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14 November 2006 @ 04:14 am
Fear of getting lost  
One of my challenges in this new job is my fear of getting lost on the road. I have to make clusters of appointments in far flung areas of the state and somehow get there despite bad weather (like today) and confusing directions. Plus I don't yet have a gps or mapping software to do it on the fly. My solution? Call my husband in a pinch and have him mapquest for me if I'm not in a hotspot. Or drive around looking for a hotspot. I am also becoming gadget girl er grandma. I bought a boatload of gadgets at officemax the other day and now I feel like one of those obnoxious wired people with the cell phones and the laptops hogging a whole booth to schedule appointments while I eat lunch. Yes I did that today. I've sold out! I who never gave out the number to my cell, didn't even know it, now have to be tethered to the damn thing and talk on it in public. Oh the horrors!

So the thing that made me nervous wasn't the kamikaze traffic maneuvers of my fellow travelers, oh no, I could barely notice them because I was busy trying to see the small print on my mapquest instructions on the other seat with the wrong glasses on. I tried out mapquest's point to point to point feature and it's nice but it printed out really tiny instructions. At one point I was afraid I'd gone 40 miles past an exit but finally realized that no, I was on the right highway--it's name had changed and I just happened to stay in the correct lane. I was surrounded by trucks in my little Miata so I couldn't see the signs very well.

I guess if I get well and truly lost I'll finally wander into a service station and ask around. I'm almost like a man in my reluctance to ask for help if I'm lost. But people often give confusing directions that only make it worse!

Hoping to see home tomorrow night. Tonight I landed in a soothing comfort inn that is doing it's best to live up to the name. I saw it through the deluge as I drove by, did a quick u turn and found an beautiful and even affordable haven. This would cost twice as much by the coast.

Dave has been getting apartment applications and viewing possible new homes for us. I hope we find a home as comfortable as this room!
KaliSurferkali_surfer on November 16th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
Tapati, congrats on your new job, it sounds like something that is just right for you at this time! When those checks come rolling in, do buy some type of navigational GPS system for your car. It will free your hands and eyes and insure we still have you here to write and inspire, for those California highways can be treacherous at times and may need your full time attention at certain critical points.

Take Care.
Tapatitapati on November 18th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Mapping
Yes I definitely want a gps! But for now I think I'll start putting them on tape and also print them in larger print.

That night as I was trying to drive home from Stockton I of course couldn't see what I had written down unless I turned on the lights. I decided to just follow the signs for my area and I know enough about the major arteries that I picked a good route for myself and got home just fine.
crushednchurned on November 17th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
That sounds really nice. Good for you! I can tell you're happier because your sense of humor is coming out to shine. :)
Tapatitapati on November 18th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am definitely feeling lighter now that I have a source of income, am doing some interesting and challenging things, and we even found a new place to live that's nicer than where we are.

We are moving to the other side of "the hill." (which I'm carefully avoiding full mention of because of stalker guy)

So I should be closer to where you are. At some point I'll have a housewarming too. Of course you're invited. :)