GRATEFUL PILGRIMS – SHARING OUR WORLD

Share Your World – 2014 Week 39

Did you ever get lost?

Did I ever get lost? When am I not lost? I have no sense of direction. Ask anyone. You could put a paper bag over my head in my living room, twirl me around twice, take the bag off and I would be lost.

Autumn through the window

Traveling? I can read a map — my saving grace. Of course we have a GPS but as often as not, it sends us to the wrong place. Boston is hopeless for a GPS. Everything is so close together, half the time the GPS thinks we are driving up the Charles River and not Storrow Drive. It loses its signal in the tunnels. Many street names in Boston are duplicated in several locations and the GPS always sends us to the wrong part of town.

In more rural areas, our GPS sends us via weird back roads to bridges that washed out years ago, by roads that are closed. Permanently. And obviously have been closed for a long time. If it sends us outbound via a logical, fast, efficient route, it reroutes us coming home, whimsically sending us down strange, twisting paths until we are forced to double back to a main road.

Nowadays, I print directions from Google or Mapquest before I go anywhere, with or without the GPS. If I or Garry doesn’t know how to get there from memory, I have a backup plan. Sadly, more than half the time, the printed directions are wrong too. What to do?

Back to paper maps and atlases. Because at least they don’t lie. Well, not usually.

Who was your best friend in elementary school?

Carol was my best friend, but I do not think I was her best friend. I know I was an important influence on her, at least intellectually, introducing her to music and books, and that took her all the way to a Ph.D.  But she had a lot of friends, while I had her. I was not one of the pretty girls, not part of the “in crowd,” nor one of the cool kids.

By the end of high school, I didn’t care. When I was a little kid, though, it hurt.

Since the new television season has started in the US, list three favorite TV shows.

NCIS, Blue Bloods for both of us.

Garry: The Good Wife.

Marilyn: Legends.

But Madame Secretary, Gotham, Scorpion are all good … and The Black List is back. I’m optimistic about this season. I think this will be a good year. About time!

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

Watching television. Playing with the dogs. Snacking. Laughing and making comments about the scripts and characters on the screen. Maybe I’ll be writing at the same time. Or editing. Or maybe Garry will check for email. Nothing really exciting, I’m afraid.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I would be remiss if I didn’t say how incredibly grateful both Garry and me are for all the help we have been given by so many people. Good friends, old friends, people we haven’t seen in more than 30 years … people we have never met and only know from the Internet — as well as completely strangers have sent us gifts that will allow us to fix our well.

We have an agreement with the well guy. He will get to us as soon as he can. There are a lot of dry wells right now and since we have — at this point — a little water which we supplement with jugs of bought water, we can gut it out for a couple of weeks. We just have to continue being very careful to use as little water as possible.

It has not rained at all. But — there’s a reasonably good chance of rain tomorrow and maybe next week too.

robby and bouquet

Thank you — everyone — for your kindness, your support, your prayers and wishes. It restores much of my lost faith in humanity. When our backs were solidly against the wall, you came through. I will never forget your kindness. Not as long as I live.



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18 replies

  1. Well, I get lost going just about anywhere…even in the relatively small city I have lived my whole 33 years in. Anytime I go someplace new, I always look it up on GoogleMaps. I had a TomTom, but I gave it to my sister because it seemed like she could really use it. And she does. I think those things work better in some locales than others. Can’t read a map to save my life, Heaven knows I have tried.

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    • GPS’s don’t work well in cities. They work fine out in the country, assuming they have an accurate map built in. They don’t work at all in some really rural areas, like the part of Maine we are going to next week. They have no maps for it. And they don’t work in Boston — where we could really USE the help — at all.

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  2. Cool sat-nav – “When it is safe to do so, exit the river”! I’m hopefully getting a car with a sat-nav soon – I’ll have to program it to take me somewhere and see if I get a magical mystery tour.

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    • Most of these aren’t very good in cities — especially not old, crowded cities. There are so many signals coming from so many direction, all close together with underpasses and overpasses and rivers … just a mess. Boston is like London is a small way. The Charles runs between Cambridge and Boston and there a road on either side of the river — Storrow Drive on the Boston side and Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side. The GPS can’t tell if you are on one of the roads or in the river. I love looking at the GPS map and seeing us driving down the middle of the Charles.

      And you always lose your signal in the tunnels (there are a lot of long tunnels underneath Boston), so you get out and be the time the GPS gets its signals back, you’ve already turned the wrong way. Not a lot of help. We had friends try to use their GPS in Paris. They gave up. Hopeless.

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  3. I’m thrilled the well thing is working out for you with the support of your friends. How wonderful for you both. Thanks so much for sharing this week. 🙂

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  4. I was lost..and now I’m found.

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  5. My dad taught me how to read a map when I was young. I would still rather do that than listen to the GPS talk to me.

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    • Especially since the GPS is so often telling you the wrong stuff. And you can’t see ahead, like you can on a map. On a map, you not only see the next bit of road, but get a sense of where you are coming from and going to. A sense of distance, proportion. I love maps. If only they would fold back up more easily.

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  6. My husband used to have an excellent sense of direction and near flawless internal compass. Now, after GPS, he can’t seem to get anywhere without it, and the prematurely self-congratulatory excessively annoying voice on his phone often leads us astray. I–who have no sense of direction–am now planning my countermoves with this revolting new development, as I hate to be lost. So I will be attempting to track out our route the old fashioned way. Like–with real maps. I love maps, anyway. And globes. I think it is so important to ‘get a visual’, if possible. We need to keep not only our sense of direction, but sense of dimension, as we move through space and time…even if we’re just heading out to the store. :o)

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    • A friend of our calls it being “GPS-Stupid.” He thinks our depending on a GPS is making us lose our natural sense of direction. Of course, I never had a sense of direction in the first place.

      I also love real maps. They have a lot more information on them than just how to get from point A to point B. If they could make them easier to handle in a car, I think you’d see a resurgence of interest in them. They are still very awkward to handle while traveling … and atlases never have enough detail.

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  7. Just love the last photo 🙂

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