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OFF TOPIC: Discussing Hayfever & Sunshine
Posted by Nick B (formerly in Erlangen) on 2020-05-02 06:45:19
Ah, a fellow hayfever sufferer...I used to be, til I ...wait for it... fixed my diet. Geographic changes helped too -- Minnesconsin was a nightmare, I would get it in May and again early September. In Orygun, only in May, the same in Franken except milder. 

Vitamin D is supposed to do all kinds of wonders for the body, via hormone production. In combination with stopping the use of vegetable/seed oils (save olive oil, which is a natural product, whereas the others are industrially processed and have only been around a century or so), my tolerance for the sun improved dramatically. (That's also a commonly reported effect of ...well... doing to one's diet what I did to mine a couple years ago.) 

I used to put on sunscreen for my 75 minute bike ride to Stiebarlimbach; I used to burn that easily. That changed by summer 2017.

I don't not understand what is meant by isolation and social distancing; I was just wondering if you've really just been sitting around inside all this time. I've always had the idea of being outdoors rather than indoors as healthy, since my dad explained that his polio treatment in 1952 involved being made to be outside wearing as little as possible that the weather would allow (luckily...heh...if there's anything lucky about contracting polio, especially the last year before they came up with the vaccine...polio struck mostly in summer) rather than couped up inside. Like with the stories of alternative treatments of Spanish flu: sunshine and ozone.

And Becki and I were always outdoorsy people, at least after we escaped Minnesconsin for Orygun, where "outdoorsiness" is a much bigger thing. There's just more to do and people spend more time outdoors there than elsewhere in the country, save Alaska, apparently.

Pacific northwesterners drink more in pubs than elsewhere in the US and spend more time outdoors than elsewhere.

I used to LOVE using the trains & buses in Franken, Barry! Americans seemed pretty shocked by the idea of taking your bike on a bus, let alone a dog. It appears that US buses will only take bikes mounted to the front or back of the bus; you can't take them inside. Nor does space for prams in US buses appear to be a universal thing, though that might be changing.

Heh...when I told my old ex-drinking friends in the US (on an email list) about how German buses have space for wheelchairs/prams/bikes in the middle and how you can board with such things in the middle, the one guy who had worked for many years at TRI-MET, Portland Oregon's mass transit organisation, said, "What could be more natural than for a mother to carry her baby in her arms in the bus, rather than use a pram?" Yeah, Jeff, right. 

Heck...maybe he was joking! I never considered that. 

When I first told them about taking my bike on the bus, one guy in Champaign Illionois who does use the bus said, "Oh, you're one of those a-holes who blocks the aisle with your luggage." He just couldn't comprehend how rows of seats are replced with open space in the middle of the bus.

Meh...I've got to get back to "work" on my programming course. I really dislike my experiences with online learning so far. I guess I'm too old fashioned and still prefer a classroom type setting. My only programming course at university (1988?) had us taking notes on paper, then going to the library to use IBM PCs to do our assignments, saving them to floppy disk, and giving those to the instructor, who graded them. It was the hardest course I had in college, save Chemistry, which was utterly horrible. (Sorry Mom & Uncle Jimbo!)
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