Thanks to the heat and the fires, the Valley air has been pretty chewy this week. I’d go so far as to say that if there were some sort of oxygen equivalent to Turkish coffee, that’s what we were breathing in Chatsworth yesterday. SFV is a giant bowl of pollution right now. The air quality people are calling it “unhealthy for sensitive people.” The rest of you callous folks can breathe with impunity it seems. So today at lunch, we forewent the usual topics of traffic and television shows and found ourselves talking about allergy medicines (while the issue is largely pollution not allergans per se, we’re still talking about toxin-filled air). Coworker A has recently obtained steroid nose spray. Coworker B uses a different steroid nose spray. For my part, I’ve sampled them both but favor one of the over-the-counter antihistamines. And we have all explored the virtues of “D or no D” Claritin with greater or lesser success.
All of which led me to the conclusion that to live happily in the Valley you need two things: a reliable car and the proper allergy medication. Everything else is gravy.
(Dr Tran!‘s view of the smog back in January used through a Creative Commons license.)