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Old 10-22-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Central AL, USA
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I realize that people continue to live their lives without worrying about every little thing, but

1. I usually close all windows when a semi or a vehicle with tall tires passes me on the street or highway or is in front of me because it turns my stomach to think of what I end up inhaling.

2. I don't like to sit down to a sidewalk meal next to vehicular traffic because of what may be deposited on the food due imagined effects that passing traffic has on the air around the table.

Are these situations that you ever think or worry about?
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Are these situations that you ever think or worry about?
No
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:23 PM
 
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The only time I worry about it is if I'm driving through an area after a flash flood (fairly common where I live) because the sewage gets mixed in the mud and it turns to dust when it dries. While it's still in the streets, cars kick it up in the air. (Heck, walking on it and wind kicks it up too.) After a few rains, it all gets washed away and you don't need to worry about it anymore. I got terribly ill by breathing in that flood dust when I was doing volunteer work. That's how I know what's in it. But closing the windows only helps slightly and only if driving through very briefly. You really need to wear a special mask to keep the particles from getting into your lungs.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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The only time I ever thought about it was in Bangkok, when an open window would leave you with soot on your face from the pollution.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:53 AM
 
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Life is too short to worry about every little thing I'm breathing in.

You're breathing in crap every second of every day and that's what you choose to be worried about? Things you have no control over?
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:13 AM
 
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What do you do when filling up with gas?
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Central AL, USA
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What do you do when filling up with gas?
Nothing, but notice the fumes and think about the dangers.
I can't see or smell some types of dust, and I guess that is why I "worry": There is probably some unseen unknown.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Central AL, USA
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Life is too short to worry about every little thing I'm breathing in.

You're breathing in crap every second of every day and that's what you choose to be worried about? Things you have no control over?
It happens to be one of the unknown craps, so yes, I choose to be worried about it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Your respiratory system has evolved over a long period of time to deal with particulate that gets into it. Remember, 99% of human history has been spent living in closed places with open fires, burning anything that will burn. There is no risk unless you have a specific allergy to a specific material (such as latex) that might be suspended in the air. Otherwise, the air out there is probably safer than what is inside your house, especially if you keep all your windows closed to protect yourself from the outside air. Worry more about the outgassing from the plastic components inside your car, which is depositing a film on the inside of your windshield. and, for all you know, your lungs too.

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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It happens to be one of the unknown craps, so yes, I choose to be worried about it.
Life is too short to worry, worry, worry. Do you have Mysophobia or Amathophobia?
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