(Mike Allen)

My recollection of driving around Oklahoma City this past week is a bit … hazy. As an artist, I generally look at landscapes and buildings for references in my work, and that includes observing how light and the air affect the color and shape of these things.

To my surprise, on Tuesday, there was a noticeably large amount of “atmosphere” among the trees and skyscrapers downtown — an unnatural smog that is rarely seen in this state. I made note of it and moved on with my day. On Wednesday, however, downtown did not exist from the highway. Something was up.

It always amazes me that smoke can travel so far, so close to the ground. A bad situation in California can, quite visibly, affect regions all the way on the other side of the continent. Who knew?

Add nationwide haze to the list of things that can attack your respiratory system and it makes for a miserable week. The good news is that the smoke appears to have largely cleared from the area. The bad news is that there will likely be more fires, and thus more smoke on the way. Perhaps it’s time to invest in a different kind of mask….

Past Sundaze comics

Western lows: The unclear motivations of Western Heights board members
Despite housing prices, more mosquitoes moving in
Pizza and other strange things are afoot at the Circle K
Canoo tax incentives more elusive than great blue whale
Where is the beef? Where is the receipt?
‘The COVID 19’ lingers around the waistband
The complex puzzle of OU’s Cross Village dorms
Sonic seltzer: The Oklahoma collaboration we didn’t know we needed
Gov. Meathead should bring back Onion Burger Day at the State Capitol
Budget match: The audience wants to go home
As mask mandate ends, remember not to litter
Everyone getting pegged with a charter school audit
Real ID: Thank you so much for playing my game
Gold Dome renovation could involve taxpayer subsidy
OU basketball says goodbye to Lon Kruger, Sherri Coale
Keanu Reeves in OKC? Excellent!
New depths of boredom after a year with COVID
Demolishing OU housing towers should be a breeze
Happy tastes good: Oklahoma wants to be Texas?
Rolling blackouts: Storm saga so confusing
You’re on your own: It’s too cold for Cupid this year
COVID vaccine: Never doubt what nobody is sure about
Oklahoma Legislature: A mask for thee, but not for me
Quite the quandary: Q followers feel let down
Pop quiz: What is jeopardizing the state of Oklahoma?
Imagine the day-to-day life of the Q Shaman
The year that was: 2020 blew up the bathroom
All we want for Christmas is more COVID-19 vaccine
The coronavirus turns into a pumpkin at 11 p.m.
Day of fasting a brief end for endless breadsticks?
Farewell Steven Adams, OKC’s second Mr. Thunder
Thanksgiving 2020 should be all about perspective
Mixed messaging on masks still makes no sense
Power problems lead to weird rituals after 2020 storm
Halloween 2020 more of a trick than a treat?
No ICU beds: The spooky movie of the season
Students surely making most of extra screen time
Epic fail? Audit yields more questions on public money
Rough Saturday for Sooners fans
Budget blockbusters from the Cox Convention Center?

Mike Allen is a graphic designer, painter, printer and tailor. He has a fine art degree from the University of Oklahoma.