i think it has finally hit the national news, but it seemed to take a while. i've been holed up in the house (by choice) lately and it took me watching the news, which i rarely do, to know what was going on myself. it wasn't until we were on our way to my doctor's appt. last week that i really noticed how bad it was - and now how much worse it is getting.
this was last week:
this was this past weekend:
we drove by at least 6 gas stations and the station just outside this picture was the only one selling gas. (we live 30 miles north of the city, too)
so what we are experiencing is many people driving miles out of their way, then sitting there in lines, presumably with their engines running, waiting sometimes up to 2 hours for gas! many people are running out of gas while in line for it. i've even heard of people following the tankers around the city to find a gas station.
sign blocking entrance to a shut down gas station:
i had to go to the store the other day and really needed gas (just in case a trip to deliver a baby is coming up). i filled up last friday and thankfully where i stopped they had people forming two lines and they stood there directing traffic into the station one car at a time as one car left. i waited 10 -15 minutes. how crazy is it that i felt relieved i had such a short wait?
the reasons for this are kind of all over the board from what i gather (having a hard time finding a decent new article regarding this). there's a shortage (due to hurricanes), yet at the same time i hear there's 20% more consumption (due to hysteria i assume). it's taking longer for the gas to get here 'they' say. i don't know. it's pretty scary though especially when combined with everything else that is taking place in this country right now.
however, we are fortunate. matt does not commute very far and by most atlanta area standards, some may say he doesn't really commute (no interstate driving for him). i am at home and really have no where i need to be. we are naturally homebodies, so it's not putting a damper on our social life in any way and many of our friends are nearby.
i'm betting that since filling up last friday (i won't even tell you the dent that put in the checkbook), that tank should last almost a month. and for this area that's pretty damn good. of course, this wouldn't be the norm, but under our circumstances, i don't see a lot of need for us to leave the house and right now i like it that way.
-----update----- when i went to the doctor yesterday, we passed 6 stations, none of them were selling gas.
***one of the better articles i could find***