I'm dying and it's all the inversion's fault

We've been having this inversion thing for days now, where all the goshawful particles and microbes and pollution get trapped down here in the valleys for days on end and we all die.

I sort of forgot about the inversion and took a walk yesterday at lunch time because I was antsy and needed to get moving. Had to stop when I got a headache and my eyes started burning. Then remembered about the inversion.

GH told me yesterday was supposed to have been the worst day--that it was healthier to stay inside than to go out and exercise, and that the people on the news compared going outside to sitting next to a smoker.

So. I guess that walk counted as this year's trip to Paris. Except, you know, without the Eiffel Tower or the crepes or the cheese or any other good thing.

And now today have a funny headache and just feel gross, as I'm sure a lot of you do after days of pretty much sucking on an exhaust pipe. I swear, if anything should get the last-stand Utah anti-environment people rethinking things, this mess should. Although, I can just see them now, holed up in their homes and harrumphing things like, "Nonsense! Coughhackcoughgag! Air's fine! All this fuss is just that Robert Redford's way of trying to legalize gay marriage when we're not looking!"

But just so you know, the Utah Moms for Clean Air are having a meeting on Tuesday, January 27th at the Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 pm at the Anderson-Foothill Library (1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City). You know, if people are willing to go outside to get there. And, for those who will not be making that meeting, they do let you know who to contact in the legislature to express your displeasure that you're getting all of the second-hand smoke benefits of Europe without any of the pretty, crepe-filled, memory-making ones. And also how you're at home shut in like Miss Havisham because you're asthmatic and therefore cannot walk outside without dropping dead.

Make them hear you, friends. Make them hear you.


Jenny said... [reply]

One day I am going to live in a place without inversion and it is going to be fantastic. I fantasized about it last night for nearly an hour.

cooldad said... [reply]

Inversion is a phenomenon when warm and cold air combine in a valley area. We have it in Alaska too. But is inversion really the problem or is the fumes from all the automobiles driving the roads in Happy Valley being held close to the ground? I'm thinking inversion cannot be stopped. You'll just have convince everyone to stop driving their cars so much. I'm sure you will take the lead in this effort by going from a two-person-two-car family to at least a one-car or maybe no-car public transportation modern family.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Yeah, the inversion is the natural phenomenon. It's how disgusting our air is that's the problem, which is always made extra apparent during an inversion.

Nemesis said... [reply]

How about this, Dad? If GH's car dies, we won't replace it.

Jenny said... [reply]

Come EAST nemesis. It's the NEW zion. We've already sucked the life out of the gay marriage thing, and we're still alive to tell about it. And we stargaze.

Zannah said... [reply]

It's now illegal to smoke indoors here in Paris (the law went into effect last year) which is kind of nice, because you don't smell like an ashtray at the end of dinner. On the other hand, everyone stands outside the doors smoking, so just walking down the street means you end up covered in smoke.

But hey - at least we don't have inversion.

Roxie said... [reply]

Interesting that you should say this today with all the news stories I've seen this week about how living in a city with clean air can literally add months to your life.

Don't Die!

BEFore said... [reply]

Suffering here in northern Utah. Every time I see someone leaving their truck/suv idling while they go somewhere for "just a minute" I want to stick a big "THANKS FOR THE RED AIR DAY" note on their windshield. It's like people here don't understand cause and effect.

MBC said... [reply]

I almost posted about this last night when I saw that our Air Quality Index number was 3 times as high as New York City's. Someone needs to send the legislature a copy of The Lorax.

emandtrev said... [reply]

Ick. Yes, yes, and yes. It makes me want to stay inside permanently, which, even though it is January, is just SAD.

Nadia and Jeremy said... [reply]

yeah, my brother lives up in SLC and told me the newsman said that going outside was the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes!

sorry, but i'm glad i'm not out there anymore!

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