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Where is there?

Walking downtown one morning recently, I thought about how my phone’s GPS had done all it could: It got me “there.”

But where was “there?”

The locator announced “You’ve arrived at your destination.”  I parked and got out, looking around. Up, down, all around.

Where is there?

Her voice chirped in my earpiece, “head north for 200 feet.”

Which way was North?   Was I supposed to start counting steps?

question

I turned, felt the biting wind, and turned again.

Walked some more.

Nothing.

Popped into a coffee shop and asked a young man serving.  He knew his address but not any others. I found out he lives in Eastown.  Pleasant yes, but totally irrelevant.

I bought a coffee anyways.  Delicious.

Stepping back into the wind, I turned right, away from it.

Followed my nose, so-to-speak.

Finally, I ducked into another portal and called the # associated with the meeting.  Thankfully the meeting organizer answered.  Explaining my dilemma, she laughed and said, “I didn’t think to give everyone a landmark, sorry about that.”   She described their building, gave me the suite number, and that was the end of that.

Looking up, I saw the building, and realized I’d been there, or close to there, the whole time.

I was here … and there!

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” ― Barbara Hall

 

*Can you relate to this?  Have you ever found it hard to tell here from there?  How often do you turn off GPS and follow your instincts?

 

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18 thoughts on “Where is there?

  1. Those GPS devices can be life-savers, but they can also drive you nuts! Glad you found your “destination” without too much trouble. AND got a good cup of coffee!

    • I find that the directions in my phone (google maps) is better/more accurate than my GPS unit (which, I admit, I am behind in updating).
      The coffee was great – and because I left early for the meeting – I had time to chat with the server and enjoy the coffee 🙂 MJ

  2. My favorite is when they tell you to exit but there is no exit. Fortunately, GPS thingies are updated more frequently than they used to be although I swear they always take the long way.

    • My phone is more accurate than the GPS itself – but – I always take a “look-see” ahead of time to figure out what side of the street the building is on, etc. One time GPS told me I had arrived but I was in the middle of the road with no idea which way to park or go. I hadn’t done the “look-see” first — now I do 🙂 MJ

  3. I have no GPS. I borrowed one once for a trip to Kansas, when I needed to find a country cemetery. The GPS worked fine, but failed to tell me that there was a bridge that had been flooded out and swept away between point A and point B. A friendly farmer in a pickup gave me directions.

    I returned the GPS, and haven’t used one yet. A paper map, the sun, and the stars will do just fine, thank you very much.

    • There are some places that GPS just can’t go and that’s OK – I don’t mind getting lost (a little) and it’s usually someone local who will help. But I can’t drive and read a map, too – just can’t do it. The phone’s GPS is more accurate than the rest, but sometimes you do just have to shut them off and follow your nose – or the stars! 🙂 MJ

  4. I know exactly how you feel! I am terrible at compass directions. Although I use GPS map programs all the time, I hate it when they reference a direction first. But in spite of this irritant, I don’t know how I would get around in unfamiliar places now without using my phone map app. ~ Sheila

    • I think I have a decent sense of direction but have learned to first look at the area online so I have a “sense” of where I’m going. I ran out of time to do that before this meeting and that threw me off. Thankfully I had saved the meeting organizer’s contact info and could find her – and thankfully she answered when I called!! 🙂 MJ

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    GPS’s are a God send but are not perfect. Glad you found your location and had a good cup of coffee.

  6. Diane Helminiak

    I had to use my phone recently because I was going to a friend’s house but thought she lived on Mackinaw St, but it was actually Brockway. After I left her house I was a bit confused to how to get home, so I found the main road and followed it until I knew where I was. As I was turning down the familiar street, I realized my travels was taking me to a new store that I wanted to see. I drove right there from where I was. God takes me to the places I want to go. The little store was new to the area with wonderful painted pieces that I hope to be able to get my pieces in…

    • you make an excellent point, Diane. I love to discover new places along the way and since most of the state is “new” to me – I never know where my adventures will take me next 🙂 MJ

  7. My GPS told me to turn left onto a one way street going the wrong way. Ever since then I try to look inward for confirmation of directions, but I still keep asking myself, “Are we there yet?” I don’t like these new fangled inventions like computers and GPSes. 🙂

  8. We searched for a Starbucks along an unfamiliar route. “The destination on our left” was a hay field! It’s really helpful at times, and other times, it’s good for a laugh–unless, like Dor, one is directed the wrong way in traffic!

    • that is funny! I have had a similar experience, looking for a business address, only to end in a corn field with cows looking at me 🙂
      MJ

  9. Oh, the GPS! I tend to rely on it when I venture into the unfamiliar, but also tend to distrust it. I’ve sometimes followed the directions and driven around a block only to find my destination could have been reached by just driving straight ahead.

    I love the quote. Such a true statement about our life adventures.

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