Monday, June 27, 2005

Having a "bad air" day

We've been struggling out in these parts in recent days. The air quality has been terrible, to say the least.

Last weekend, the girls had a regatta in Welland. On the way down, I thought the fog had rolled in, the air was so thick. But it was just more smog, blanketing the countryside as far as we could see (which wasn't far.) One of the rowers heard on the radio that outside activities should be limited to 15 minutes...hmmm.

I wonder how long it will be before we are forced to start taking this air quality thing seriously. In recent days, it's been above 30 C most days, and the humidex has been over 40 C. Yet nothing really has changed for most of us. People still drive everywhere, work continues, traffic is heavy, sports events continues. But the doctors are warning us that we're suffering, even if we don't notice it right at the moment.

After her race, Kelly was having trouble breathing deeply, the same problem she had last summer after big races. I don't think there's much doubt that the bad air is having an effect. It's going to become a bigger issue as we go along. For now, we're just trying to stay cool and get through it.

By the way, the photo up top is from Fanshawe Lake near London. That's where the Summer Games trials were held a couple of weeks ago. Blogger just set up a new posting service, so I'm experimenting with posting a pic to the blog. Nice shot, eh? The air was a lot cleaner then...

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