May 12th, 2003

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03:37 pm - and by the way...
I'm 28 years old. Why the hell do I suddenly have Spring allergies. I never had them before in any of the other 28 Spring seasons that I have passed through. Exactly why do I have them now?

(for the record, this started yesterday sometime before I bought the Hyrdroxycut™. So its not that. Clearly aliens abducted me in the middle of the night on Saturday and mucked with my biochemisty and DNA or something... the bastards!)

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[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: May 12th, 2003 - 01:09 pm (Link)
This year is really bad. It's the first year I've ever had allergies.
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: May 12th, 2003 - 01:12 pm (Link)
This is my world and welcome to it...sniff, cough, ah-choo
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 12th, 2003 - 01:18 pm (Link)
ummm, you live in the desert. There is no pollen there. That's sand.
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: May 12th, 2003 - 02:47 pm (Link)
Not true grasshopper. We just have Different Pollens. The desert is full of very strange plants that NOBODY is immune to, then you add the blowing dirt to that! Therefore, EVERYONE in the desert suffers from allergies. It's our official State Illness...I'll bet you Pennsylvania doesn't have one of those.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 12th, 2003 - 03:02 pm (Link)
IT'S THE DESERT!!! As in, "deserted!" Anywhere else in the world that there's a desert you got people who can't wait to move out of it. "Hey, lets go somewhere where there's water... and maybe some fruit." Nevadans are the only fools on the planet who sit happily move to the dersert, refuse to leave and then try to complain about it not being inhabitable.
[User Picture]From: vandebeast Date: May 12th, 2003 - 03:32 pm (Link)
I would add Arizonians and New Mexicans to the list.

Really, once you get used to the dry climate, living out west is quite nice. Now, where I live in Colorado is only arrid or semi-arrid, a step or two more wet than a desert, but the vegitation out here has its own unique charm.

(As I write this I can feel presure building in my sinuses, but that may have more to do with inhaling smoke from a burning engine compartment this morning.)
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 12th, 2003 - 05:33 pm (Link)
yeah, but the air is really thin there, so who knows what delusions you are having.
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: May 12th, 2003 - 05:22 pm (Link) many times do you have to be reminded? This is an OASIS!!! We have water and grass and trees along with our cacti! oh yes, and Pollen and Crime. oh wait, that's another discussion...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: May 12th, 2003 - 05:34 pm (Link)
umm, that's no an oasis, mom... that's heat stroke...
[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: May 12th, 2003 - 06:42 pm (Link)

Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, And Despair!

The web appears to agree with Mav.

Las Vegas gets about 85% of its water from the Colorado River, which gets its water from snowmelt in the Rockies. by contrast, an "oasis" is typically formed when the water table gets close to the surface. The rest of Las Vegas' water does get pumped out of the underground water table, but it would hardly be enough to support the city, nor would it be possible without plenty of technology. (And the water from the Colorado River is available largely due to the Hoover Dam, which created Lake Mead, itself a somewhat monumental feat of engineering.)

So, without a lot of human intervention, it would be a desert. Nothing oasis-like about it. (Same deal in Florida.) Really, I kind of wonder what motivates people to do stuff like this, but hey. As long as you can con the other states (and Mexico) out of their water rights, more power to you. (Suddenly I want to go watch Chinatown again...)

Interestingly, there's a series of wetlands along the "Las Vegas Wash". The Wash is a result primarily of run-off from the urban areas. Very bizarre.
[User Picture]From: anisodragnfly Date: May 12th, 2003 - 08:12 pm (Link)

you need to move

allergies are frequently a developed thing. i didn't start them until my early twenties. once you've gotten allergic to a place, you need to move... then it should take you five or so years before you develop allergies to the new pollens. here's what Aetna's Intelihealth has to say on how allergies develop:

How people become allergic is still something of a mystery. Experts know it begins with what is called sensitization — a period that ranges from a few weeks to several decades, in which repeated exposure to a particular allergen activates the immune system to attempt to fight what is usually an innocuous substance. Because this period of sensitization varies so much, one person can develop a contact allergy during infancy while another may not be sensitized until adulthood. Still, most allergies become apparent in childhood — especially inhalant reactions like hay fever. Some children can outgrow one allergy only to develop another later in life. Adults seldom develop new allergies after age 40, but rarely outgrow those they have, although sometimes reactions become less severe with age.
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: May 12th, 2003 - 09:07 pm (Link)
You people are just jealous because you don't live in Fabulous, Tacky, Sinful Las Vegas. Of course I would be jealous too, if I lived in Pittsburgh; no offense - I have lived in Pittsburgh before. Oh yes, and this must be an Oasis, I see "Oasis" on signs everywhere. And you know that if it's in print, it must be true.

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