Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for March 07, 2024

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    zzeek  5 months ago

    People are always happy to tell me where to go. ;-)

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    Bilan  5 months ago

    Make a right where the barn used to be. Then go half way before you hit the 7-11.

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    HidariMak  5 months ago

    First you need to make a U-turn, and then drive for 40,680 km. You can’t miss it.

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    Concretionist  5 months ago

    Lois McMaster Bujold wrote a novel The Hallowed Hunt in which one of the characters … a sorceress with a chaos demon, disagrees with her linear thinking husband about how to find the person they’re looking for in a strange town. She says it always works best to just wander around aimlessly until you meet your target.

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    Dave427  5 months ago

    Turn by the big tree.

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    Coopersdad  5 months ago

    There once was a very useful tool…..back in the day……it was called a MAP!!!!

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    cseligman  5 months ago

    They actually make still make detailed atlases of cities in some places, like London, where “you can’t there from here” is almost literally true.

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    GiantShetlandPony  5 months ago

    I never get lost. I just take some creative routes.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    Sounds like NASCAR… Go Real Fast Then Turn Left

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    nancyb creator 5 months ago

    That is how people give directions in Southern California.

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    cmerb  5 months ago

    One of my favorite stories is ( he ask a question " where is a certain place " ? And the response is " Where are we now " ? : ) <<<< sorry that was funny a long time ago .

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    Twelve Badgers in a Suit Premium Member 5 months ago

    You could just say, “Ask someone else.”

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    Flatlander, purveyor of fine covfefe  5 months ago

    Around here its, don’t go out on the highway, you will eventually find where you are going. I live in Eunice’s house, I used to own Olga’s. Nobody uses street names or numbers

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    ksu71  5 months ago

    I thought directions had to include “Just go left a mile after you pass where the school used to be.”

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    Redd Panda  5 months ago

    “…oh, you can’t get there from here…”

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    sandpiper  5 months ago

    In that car, she’ll need to pedal really fast to get there.

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    PastorJayMo  5 months ago

    The liberal’s mantra.

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    ladykat  5 months ago

    I remember road atlases with a great deal of fondness. I had one for Montreal, one for Quebec City, one for Ottawa, and one for Toronto.

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    DanMoran1  5 months ago

    I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.-Dirk Gently

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    JosephShriver  5 months ago

    Take a left at the tree with a swing on it, go until you see the tree barn and turn right, follow that to the blue fence and you will be there

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    Vet Premium Member 5 months ago

    It’s just over yonder…..

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    HOTLOTUS1  5 months ago

    no matter which route you choose to get there faster, TRAFFIC will always slow you down!

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    Cactus-Pete  5 months ago

    Uh, GPS is a system of satellites which has no idea where you are or where you’re going.

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    KEA  5 months ago

    works for me

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    Calvins Brother  5 months ago

    It’s 4 blocks past where he told her.

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    mistercatworks  5 months ago

    In San Francisco, one of the local pranks is misdirecting tourists looking for the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    richdell  5 months ago

    It’s not the destination; it’s the journey.

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    GreenT267  5 months ago

    Every time my ‘grand teen’ comments on my preference for looking at a map before we set out [“You have GPS, you don’t need a map”], I remember the section of Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” where they explain how they hid the catapult. It was easy because they were all underground and everyone, including the inspectors, traveled by subway. They got on and they got off — with no idea the direction or distance between the two points. At least underground, on the Moon, there wasn’t much to see anyway; but, here on earth, there is some purpose to actually knowing where you are and how you got there.

    My ‘grand teen’ and their contemporaries have no idea how to find anything on their own. They don’t know landmarks or pay attention to direction. In town, they may know how to bike to friends’ homes, but they may not know the actual address or the names of any of the streets they cross to get there. If they need to get to someplace new, they just look at the GPS and listen. They don’t bother to remember the address because it will be ‘on their phone.’ They don’t notice buildings or fields or changes in the sky, or the elk herd [unless it is blocking the road]. They miss out on so much. Soon they will be learning to drive and, at least in our family, they will be learning to navigate without the constant help of GPS and Siri. [BTW, the voice of Siri is actually Karen Jacobsen, a voiceover artist from Queensland Australia.]

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    Ikesmum   5 months ago

    Does anyone know how to fix gps directions? Apartment dweller here. Our building is separate from the larger complex, and our driveway is next to the city street given for everyone’s address (plus apt number). The driveway doesn’t appear on any map except satellite view. When gps tells drivers to take the first right, many new visitors blindly follow the directions down our dead end driveway. What follows ranges from chill drivers simply turning around to exasperated hotheads spinning their tires and running into the fence—and occasionally parked cars—as they try to find the very short way back to the street. We worry that someone’s going to get injured one day.

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    jahoody  5 months ago

    back in the day men would never read the map…….always gave it to the woman

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    Redd Panda  5 months ago

    Goofy conversation….

    “Say friend, can you tell me how to get to the train station?”

    “Oh, you mean from here?”

    “No, no, tell me how to get there from your house…..”

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    pheets  5 months ago

    Current GPS has equal moments of cluelessness.

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    Buoy  5 months ago

    I’ve always had a good sense of direction and spatial awareness; even when I wasn’t sure exactly where my destination was, I never felt lost and knew the direction I needed to go, and reading a map was never a problem. Then when GPS came out, it was a fun new bit of tech and I mostly enjoyed using it, but after awhile it felt like it was dumbing me down. I would arrive somewhere and I would realize I didn’t really know where I was, except for the destination point, and I didn’t have the usual certainty of sense of direction and spatial awareness, and the route home would not be clear in my mind. I didn’t like that feeling. I felt like I was losing something precious and very practical. I found myself using GPS when I didn’t really need to and that only hastened the sense of loss and disorientation. Now I don’t use GPS at all, and my innate sense of orientation has come back. I’ll look at a digital map to get the big picture and decide my route, but I don’t use it to navigate mile by mile.

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    christelisbetty  5 months ago

    If,like me, you have never had GPS,and must have directions,and can’t find them on your map/road atlas:I found if you’re in an “Ify” neighborhood, look for a fire station.They know where everything is. Lost in a rural area try a post office.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  5 months ago

    Good luck in Atlanta,Ga.,which has at least three dozen “Peachtree Streets”

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    keenanthelibrarian  5 months ago

    Actually, it’s Burt’s old-school misogynist GPS system.

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    Enter.Name.Here  5 months ago

    Better than the GPS map that directed me to an invisible store in the middle of a parking lot. Still haven’t found it.

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    eddi-TBH  5 months ago

    “I have never been lost. But I have been confused for three or four days several times.” D. Boone

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    gcarlson  5 months ago

    Guys’ Proprioceptive Sense.

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    jvscanlan Premium Member 5 months ago

    Take a right where the barn used to be

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    keenanthelibrarian  5 months ago

    I remember walking past a park near North Sydney (one of the northern suburbs of Sydney, donchaknow), when a car pulled up along side me with a male driver and a female passenger – both late 40s, I guess. She asked if I knew how to get to a particular conference centre on Sydney Harbour. I said, ‘Well, first, you’re on the wrong side of the harbour ..’ Before I could give them cogent directions, she rounded on her (I think) husband and said “I THOUGHT SO!!” between her teeth. I had the distinct impression that if the floor could have opened up and swallowed him he would have been grateful. I gave them directions and sent them on their way. Could have happened to anyone, of course.

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