Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Breathing Free While Dallas/Fort Worth Has A Level Orange Ozone Action Day
My current location is about 120 miles northwest of my old location.
Apparently 120 miles is distant enough to escape the extreme pollution that pollutes the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
I am looking out my computer room window, right now, at a horizon which has no haze.
Clear blue sky.
I have now been out of the D/FW Metro Mess for almost two months.
Long enough to make note of some interesting changes.
When I lived in Western Washington I never had any allergy woes. Or breathing woes. After my exile to Texas I soon developed various breathing woes. As in clogged up nasal passages which soon had me using nasal spray addictively.
I also had several bouts of extreme allergic reaction to allergens, like pollen blowing in from Hill Country.
And then there's the D/FW dust.
I have a glass topped coffee table that made the move from Washington. At my location in Washington that glass topped coffee table never got dust covered. Soon upon arriving in Texas I found that I was constantly removing the coating of dirty dust from that glass.
I figured my Washington location must have been dust free due to its negative ionizer air filter.
Well, that same glass covered coffee table is at my new location in Wichita Falls. And it is totally dust free after being here almost two months.
Same thing with the water here. At my previous Texas location something in the water was always making a scale like coating. The stainless steel kitchen sink was a challenge to keep shiny. Same with the shower curtain.
Here the water does not leave behind any sort of residue. What are the water treaters doing different here in Wichita Falls which has the water being so much, I don't know, cleaner?
I don't think the D/FW zone is a healthy place to be living, for a number or reasons. That may be true of many highly populated urban zones.
But, I think D/FW, and Fort Worth in particular, may be much worse than the urban norm. Fort Worth is the only large city in the world which has allowed fracking on a massive scale. Fracking puts all sorts of bad stuff in the air. Lots of dust due to trucks. Lots of noise when drilling. Lots of chemicals during the fracking. Lots of air pollutants when the gas is extracted.
Too bad there is not some sort of environmental protection agency monitoring the air we breathe and stopping the worst of the polluters from polluting...