Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How I would Change where I live

This is an easy one ... This week's Heads or Tails meme is "How I would change where I live" ... let me count the ways, shall I? Well, maybe not.

For nine years, I have lived in Atlanta, GA. Nine, (9), "neuf", "nove", "neun", wow - time flies. Technically, at this exact moment, I live in metro-Atlanta, although I am within 2 miles of the city - which,for those non-Atlantans, is OTP (outside-the-perimeter).

My husband, native Atlantan that he is, grew up ITP (inside the perimeter). This apparently, is a significant and quite important fact to know. Once you move OTP, from ITP, you typically PLT (pay less taxes), but do not have a VIA (very important address). All of this was completely lost on me as a YWS (Yankee who stayed).

It still is somewhat lost on me, but I have found myself specifically describing the area in which I live as the distance away it is from the Chattahoochee and the Fulton County line (which for us means Atlanta, GA mailing address). So what would I change?

Not my address ... my husband has reconciled himself to being able to see Fulton County and "The Hooch" from the stop sign at the end of the street. It means paying 3% less tax and he for some reason appreciates that.

Oh wait, I started to digress ... again.

In thinking about it seriously (because I really do routinely ask my husband if we can move), I came up with only 1 (one) giant thing I would change. Overall, it's a quite a diverse place to live with respect to culture, food, music, art, economy, politics, and other socio-economic thingies. I can circumvent the horriffic traffic on most days and the weather overall is pleasant for about 300 of the 365 days.

But I absolutely hate the pollen - HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT! (envison now if you will, me jumping up and down, waving my hands wildly). We get this nasty yellow/green dust beginning in April - lasting through the first of May) that coats everything from outdoor furniture to lungs. It's so thick in the air, you can SEE it ... it's just icky (I'm really trying to G-rate this). People walk around with masks over their noses and mouths for weeks.

But the azaleas and dogwoods are just delightful.

Over the past few years, I routinely get seasonal sinus infections. I've tried various remedies (if you can name it, I probably tried it) - but it just doesn't work. And no matter how much I appreciate the beauty of the flora and fauna, the pollen is disgusting. Fortunately for me, I've recently started to get sinus infections in the fall, too. I am SOOOOO LUCKY! No attractive yellow green dust, just the normal fall allergens. Apparently the relentless assault of spring has finally broken down my defenses during the fall.

Yesterday, I went to the doctor, only to find out that now I have a type allergy induced excema on my ankle and shin. Upon leaving the office, I phoned the dear husband and inquired if he would accept a doctor's written excuse as reason enough to move. He laughed, then sighed, said no ... waited for a strategic pause to see if I was going to break out into convulsive sobs (which somehow I managed to contain) and then suggested maybe we could move somewhere to the coast of Georgia ... in about 10 more years.

Oh, sure ... now we can look forward to Hurricane season. At least maybe the high winds would blow away the pollen.

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Barb said...

Is it ok to feel bad for you at giggle at the same time? Geez, I hope so! Terrific post and thanks for playing. :)

Anonymous said...

Been there four times....barely survived the pollen input. I would die if I lived there.

But it would be almost worth it if I could go around saying "Chattahoochee, Chattahoochee, Chattahoochee" all day long. Been my favorite word since I was a kid. Can you guess why? The last time I was in Norcross, I drove up to my brother's place in TN and I drove past a sign that said 'Chattahoochee' while on the cell phone with my hubs at home. He says I squealed with glee and hung up on him...I don't recall that, but I do remember swerving across several lanes of traffic.

Good times, good times.

Anonymous said...

By the way...the can you guess why? was a rhetorical question. I have no idea why. Neither does my mom, although she thinks it's because Billie Joe jumped off the Talahatchee Bridge (I was very fond of that song as a kid) and that somehow I got confused. But I am too smart to be that confused. Even as a kid.

Mom Knows Everything said...

Spring is always horrible for me with my allergies. My eyes get all red and runny....very attractive looking. LOL

Heather said...

sigh... have you tried the Neti pot yet???

I hear ya with the allergies and pollen sista! I mean, but really, what are our options? Places the annual snow fall is measured in FEET? No thank you! I like to use the pollen count on kind of like a "is-it-ok-to-breathe-o-meter"

Anonymous said...

I moved out of Atlanta several years ago and haven't had a sinus infection or cold since. Coincidence or not?