WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

Time has no meaning anymore. It’s just a filmy haze of going from room to room in my house, pretending different rooms are different places for different jobs. Living room is writing. Front room is for working.

Like a lot of people, we’ve been working from home full time while a virus runs roughshod over the country. It’s been an experience. I even bought a Bluetooth headset for phone calls. I’ve discovered that Bluetooth headset + lots of phone meetings = plenty of time to develop nunchuck skills.

But, of course, the biggest difference is not driving as much. Although you wouldn’t know it driving around Albuquerque, vehicle traffic worldwide has taken a nosedive. Which, you know, is kind of a pity since gas is so cheap right now. I feel like I should drive around, speeding through school zone and doing a lot of sudden stops and starts just to take advantage of low gas prices. And also to piss off that jackass in the 4×4 with a lift kit who likes to tailgate everyone.

Just like countless songs have crooned over the decades, every cloud has a silver lining. And right now that lining is a precipitous drop in airborne pollutants. People all over the world, stuck in their homes and drinking themselves into a stupor, have suddenly discovered that there’s thing called a “sky” and that “sky” has stuff like clouds and stars in it. Hell, even in Albuquerque, we can now see distant mountain ranges that are normally hidden by smog.

In some cases, and in some particularly filthy cities – I’m looking at you, Wuhan, airborne pollutants are down by as much as 60%. So, that weird feeling you get when take a deep breath outside? That’s air. Without all the crap driving adds to it.

So, while it won’t last forever, take a moment to appreciate the air quality. It’s one of the few good things to come out of this little pandemic. Well, that and I finally get to practice nunchuck twirling in meetings.

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And now your moment of Zen.

11 thoughts on “WATWB – Your Monthly Shot of News That Doesn’t Suck

  1. can we overdose on fresh air? Does it come with a warning label? Blue sky and bright stars …. mmmm, I could live with that I guess .. thanks for co-hosting this month Eric, have a great weekend –

  2. Aah, the outdoor air, I’d almost forgotten it was out there, now so pristine and clean. Thanks for reminding me of a silver lining in these dark pandemic days. Wishing you a safe, lovely weekend!

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  4. The dramatic change in air quality is truly amazing, While I smiled about your driving fantasies, we had a snowstorm recently and there was a 60-car pile up on the expressway. Folks had gotten used to sailing along and forgot to compensate for less optimal conditions.
    Thanks for hosting this month.

  5. I live in a small town in Northern England but we still have traffic problems. My friends and I noticed an improvement in the air quality just before lockdown was announced, as people had begun to change their travel habits and work from home. I’m also sleeping much more peacefully with the absence of boy racers and idiots on motorcycles racing down our street late at night 🙂

    • Albuquerque still has traffic, but it’s slacked off some. Unfortunately, the street racers are still out there. We actually moved because the racing near our street had gotten so bad it was keeping us up at night.

  6. The air quality improvement kinda makes me wonder if the Powers that Be are trying to tell us something. I hope we can learn the lesson and not have to keep repeating it.

  7. There are quite a few memes on the internet about the things that people can now see in the sky… But it is indeed much clearer these days.

  8. Improved air quality really is a superb outcome of this lockdown. I don’t know whether Wuhan is the prime villain when it comes to dirty air and I cringe when I read any blaming fingers pointed at them. But yeah – I love your humour and funny stories can cut close to the bone.

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