Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Directionally Challenged

Station de Métro Henri-Bourassa du Métro de Mo...Image via Wikipedia
I have a problem and surely I’m not the only one. Maybe I’m the only one to admit it in a blog, in public, over the net, well, just out there…….

I really really have a hard time with directions. No inner compass so to speak. I’m not hopeless – I get wherever it is I’m going eventually, but when I have to run for the metro, for instance, even though I see the signs, I inevitably get on one going the wrong way. I have a 50-50 chance of getting it right, but I never do (which is why I don’t go to the casino).

In Montreal the metro lines I use most often are in the direction of Honoré Beaugrand or Henri Bourassa. Now I ask you – should this be allowed? Two stations with the initials "HB" and both on main lines. Maybe if one was Monet and the other Picasso I’d be able to figure it out.

“Are you heading downtown towards Picasso?”
“No, I’m going home towards Monet”.

Yes, that would work.

I’d like to end this here, but unfortunately this problem doesn’t stop with public transportation. If we stay in a hotel, I’ll always turn the wrong way towards our room. If I visit an office building, I really should leave a trail of crumbs to find my way out. And when travelling….well let’s just say I ALWAYS have taxi money on me in case my husband and I get separated.

Another certain member of my family has the same problem so maybe it’s hereditary. When I’m out with this certain someone (who I’ll call my sister just for the fun of it), we don’t always end up where we had planned on going. Sometimes this is a good thing and lots of fun.

- We’ve followed traffic thinking we’d 'go with the crowd' and find a main street to end up in a parking lot.

- We’ve headed for a nearby shopping center and ended up on a bridge leaving Montreal altogether.

Do we have maps? Of course we do! Unfortunately they’re really complicated when you have to make a decision in a rush. Do we have a GPS? Of course we do!

“Does it mean turn here NOW? Or turn at the light? How far is 50 meters? This is someone’s driveway. This can’t be right!”

We’ve even gone in a complete circle:

“If we hadn’t driven so far, I’d swear this is X Street because it looks exactly the same as where we started”!

Then of course we’re laughing so hard it doesn’t matter where we end up.

I guess the lesson learned here is if you don’t know how to get where you want to be, enjoy wherever it is you are right now! It might be more fun anyway!

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