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February 13, 2006   

I get nervous when I go somewhere for the very first time. So generally, I prepare and prepare and read maps and memorize major markers until I am comfortable. I had gotten lazy with this lately, and today, during lunch, I paid the price.

I was meeting a friend for lunch. At some point, I became convinced that I was going in the wrong direction, so I tried to cut across to a bigger expressway that I felt more comfortable with. I was at an intersection and knew that Street A definitely intersected the bigger expressway I was looking for. Little did I know that Street B also intersected it, and at a MUCH closer point. Sigh.

This is my sad, convoluted path. I was so embarrassed for getting so turned around that I kept shooting past the streets I needed to turn on, making the problem worse and worse. And because I was on slow streets, I ended up being 40 minutes late. I felt so awful. It’s a testament of our friendship that my friend didn’t kick my ass in the parking lot. 🙂

February 13, 2006 at 3:54 pm

I’m astonished not only by the extremeness of your blunder, but by the fact that you remembered the route! 🙂

February 13, 2006 at 3:55 pm

I remembered because the big streets are familiar markers! But apparently not familiar enough. 😉

February 13, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Looks like you should add a GPS receiver to some wishlist 🙂 I got one for Jeannie for Christmas and oh man… those things are awesome. If only I could justify one for myself!

February 13, 2006 at 6:51 pm

4 8 15 16 23 42?

February 13, 2006 at 6:52 pm

?? The numbers on the map refer to the miles driven from the beginning of the route.

But maybe you were making fun of me in numeric code.

Andre Alforque
February 13, 2006 at 7:51 pm

People drive in San Francisco? I thought everyone there rides bicycles.

February 14, 2006 at 7:00 am

I laughed so hard, I nearly cried. Soooooooo close and yet……:D

Angry Chad
February 14, 2006 at 7:14 am

I feel your pain. I’m horrible with directions when I’m somewhere I’ve never been. So much so, that a GPS cannot even help me. It’s a good thing Steph has a great sense of direction, or we’d never go anywhere new.

February 14, 2006 at 8:59 am

there are more than enough freeways to turn you around there
but that pedometer is *neat*

February 14, 2006 at 9:38 am

Holly showed me the pedometer way back when. It’s awesome!

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