Today was Day 28 of the 2017 Fall pollen season.  This was another day where I had difficulty waking up.  The cumulative effect of nearly a month straight of pollen that is too high for my body to cope with is depleting all my energy.

Despite this, I went outside again.  Shawn and I had tickets to see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in the theater.  Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures put it back in theaters to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the movie.  I wasn’t going to let the pollen count make me miss out on this!

The pollen count today was 8.1.  I need the pollen count to go back down to 6.0 for at least a week before I can start recovering from it.  There is hope. The pollen forecast at Pollen.com is showing a week of sevens and sixes.

The movie was wonderful, and well worth the potential risk of going outside on an 8.1 pollen  count day this far into Fall pollen season.  I knew I could manage to sit in a nice, air-conditioned, theater (with the comfy reclining seats) and safely watch a movie.

Things went wrong after that.  We decided to eat at a taco place that I’ve been to before.  The food is good.  The staff is a bit strange, but not in a way that I find troubling.

I asked for corn tortillas.  Their menu, that is located on the wall for all to see, specifically states that they have corn tortillas that are gluten-free.  The guy behind the counter thought I wanted hard-shell tacos.  I asked, again, for corn tortillas.  Shawn also clarified that I wanted soft-tacos – and corn tortillas.

We assumed the guy behind the counter understood.  But, he gave me flour tortillas.  I didn’t realize this until after I took a bite.  Despite my best efforts, I got glutened.  Shawn brought my tacos back to the counter, and the other guy behind the counter affirmed that those absolutely were flour tortillas.

They made me new tacos, with the corn tortillas I asked for, but it was already too late.  We took the food “to-go”.  I’m going to be sick from gluten for about a week.  I won’t be getting food from that taco place anymore.

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