It is going to be a very hot and very dry summer here in British Columbia. There have been so many brush and wildfires that weeks ago it was announced that over seventy percent of the budget has been used. There has been almost zero rain. It is with near one hundred percent certainty that all of these fires were human caused.
When I woke up this morning the room was bathed in yellow light. It seemed more like the kind of light that happens at sunset than sunrise. More specifically, it reminded of the light right before a severe storm rolls in back home, on the prairies. For a moment I thought that I had slept through the entire day and that there was a tornado coming. Not the first thoughts you want to have when you wake up.
The fire itself is over sixty kilometers away, yet the sky is filled with a smoky gray yellow orange. I am just waiting for the air quality advisory that will make me think twice before going outside and doing anything exerting. Not that it should matter, we are already smoggy here anyway due to a non-progressive transit system and people who are too proud and cheap to pay for it with a tax hike, but that is a blogpost for another time.
Cigarette smokers, what the hell is the deal! Quit throwing your freakin’ butts out the windows and dropping the smoldering remains behind you as you walk away. Are you too disgusted to throw them away in the ashtray of your car or properly dispose of them in one of those portable ashtrays? I assume you are as you dangle the cigarette out the window as you drive down the street. Occasionally putting your lips next to the window and blowing. FYI, you look like a goon who is trying to kiss their own reflection.
The media has been pretty lacks about cigarettes starting fires. All they seem to say is “Well shucks guys, be more careful next time.” If fat people were somehow causing fires you can bet there would be more public shaming going on! However, since smokers can’t help the fact that they are smokers and chose to do it on their own, it is a socially acceptable affliction.
So, smokers quit smoking! If you can’t do it for your own health or for the health of the people around you that you say you love. Do it for the freaking environment. You are already a burden on the healthcare system to begin with and now our tax dollars are being used to extinguish your butts.