kimanjome Posted May 21, 2017 Report Share Posted May 21, 2017 I'll second that by saying that even in lush, green Florida there are always brush fires this time of year, and the sky can be hazy and air smelly for days. But we seldom, if ever, notice it, because our homes are shut up tight as a drum to keep the air-conditioning in, and the humidity out. Then, as we step from the house to our attached garage and into our cars, we drive (windows up, air-conditioning on) to our destination, which is usually another sealed, air-conditioned environment. I think the reason I notice it more here--and I have been thinking about this a lot, because not only am I, as a newcomer, noticing the smoke, but the dog and vehicle noises, also--is because I have been living in a hermetically sealed, climate-controlled environment for the past 30 years of my life. I've been conditioned to a certain level of existential bliss which comes from being shut off from humanity and nature. Even when I spend extended time out in the bush of Africa I find it takes me a while (like a month!) to adjust to the sounds of the wild. When I was a child growing up in New England, the noises of life--dogs barking, cats howling, sirens, lawn mowers, people shouting, all in temperatures sometimes hitting over 100 degrees--seldom bothered me. It's only since I became conditioned in my adult "bubble" that I notice these irritants more. So, I am learning to roll with it, as the saying goes, and plan a trip elsewhere for the month of May next year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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