Behind the 8-ball

Just say no, kids.

I have been behind the 8-ball, and I have been in front of the 8-ball — more than once, too. And after a few too many taps on the glass I usually wound up looking about like this fellow here.

Our preposterous and apparently endless allergy season has me feeling as though someone stepped a little too hard on my Peruvian marching powder — say, with Drano, kitty litter or aluminum oxide — and so instead of riding the bikey bike I have been riding the couch, which is not nearly as fun because it never goes anywhere.

Dr. Mark Schuyler, chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, said back in April that we could expect this season to run through mid- to late May, and he did not lie.

Or at least I hope he didn’t. If I watch much more TV, put on a few kilos, and shed a few I.Q. points, I’m liable to wind up president.

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13 Responses to “Behind the 8-ball”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Winds gusting to 44 mph right now with a red flag warning until 8PM. Allergies required both Claritin and a shot of Flonase this morning.
    Time to hit the snot pot, and I suggest you do likewise.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/why-climate-change-makes-allergies-worse-2019-5

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’m drinking hot water with lemon and honey. A smart fella would add a little whisky to that, give it some real medicinal heft, but as you know, I will never be smart.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Wind really kicking up a storm in Fanta Se and getting all the allergens airborne. I did that twenty miler mentioned a couple weeks ago on the old blog and came back with a splitting sinus headache.

  3. silas little Says:

    would that you were el presidente…

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Slow on the uptake here…..really like the new banner!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, JD. It’s amazing what a fella can do with a few tools, a little time, and even less talent.

      I should really design for the phone, since that’s where all the eyeballs are. But since I’m not a big phone user I default mentally to magazine/website layout.

      And I don’t have any design training anyway, barring what I picked up at newspapers. Talk about “old school.” Sheesh.

  5. JD Dallager Says:

    Really liked the pineapples behind the 8-ball too! 🙂 🙂

    Mowed 1 1/2 acres today…..removed 2 trees that got trashed in the 14 inches of snow we had 5 days ago….rode for 90 minutes on my MTB…..now awaiting the arrival of the pine pollen and Miller Moths next week here in the Black Forest near Bibleburg…….MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVED AND THEIR FAMILIES!! HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!! Stay safe…..ride on!

  6. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Pollen? As it rains and rains some more, it is getting flushed out of the air and into waterways and the soil so it’s not as bad as usual. But the peskquitoes are epic. Whole fam-damily suited up for biking today thinking we could trust the weatherman and what we saw on radars. Ha! All we wanted was 90 minutes but no! We returned soaked, soddened and sullied. Maiden voyage on new bike for 8 year old granddaughter who thought it quite the adventure nonetheless. Did learn however that Stihl yard blower is a fine bike drying implement.
    O’GRADY for Secretary of Education. With him in the saddle we’d at least have a shot at literacy (and some good jokes). Oh would I like to put a catapult to DeVos.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Herb: Please continue to get that wonderful granddaughter …. and others you can serve as a role model for … out on their bikes. She’s got the adventurer spirit and please continue to encourage it. Good on ya, bro!! 🙂

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