As the summer finally fades, a fear has started spreading throughout the land. It was just last winter when we were blindsided by a pandemic the breadth of which few had seen before. The government has taken action to avoid another break-out, but we will not know how effective their efforts have been until it’s too late to do anything else.
Yes, be afraid: it’s Ginkgo season again.
The putrid seed of Ginkgogate 2008 was sowed when the District Urban Forestry Administration thought that injecting all the trees with a Vitamin C-based serum would cut back on the production of the hated Ginkgo berries. Turns out the exact opposite is true. There were still berries on the trees by the time the leaves came back in April.
They went back to the old spraying method this year. Now as the rancid stench of the berries has hit our sidewalks again, all we can do is pray. Will it be over and done with by late November like it traditionally has, or will be still be tip-toeing through the mine-fields straight through spring again?