Imaginary skunks of South SF
Late at night, if you’re driving south down 101 from San Francisco, you might smell the weird smell that hovers around South San Francisco and Millbrae. For years I thought vaguely that it smelled the way that a skunk smells when it gets run over. But since I don’t like to think of roadkill I imagined that Millbrae must have an unusually large population of skunks who get startled easily… late at night.
The other day it hit me that NO, there’s no skunks. There’s big factories of some kind and they release their weird stinky chemical emissions late at night. Right when I’m driving by!
It bums me out. I fear for everyone’s lungs, especially the people who live nearby and who inhale that stuff every night while they’re asleep. I hope the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is on it. Also, I grieve for the forests full of frolicking, happy, wild skunks that my brain conjured up at 2am so many times as I whooshed past the lagoons and ghostly billboards. Ah, lost innocence. (Forests? In Millbrae? What was I thinking?)