Look Out Rand-McNally!

Have I mentioned yet that Brian and I are staying in the tiniest apartment (besides those found in New York City, of course!)? With another three weeks to go before we get to close on our house, I’m getting more than just a little stir crazy. So, for the sake of my mental health, Brian and I spend most of each weekend having adventures, sometimes with a purpose, and some just for the heck of it. Last week, we had an adventure that got me started on a whole new project I think we need to do…

Actually, it should have been just a leisurely drive around the area, and in one respect it was. Meaning, we covered less than 50 miles, and it took us ALL DAY to do it. We set out first thing in the morning with several sets of Mapquest directions to find some farmer’s markets and an actual Mexican restaurant (a very rare type of eatery in Pennsylvania!) The conversation in the car went something like this:

  • “OK, we need to take a right on Buchanan then a left on Main.”
  • “OK, there’s Spring…. That’s Lincoln. That must be close. It’s another president.”
  • “Um, yeah, but there’s First…”
  • “Oh.”
  • “Wait! There’s Main!”
  • “Where was Buchanan?”
  • “I don’t know, but turn! Now we go .2 miles, and turn on Taylor… This has to be more than .2 miles…. I’m sure we’ve gone more than .2 miles.”
  • “Maybe not…”
  • “Yes we have… Wait! That was it! Turn around!”

After making that stop (which happened only after two times around the block trying to find where to park AFTER turning around), we headed for the next farmer’s market we wanted to investigate. It went something like this:

  • “OK, we stay on 23.”
  • “I thought we needed to be on Nutt”
  • “23 becomes Nutt.”
  • “Oh.”
  • “OK, now Nutt becomes Kimberton. It says take a left to stay on Kimberton. Wait! That was Kimberton!” (requiring a right)
    • (Insert a mini adventure here in trying to find a place to turn around, which included “Hey look, there’s a church with no name…”)
  • “Uh huh… Now turn left. We have to go a mile… This doesn’t seem right… Have we gone a mile?”
  • “I don’t think so… Maybe… I think we passed it… This can’t be the road… Hey! There’s the church with no name!”
    • (Insert another mini adventure looking for a place to turn around)
  • “There’s Seven Stars Rd. We saw that on the other road… Maybe we should cut through…  (Insert attempt at turning around.) No, it might not go through. Let’s try this road… No, I don’t think this is going to go through.”
    • (Insert another mini adventure looking for a place to turn around)
  • “OK, here comes the corner where we first turned onto this road, so we have to turn right…”
  • “Right? Not left?”
  • “Right.”
  • “OK. There’s the church with no name…”
  • “There’s the street we turned around on!”
  • “Oh shoot! It would have gotten us here!”
  • “There’s Seven Stars Rd. again!”
  • “Oh shoot! It would have gotten us here, too!”
  • “Hey! There’s the other road we turned around on!”

It was at about that time that I realized the new project we need to begin. We need to make a map! The Title of the map will be:  “Every Place We have Gotten Lost This Summer”.

Then there was this weekend. We set out to make one quick errand about 15 minutes from home to get an EZPass, and then go to Chanticleer Garden, which is about a mile from our apartment, to do some photography work. Well, a little more than four hours later, after finally completing the “quick errand”, it was too late for the garden. Which was only one mile from home… All in all, we put on somewhere between 50-100 miles on the car. And were never more than 10 miles from home. And only accomplished one of the things we set out to do.

The next conversation went something like this:

  • “Do you still want to make the map?”
  • “I guess, but we’re gonna need more paper…”


Filed under Random Ramblings

8 responses to “Look Out Rand-McNally!

  1. You didn’t tell me you were a biographer.

    Since you’re recording our car misadventures in such earnest, does that make you an autobiographer?

    We had so much fun going where?

  2. Do you think we should publicly admit that the very next day we were sitting in a sidewalk cafe in New York City trying to remember where we parked our car?

  3. HAHA! This was even better than when you told it to me on the phone.

  4. Autobiographer… wow. That’s all that I can say to that. Wow.

    And no, I don’t think that you should publically admit to sitting in a sidewalk cafe in NYC trying to remember where you parked your car. Whatever you do, don’t let that information get out in the blog world.

    Amanda, have I mentioned lately that I love your family?

  5. Quick question: Should we expect more of the same when Amanda and I come to visit… or will you have gotten lost so many times that you are well acquainted with the area? Just wondering. It has been a while since I got good and lost.

    Another quick question: Can you email me concerning how I should be budgeting for October? I just thought it might be good to get an idea of what I should expect.

  6. Christine: Well, we won’t exactly make it a goal, but don’t be surprised if it happens! I normally have a great sense of direction, but not around here. I think it’s partly because the roads are so winding that it’s hard to keep track of. Besides that, Pennsylvania sort of assumes we all know where we’re going, so they don’t bother putting street signs on every street. Add to that the same road may have a new name (or multiple names) every couple of miles, and it just gets worse…

    So, yes, if you have a compass you might want to bring it. Or, maybe just a notebook so you can regale your friends with your many adventures when you get back to KC. 🙂

  7. Mrs. I

    Happy 24th anniversay and many, many more!!! God Bless!

    P.S. L&I lived on Kimberton in P-ville. You probably passed their old apartment complex and maybe even their former church. You two get around. You’re going to know PA better than we born & bred Pennsylvanians!!

  8. Mrs. I: We passed some apartments and wondered if those were the ones. I’m not sure, though, about knowing PA better than you. We’ve seen a lot of the area, but we’re not quite sure where we were when we saw it! 🙂

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