It's strange in a way that certain senses trigger certain memories. For instance, the smell of fresh-cut grass reminds me of the album "Superunknown" from the band Soundgarden, because I listened to that compact disc on a Sony Discman during an entire teenage summer of cutting the lawn.
I went to East Palestine, Ohio, recently to interview the town's only tire dealer and learn how the Norfolk Southern train derailment has affected business. Hint, it's not great.
Since the derailment, Tom's Tire owner Harry Jones said business has been cut in half. About half of his customers come from out-of-town, and right now, there is a stigma to East Palestine that it is unsafe.
What I found was a business, and a town, that largely has gone back to their normal routines. Nothing is on fire and the town doesn't smell. The longterm impact is unknown, especially the environmental effect.