Thursday, June 16, 2011

There's something in the air

There's been quite a symphony going on at work for the past couple of weeks, one that involves tissues, synchronized sniffing, and sneezes of various shapes and sizes.

If there was any doubt in anyone's mind that spring/summer was here, a few minutes with the ChartLogic Sneezing Symphony should remove it.

Okay, so it's not really that bad--the sneezes and sniffing are more like accented notes on top of the underlying hum of the circulation vents, phone conversations, and typing and clicking. And every now and then a sneeze five doors down the hall will cue a sneeze from one of the sales reps across the room. And then somebody would start it all up again by pulling a tissue out of their rapidly emptying tissue box.

No matter how you look at it, winter has finally settled into hibernation mode and won't disturb us until at least September. Which means that the crazy spring weather we've been having is beginning to bloom with sunshine, flowers, and grass, and the allergy-stricken individuals are beginning to wonder why they were looking forward to summer.

It's a predicament many people find themselves in every year: the trade-off between winter depression and summer allergies. At the moment, though, even though my eyes, throat, and nose itch, my ears are a bit clogged, and sneezes keep sneaking up on me, I would still take this pleasant weather over the cold and dreary world that threatened to stay forever. Nothing in this world comes without a price, not even the air we breathe.

At least I know I won't be the only one suffering from the side effects of good weather. Having someone to suffer along with you always makes things better, especially if you can make a musical out of it. :)

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