Yesterday was the fifth Spare the Air day in the Bay Area and last month was the hottest ever month recorded in California. Wildfires are causing smoky conditions in the East Bay and elsewhere; Yosemite Valley and other parts of national parks are closed making it difficult to make travel plans. I try not to run on Spare the Air days but forgot about yesterday’s alert. Was that irresponsible on my part or is it no big deal? Do you take precautions on Spare the Air days?
On these Spare the Air days, we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution – such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays. People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.
Every now and then I read about bicycle accidents; Just yesterday a bicyclist was killed on Reliez Valley Road in Lafayette after being hit by a big-rig truck. I mostly ride on trails without cars if possible although I have noticed more bike lanes out there. However, there are some roads without dedicated bicycle lanes, like winding Moraga Rd. between Lafayette and Moraga which seems rather nerve-racking.
How do you handle bicycle riding? Are there some streets you won’t ride on? Is riding on the street becoming more or less safe?
This week we learned that Apple will be opening in a new nearby downtown Walnut Creek location on July 28th. Considering it’s worth almost one trillion dollars with popular products like iPhones and more it’s not much of a surprise that they outgrew their previous location. As a longtime Windows user I’ve nevertheless come to appreciate my iPhone and iPad. I’m not sure this makes me an Apple fan but the quality is top notch albeit with a high price.
What Apple products do you own and do you consider yourself an Apple fan?
Yesterday it was announced that an immigrant detention center would not be coming to the former Naval Weapons Station in Concord (like in the above photo) with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier pointing out that, “housing almost 50,000 people there was both dangerous and immoral” according to this abcnews7 article.
In 1975 the movie Jaws was released about a great white shark terrorizing an East Coast beach town. In August, 2018 The Meg will be released, about a giant pre-historic megalodon creature which makes the shark in Jaws look puny. Is bigger always better? On that note, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is coming out today. What movies are you looking forward to this summer?