Dear J—

There are a lot of things to recommend the Spring but allergies is not one of them. It’s either that or admit I have the cold that’s been going around the family and I’m not nearly ready to do that. The one nice thing is being able to have an hour or so of relief from it while I’m on the bike: for some reason, I’ve always been able to suppress the runny nose and watery eyes when I’m exerting myself at least a little, so look for me to enjoy the ride more than usual, at least until the spring flowering season is over a bit. As much as I might admire the flowering trees and fruit orchards of the Bay Area, at least in comparison to the desert of Southern California, it is a double-edged sword and it turns out the early spring this year (aren’t they all always early springs?) is a large part of that.



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