||[Apr. 19th, 2007|10:36 pm]
The Question Club
The local megalo-mart, QFC, took over what used to be a small shopping center in the heart of a trendy urban neighborhood, Capitol Hill, here in Seattle. The old store was adequate, the new store is a little obnoxious - but it's close. When they opened, they tried for an absurdly upscale image, but they seem to be plunging... down, down, down. And today I saw mothballs. Right in the middle of this sky-lit, upwardly striving, mostly-groceries market, next to the balsamic vinegar, the truffles, the caviar, and five kinds of pesto, mothballs. Advertised as "old-fashioned" or "traditional," or something, mothballs, but still.
WHY would anyone use mothballs?
They stink. They stink unbelievably. What a nauseating stench. Why would anyone wish to smell that way? I'd rather wear sweaters completely riddled with holes (it would be great, it would look like The Matrix!) than smell like mothballs.
And mothballs are toxic. I'm pretty sure they're carcinogenic, and they do some other horrible things to health. I'm too lazy to google it now, but I remember reading something about how toxic they are. So with the stink and the toxicity, why would anyone choose these things when there's cedar?
There's cedar, and it smells lovely. Cedar chests, cedar drawers, cedar drawer liners, cedar blocks, cedar balls, cedar oil. The options range from the luxurious to the economical. Cedar is within everyone's reach. I have it in my drawers, and my sweaters, hats, scarves, and gloves are just fine. No moths.
And if someone's sensitive to cedar, there are other natural oils and herbs which repel moths. Even patchouli, which was used to keep moths from fine shawls in another era, would smell better than mothballs!
So why do people still use mothballs?!