Something in the air…

There are marquis-type signs over the freeways in the city that tell drivers that it is going to be a “high pollution day” tomorrow and suggest that they use alternative means of transportation…bike, bus, carpool, etc….

…but there are no signs out in the agricultural areas telling drivers to keep their vehicles’ windows closed or to wear respirators so they don’t breathe-in the ever rising dust that comes from the tractors and machines turning the desert fields….

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15 responses

  1. Just can’t bring myself to push the ‘like’ button on this one… it looks and sounds rather horrific to be living in that sort of environment. And are people still moving to Phoenix these days? It seems to have echoes of the last Dust Bowl.

    And how would biking in that pollution be considered a solution?

    July 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    • Ditto what Gunta said.

      July 16, 2018 at 7:23 am

    • I don’t “like” it either, Gunta…but it made for an interesting photograph. And it would be horrific if it was like this all the time, which it is not. And yes, INDEED, they’re still moving here…building high-rise apartments in the central corridor of the city…jamming the freeways…and catching venereal diseases, too!!

      Biking would be considered part of the “solution,” as it wouldn’t add to the airborne pollutants…but it’s clear that the people encouraging such activities haven’t done so themselves, as they would otherwise know how freaking hot and potentially life threatening it is to do so when the air temperature is over 110 degrees…and the streets and sidewalks are very likely another 10 plus degrees hotter….

      July 27, 2018 at 11:35 am

      • And thank you, Meanderer…I’m right there with you ladies….

        July 27, 2018 at 11:37 am

      • I wonder about the folks biking along the Coast Highway here. Dodging traffic and breathing all the fumes, but your images provide an example far and above that! Hard to think of where it all might end.

        July 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

        • Your bikers on the Coast Highway probably figure that the risk is worth it…given the views, etc. And yes, it’s hard to think of where it might all end…the traffic and pollution…all of it. Sigh….

          July 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

  2. Well, field dust has been fortified so it’s probably good for you.

    July 15, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    • Except when it clogs your lungs…once it gets past them, it might be…

      July 27, 2018 at 11:38 am

  3. A very good point, Scott. It’s unfortunate – that’s putting it mildly – that this problem even exists at this level in the US in this day and age. And of course, the powers that be are paying more attention to how it impacts people whom they deem important – the city dwellers. I hope you and your family are able to modify your schedules somewhat….

    July 20, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    • We modify them as best we can, Lynn…given the limitations of doing so with modern life in this damnably sprawling city…..

      July 27, 2018 at 11:39 am

      • It’s off the subject a bit, but do you know about this? I’m sure you know about the cuts in general, but I thought you’d be interested in what’s happening down in the Boulder, UT area:
        https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/07/30/631992359/meet-the-restaurateurs-fighting-to-save-the-grand-staircase-escalante-monument?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
        That’s the area where my son went to a school & a wilderness program, and I visited two or three times, and fell in love with it. I plan to go back – gee, maybe I need to make that trip sooner rather than later.

        July 30, 2018 at 3:49 pm

        • I was aware of the cuts, Lynn…have seen several articles about it over the last year or so…and this is another one that highlights the thoughtlessness of that guy in Washington…or the business-centric and give a damn about everyone/everything else mindset that he seems to have….

          And yes, you should head back sooner than later…. It would be easy to love such a place.

          August 10, 2018 at 8:55 pm

  4. It has been very dry here and I drive tractors and mowers at work and the dust has been terrible this year, so I have a feel for what’s going on there. I wear a mask but the only real escape from it is rain or wind.

    July 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    • And the wind only adds to it here, given that we have so much “free” dirt and dust just laying around…but yes, rain is good for such things.

      I used to use a dust mask when cutting the lawn sometimes…nothing of a grand scale, of course….

      July 27, 2018 at 11:41 am

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