds me of grade school. Back then, scratch-n-sniff stickers were the rage. I particularly liked the fruity ones that smelled like strawberries and grapes.
They made disgusting scratch-n-sniff stickers too – like skunk, rubber tires, green grass and vomit. Oh, I never wasted my hard-earned babysitting money on that kind of garbage, but some kids did.
I wonder if they still make scratch-n-sniff stickers.
Anyway, no one would ever want a scratch-n-sniff photo of an algae bloom – trust me on this! I told Dan the Watershed Man that we could do the interview Monday morning down by Sailboard Beach because it was such a beautiful day. Besides, when I have a chance to get out of the office on assignment, I generally take it.
The smell wasnâ€™t too noticeable for much of the interview, but I think the aroma of decaying algae somehow soaked into my system. By the afternoon, my nose was telling me the rotten scent was nearby. Iâ€™m sure it was just my overactive imagination playing tricks on me.
Then again, maybe they were working on a scratch-n-sniff recipe for an algae bloom photo over by the printing press.