In this post, I am venting… well, I would like to vent if I could breath.
Anyone who has lived in the San Joaquin valley knows that our air is, for lack of anything better to describe it, CRAP. I can honestly say that I mean that in both the figurative AND literal sense.
This valley seems to be the catchall for the smog, humidity and cow odors from the surrounding towns and cities. There was even a survey done a few years ago that determined that we were getting smog from as far away and San Francisco.
It was not always this way. Even in my comparitively short life, I can recall when the valley had a lot cleaner air than it has today.Â I can recall seeing the mountains that ring this valley more often than not.Â Now a days, you are lucky to see them at all during the course of the average week.
More and more you hear about kids developing Asthma or other respiratory problems and many times it can probably be traced back to the air itself, in this valley.Â One example I love to give is my Mother.Â Back in 1995, right before she left this valley, and California, for Alaska, she had just been diagnosed with the beginnings of Emphysema.Â While my Mother does smoke, the doctor advised her that that was only part of the problem, the other part was the air in the valley.
Sure enough, after living in Alaska for some time, the doctor up there said that the emphysema had reversed itself.Â She still smokes, I doubt that she will ever stop that, but the clean air up there was the key to helping her get through the problem.
I would like to see the pollution go away, but I really see no way that will ever happen.Â It is more or less a case of just getting out of the valley for now.
So for now I will continue to sniffle and sneeze, then, one day, get the hell out of here to higher and cleaner climes.