September 22nd, 2005

This is three blocks away from my house. The highway has all traffic going north. It is a parking lot.

I stopped by the gas station and saw this (bad picture.)

There is no gas. All those people? They’ve run out of gas and are now camping out on the roads. I met a family, a cute older Hispanic family, that left at 2:45 this morning and drove 48 miles, only to run out of gas.


  1. Scott wrote,

    Looks crazy. Stay safe!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 12:02 am

  2. Jacquie wrote,

    Thinking of you and your family and hoping that everything turns out alright. I’ll be checking for updates often…

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 12:05 am

  3. mrtl wrote,

    How unbelievably frustrating that must be to all involved. Hang in there!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 12:20 am

  4. Q wrote,

    I see these images here on CNN all the time, the only American news channel we can receive here. It’s on all day. I am thinking of you and your family… somehow “knowing” someone who will be more or less directly affected by this hurricane makes it so much more “real” from my vantage point 4000 miles away. I wish you all the best, hope you will stay safe.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 2:40 am

  5. ginger wrote,

    My thoughts for youa nd your family totally echo Jacquie’s. It must be hell waiting for the hurricane to hit. What happens to the people who are stranded in the cars, will there be a safe place for them to go?

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 3:26 am

  6. Anne wrote,

    Very nervous for you. Hope everything goes ok.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 4:18 am

  7. Mushster wrote,

    I’m watching it all on CNN too and it looks totally chaotic. I know what you mean when you say you’d rather it be you than them and I’ll be keeping your family in my thoughts as well as you.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 4:22 am

  8. shelby wrote,

    please be safe sj!!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 5:52 am

  9. misfithausfrau wrote,

    I keep reading your blog and then going back to CNN. I wish you and yours nothing but safety and comfort. And would you guys just move to the Midwest already? Just the occasional blizzard and errant tornado here. Besides, I need someone in my neighborhood who won’t look at me weird when I drink beer on my porch…

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 6:54 am

  10. Jenn wrote,

    Wow! That has to be so surreal! What happened to the gas tanker trucks they were supposed to be placing along the highway?! Wow….

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 7:49 am

  11. chris wrote,

    your photos will be what keeps it real for a lot of us. blessings all around down there!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 7:57 am

  12. Dillygirl wrote,

    It’s good that you’re staying home. I think everything will be alright for you considering how far inland you are. My Aunt live about 30 miles inland in Houston, and her family is staying, too. It’s just not worth it to leave and take the risk of getting stranded in your car!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 8:12 am

  13. ashleigh wrote,

    I am not a “commenter” usually, but I just wanted to say that I have been checking in on your website quite regularly lately to make sure that you and yours are still OK. I live in Canada and we have been getting regular updates on the situation out there. As I was watching people trying to evacuate and getting no where, I was thinking about you and your daughter, hoping that you made your flight.
    Please know that your all in my thoughts and prayers. Please stay safe.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 8:15 am

  14. Ali wrote,

    Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve been thinking about you and your family A LOT during this hurricane business. I hope you and you entire family stay safe.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 8:34 am

  15. Mary wrote,

    I have thought of you almost constantly since Monday checking in now and then to make sure that you are okay. I was hoping that you would make it out. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers, as will your family. Hang in there.
    Aunt Murry

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 8:51 am

  16. Rock Chalk wrote,

    Just be careful as you weather the storm. Stay away from windows, board them up if you can. Go to the inner-most room in the house. Camp out in the bathroom, which is usually the safest place. Fill your tub with water, it’ll come in handy afterward if waterlines or even electricity is out. It’s not the wind blowing your house down that you need to worry about, necessarily. It’s the wind blowing objects — trees, cars, etc. — at your place. Just be careful. If you can buy a battery-operated fan, buy it.

    P.S. I weathered Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne last year in Orlando — way more than 70 miles inland. The destruction from each was immense. Be safe.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 9:07 am

  17. Northern_Girl wrote,

    You are in our prayers. Stay safe.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 9:22 am

  18. Stacey wrote,

    That’s crazy. :( I hope everything goes alright tonight. Thinking about you & hubs & Ellie.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 10:22 am

  19. Seglenda wrote,

    I have been praying for you so hard. I know you will be just fine. I want you to know that you would of been more than welcome to come stay with me if you were leaving. I will keep praying that you and your family will be just fine! Keep up updated as much as you can!

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 10:22 am

  20. Sheryl wrote,

    I’m praying for you. Be safe. I’m just feeling so scared right now for you. I hope she loses a lot of her gas before she hits land.

    Comment on 9/23/2005 @ 1:56 pm

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