Day by Day

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Welcome *hackhack* to Los *coughwheeze* Angeles

I took this picture on New Year's Day.  I was listening to the Rose Bowl on the radio as I was driving up Highway 2, and everyone kept talking about what a beautiful day in Pasadena it was. 

This shot is from the Angeles National Forest.  You can see downtown Los Angeles at the center-left, and if you squint at center-right you can see the blimp that was flying over the Rose Bowl during the game.

I'd like to point out that it is NOT a cloudy day.  There was barely a cloud in the sky.

That, my friends, is the smog of Los Angeles.  That is the poison that I'm forced to breathe in every single day.  Driving up Highway 2, the air was literally brown.  It's like living in some futuristic, dystopian movie.  And this was a day where the locals were singing praises about how clean the air was!

I cannot wait to leave this shithole.


MauserMedic said...

Impressive. You just gave me a flashback to Camp Phoenix, Kabul.

I had to sprint in smog like that there in full body armor. Made it to the Rhino, stopped, and dropped to my hands and knees for about 10 minutes. Don't know how you can run in that stuff.

Ragin' Dave said...

I've got a picture of the air at Camp Phoenix, actually. I'll post it tomorrow. It was one of the most disgusting experiences I've had, since I was there in December. The population was burning tires in the morning, dried shit during the day, and wood at night. The combination of smells made me want to puke. I was only there for three days, and I spent the next week coughing crap out of my lungs.

And I run early in the morning, when the smog is at its least. I've tried running in the afternoons here, and it makes my lungs hurt.