guardian angels

A sign at the Shoppers Drug Mart in front of the pharmaceuticals counter reads "To Us, It's Always Allergy Season". Sure, why not? Let histamines build and noses flow, let glands swell up and hives emerge. Let eyeballs sting and water, in the perpetual springtime of Shoppers Drug Mart. And while we're at it, let mosquitoes carry West Nile virus back and forth, host to host. Let joints stiffen and blood pressure rise, let cholesterol scale artery walls. Let synapses fizzle as they wait for serotonin. Hell, let feet itch. The guardians of the global pharmaceutical market will watch out for us.