TACOMA AROMA Air Stank Advisory Alert!
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 12:28am
|Ms. Darcy was asked by her pre-school children once why it smells like a butt outside.|
by Erik on 4/5/2011 @ 12:34am
|This Tacomic looks like it was drawn in the 1990s from someone in Seattle.
When I went to school in Tacoma in the mid-90s, I smelled the Aroma once a week when the wind would die down when I lived in 31 Broadway.
Perhaps, I have been here so long that I am getting immune. However, I only smell something strange about once every few months.
Seriously, the Tacoma Aroma of old just isn't there anymore these days. You almost have to pay someone to create it. Many of the plants that created it have shut down.
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 12:37am
|Second elder god in the Anti-Tacoma Action figure series! Driving home from Federal Way with the windows down taking exit 133 after 6 pm would smell nasty coming off the port. Not all the time but frequent enough to warrant this new warning system.|
by Erik on 4/5/2011 @ 2:12am
|That's the problem. Get the heck out of Federal Way.|
by cisserosmiley on 4/5/2011 @ 4:07am
|it still smells in tacoma on occassion, not worth refuting. way better than the everyday smell we used to have. i think it smells like wet towels that got sour...did someone write that on the "new tacoma slogan" feed?|
by gritz thekat on 4/5/2011 @ 4:08am
by morgan on 4/5/2011 @ 7:27am
|That Stank has a name and it's Simpson.
Gritz: Sulfur dioxide, I believe.
by fredo on 4/5/2011 @ 7:46am
|Agree with Erik. When I moved here in the 1970s the smell was almost always present. Now, it's only occasional. It is a strange smell but I don't know if its really all that offensive. Some of you should go back to the midwest where they have cattle feedlots the size of Spanaway.
I need to stop myself here. One summer a couple years ago a rendering truck flipped over on I-5. A load of animal carcasses was strewn across all lanes. I drove through after they had "cleaned it up." The smell was beyond description.
Ms. Darcy was presented with a wonderful opportunity for teaching her student about the process used for creating the products we enjoy in our homes and preschools and that we don't use language like "butt" in normal conversation.
by jenyum on 4/5/2011 @ 8:02am
|Yes, it still smells sometimes, an odor most foul. We are not supposed to smell it anymore, yet the stench does not apparently care to be regulated.
Here is the "'Roma of Tacoma" post with all the contact info:
Try to make a note of where/when you smell it in order to make a more effective complaint.
by thriceallamerican on 4/5/2011 @ 8:14am
|"we don't use language like "butt" in normal conversation"
Speak for yourself.
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 8:17am
|they must crank up production at night, used to frequently get that old towel smell being the first one into commerce street office if the window was open a crack during summer.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 8:19am
|Thanks Tacoma Mama!
"He encouraged me and anyone else experiencing the Roma, to use the air quality complaint line, at (206) 343-8800, ext. 6, or (800) 552-3565, ext. 6. By leaving a message with your zip code and air quality complaint, you can help the agency better monitor air quality problems and identify offenders."
by fredo on 4/5/2011 @ 8:31am
|It's impolite to refer to foul smells by talking about your butt, Better to say something smells like sewage. People who go through life using street slang frequently end up on the bottom end of the social ladder. Preschool exists for the purpose of elevating a child's lot in life, not it's diminishment. IMO|
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 8:49am
|Fredo is right. Ms. Darcy used it as an opportunity to teach about factory jobs vs. the environmental trade off. I don't believe they shy away from teaching about human digestive tracks and sanitation engineering either.|
by jenyum on 4/5/2011 @ 9:20am
|I was not aware that "butt" was street slang, but then again I guess I'm just not hip to what the cool kids are saying these days.|
by NineInchNachos on 4/5/2011 @ 9:28am
|"Butt" is an ignorant generalization. I prefer scientific terms like anus.|
by Mark Monlux on 4/5/2011 @ 9:44am
|At least the aroma is famous. Thank you, Frank Zappa.|
by The Jinxmedic on 4/5/2011 @ 9:57am
|Tacoma "Roma"? Tacoma has a gypsy problem? If you are rounding them up to put into camps, I know where you can find some!|
by ChrisTopher on 4/5/2011 @ 10:53am
|Butt Synonyms found on Wikipedia
rear or rear-end
Gand or Gaand
Tush or tushy
by fredo on 4/5/2011 @ 11:52am
|Children who use the King's English may turn out like Prince Albert.|
Children who use street slang may turn out like Fat Albert.
As a parent it's ultimately your choice.
"Yo, welcome to McDonalds and have goot day."
by cisserosmiley on 4/5/2011 @ 12:56pm
|did you hear mcd's is hiring and managers makes $60,000...that is 25% more than an average wage in tacoma. maybe we should build more mcd's...international fast food district? the aroma would certainly be rearanged and all those jobs|
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 4/5/2011 @ 2:04pm
|That $60k is kind of deceptive. Most of the managers in fast food work about 80 hours a week.|
by cisserosmiley on 4/5/2011 @ 2:12pm
|and half price food!!!|
by NineInchNachos on 4/6/2011 @ 2:06pm
|The New Takhoman speaks: thenewtakhoman.com/
To set the record straight the term “The Aroma of Tacoma” did not come from the pulp mills or Hygrade meats slaughter yards on the tide flats, but rather from The Chicago Tribune ode published in 1946 about the Tacoma Police Department "Vigilantes".
O, they say that in Tacoma, Washington
A Policeman’s lot is not a happy one
If he rashly does his duty
Interfering with the booty
Of Higher ups
His brief career is done.
In Tacoma Politicians are as raw
As Chicago in worst days ever saw;
And a copper with ambition
Is predestined to perdition
If he undertakes enforcement of the law.
If he goes out on his own and makes a pinch
Of a felon caught red handed its a cinch
He’ll be banished to the sticks,
To Patrol the paving bricks,
While he listens to the meadowlark or finch.
O, a copper in Tacoma, Washington
Leads a life that’s almost anything but fun;
For the horrible aroma,
That is reeking in Tacoma,
Is a stench a young policeman ought to shun.
And nothing has changed since 1946 or the 2003 Chief David Brame murder/suicide.
It has been reported to The New Takhoman TPD now has the Chief Ransdell “Friends and Family” promotion plan.
by jenyum on 4/6/2011 @ 2:09pm
|I'm pretty sure the odor of the pulp mills pre-dated that poem, but thanks for the bit of local history.|
by LogJam on 4/6/2011 @ 7:10pm
|Whoa... Lena Hyena tribute! Good one, RR!|
by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 7:48am
by NineInchNachos on 4/22/2011 @ 9:57am
|office consensus today: this morning Downtown Tacoma, Theatre District smells like rotten garbage. "It's in the air!"|
by fredo on 4/22/2011 @ 10:11am
|Those polluters really need to move their businesses overseas where the desire for fresh smelling air is not so easily expressed. Thorax, send us a postcard when you get there!|
by NineInchNachos on 4/22/2011 @ 10:33am
|enjoy your luxury condo|
by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2012 @ 8:12am
|today downtown smells like a dude that rides my bus from time to time. I bet the port cranks out double time when it is foggy like today.|
by Dave_L on 2/17/2012 @ 9:18pm
|Anyone here in '84 will remember the bad press created when Springsteen got sick here.|
(It should also be noted that air quality and odor are not always the same thing.)
by dolly varden on 2/18/2012 @ 10:39am
|Right Dave, pulp mill sulfur is very nutritious. High in fiber.|
by Dave_L on 2/18/2012 @ 1:22pm
|What I'm saying is that in itself, the subjective characteristic of odor in the air is not a complete, reliable, nor accurate indicator of overall air quality, and one should not assume that lower levels of the characteristic odor necessarily indicates relative good air quality. Many gases, radioactive pollutants, and particulates, for example, slide beneath the human nose-radar.|
by NineInchNachos on 3/27/2012 @ 7:59am
|real stinky today. wet paper bag rot smell. smelled it all the way in Central Tacoma this morning. Downtown is worse. god damn it.|
by cisserosmiley on 3/27/2012 @ 8:19am
|Can you describe in more detail the smell, I can't smell it and I'm very curious?|
by NineInchNachos on 3/27/2012 @ 8:22am
|its like a wet cardboard box monster took a dump in the mouth of another dead wet cardboard box monster.|
by rainyday.superstar on 6/29/2013 @ 6:35pm
|Today is June 29th 2013 and the hottest day of the year so farI live in East Tacoma near 72nd and Portland Ave.|
It stinks bad today
Normally this area does not smell bad
Maybe it's the heat
Smells like sewage or rotten egg farts or death
A familiar smell usually only notice it when driving on I-5 near the casino in summertime