Alternately, you could smell some gardenias

My invitation to the Aspen Ideas Festival seems to have gotten lost in the mail this year, so I was unable to join this young mover and shaker as he inhaled the best oxygen money can buy. Given that the accompanying photo indicates that gardenia-scented oxygen apparently enhances “memory recall,” I am going to hunt up some gardenias to snort, in hopes it will trigger a memory of why the hell anyone takes the Aspen Ideas Festival seriously.

(Indirectly via Sully.)

Russell Saunders

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  1. [insert Spaceballs and/or Total Recall reference joke here]

  2. Until I saw this post and subsequently googled, I had never heard of this event.

    But I forgive you.

  3. For what it’s worth, the altitude hits different people differently.

    My suggestion is usually “drink another bottle of water” followed by “I don’t care, drink another bottle of water”.

    But that’s just because the oxygen at the Birdhouse tends to be free-range.

  4. Smelling gardenias would in fact help you recall other times you smelled gardenias. So I suppose if you carried something gardenia-scented with you all the time …

  5. Better snorting gardenias than dandelions. We all know how that worked out.

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