Friday, April 03, 2009

Travel Directions Arizona Style

Rule #1: Never ask a "local."

Here's why. This happened twice to us yesterday alone:

We tell the person helping us that we're new in town and can they tell us how to get to such and such a place. "Oh that's easy!" they say. "You know something or other boulevard? Great! Go left and continue on about 1/3 of a mile and when you get to where the something or other great landmark used to be, turn right and the place you're looking for is right behind there."

"Umm. We don't know where such and such a place used to be."

"What?!" The person helping starts to get exasperated. "I don't know how I can help you then!"

"Don't worry about it. I'll just find myself a map."

"It's not on a map!" (And it isn't.) "Just go 1/3 of a mile and look around!"

They're trying to be helpful but if you can't at least be somewhat self-reliant, well, as they put it, there's not much they know how to do for you.

Not that that's a bad thing. Self-reliance, that is. But when you're new to town it gets pretty tiring when even the street signs say "This Way to Wherever" and then leave you stranded in the middle of no place with no other indication of which way to go. You know, we got you close enough, what else do you need?

A roadmap to the front door?

Sigh... it wouldn't hurt.

1 comment:

Anne Vis said...

This is hilarious! ;-) I hope you found what you were looking for!