I Didn’t Know Which Way to Go [socs]

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Before GPS, I was a mess. It’s important for me to remember this so I don’t start freaking out that I’m senile. Well, I might be senile, but the fact that I can get lost in an elevator doesn’t prove it. I’ve always been totally inept with directions.

The weird thing to me is that I rarely, if ever, lose anything. I have an almost photographic memory of where all my stuff is at all times. I’m even good at helping others find things they’ve lost because I’m so organized and methodical. But not when it comes to understanding where I physically exist. In a building, it’s difficult for me to orient myself as far as imagining the exits and streets. I can’t picture them in my head or have any kind of confident feeling about my location the way I can picture where things are in my closet.

gatsby closet shoes boots cat
Oh hello!

Anyway, it was almost comical how I got lost all the time when I first began driving in small-town Illinois. After we moved to Chicago, things were better because the city streets were basically a grid and public transportation was very easy to use. But California? Forget it! Nothing makes any sense here as far as road design and half the time streets loop de loop around so you don’t even know if you’re going west or south. Sometimes you’re parallel to another street and then a mile later they intersect.

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GPS saves me though. I plug in an address and boom… no more driving around in circles. As long as I don’t start thinking I know a shortcut or something, I get where I need to be. I told you the other week I had to go to the civic center in Santa Ana, and I turned the wrong way when exiting the building. To get back to my car, I walked in a giant circle that took half an hour. Oh well… at least I got some exercise!

Well they took me out on the old Kings Road
I didn’t know which way to go
There was people all around wearin’ funny lookin’ clothes
Some boys, some girls, some I don’t know
I didn’t know which way to go
I’m a new world boy on the old Kings Road

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24 responses to “I Didn’t Know Which Way to Go [socs]

  1. My partner and I, who are now driving the same car, have an ongoing feud about setting the GPS–I want “up” on the screen to be in front of the car, she wants “up” to be north. I just don’t get that, because we’re both Libras. C’mon.

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  2. I chuckled as I read your “getting lost in an elevator” and yet, I totally understood. 🙂

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  3. We do not have the GPS 🙂 We stop and ask people directions and they are very pleased to help us. But Everyone say GPS is good.

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  4. The Gps on my phone works every time. I’ve discovered it can get me where i need to go.

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  5. I think sense of direction is one of those things you either have or you don’t have. Like art/music ability. I can’t draw a decent stick figure and hurt people’s ears with my singing, bur I’ve got a great sense of direction.
    Of course 15 years working in the Emergency Road Service department at AAA helped that too😉
    Can’t ever go wrong with Tom Petty! 💔

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  6. I don’t know how it feels to be Tom petty, but I won’t back down till I get out on the old king’s road.

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  7. Some people I know have no sense of direction and some cases neither do I. Thank goodness for GPS. I did have a friend who was terrible with directions. Her left was always right and vice versa, it led to some very confusing moments when going up and one way street.

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  8. I remember before GPS having a glove compartment filled with folded paper maps. I always wondered why they were called glove compartments and not map storage bins.

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  9. Totally get it. I grew up and lived in and around the Santa Ana area for a long time. Nothing in regard to direction makes any sense anywhere in LA. Even when you are someone who is good with directionality. Last time I was there visiting my mom, I got turned around in Hollywood. Yikes. Thank goodness for GPS. 😅

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  10. I can relate to this. Reading a map and walking around the botanical gardens can be a nightmare. Especially if I’m trying to find a certain installation. It’s better to just wander around and hopefully I eventually land where I want to be.

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  11. LOL! Don’t try navigating in European cities! Around here, they don’t even do that considerate thing of matching the number series on both sides of the street.

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