“If I’d wanted a yellow truck, you’d have bought one,” I said to the wife while I hosed pollen off her red GMC Jimmy.
We were headed to Athens Wednesday to pick up our fourth boat (it is a sickness) and I wanted to give the rarely used vehicle some love and maybe save an ounce of gas.
“It will be yellow again by the time we get back. You’re wasting water.”
She was right. Somewhere along Ga. 10 a smoke-like haze enveloped us. “Is my eyesight failing or is something on fire?” I asked.
A mile or two down the road we figured it out. It was pollen, aka nature’s middle finger. Trees alongside the road were emanating opaque cocoons of airborne plant sperm and there wasn’t anything we could do about it except keep the windows rolled up. And be happy we weren’t sneezing.
The pollen this morning is about as bad as it gets.
The AJC’s Mike Morris reports Thursday’s pollen count soared to 8,024 particles per cubic meter of air — the third highest ever, eclipsed only by the 8,163 recorded on March 19, 2012 and the record count of 9,367 on March 20, 2012.
Rain Thursday afternoon should clear the air, but we all know it will come roaring back.
I hope you (and your car and house and pets) look good in yellow.