Slinging a Smooth Stone
It's nice to find your way with simple directions
Having just returned from Oklahoma City, it's nice to be back where most of the driver's are sane, and where it's easier to learn and know where to go.
My brother Everett was once a truck driver and I had a cousin who drove coast-to-coast. My Aunt Lillian, used to tell the story of how her son-in-law wanted precise directions for his travel:
“Thirty miles south on I-35, turn left onto State Highway thus-and-such, travel 50 miles east and turn onto County Road M.” Such are the directions truckers and most travelers desire. However, while he was home and traveling in rural North-central Kansas, my cousin, his wife, would issue directions such as:
“Drive until you see a rusty bucket turned upside down over a corner post and then turn right at the next corner. Go that direction until you see three brown cows and one black cow in the pasture on the left side of the road, and turn left there. Go that direction until you see a white house with yellow trim and a fence made out of old sucker rods. That's Mary's house; turn in there and don't worry about the dog, he has no teeth.”
Well the dog might be toothless, but his wife's directions put my cousin's teeth on edge.
While traveling in Oklahoma City, I concentrated on staying out of the path of every NASCAR driver wanna-be that seemed to be angry/insane/and blind; while Linda watched for street signs and block numbers. It was for me a winning injury and accident-free combination.
On Monday, having survived heavy traffic and heavier fog, I was back to the sanity of the Panhandle when a call went out for a fire truck to respond to a reported fire at a home in North Boise City. I haven't learned where everyone lives and have come to depend heavily on Cathy my office manager for directions. “What street is that? I asked.
“I don't know the street, but it's just north of where the three-legged dog used to chase cars,” she replied.
Ah, directions I understand. I know I'm home.
The word for the week is Geography.