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2nd Brain Problem

No, I don't have two brains, unfortunately. That would be great, like a 2nd hard drive for storage.

No, the other problem is being navigationally challenged. I get lost very easily, and this is compounded by partial night blindness. Things look alien and unfamiliar at night, so I take wrong roads or just get disoriented. The other night, firemen and rescue people decided to block off an intersection suddenly, that I'd driven through just a few hours earlier.

There had been a tragic accident there a day before, and now they were apparently doing more investigation. Why they were doing this at night is beyond me. There didn't appear to be any road repair going on.

So they wanted everyone to detour around the spot instead of through it, but the detour had almost no markings (and no extra lights), and went through a broken-down parking lot and out to a tiny road. I lost track of it, and of where I was. Ended up in a circle and had to go back to the firemen again. They had to tell me what road I was on. I don't like getting lost.

posted on Dec 6, 2016 12:43 PM ()


Not all females for sure:
I had a girlfriend in the 80s from Iowa. She came to NY had no problem figuring out which way we needed to go after only driving around for a short time. And this is before google Earth and GPS. Of course she had driven bus in Iowa and was current a dispatcher for paratransit so maybe that help to wire her brain for this sort of thing.
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 8, 2016 7:21 AM ()
night driving is not for me nowadays , specially since I lost sight in right eye,,,,better safe than sorry
comment by kevinshere on Dec 8, 2016 3:13 AM ()
I have a pretty good directional sense but have pretty much quit driving
at night. Ted has absolutely none and I have to navigate for him. we did have a compass in the car for him and it was very helpful.
comment by elderjane on Dec 7, 2016 5:28 AM ()
I have a compass now, but all I can do is see which way each of my windows faces.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2016 6:25 PM ()
I road to community collage with a classmate when I took my first evening class. Had to take back roads over a reservoir. We always got to class on time but it took 5 weeks for her to figure out how to get home without any mistakes. Oh, ah, only two days per week, so 10 tries.
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 6, 2016 4:18 PM ()
Being navigationally challenged may be a trait that is shared by females. In my family we suspect this, anyway.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2016 6:20 PM ()
I hate to ask a silly question--why are you out and driving later than the start of sunset?? I live in a community of 200 senior citizens--most have night blindness and you will not see them behind the wheel of a car after 4 PM!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 6, 2016 3:40 PM ()
Usually when I get lost, it's bright daylight. My night blindness isn't very pronounced (yet).
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2016 6:16 PM ()
One year in New York, I took my ailing husband for a week in the Hamptons (Long Island). I was unfamiliar with car improvements, had to stop and ask someone how to turn on the lights when it got dark. After getting to the cabin, took us to dinner in town. Drove up and down the main road of the town looking for landmarks that were no longer visible, but finally guessed right and got us back to the cabin. Whew.
comment by tealstar on Dec 6, 2016 2:29 PM ()
Car dashboard arrangements used to be completely illogical. I think they've gotten better. But road signage isn't intuitive, for me.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2016 6:24 PM ()
I can imagine that feeling. Yesterday in Walmart... What I like about life is the few moments between reading somebody's blog title and the page loading so I can see the whole thing: I make up a story to match what I think the title is about, and then see if it's what I expected.
comment by troutbend on Dec 6, 2016 1:01 PM ()
Now we all have to think up crazy titles for our posts.
reply by drmaus on Dec 7, 2016 6:26 PM ()
You are funny and quaint and wonderful.
reply by tealstar on Dec 6, 2016 2:27 PM ()

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