StinkyPosted: April 15, 2012
This is slightly icky, but here we go-
Sometimes, after a run, I like to not shower for a bit.
I’m not entirely sure when this peculiar, solitary pleasure began, but I do enjoy it, let me explain-
I’m a cleanish-bloke, other than at festivals or when the water breaks, I shower every day, I like having a long hot shower, its refreshing and makes you feel better after.
Even if there isn’t a shower I’ll fall back on one of the other types of bathing- in the style of whores or Irishmen.
Whore’s bath– Quick wash over sink with soapy water, hitting the key areas (face, pits and nethers). So-named because I assume this is the way whores would wash between customers.
Irishman’s bath– Spraying oneself liberally with aftershave/deoderant. Guessing the name comes from the fact old aftershaves/perfumes were alcohol-based and draws on the stereotype of the drunken Irishman. If this is wrong, I apologise, but given the plethora of xenophobic/racist idioms still in use, this is my best guess.
Anyway, the thing is, when I get back from a run I know I’m a little whiffy. I appreciate this fact, and guess its not pleasant for others, but my housemates are usually out or I’m in my room, so I don’t think it matters that much.
Also, when I say “a bit” we’re talking an hour, tops.
But, I really do enjoy these brief periods of resembling Pigpen.
I’m not sure why, I think its because I feel oddly proud of the sweatiness. I’ve earned this dishevelled, slightly smelly state, its the product of effort and exercise.
So, I grab some water, get something to munch on, update my Nike+ profile and maybe check some tweets before I hop in a hot shower.
Then I have a long hot soak and clean myself up.
Is this weird? Or do other people kind of enjoy their hard earned stench?
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO