The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Funny, but once upon a time people went to Arizona to escape their allergies.
Then all the folks that moved there started planting the plants from their homelands.
You have my sympathy. I used to have terrible alergy problems when I lived in Memphis. Something there didn't agree with me.
I haven't had too much trouble here in Virginia so whatever was bothering me there doesn't live here. Graceland maybe?
Spring is my favorite season. Cool weather, low humidity, brisk mornings and the bugs haven't woken up yet.
Unfortunately, here in Southern Virginia, spring generally only lasts a week or so.
Some years we just skip spring completely. We go straight from running heat one day to running A/C the next. The only way you even know it's (technically) spring during those years is because the world gets a light green coating from the trees having sex.
We did get about a week and a half of spring this year. It's over now though...today it was near 90.
Spring is usually just starting when school gets out for me in MT, so I avoid that , but when I go home to CO where spring has fully sprung, I have an "allergy crash" that puts me out bad for three or four days. I almost prefer it to having symptoms day in and out for a month.
just so i have this straight: spring is the time of year when women, freed at last from bulky coats & sweaters, start wearing fewer clothes. in fact, there's an iron corollary to this law, that says the more attractive a babe is, the fewer clothes she wears in spring.
but none of this matters because you get all wheezy and runny-nosey. and the pills to keep this in check make you drowsy & chest-hurty. hate to say it, but i do not believe that's, like, the motto of the SEALS of the SAS or anything like that. more like the wednesday afternoon bridge club.
it's official, dude: you're old. it's all downhill from here: weenie implants; sansabelt slacks worn with cardigans on 85-degree days; 'depends'; walkers with the little tennis balls on the ends....
One of the nice things about living on the Gulf Coast is that right about the time the pollen season starts, (one of) the rainy season(s) starts. In other words, about the time the pollen gets thick enough to choke you, it clouds up and storms it all out of the air.
It's nice in its own way, although I'll admit that it's a little odd seeing puddles with bright yellow-green rims everywhere.
My allergies (and my older son's) kicked up early this spring, here in Ragweed One (NE Ohio). Bud break on the apple tree out back was early this year too -- April 2. Gotta get some neem on that thing before the robins nest in it this year.
I'll take it, though, allergies and all. Harvest time is my favorite time of year, but it was a long winter, and spring is looking pretty good to me.
On the other hand, you're not a blogger, Kevin, you're an essayist. The first rule of an essayist is, "Better to get it right than to get it right now," thus "Post Something Every Day™" doesn't apply.
Be glad you don't live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I've lived here 25 years and this is the worst pollen year I can remember. My sinuses have been haywire for over a week. Ugh.
Boy, is that is the truth. Yesterday I was watching clouds of it blow around. Don't have allergies but the post-nasal drip is killing me. The cover on the truck-bed is so thick, can't tell it's black.
One good thing is all the trap-door spiderwebs up and down the driveway are fully visible. I hates 'em.
I used to live in Cary. I moved from there to Tucson in 1981. I didn't develop sinus allergies until I'd been here about five years.
I came from Columbia, South Carolina in 1984, the allergies started a few years after I got here.
As much as my allergies make life miserable this time of year, it is the price I pay for knowing Summer is on the way. Once it hits triple digits (hallelujah) everything that makes me sniffly dies and I can just revel in the joy of desert living.
And I agree with juris, if it weren't for the selfish transplants who want their yard in the desert to look like their yard back east (lawn, flowers, pollen producing trees) Arizona would still be where people moved to deal with breathing issues.
When we got our new HVAC a couple of years ago we got the Trane whole house electronic filter. Just about cleared up the ever-indulgent wife's allergies. Those things work.
Until you step outside....
Why would you want to do THAT?!?!? It's ICKY out there!
No allergies but the family have runny noses and watery eyes. I'm in Durham and am amazed by the clouds of pollen. Never seen it this bad.
Mulberry, ash and juniper trees all blooming, and the ozone levels are creeping up. Good times.
You could have it worse - I'm allergic to the dust out here.
In my corner of AZ, I'm surrounded by agriculture so something is in bloom every 8-10 weeks. Some affect my sinuses, others affect my eyes, combine with the post nasal for the trifecta. the only good thing is, most of it has dropped out of the air column by about noon.
Not that you need more confirmation above your eyes, sinuses and airways, but I just saw an article on yahoo that said "Monster pollun influx is the worst in years". Kevin, you are an early warning system and you didn't even know it. KEWS.
Amoung other health benefits, many people are reporting a reduction/elimination of allergy problems by following a paleo/primal diet. Eliminating grains from the diet and getting adequate vitiamin D3 appears to help quite a few people.
google: paleo allergy
PaleoNu (particularly his "Get started" page)