I am nothing if not geographically challenged. I was never more happy than when my phone started talking to me, giving me directions…even to places I’ve been to thousands times before. Between my MapQuest printout and my phone’s backseat driver, it’s slightly more difficult for me to get lost these days, and for that, I’m grateful.
As for giving directions to others, my narrative often includes landmarks only locals would know since they closed down years ago – “you know, turn by where the Dunkin Donuts used to be, I don’t know what’s there now, but it used to be a Dunkin Donuts…big, red brick building with a drive-thru” and statements like “go down the third street, I can’t remember the name, but it’s like the third street, at least I think it’s the third street, you’ll see a white house with blue shutters and it’s on the corner from a blue house with white shutters…if you hit the gas station, you’ve gone too far.”
Yeah, I feel for those
dumb trusting enough to ask me how to get somewhere. Poor, lost souls.