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Old 01-25-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Montverde, Florida
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My ex wife is filling my sons head with the notion that the air is so bad in Denver that it will kill or hospitalize your dad (me) withing a couple weeks...

We moved from PA to Florida...She thought that would kill me too, but much to her shock...I'm still here...lol

I want to try to convince my son that Denver is a good place to be, especially as opposed to this 13% unemployment state we are in. Also the fact that I am no more likely to drop there as I am anywhere else. I have no health issues aside from high BP and am a bit overweight, which I am hoping to deal wit there on a bike. He, according to her has severe asthma, but, he has never had ANY meds since he has been with me, other than the very occasional inhaler. We realize the air is a bit thinner, but i see people thriving all the time.

Can't be that bad, can it?


Shawn
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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We have the premier hospital for that.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Sometimes there is an inversion so there is a brown cloud over the city that can prompt a poor air quality day. Poor air quality happens all over the country, so it's really nothing new.

Coming from sea level you may get winded for a bit until your body gets used to living at altitude. Take it slow and keep hydrated and you should be fine. Sometimes exercising in the cold can bring about an asthma attack, have your son's inhaler handy. My allergies are only bad here when the Cottonwood trees bloom in the spring, otherwise they are pretty much non-existent compared to the East Coast.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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Can't be that bad, can it?


Shawn
No. No, it cannot. You'll be fine.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, Colorado
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Haha, if everyone in Denver died of the 'poor' air pollution, how would the city sustain 2.5m population? Although Denver is prone to the occasional smog cloud, its location in the plains and the stronger winds blow it right away within a day or two. The altitude is a myth to me: I've been to sea level long periods of time and have never returned feeling 'sick from the altitude'. The worse times of the year for allergies seems to be the spring (when everything's blooming) and late summer (when everything is dying and letting out pollen, particularly the weeds), but no one I've known has ever had serious problems from it. She's just trying to fill you both with doubt, don't believe any of it.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'm pretty sure I'm dying from Denver thin air and poor air quality now. Probably wouldn't be so bad if only I'd stop running and spending so much time outside underneath that blue sky.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Can't be that bad, can it?
It's bad, especially in the Winter time.

You can probably expect to have both long and short term health issues resulting from it. Though probably not as severe as say, second hand cigarette smoke.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure I'm dying from Denver thin air and poor air quality now. Probably wouldn't be so bad if only I'd stop running and spending so much time outside underneath that blue sky.
"Life itself will kill you, if you do it long enough..."

Will Rogers
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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I'm actually dead, yet somehow still able to type. It's a special quality we Denverites have.....
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: here
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No, it can not be that bad. I moved to Denver specifically because it had better air than where I was. I wouldn't be so shocked if she said that about, say LA, but not Denver. No way.
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