Every time I post a new entry on this blog my kids start to bug me. "when are you going to do a story about getting lost".
Well, I might as well get it over with. It's really no big deal.
I am directionally challanged. There are millions of us. Somewhere along the way I lost a gene or DNA, or something. My kids and most of my friends find it amusing.
The truth is that I am not bothered by this disorder at all. I have turned it into a positive experience--mostly.
For example, one night I went to the movies with Ellen. It was at one of those mega movie places. I left for popcorn. And I returned to the wrong movie. It was a tad distracting as I wandered up and down the aisle looking for her. But a much better movie- and the popcorn was all mine.
Then there was the business trip by car from Washington DC to Princeton New Jersey. Somehow I ended up in Delaware--had to cross a river on a ferry to get back on I-95. Delaware is quite a beautiful state, and I will return some day. Perhaps on my way to Florida this winter.
You would love Erin Hills, a community of townhomes somewhere in Pinehurst. I have a few friends who live near there I think, because every time I visit them, coming and going, I end up at Erin Hills. I have been lost there so often the residents wave to me. Wonderfully warm people who go out of their way to point me in the right direction
And I just love those guys who will describe a place to me as being on the "northwest corner". You have got to be kidding! Tell you what--you drive me to the the Southeast corner and, if there is a visible setting sun, I will go right to it--almost every time.
And then there was the morning that I drove over to my friend Willies house to pick him up for our Friday golf group. I knocked on the door, no answer--figured he had left on his own, so I left. Turned out to be the wrong house, I didn't see Willie waving frantically from his house way up on a nearby hill.
He had to awaken his wife Sandy to drive him to the golf course--at 6am. This story has no happy ending. Sandy did not speak to me for months. Willie, to this day, gives me a kind of perfunctory nod.
But, on the whole, what might be a liability for some of you has been a series of wonderful serendipities for me. I have traveled to some facinating places and met some terrific people.
I invite you to meet them and see some of these places. Just meet me at----------------never mind.
(aside to my kids: " I did it--OK!!! Now go to your room!!!)