that smell

Ah, summer in Viljandi. Blue skies, clothing lines, everywhere charm & crumble. Awake at some reasonable hour, boil the water for the coffee, mix it up, take a sip, open up the door to the yard to enjoy the fresh breeze. But there was something different in the air this morning. A different smell.

“Something stinks outside,” said the abikaasa/spouse. “I was going to drink my coffee in the yard but I changed my mind.” What was the stink? Curious nostrils wanted to know. A familiar smell, they sniffed, the stench of manure. “They probably decided to clean the pig factory,” I said. She agreed.

The pig factory. Also known as the new-wave-band-name-sounding Experimental Pork Manufacturing Plant. Also known as “Ekseko.” A multistory building stands across the river in Viiratsi Parish. What goes on inside, I haven’t seen, but it involves pigs en route to becoming beer snacks who apparently defecate enough to stink up all the air within a certain radius.

Or it could just be some other random environmental affect. Ekseko on its website claims to be one of the good guys, satisfying ISO standards and helping out local farmers by buying their grain to feed their pigs whose shit is shipped back to the farmers to fertilize more grain. That smell is probably just bog gas or sulfur from some nearby undiscovered geothermal spring. Yeah, that must be it …


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