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How we first met or A love story dedicated to the olfactory art of Michel Almairac

This is my second entry for the “Me and Dan” subsection that you can find in my profile. Below is the story of how we met along with a dedication to a certain perfumeur. You may not have heard of him before but whilst browsing higher end perfume stores I am sure you would have encountered at least one of his perfumes. Burberry, Chloe, Gucci or Marc O'Polo are just some of the names under which his works are sold. The specific perfume I shall mention further on is JOOP! Homme but I think first you will need a little background concerning the love story it contributed to.


First there was me, it was the evening of the 23rd of March last year and just the day before I had had my last school lessons. In my system, in the last school year you only had classes till March. Then you would have to study independently for the next two months before taking your final exams. It was a lazy Saturday and I was checking up on my youtube subscriptions. (Yeah nothing worth a romantic comedy seeing as we don't happen to live in Manhattan and own competing bookstores. It's the movie “You've got Mail” in case you didn't get the reference.)

A few days before I had discovered a really good comedian on said website. Now how does the typical fangirl react to said discoveries? I gain a slight obsession with them. Nothing severe but when it comes to so called „content creators“ I do tend to try to binge watch all of their videos, although it's difficult if they have several hundred. Said content creator happened to be having a google hangout. It took much of self coaxing but I took the courage and went online. Now I was just the awkward fangirl sitting there amongst others that had known him for years, so I tried making some conversation but not until the comedian was actually gone did I really involve myself with the others seeing as I did not have the insider knowledge required for some of the conversations.

By that time there were about 8 of us left, and we continued to talk. Now about other subjects seeing as with the absence of the content creator the conversation was no longer public. Slowly the hours trickled by and one by one some started to leave. Two of the guys at some point started arguing about who was the better looking one. I shyly interrupted and whilst apologizing to the other one, declared Dan to be the better looking one for me. The face of victory he made got me to blush. Apparently the fact I was the only one in the conversation that happened to own boobs gave me the authority on the question of good looks.

Now, when a girl declares a guy to be good looking what do you think is the natural reaction? Well, heightened attention of course. A third guy in the conversation asked me if I didn't maybe have a Youtube channel as he was curious as to how I looked like. After hurriedly making some of the more embarrassing videos private I sent the link and everyone not so discreetly jumped on it so to speak. You see, I had had my camera turned off up to that point but soon after I turned it on due to more urging. This time by a certain Dan after declaring “Wow, you're hot” after seeing a video where I was thanking someone for a hoodie they had sent me.

Now more attention came in the form of bombarding with me with all sorts of flattery from his side. I definitely wasn't complaining not being used to the treatment. But I did not offer any coherent response to his advances because I didn't know how to. Plus I was in too much shock that a good looking guy like him would pay attention to me to even attempt wittiness. Let's just say I have a really really big weakness for guys with black curly hair. Guess what kind of hair Dan has? Hours later with the others being too tired to carry on we were left alone.

I am not the best at this whole „dealing with the opposite sex“ thing. Deer in the headlights would be the most appropriate description. We stayed up till 9am though. I could just not go to bed, if he had not gone first I don't know when I would have stopped. Talking to him was fun and I enjoyed the adrenaline rush that came with his flirting. At the end of it all I was left with his name and his Youtube account. Waking up then hours later after that record breaking all nighter felt a little like if I was hungover. But I wanted to continue talking. So I sent a message on that awful messaging service google's money cow has. After getting a reply hours later I took the initiative and left him my Skype. Logging in then I waited fearing rejection.

Seeing as this is a LOVE story yeah he added me, no surprise. After some initial chatting we finally started a call again and so it continued over the next few days. I did not know where this was going, but I did not want whatever this was to stop. Then he was suddenly gone. Keep in mind both of us had been literally stuck to our computers. Talking all night, passing out from being so tired in the morning, waking up in the afternoon and when evening came, talking all night again. Our current Skype call record is 14 hours in one go.

Go and read my earlier entry for details on the letter I received later on.

Now back to the initial topic of the perfume. You must know said letter was sprayed with JOOP! Homme so when I opened the envelope the scent had already embedded itself into the pages. By the time it arrived of course the alcohol has evaporated off and instead was left the muskiness for which this aftershave is known and appreciated for. Really, just search up sites where people with sensitive noses discuss all sorts of fragrances. I almost regret not having such a good nose as you'd think some of these people experience the smells with their whole bodies by the looks of their comments.

It is so special to me because it is the first sensory experience I came to associate with Dan. As such whenever I smell it I feel the ever familiar rush related to events with him. Sure I had already heard and seen him on camera but that does not truly count. So the scent got to me first before I first met him later in September. Also, I think the aftershave is rather unique in its smell compared to other brands so that's why I love it even more. I guess in a way he won me over not only with the words but the smell accompanying it. That is why men don't do the typical thing of sending a rose with a note attached to it. Just woo her with the help of someone else's sensitive nose.

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