Just a quick note to let you all know I ventured out today and am safely home. I thought this would be helpful for me, but instead I returned home more melancholy than before. My city looks like a war zone, especially at the gas stations. Even the bus driver said to me, "I never thought I would live to see my city like this." I took the following pictures with my cell phone. Click to enlarge. These photos don't even begin to tell the tale.
Notice the fire truck in the background. They pulled up in front and several fire fighters jumped out with yellow gas cans to be filled. No one is immune to this. Even our first responders.
Across the street are the gas lines. Notice the people milling about with orange cans waiting to have them filled.
Note: The gas lines stretch stretch for five blocks down. Roads are blocked off and police officers guarding. Took me almost two hours to make it home on what is usually a 30 minute trip. Tempers are flaring, even on the bus where a man tried to maneuver a free ride. There are also a number of power lines and trees down, but was unable to capture a photo while riding on the bus.
Lots of people out shopping for hurricane victims. While waiting in line, I overheard two ladies who were loaded up with towels, blankets, and pillows. They were talking about the churches and shelters they were working from. Made me feel really guilty because I was there buying nightgowns for myself. So, when I overheard one ask the other where she could find soap, toothpaste, and the lot very cheap, she was told to go to the 99 cent store down the block. I apologized for listening to their conversation, but offered to walk down to the store with the lady. You can't just hand a stranger money nowadays, so at the store I chipped in $25 toward the bill. I also gave my son another $25, candles, and batteries for his neighbors who are still without power. Not much, but at least I was able to do a little something.
My son will be going back to his place this afternoon, and even though it was just for a short time, I am already beginning to feel the 'empty nest syndrome.' Will talk to you all on Monday