Solar eclipse

@sissy15 (12269)
United States
March 26, 2024 3:24pm CST
The solar eclipse is going to be happening in my area soon and we are expected to get people from all over coming here which means we are trying to prepare ourselves for potentially not having food or gas for our cars until a few days after the eclipse. Our goal is to get groceries and fill up a few days prior to the eclipse. It's such a neat and rare event but we also know that means it's going to be insane in our area for a bit. Our school district gave us all the day off which made a lot of people angry because they think the district is being soft giving the day off to kids for an event that doesn't happen until the end of the school day and could be witnessed at school but what these parents aren't thinking about is the traffic and the nightmare it is going to be for buses to transport kids home. I'm all for spending the day with my husband and son in the comfort of our own yard. Let everyone else fight the traffic. We are going to enjoy viewing from our yard. We are ready with our eclipse glasses and plan to stay home. There are a lot of areas that are doing cool events which sounds amazing in theory but I don't want to be stuck in traffic. I'd gladly let people I know who want to come see it come chill with us away from the craziness. I live in a small town outside of our local city and it's a bit calmer out here. If I had friends who wanted to view it from out of town I'd let them come hang out with us to help avoid the crowds. I thought about having a watch party here for my friends and family but I figured they may want to stay at their own homes and also avoid the traffic. We are fortunate to be in a pretty prime viewing area. I was told that if it was cloudy in Indiana there are plans for everyone to come here and if it's cloudy here everyone here is going to be going to Indiana and my husband was like "if it's cloudy here we're going to Indiana!" I am not sure I want to. The Indiana border is about an hour from us so it's not super far but far enough I don't want to be stuck in the traffic going there and back. If you're in the eclipse viewing area be safe and plan ahead of time. Buy your food and gas ahead of time because there may be a shortage for a couple of days after and if you are traveling somewhere to see it please be respectful of the local residents and also drive safe.
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@kaylachan (59259)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Mar
While I'm looking forward to it, I'm not worried about it. We see what we see, and that's that. If you live out in the middle of no where, and there are a lot of watch events that does make sense to close schools. As for food or gas, that's a non-issue here. Been through a lot worse, when we've had hurricanes.
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@sissy15 (12269)
• United States
26 Mar
We get like this during snowstorms. Everyone goes out and buys out everything. We just have a lot of people coming to the area to view it so they are expecting a very large number coming here. I plan to make up a grocery list up for a few days and do my normal weekly grocery shopping. I only go shopping twice a week anyway so it won't be too big of a deal only I'll shop a day or two earlier than usual to make sure I am able to get everything. I'm looking forward to it but I also won't be going out into traffic for it when I can see it perfectly fine from my house. My husband wants to go somewhere but I just don't want to be stuck in traffic especially since he has to frequently stop to use the bathroom. We also plan to fill the car so we don't have to worry about getting to and from work.
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@sissy15 (12269)
• United States
26 Mar
@kaylachan They are expecting a much bigger number of people than we usually get for our events and our city hosts the national tractor pulls which gets people in from all over the country but this number I guess is expected to be pretty insane. Ohio has a lot of rural areas so it makes it perfect for viewing. I am like we are practically already rural why do we need to leave? I live three miles from town in a small town but we are by the highway.
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@kaylachan (59259)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Mar
@sissy15 I can't say I blame you there. It can get crazy when we have events here.
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@kareng (55720)
• United States
27 Mar
Never thought about the gasoline issue, but you are correct if lots of out of towner's come in.
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@sissy15 (12269)
• United States
27 Mar
I didn't really think of it much either until I read an article recently by someone who traveled before for an eclipse and she explained the issues she came across and that was one of them.
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@kareng (55720)
• United States
27 Mar
@sissy15 Glad you will be prepared for it! Win!
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@RasmaSandra (74285)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
26 Mar
Best of luck, stay safe, and I hope you get to see the eclipse, I will stay safe at my PC and pass on this one,
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@sissy15 (12269)
• United States
26 Mar
Thank you, so long as there are no clouds we should be able to see it. I plan to convince my husband to stay home so we can just watch from our yard.
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@Deepizzaguy (95621)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
26 Mar
My area is not in the eclipse area.
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@sissy15 (12269)
• United States
26 Mar
There are a lot of people who aren't in the path. We are fortunate that we are. We'll have about three minutes of full totality.
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