Occupational Hazard (Doing The Daily Pollen Count)


Nothing literal today, just a spin-off.  No axes to grind, just some good, funny humor.  So, please :  no comments about the seriousness of the environment, OK?

Jennifer Pendergast, whose writing always amazes us, continues to do so with this wonderful photo prompt.  Thanks, Jen!

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the Queen of the Drones and invites you into the creative hive of the Friday Fictioneers.


Doc walked into the lab. “Achoo!”

The assistant turned his head.  “Got the ‘sneezals’ today, Doc?”

He wiped his nose.  “The one thing I hate about this job.”  He sat down at the table, closed an eye and looked into the microscope.  “Allergy season.  No wonder.”

“Oh, I forgot to tell you, we have to do it the old fashioned way this morning.”

Doc sighed.  “We can send a man to the moon and we have to … !”  He adjusted his microscope.

Some thirteen hours later and Doc still counted pollen grains in the scope.

“1,771,361 … 1,771,362 … ah-ah-ACHOO … damn!”

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18 Responses to Occupational Hazard (Doing The Daily Pollen Count)

  1. Penny L Howe says:

    Really enjoyed this one Kent, but couldn’t help but go to the very real concerns of the bee population and what happens if they “go away”!

  2. Kent says:

    Like the cannibal said to his wife, “I hate my mother in-law.” “OK, then just eat the vegetables.”

  3. wait. He sneezed… does that mean he has to start counting all over? Oy.’m allergic to just thinking about it. Randy

  4. annisik51 says:

    Who needs paintbrushes? I shall go down to my garden immediately and sneeze on my courgette flowers.

  5. Dear Kent,

    That’s what we’ll be up to soon. Hand pollinating everything and fighting to protect what crops we do manage to help reproduce. Good spin-off.



  6. kz says:

    hi kent, 🙂 like what penny said, an enjoyable read ^^ still made me a little sad though, about the bees. oh i’m allergic to them, btw, and to pollens too probably, so i guess that kind of job won’t do for me ^^

    • Kent says:

      Thanks, KZ. It seems only a couple of people got the joke to the story because it had nothing to do with environmental issues. IT WAS A JOKE, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  7. Couldn’t he just count the number of sneezes? Glad you had fun with this! Ron

  8. Kent says:

    Yeah, that’d be a good one, too. Thanks, Ron.

  9. rgayer55 says:

    Well, I thought it was just good old-fashioned humor. Well done, Kent.

  10. Joe Owens says:

    Funny stuff. I can hear him cursing before he starts over. 1…2…3…4.

  11. Dee says:

    Great take on the prompt Kent, enjoyed this

  12. pattisj says:

    Oh, dear. I wonder how many times he’s had to start over. Poor Doc.

  13. elmowrites says:

    thanks for your kind words about my writing, Kent. I enjoyed this little laugh, even if I am a bit late to the party in reading it!

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