So an old high school friend of mine took me to my first Rennaissance Faire. Interesting experience, but this thread is not about that.
The venue was kind of dusty; there were large patches of bare ground, and the wind would occasionally kick up large clouds of dirt. I was breathing fine, so I didn’t think anything of it, except for a bit of cogitation when I had to wipe a layer of dirt off my glasses, and it actually stained my shirt.
But then I got home and showered. I blew my nose… and my snot was BLACK. If not black, it was definitely a very DARK hue. I thoroughly cleaned out my nostrils, and MORE black snot and goo came out.
My Lord, it reminded me of those Oreck air filter commercials. Was I really gonna breathe in all THAT before my body’s natural defenses stopped it? I usually think of nose hairs as necessary annoyances, because they tend to peek out of my nostrils and make me trim them, and go to the bother of clearing out the little bits afterwards. But now I’m utterly grateful!
I mean, ewww.