For me…never really had spring allergies (except for when the oaks leaf out) until this year. ??????????
— Jeremy Reiner (@jreineron7) April 11, 2023
(TBH, I thought it was the ferschlugging oak trees!)
Allergy seasons are getting longer & more severe. Climate change is the reason & the U.S. Dept of Agriculture says allergy seasons feature 21% more pollen than 3 decades ago. Also, airborne pollen starts 20 days earlier & lasts 10 days longer than in 1990 https://t.co/275nic5M1m pic.twitter.com/c3ikIECa4N
— delthia ricks ?? (@DelthiaRicks) April 7, 2023
I retreat to my happy place…
— place where cat shouldn't be (@catshouldnt) April 11, 2023
he refused to elaborate upon questioning https://t.co/aqQdXEqVoz pic.twitter.com/mvEoXoGjO2
— Fishtopher the Cat (@mrfishtopher) April 10, 2023
Sandal sees all your sins and forgives them. he is unbothered by your worst. truly, all humans are equal in the wide, yellow eyes of pobrecita chancleta.
by "equal" i mean "oafish and vaguely disappointing," but the point stands pic.twitter.com/3iZNhlWMIf
— Dave Wagner (@Dbwagner104) April 11, 2023
Despite regular workouts & walks, including hills, squats, leg press, the first few days of yard cleanup/garden prep fracking HURTS!😂🤬
Astounding. That one word says it all.
Those oaks need to be slut-shamed.
My first Spring living in MN: sneezing my lungs out. Still, better here than back in MO.
I find a lot of explanations in the human stress response. There are three varieties. 80% of untrained people freeze, 10% think flight (me) and 10% try to fight (in context of most emergencies, they panic with nothing to fight.)
But I wonder if this leads to mental patterns, too. All this upheaval is showing us the 10% who search for something to fight. And they aren’t thinking clearly at all.
Brings back memory of the gingko trees there was no way to avoid when going to or coming from a college dorm. They reeked something awful each spring. Aroma like suddenly encountering a billion farts in a phone booth.
Remember years ago visiting a friend in Marietta, GA in early Spring. Woke up to find the pollen settled nearly 1/8″ deep on my car. While I’m not afflicted with allergies, that visit definitely strained my sinuses for a couple days afterwards.
Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊
@Gravenstone: The pollen you see isn’t actually the problem, it’s the stuff that is so small that it gets through your nasal passages that creates all the dripping and sneezing. It’s definitely in full swing here, and I need to start taking allergy medications again. It’s still amazing to me, though, that how much it varies from year to year.
The Kropenhagen Interpretation
I’ve never had problems in the Spring and so far, so good this year.
When I was younger, autumn allergies used to mess up my breathing so bad I’d be incapacitated.
Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony
They don’t care where they spread their pollen. No standards, no discretion.
Strangely enough ever since the advent of Covid, my allergies are MIA. I think I’ve had two times I felt like pollen was bothering me, and that’s continued into this year without face masks. It’s strange.
The Kropenhagen Interpretation
@Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony: Sayeth the oaks; “skeet, skeet, skeet, skeet…”
Don’t I know it. I used to have a few weeks with antihistamines in the spring, and a rough time in late summer/fall (ragweed) when that plus Sudafed wasn’t enough. Now I take daily Claritin all year round, with only occasional breaks of a few days.
@MattF: As my wife says, “stupid trees, having sex in my sinuses!”
I think I’ve developed some pollen allergies over the last year, for the first time in my life. My nose is always runny, I sneeze a lot, and sometimes feel like I’m coming down with something only for it all to go away in a few hours. Since this is Crazy Sexy Times for plants, and I have a lot of them around my house, I can’t think what else it could be.
(One of the more minor, but still annoying, things about getting older.)
@Redshift: My line is “all this tree sex makes my eyes water”.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee let his web domain expire.
@Old School: Brilliant!
@Old School: That’s the sort of thing I would let happen, but he has staff for that kind of shit. I guess he too hires only the best people.
That was five years ago, when she was twelve – I wonder how she’s developed her talent since then.
I’ve never had trouble with allergies, the only issue I have with pollen season is pollen all over the deck furniture. Just when it’s finally pleasant enough to sit out on the deck, dammit!
I’d been thinking I didn’t remember its being this heavy, so I totally believe this report that it’s staying for longer and getting more abundant than it used to.
Stupidity is an infectious disease:
The cat with the egg in his mouth reminds me of when I made a meat loaf five or six weeks ago, and left what was left out on the counter after supper. Only to come back into the kitchen and find one of our cats on the counter, licking it.
That is so fucked up.
@CaseyL: An allergist told me that there’s an “allergic” response and an “irritant” response. When the pollen / mold / dust / smoke levels are high enough they bring out an irritant response in people who aren’t allergic.
I got my allergies from my father, who claimed he was allergic to “everything that’s green and grows”, and I believe it. Grass and oak are big ones for me. The cars are yellow here in NoVA; the male oaks are working overtime.
@Old School: So awesome!
Remembering when Mr. Cole did the same several years back.
Here in central VA our cars have been yellow for a few weeks now. I don’t have allergies but I’m taking Claritin anyway and it helps a TON.
Every year is the worst allergy year
just like every election is the most important election
both because of the climate crisis
I’m pretty sure that would be a universally unpopular move. Is it because all the so called groomers are going to be hanging out at libraries?
As reddit tells me – it’s always projection – these people who are so obsessed with sex and gender are likely perverts projecting.
Also, what the fuck is happening with the Dalai Lama? I’m kind of appalled.
@OzarkHillbilly: here we go again – white folks taking their ball and going home. They’ll probably all chip in for private library clubs soon, stocked with the ‘right’ kind of books for the ‘right’ kind of people.
Heather McGhee’s book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together covers this phenomenon well. I’ve shared it with quite a few folks.
I never had allergies but these past 4 years and especially the past two years I feel like I’ve developed more outright allergies. My eyes were always burning when I woke up – and that was earlier. After the time change it’s been much better that way – but I’m still sneezing during the day.
I think all these wildfires and what not every summer has really fucked things up.
It’s wonderful to see photos of Fishtopher the Cat enjoying himself in his adoptive home. He was truly sad looking in the photos that popped up on Facebook — a droopy-faced cat with big tomcat cheeks who was miserable without love. His people undoubtedly forgive all his transgressions.
Good morning, everyone! I’m trying to get as much work done as I can before I leave for vacation next week, and I currently have the attention span of a gnat on LSD. And trying to get adjusted to the new supervisor/reviewer situation (switching from training supervisor to regular supervisor). And for some reason Outlook has decided that it doesn’t want to apply any sort of filters for focused/other emails, after having been doing so for about a year.
Now I can hear the landscapers working (sawing something or other). It’s enough to make a woman want to go to the office and get some peace and quiet.
Sadly, “how we can prosper together” isn’t as compelling as we hoped.
commenter Davis X. Machina, in a post at Balloon Juice
@BlueGuitarist: Yep. It doesn’t get much pithier than that.
@BlueGuitarist: I’m familiar with the quote, thanks ;)
The book is still a great read, and it’s still important to point out this kind of behavior whenever we can. Every person who realizes that it’s costing them double to opt out of readily available public resources is one more person who is at least not working against us.
@OzarkHillbilly: They’re really butthurt about that lawsuit, aren’t they?
As many people as possible should know Heather McGee’s analysis.
It is painful that so many people don’t want to prosper together, but that shouldn’t stop efforts to inform others, Iike the extended interaction with a young barista Nelle described yesterday.
i admire that you are working to educate people.
I’m sorry not to have centered that, should have put the curtain rods off to the side.
Also, appreciate your response.
Had to revisit allergy shots as an adult after decades of living in CA’s Central Valley had me poor sinuses clogged year-round. This year they added some trees and molds to my mix and I can REALLY tell the difference now. Is it worth the routine not one, nor three but four separate injections? Perhaps depends on whether you consider a porcupine to be a pest or a pet.
Also got rid of the lawn, which might have helped but there’s still one next door so….
@NotMax: Ginkgo are dioecious, meaning there are trees of female and male sex. The stench, from butyrate acid (butanoic acid) is associated with the seeds and hence the female tree. Where I was born, there lots of Ginkgo trees lining the streets. But the urban foresters made sure that these trees were male.
Here at UH Manoa, right in front of Sinclair library, there is a tree of a different species that also produces seeds giving off butyrate acid. Every Spring the grounds keepers try to take off the seeds so that patrons can enjoy their lunch in the yard of the nearby cafeteria.
@BlueGuitarist: It’s good to see that again, whenever it’s posted.
We should add to the BJ bylaws (kidding) that that has to be posted at least once a month.
@Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony:
yes they are – red oaks around here hybridized at the drop of a …leaf? Shumard oaks have very loose standards lol we had a forestry guy out to our place one time doing a tree survey and he was pointing out all the mixed species here. If you have trouble identifying an oak, that’s why.