yeah, I pretty much can't breathe in Riverside. at least in Alta Loma I'm above much of it... it's so gross when I drive down the hill to get onto the freeway and can actually see the smog sealing off the valley. yuck.
good luck in Irvine/LA. I'm a bit upset at the moment with areas further south - my friend/boss lives in Anaheim Hills and we were going over to visit her when my car got totally smushed in between two others on the westbound 91 (traffic was so thick that we were stopped, and some jerk comes onto the freeway so quickly that he rams me, then pushes me into the guy ahead of me). so for the last two weeks of the semester, I have no car, and go to school 45 mins from where I live...
definately moving either to Berkeley or another state in several years. my boyfriend needs to finish his BSEE at Cal Poly, and I need to finish my MA in Fullerton, but after that we're looking for him to get a job and me to start a doc program elsewhere. >>>>
Back to the place where you can't even see that there are mountains nearby.
yeah, when I'll never forget when I moved out here... it was two years ago and we were in Pasadena, trying to find the place to return the rental truck. my dad's on the cell phone with the guy, telling him to look north - and my dad's saying, I can't tell which way's north. the guy tells him that the mountains are north - and we honestly couldn't see the mountains
incidentally, it's 97 degrees here...