Does pollen get a bad rap?

Josh: It's evil. In the winter you feel fine, and in the spring it's boom. It comes and gets you; you can't escape it. It's everywhere. It invades my nose and my eyes, and it swells up my forehead. My eyes water; [it] makes me sneeze. I'm itching all over, and I feel a hundred pounds heavier. I can't stand to be around it. I'm outdoors 90 percent of the time. I can't relax because I'm constantly sucking up snot. Pollen is not my friend.

Jan: We bitch too much about it in the South. If you don't like the pollen, you shouldn't live here. Spring in the South is prettier than anywhere else. When I lived up North, we didn't have a beautiful spring like down here. In six weeks, it will go away and everything will be fine. The dogwoods, the beautiful flowers, the tulip trees -- we wouldn't have any of it. Just quit bitching and accept it.

Matt: The beautiful thing is that people are scared to move to Atlanta because of pollen, traffic and everything else. It's more and more a factor that further weeds out the undesirables. These are the bland; they're content to stay at home in their small little world. It's a nice weed. I want to interact with people who are willing to overcome these small barriers and live in this great city. Unfortunately, the wind plays a factor in pollen. I just wish the bees could play a bigger role than they do.



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