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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Take my breath away

I'm 8000 ft above sea level in Snowmass, Colorado. At this altitude, every breath of air contains about 25% fewer molecules of oxygen than it would in Toronto. The body will try to compensate by increasing breathing rate, but often that isn't enough, and the result is a nasty set of symptoms including headaches and nausea. In order to avoid this altitude sickness, the lab and I arrived in Denver yesterday afternoon to acclimatize ourselves. So far, it seems to be working because aside from a very slight feeling of light-headedness, every thing seems normal. It's getting late, and I've had a long car ride today, so I will shower (the bathrobes here are delightfully fluffy!) and watch some TV chat with Tiffy while drinking some tea. More from Colorado soon.

Your Favorite Jerk

I'm still on the look out for other Asians in this state. To date, I've only seen three, and one of them may have just been a white guy with hepatitis. Spooky.


At Friday, December 01, 2006 1:45:00 AM, Blogger Ames said...

i think the altitude sickness COULD be all in one's head. when you are told you may be sick, then suddenly you feel sick. i went and took a gondola all the way to the tops of the mountains :D i felt JUST fine. the view is spectular isn't it? Darn, i wish i could have gone to visit. don't be surprised if people ask to take pictures with you because you are asian....

At Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol ..hepatitis!

i'm still laughing .


oh my.

At Tuesday, December 05, 2006 9:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and don't get attacked by mormons ...


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