The other night at work, I was carrying a hot laminator, looking for a place to let it cool, when the scent of hot plastic sparked a white flash of memory.
Instead of standing at a table in a Manhattan building with an increasingly heavy machine in my arms, I was sitting on the floor of a video store in a small town in Missouri. During the first couple of weeks of my first, non-babysitting job, my co-workers and I prepared the shop for it's grand opening. In a strip mall less than a mile from my parents' house, we mass-produced VHS boxes for display, using blow dryers to heat shrink wrap around the Styrofoam-stuffed cardboard. I took a lot of care to fold each corner so it tightened neatly. As we worked, the smell of hot plastic hovered over us.
Question - What sensory stimulus has recently evoked a long forgotten memory for you?