ALERT

So, on top of the heat index warning, the weather site I frequent is also listing an air quality warning for Ingham County. Here is the warning, in its entirety (and yes, it’s in all caps on the website… apparently, that’s how you know they are serious):

… AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR TODAY..THURSDAY JULY 21ST…

THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT HAS DECLARED TODAY… JULY 21ST… TO BE AN ACTION DAY FOR ELEVATED LEVELS OF OZONE. POLLUTANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS RANGE.

THE ACTION DAY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE FOLLOWING MICHIGAN COUNTIES…

ALLEGAN… BARRY… CALHOUN… CLINTON… EATON… INGHAM… IONIA… JACKSON… KALAMAZOO… KENT… MUSKEGON… OTTAWA… AND VAN BUREN COUNTIES.

PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ARE URGED TO AVOID ACTIVITIES WHICH LEAD TO OZONE FORMATION. THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE… REFUELING VEHICLES OR TOPPING OFF WHEN REFUELING… USING GASOLINE POWERED LAWN EQUIPMENT… AND USING CHARCOAL LIGHTER FLUID. POSITIVE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE… CAR POOLING… BIKING TO WORK [yep, between the heat and the dangerous ozone levels, you shouldn’t spend too much time outside, but you should totally bike to work]… DELAYING OR COMBINING ERRANDS AND USING WATER BASED PAINTS.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS… AND PERSONS WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASES SUCH AS ASTHMA… LIMIT PROLONGED OUTDOOR EXERTION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION… PLEASE SEE THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT AIR QUALITY INDEX PAGE ON THE INTERNET AT… [yes, it really does just end like this]

And you thought I was an ellipses whore. Hell, I think they just out-ellipses’d an Edward Albee play. And that’s really saying something.

“Conversation 16” The National

I think the kids are in trouble
Do not know what all the troubles are for
Give them ice for their fevers
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore
Live on coffee and flowers
Try not to worry what the weather will be
I figured out what we’re missing
I tell you miserable things after you are asleep

It’s a Hollywood summer
You never believe the shitty thoughts I think
Meet our friends out for dinner
When I said what I said I didn’t mean anything
We belong in a movie
Try to hold it together ’til our friends are gone
We should swim in a fountain
Do not want to disappoint anyone

I’m a confident liar
Had my head in the oven so you’d know where I’ll be
I’ll try to be more romantic
I want to believe in everything you believe
I was less than amazing
Do not know what all the troubles are for
Fall asleep in your branches
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore

Now we’ll leave the silver city ’cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

I was afraid I’d eat your brains
‘Cause I’m evil