The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 September 2003

Breathe deep, the gathering gloom

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has issued its list of Allergy Capitals, the places among the top-50 metropolitan areas where persons with "seasonal allergies" are likely to suffer the worst, and the Oklahoma City metro ranks seventh for fall sneezing and wheezing: we're up to here in ragweed and various pollens, and will be until the first fall freeze.

It's slightly better in the spring, when we check in at number 21. The worst of all? Louisville, Kentucky, which is #1 in the spring and #3 in the fall.

Posted at 7:45 AM to City Scene


Boy, I'm glad I don't live in a higher-ranked city. Here in #28 I went through 3/4 of a box of kleenex on Monday (and that's *with* Claritin), so I'd hate to see what I'd be like in the top ten.

Posted by: Steve Gigl at 7:55 AM on 5 September 2003

I lived in OKC from 93-99. . .my son was born in 95. Other than the occasional sniffles he had no problems, but as soon as we moved to DC the kid couldn't stop coughing. Three years later we moved back down south (Loosiana) and all is better knock on wood.

Posted by: Robert Ferrau at 10:30 AM on 5 September 2003

"Watch lights fade in every room..."

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 2:03 PM on 5 September 2003

And really, how often do I get a chance to invoke the oeuvre of Graeme "I'm not the guy in U2" Edge?

Posted by: CGHill at 9:31 PM on 5 September 2003

What I remember of that particular passage only starts with Cold-hearted orb that rules the night.

Guess I need to do a search for the complete lyrics...

Posted by: McGehee at 8:01 AM on 6 September 2003

Or dig out your copy of Days of Future Passed. (Among persons of a Certain Age, it is very nearly as ubiquitous as Dark Side of the Moon.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:09 AM on 6 September 2003

Before I can dig it out, I must obtain one to bury. I was never much of a buyer of music in those days. OTOH, I think somewhere around here I still have a 45 with "Bad Moon Rising."

But I finally found "Late Lament" via Google® after having first failed to find the passage in lyrics to "Nights in White Satin." That will tell you all you need to know about where I know anything at all about the selections in question.

At least I get a half-point for knowing that the lines in question were from that piece, no?

Posted by: McGehee at 10:33 AM on 6 September 2003

Yea, verily, though I am persuaded that "Late Lament", as a title, was applied as an afterthought: it appears nowhere on the Days of Future Passed LP (at least, my Sixties US pressing on Deram DES 18012), though both sections of the poem are reproduced on the sleeve, or on the first CD issue (Deram/Decca 820 006-2). I suppose there's some sense to it, since the 45 version of "Nights in White Satin", truncated to 4:30 or thereabouts (there's even a 3:06 version), doesn't contain the poem, and just as much of it appears in "The Day Begins" as in "Nights". Still, I never think of it as "Late Lament".

Posted by: CGHill at 10:58 AM on 6 September 2003

I trust one of you will remind me of this the next time I chastise a commenter for contributing to topic drift. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:59 AM on 6 September 2003