Snot funny (2016 edition)

When the nose becomes a hose.

When the nose becomes a hose.

Snerk. Hyeenk. Björk. Honnnnk. Fwwaaaaahhhh.

Why, yes, it is allergy season. Thanks for asking.

Thhhhhfffffbbbbllllph.

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16 Responses to “Snot funny (2016 edition)”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I thought the reason that many people moved west to New Mexico and Arizona was for the dry climate and to avoid allergy issues. Has something changed or is my assumption off the mark?

    Hope you get to feeling better soon. I know that’s not fun.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Sharon. When I was a squirt in Texas I was miserable half the year. Went through the allergy shots right up until the first year we were in Bibleburg, if memory serves. Spring in New Mexico kind of reminds me of those bad old days.

    • md anderson Says:

      The juniper pollen has been particularly bad this year. Couple that with high winds like we’ve had lately and even those of us who don’t usually suffer the annual snot-fest are leaking like a sieve. My husband’s eyes look like he’s been on a 10 day bender.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        MD, how was the PAC tour? Sorry we couldn’t meet, but we assumed the rain and wind messed up a couple of your days here. We had a PAC tour group go by us on Monday morning while we were walking Duffy.

      • md anderson Says:

        Well it was an interesting week for sure. Started out pretty good. Sunday Tucson to Tombstone, Monday Tombstone to Wilcox. Had a some nice tailwinds those days. Rain overnight in Wilcox meant wet roads on Tuesday. Tuesday morning was 41 degrees and overcast with a good stiff north wind to ride into. We did a loop up to Ft Grant and over Stockton Pass in the Coronado Natnl Forest. (The road to the top of Chiricahua Natn’l Monument is currently under construction so that nixed the usual route).

        Tuesday night about 6 of us got hit with some sort of stomach bug. Landed one woman in the hospital for a few hours getting 3 liters of fluid. Had all the hallmarks of food poisoning but we couldn’t pin down any single vector. We ate in 3 different restaurants that night. I had eaten dinner with 5 riders, none of whom got sick. It was very strange. Needless to say I was in a sag van on the way to Bisbee on Wednesday. I thought maybe my stomach would settle and I could get on my bike at some point, but after hurling into the bushes at the first rest stop that turned out to be hopeful thinking. Thursday a buddy and I drove his truck down the hill from Bisbee and we did a little cruise up to the Coronado Monument and back down. Finally on Friday I was able to ride the whole 97 miles from Bisbee back to Tucson. While a bout of stomach flu will get you back to your climbing weight, I don’t necessarily recommend it.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        We are sorry to hear that. I ride from the house up to the Coronado Monument from time to time. It’s a nice ride, especially since they repaved that road after the 2011 monument fire. There used to be a cattle guard at the bottom about 1/2 mile before the curve that was dangerous. But now you can let go of the brakes and fly.

      • md anderson Says:

        It’s a great little out and back. I wish the pavement went further. There is some talk of coming down there with cross/gravel bikes and riding over the Huachuca’s to Parker Canyon Lake. Maybe someday….

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Juniper and wind rule during this time of year. Snot a very nice season.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Weather Underground sez the cedar and elms are ganging up on us too. Snot fair.

    • khal spencer Says:

      At least this is not Long Island. I was so allergic to some of the hardwoods that I had to carry an emergency bronchial dilator on bike rides. Couple of my riding buddies thought they were going to lose me on one ride where I could barely get the albuterol into my lungs, as I was already shutting down. Sheesh.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Well, just wait for it sports fans. Coming soon, 4 or 5 months, to a theatre near you. “Ragweed” The mutha of all allergens.

  3. Steve O Says:

    That trash can looks like the pile under my car seat right now.

    Gotta be an alternative use for the shit coming out of my nose. Space shuttle re-entry tile adhesive? Bike shock elastomer? Mississippi River erosion barriers? Shame it’s all going to waste.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sharon, low humidity, wind, juniper like Khal said, and generations of people moving out West bringing all the severe allergen producing landscape and plants with them. Olive and mulberry trees being some of the worst offenders. The best use of a chainsaw is cutting down mulberry trees. Tucson used to be the best place to live if you suffered from seasonal allergies. It is now one of the worst places.

    Steve, my uncle travelled to Mindanao to visit his son. They were up in the mountains with some indigenous people when my uncle took out his hankie, blew his nose, and stuck the hankie back in his pocket. One of the men asked him, “What are you saving that for?”

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