Lost in Rhode Island

I used to commute from our house in Uxbridge, Massachusetts over 100 miles to Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut. In a desperate and hopeless attempt to find a shorter route, I experimented with various combinations of back roads. There was no truly direct route and it was such a long drive, I didn’t think I had much to lose.


I have been lost for most of my life. I’ve been lost all over the United States, England, Wales, Ireland and Israel. GPS technology was relatively new and while some people had them, most didn’t. Including me. I had an atlas, but whatever road I was on never seemed to be on the map.

One evening, at the end of my long drive home from work, I got lost in Rhode Island.

I wasn’t a just little bit lost. I was completely turned around, totally confused. It was dark; I was low on gasoline. I didn’t recognize anything; it all looked the same.  Eventually I realized everything not only looked the same, it was the same. I was driving in circles.

Rhode Island Road

I called home. At least my cell phone worked. It didn’t help. Since I didn’t know where I was, I couldn’t tell anyone how to find me. I was much too embarrassed to call 911.

I drove around for what seemed forever hoping to find a familiar road or see some kind of landmark by which I could orient myself. Eventually — tired, hungry and humiliated — I found my way home. I had been no more than a few miles from my house. The following day, I bought my first GPS.

There’s a moral in this story, but I have no idea what it is.

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10 replies

  1. I’m a BIG GPS fan!! If I don ‘t know where I’m going or don’t remember how to get someplace I should remember, I’m out of sorts . Sometimes I doubt Richard, our GPS guide because of my insecurity, but he has rarely failed me. When he does, I feel a sense of smirky justice until I realize I’m still lost!


  2. GPS does make life a lot easier. Mine bosses me around a lot, but it’s worth it. I call it “Hermione” and it talks with a classy British accent.


    • We have Richard. Actually, he is Ricard II because I passed on. He is American with a very clear — LOUD — voice and his grammar is a bit odd. I often think he may have been raised in a foreign land. Maybe Germany?


  3. You heard about those people following GPS in Australia driving into a swamp? Any swamp land where you live?


    • We have a lot of swamps because we have a lot of rivers. It’s hard to get lost around here unless you take unmarked dirt roads which have a nasty habit of ending abruptly in the middle of nowhere. I never ever pull off the road unless I know for sure the shoulder is solid. This entire valley is criss-crossed with rivers, creeks, streams … and swamp. What looks like solid ground,is often quicksand. It might not swallow the entire car (I think that only happens in the movies), but it can sink to the top of the hubcaps in the blink of an eye. Got AAA? You’ll need it!


  4. I know how you feel. A while ago I did a similar post on how it took me nearly 2 hours and 3 attempts to drive 10 miles from my house to the waste recycling centre!
    No sense of direction, me 😦


    • Worse, my husband’s sense of direction is only nominally better than mine. Me? Put a paper bag over my head, turn me around three times, ask me where I am and I won’t know. Funny, though. My son never gets lost.




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