My Special Talent

I have this incredible talent.  I do realize that nobody likes to hear someone boast about how awesome they are, but well…sometimes you just have to toot your own horn.  I want you all to know that I have the talent of being able to get lost going nearly anywhere! It’s a gift inherited from my mother.

This weekend I took KT down to the aquarium for her first training day.  We dutifully printed out directions (it doesn’t matter that everyone else just knows how to get there, I need directions.) Despite the fact that  there is very little traffic at the crack of dawn in Seattle on the weekends, my child insisted that we take double the amount of time normally needed to get there.  It’s a good thing we did, as despite KT’s careful navigation skills, we found ourselves not near the water, but in the International District, known by some as “China Town”.  We wandered around for a while trying to find our wayout  and eventually managed to end up at the aqarium with at least five minutes to spare. 

With KT dropped off, I merely had to find my way home.  As far as I could tell, I had two choices.  I could head back the convulted way that we had come, or I could attempt the straightforward way that Shaun always took. Naturally, I picked Shaun’s quick and easy way. 

Have you ever noticed that when somebody else is driving, you don’t really pay attention to where you are going? No?  Hmmm…  Anyways, I should have come directly to the freeway, but I…um…couldn’t find it.  So, I just drove around looking for something familair like I always do in situations like this.   I finally found the familar city of Ballard and more importantly, an on-ramp to the  freeway.  I decided head north as we are north of nearly everything.  I was getting pretty close to the Canadian border before it occurred to me that maybe I should have been headed south…

Two hours after I dropped KT off, I proudly made it home before the rest of my family even woke up.  Like I said…it’s a gift. 

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20 Responses to My Special Talent

  1. Stephanie says:

    Oh…yes…I have slight talent in this area as well. But I must say…you do seem quite talented in it. 2 hours from the aquarium to home. Hee hee hee….I love it :o) Just tell everyone you took the “scenic route” and that you “meant to go that way” and all is good :o)

  2. Peggy says:

    For me, life is the opposite. I hardly ever get lost. Somebody must have implanted a compass in my brain early on. As long as I know where north is, I know where I need to go. It was easier still when I lived on the west coast. If I knew where the ocean was, I could find my way around. the only time my abilities failed me was when I went to South Africa. Everything was upside down. I was only there two weeks, but I’m sure that in the end I would have figured things out.

    My husband has your disability. He can’t even get out of parking lots!

  3. Susan says:

    Stephanie~I used to tell the girls we were “gong on an adventure” all the time! I actually ended up at the Northgate Mall…although I don’t really know where that is!

    Peggy~When I lived down south, I always knew where the ocean was, we have too many lakes around here and all that water confuses me. (that’s my story at least!)

  4. Cazzie says:

    Yes, we were “geographically embarrased”on the weekend going to a friend’s place in unfamiliar territory. I usually am gr8 at the whole navigator role, but this time road works on new freeways and by ways put us out of kilter 🙂

  5. Jay says:

    That’s funny. I’m usually pretty good at finding my way around. I rarely get lost. I may miss exits cause I’m busy listening to the radio or talking to myself, but I don’t get lost.

  6. mrs darling says:

    I could be your twin in this area. Never take me along to navigate! You’ll end up in another state!

  7. LOL!!! I have done the same thing so many times. And I never pay attention when someone else is driving.

  8. Sooooooooooo very true!!! I never pay attention to the roads whenever someone’s driving — that’s why I always get in trouble when I’ve to pick someone up because I never remember the directions. Ironically, when I’m the one driving, I always just need to go through a route ONCE before it’s forever etched in head… spooky!

  9. Kell says:

    That was hilarious. I feel your pain, although you do seem to be supremely gifted. It’s pretty easy to get around here because the town is on a grid, thank goodness. I did however get lost on the circular path around the lake. One of these days I’ll have to post about that.

  10. MoJoKat says:

    My best friend has the same problem, she can get lost just trying to go somewhere a couple blocks away…don’t laugh, it’s true. She invested in a GPS navigation system, and loves it. It really has helped her out TREMENDOUSLY. She brings it with us sometimes, and it is pretty cute to watch the little icon that is “you” crusing along the map. What’s even more fun, though is to irirtate it by not going the way it tells you to! LOL!

    Anyway, I never have been too interested in them, but after seeing how much it has helped her, I highly recommend it to anyone who is directionally challenged! =-)

  11. Tink says:

    I could get lost in a wet paper bag. My navigational skills aren’t just broken… They actually work against me. I’m constantly going the wrong way. I like to think I made up for this character flaw in other ways though. *Sniffle* I hope.

  12. Lynne says:

    You’re too funny!

  13. Jocelyn says:

    Next time I’m sitting, lost, at the end of a random cul-de-sac somewhere, and then I see another car pull up with a confused driver inside, I’m going to open the window and yell “Hi, Susan!”

  14. mjd says:

    Hey, Jocelyn and Susan the third bewildered driver will be me. Since I live in Indiana, I really will be lost…again. I have always attributed this inablity to find my way home to dyslexia. Now, thanks to Susan, I realize my propensity for getting lost is due giftedness. Who would have known?

  15. J-Funk says:

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 It’s so nice to have a fellow Seattle visitor. I like your blog – it’s crafty. I also get lost going nearly everywhere, and if I realize I’m out and have forgotten a map I go ballistic. My husband however is more like you and is content to just drive around until he finds something familiar – and in the process he usually discovers something fun and new (like how to get to Ballard from downtown without taking the interstate). According to the Myers-Briggs personality test, that means that he is a Feeler and I am a Thinker. So maybe you’re a Feeler too.

  16. Susan says:

    Cazzie~don’t even get me started on how well I fare with roadwork!

    Jay~I have to talk to myself in order to keep from geting lost

    Mrs. D~I’ve had trouble leaving the state before. Shaun won’t let me forget about the time I was headed to Oregon and ended up in downtown Seattle…

    Songbird~I think part of the trouble is that I don’t even pay attention when I’m driving…shhhh don’t tell anyone!

    Hi Princess Banter~things just don’t seem to etch into my brain…at least not until the 50th time or so. So very sad really…lol

  17. Susan says:

    Kell~circular path on a grid? Hmmm, I could probably manage that

    Kat~GPS is a must in any new car I get.

    Tink~Um Character flaw? It’s a gift I tell ya!

    Lynne~…are you laughing at me????

    Jocelyn and MJD~ at least we’ll all be together!

    J-Funk~A map? Really? What’t the fun in that? You’re right, I’m more a feeler and my husband the thinker. He just doens’t understand why I can’t be more logical

  18. I just stumbled into your blog. I, um, totally can relate. I have a talent for finding the scenic routes! Great blog!

  19. Tylor says:

    I have that gift too.

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