Scary Signs and Wawa


I have now lived in the Northeast for three months. While I would have been perfectly happy to live out my days in the south, I do love it here.
It’s beautiful country and the scads of American history is fascinating. But I keep hearing, “Just wait until winter.”

I was able to ignore that much repeated statement until I saw this sign. I have to admit – it’s kind of freaking me out. I keep thinking of that movie “Storm of the Century” and wonder if this “Snow Emergency Route” is some sort of Noreaster precaution. Really. Does anybody know? What the heck does it mean???

I’m sure those of you who have lived in places where it starts snowing in September and the kids are still skiing come Memorial Day are laughing at me. That’s fine. Laugh away. I’m a Southern California girl who thought the mild Arkansas winters were cold.


This next part is for my friend, Beth. She thinks the name “Wawa” is funny. And it is. It took me a while to be able to say, “I’m going to Wawa for a hoagie.
You want one?” with a straight face. But it’s truly one of my favorite places to go. Not only is it the best place to buy gas around here, the sandwiches and coffee selections are great. She’s coming up in a few weeks and we’ll be making Wawa one of our first stops.

I wish I was smart enough to play the radio commercials for Wawa. They’re extremely funny. But since I’m not that computer savvy, you’ll have to take my word for it. Do any of you have a Wawa near you and know the commercials I’m talking about? With the Wawa pedal that makes everything better? Definitely snort-worthy ads.

By the way – I had a ton of errands to run today. Guess what I had for lunch? A Venti White Chocolate Mocha (capitalized to show the reverence it deserves) from Starbucks in a fantabulous Barnes & Noble and a jumbo box of Goobers!!


  1. Barb on September 6, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    My Mom–who is leaving for FL at the end of the month–is saying it’s gonna be a “cold” winter in the Midwest. It’s fun at first–the change of seasons and the first snow flurries. Watching the geese leave. Getting out our winter clothes. Hot drinks everyday. It doesn’t get depressing until, mmm, February. And of course April can be a real bummer if it’s still snowing at that point–ha! No Wawa’s tho…

  2. Tara Marie on September 7, 2006 at 11:10 am

    Ah, the winters aren’t that bad. The fall is absolutely beautiful, and that makes putting up with cold, snowy winters worth it.

  3. Jenster on September 7, 2006 at 11:55 am

    Barb – We don’t get as bad a winter as the midwest does. Thank goodness hubby didn’t find a job in North Dakota or something!Tara – I’ve been looking forward to fall since, um, the end of spring. I haven’t enjoyed summer for two years. Arkansas has beautiful falls, too. They just start a little earlier here.Jen

  4. Bookwormom on September 8, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    Jenster- Hate to tell ya, but PA is midatlantic. VT & MA etc are northeast. ;0Anyhow, buy a snowblower & a case of hot chocolate & you’ll be fine. You have children, they can shovel. Right?And Wawa is great. We have them too & I love them.

  5. Anonymous on September 8, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I forgot this will be your first winter up here. Well, I won’t scare you and just let you experience it first hand……lol. And I second Amanda’s suggestion on the snowblower if you got a big piece of property.I love Wawa, we got plenty of them here in Jersey too. Everytime we go for gas I run in there like a crackhead for my Icee/Tastykake fix. Amy

  6. Jenster on September 8, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    Oh! Mid-Atlantic. I always felt kind of funny saying “Northeast” because that makes me think of Vermont, Maine, etc. Thanks for the education, Amanda. lolOur neighbor has a snowblower and said we can borrow it whenever we need to.Still – nobody has told me what exactly a Snow Emergency Route is.Have you heard the Wawa radio ads, Amy??

  7. Bookwormom on September 8, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Jenster- Always glad to help out! LOL I didn’t intend to sound nasty..I hope I didn’t offend you! Snow Emergency Routes are supposed to be plowed first & kept clear. Often they are major routes in an area. I live very close to one & am happy for it. These VA people can’t drive in the snow much less plow properly.

  8. Anonymous on September 8, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Actually I haven’t heard the Wawa ads yet. I haven’t listened to the local radio stations lately and they would be the ones that carry the Wawa ads. Sounds like I should turn my radio on this weekend and find out.Have you gone to Trader Joes yet?Aim

  9. Jenster on September 8, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Amanda – NO! You didn’t offend me. lol. It takes an awful lot to do that. I’m just glad to know that fact after only three months instead of three years!And thanks for the SER info.Aim – I’ve only been to Trader Joes that once. Though I was near one the other day. Does that count??Jen

  10. Anonymous on September 8, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah, it counts.Aim

  11. Jenster on September 8, 2006 at 3:59 pm


  12. danahollis on September 8, 2006 at 4:17 pm

    Hey… tell your man Happy Birthday from me! ;)Ya know what? I’m a SoCal girl, too. :)I grew up in Fontana, Ca.Now, I’m in Minnesota… it’s considered a Midwest State. ;)Winter… oh darn… it’ll be here soon. But at least I have the beautiful Fall to enjoy. Although, if it stays like today, cloudy and chilly… I’ll be awfully sad! Hugs!Dana

  13. Jenster on September 8, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    Fontana is near San Bernadino, isn’t it? I grew up probably an hour or so from there – Redondo Beach (actually Torrance, but more people have heard of Redondo than Torrance).9/9 is obviously a great day. :o)Jen

  14. Anonymous on September 18, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    This is the gas pedal (VROOM), this is the brake pedal (SCREECH), and THIS is the wawa pedal (WAH WAH)When you step down on it, things start to get better – fast.It’s been a long morning of stop (SCREECH) go (VROOM) stop (SCREECH) go (VROOM).You pull into Wawa for one of their Philly Cheesesteak hoagies. A FRESH Philly Cheesesteak hoagie – the kind Wawa makes really well.You bite down, bliss out, and just for a moment, forget that you’re pressed for time WAH time WAH time WAH…is on your side. Yes it is. You’re not expected at work for 20 WAH 30 WAH …90 minutes or so, to attend an office meeting WAH ka-ra-oke contest! On your way to work, you spot an office rival passing you on the highway, flaunting his new Mustang WAH Pinto WAH …Charlie Horse!Oh what a day – Oh what a hoagie!hahaha 🙂 I’m glad other people think this is funny as hell too.I’m gonna try and bring a blank casette tape with me to work tomorrow and tape the ad, since it’s nowhere online to be found.AIM: intranet

  15. Jenster on September 19, 2006 at 8:03 am

    ROTFLMAO!!!! Yes!! I LOVE those commercials!Jen

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