Giving Directions

Weesa has been in Connecticut for the past week since she has started her new job. For right now, she is without a car and thus needs a ride to the train station every morning. She is trying to learn the route we take so that after we return from our honeymoon, she can drive herself to the train station.

So while we are driving, she tries to test her knowledge of the route. She starts to explain it and she does well up to a point. There are a lot of twists and turns coming from the parental units abode to get to the major road that leads straight to the train station. That being the case, it is understandable that for some one who is used to the relative grid system of Dallas/Ft. Worth it can get confusing.

I tried to correct her and go over the turns with her when, in the middle of my explanation, she looks over at me and says “you can stop now, I stopped listening and my mind has moved onto something else”. I had to laugh for two reasons…first this happens all the time (and I admit, once I get to talking I can be dull and over explain things) and secondly it reminded me of this recent comic at Penny Arcade.

  1. #1 by OneManConga on October 6, 2006 4:48 pm - 4:48 pm

    As an Englishman, I was used to directions such as “turn left at the end of the road, watch for the big tree on the right and keep going, if you see Fred you’ve gone too far”.

    Texas….”drive east on Franklin, north on O’conner, then south on some President I have never heard of”. Interesting to keep one eye on traffic, one eye on the sun and one eye on the time of day to calculate my trajectory.

    Yes I have three eyes.

  2. #2 by Weesa on October 8, 2006 7:54 am - 7:54 am

    In my defense, it is a twistly little town with unclear street designations. The streets have nick names! (Example: Road clearly marked as “121” is known by the locals as “Grassy Hill”…. Now how is a newcomer supposed to know?) 😉

  3. #3 by Weesa on October 8, 2006 7:55 am - 7:55 am

    Yes, I’m used to north, south, east & west. But I can’t even figure that out in this Deals Gap of a town!

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