The battery of her Chrysler conked out in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Senior Center, where Edye Russell dropped anchor almost three weeks ago. The gas tank is flat empty. One tire is low, and the air mattress leaks. Russell falls asleep hoping she’ll be safe through the night, and trying to figure out how to get back to the life she had.
Edye Russell, 78, checks on her "children," her dogs Tippy and Chloe, in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Senior Center, where she is living in her car.
Edye Russell tries to fit all her belongings into her car before climbing in the back to sleep.
A sticker adorns Russell's window from her last job as a personal caregiver.
Russell walks Tippy and Chloe in the park. "It's been a great life, if you can endure it," she said.
Russell blocks out the car windows and rearranges her belongings to make room for sleeping in her car at the Carlsbad Senior Center.
Russell packs her belongings to make room for sleeping on her air mattress with Chloe and Tippy.
After the senior center closed, Russell puts on a sweatshirt on a cool evening before crawling into her car to sleep.
Russell pumps up an air mattress on which she will sleep.
Russell awkwardly climbs through the back door of her car to sleep in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Senior Center.
Russell tucks into the back of her car to sleep in the parking lot.