Sunday, October 28, 2007

Direction Impaired

Last night on the way home from our anniversary dinner, we passed a car that had a GPS unit lit up. It got me thinking about why people would need one, especially around Concord New Hampshire. However, after today, I understand.

My middle guy drove to Boston with his girlfriend to go to the Museum of Fine Arts and got totally lost. But of course he would when I told him to take the second exit after 128 which is now called 95...It was a long afternoon for him and thank God he ended up in the city where I grew up and my brother met up with him to take him to the Orange Line. Which oh by the way,the subway wasn't working and they had to take a bus to North Station in Boston. I guess they spent a few hours in and around Fanueil Hall which is always a neat place to visit.

There have been days that I wished that I had a GPS to find an athletic field in an obscure NH town. Do you have a GPS unit in your car? What kind?

I guess Paulie must have it okay to be able to take buses to where she wants to be and to be able to plan out her jaunts around Vancouver. When I was my son's age, I traveled everywhere by bus and this continued all through college. But even when I was in high school, my friends and I would take the T (Boston Subway) into Boston to go to the Boston Library for research papers. Can you remember when students actually had to use only print sources? Now it's all there at a click of a button.


  1. I was surprised to see my name in your blog tonight! Ü

    Yes, we have a great bus system and the places it doesn't take me, I walk because i love walking too. We have many paved trails here in the city and i love it. just me and my camera and the other walkers, runners, bicyclists and new Mommies passing me by going the other way.

    I'm glad your son had someone to help him find his way. When I lived in CA, I investigated bus and metrolink lines and didn't let me not knowing how to drive, keep me home.

    Hope you have a great week.

  2. We have a great bus system here, until Sunday. That's when all the money will run out. The Governor and the State Legislature can't agree on where the money should come from, and so there's none coming in at all.

    BTW, I tagged you with a hometown meme.

  3. I forgot to say Happy anniversary!

  4. I forgot to say Happy anniversary!

  5. I have to say I am quite unequipped to use our city tranist system. It doesn't help that they change routes like I change socks, but I suppose if I had to use it I'd manage.

    For Vancouver my dad has no trouble getting around - he is legally blind so he's been using the transit system and walking for years and he loves it.

    Yes, I do remember using the library for research - it always surprises(bugs) me when my kids first instinct is to use the internet to do research for projects, I still think it's good to know how to do it the old fashioned way - besides there is a lot of junk floating on the www.

  6. How lucky to have such a great bus system. Ours, not so good -- but we do walk alot. I love this photo.

  7. I'm in Chicago and our transit system is very, very good. Mayor Daley simply wouldn't allow it to be any other way!! GPS is really handy if you are making a long trip, but right off the bat, I'd say I probably wouldn't ever get one. Of course I said that about an iPod too and now I can't live without it!

  8. hey it could have been worse. He could have ended up in Roxboro

  9. No GPS in my mom's car, which is what I drive. I'm a bus rider. Our transit system here in Halifax is improving but still has a ways to go. I've learned to use it so it works for me. But it's not easy to learn the system!

    Nothing like the transit system in Toronto, where all you do is mosey towards a stop and something comes to collect you in a few minutes. And the subway is so great. How I miss the subway.


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