Today I went to get new tires installed on my car around noon. I was greeted at the door by a sign that said “We are no longer taking any new customers today, please come back tomorrow we open at 8 am.” Just like the squirrels collecting nuts and the bears feasting before their hibernation; humans in Boulder were changing from summer tires to winter tires in order to prepare for the coming change in weather. These are the smart ones, the ones who will make it through the winter. Others get used to the beautiful weather and don’t prepare until it is too late. I took the photo below a few years ago shows what can happen if instead of preparing for the cold, you try to get that last bit of pollen.