As I crutched my way in to work this morning (an experience where 100 metres starts to feel like 100 miles) I noticed an LED sign saying the temperature was 19 celcius. I was cool and comfortable, the air was easy to breathe, and even though I was working hard I didn’t feel like I was about to keel over and die.

I felt so incredibly thankful at that moment that I no longer live in southeastern ontario… the smog was really starting to get to me last summer in Toronto, and I know that if I had been in the same situation back east I would probably still be on my way to work or lying on the sidewalk somewhere wishing I was dead.

Ontario friends: please don’t think I’m saying this to gloat. I loved Toronto, but the smog was bad, and now that I’m not experiencing the same thing I am incredibly, deeply thankful. I never want to take for granted my being able to comfortably breathe. It’s something I appreciate. I don’t want to forget that.

Otherwise, however, using crutches to get around town is one of the most exhausting things ever. People are nice to you, though. I really want to go get a london fog from Starbucks, but I’ll have to convince someone to come with me so they can carry my drink for me. How sad is that? I hate being helpless.


  • spadoink

    June 10, 2005 at 6:17 pm

    we do get smog here.
    it’s not so very bad in the city but it’s totally here.
    and it gets fairly bad as you go out the valley

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      June 10, 2005 at 6:32 pm

      I know it’s here, I’ve seen it. But it’s not nearly as bad. Not even close to nearly as bad. And why would I go into the valley? That’s where Pitt Meadows is….

  • laquira

    June 10, 2005 at 6:47 pm

    I stepped outside this afternoon at Yonge and Eglinton…it was worse than a sauna…. it’s gotta be like 35+ with the humidity.. and my hair just gets bigger and bigger..

    my beautiful window.. it’s so smoggy I can barely see the lake and the islands..
    I can so appreciate less smog – more nice weather

    we need rain – badly.

  • iluvpink23

    June 10, 2005 at 8:28 pm

    Hello… stumbled onto your LJ… my name is Jennylee too! How interesting… there’s not a lot of people with this name.