Do you stop and ask for directions?

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    Feb 22, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    If you are lost, whether on foot or driving, do you stop and ask for directions?

    How long after you realize that you are not on the right route do wait before asking for directions....if ever?

    If you never ask for directions, what do you do to get to your destination?
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    Feb 22, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
    I have no shame, I just ask someone.

    A friend of mine will turn around and drive ALL the way back home, then try and figure out how to get back to his destination.

    I love him but the hamster running in his head is inebriated.
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    Feb 22, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    Whenever I have to drive to unfamiliar areas, I check Google maps first and memorize all the major streets and freeway onramps near my destination. If I somehow get lost, I just pull out my old Thomas Guide. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 22, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    Yes. I usually ask at stores or whatnot. And I don't wait until I'm lost. Heh. I do it for confirmation.

    e.g. "Is that house Mr. and Mrs. This-and-That's residence?"

    Have never gotten a rude response or a shrug-off from it, so have never really thought much of it. icon_confused.gif And I've been asked a few times too and always respond as helpfully as I can.
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    Feb 22, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    Hell no. I have an iPhone.

    (um... that thing about the tourists following their tomtom off a ferry ramp is just an urban legend... right?)
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Feb 22, 2009 8:03 AM GMT
    In the years before Mapquest, Google maps, GPS and i-phones,
    I would use many l maps including Thomas Brothers in Los Angeles.
    When I got lost or wasn't sure I would usually pull into a gas station or 7 11 to ask.
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    Feb 22, 2009 8:16 AM GMT
    I have VZ(W) Navigator.

    It says "You are not near a known road." LMAO Yeah, right.

    http://www.vznavigator.com

    Before that MapQuest.

    Before that MAPSCo.

    Before that instructions.

    Before that Hank at the gas station.
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    Feb 22, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with admitting you are lost. My goal is to get to where I am going and if I can't do it by myself then I have no shame in asking a simple question like "Hey, how do I get to here from here?"

    If I can't figure it out within 10-20 minutes I'll ask. I'm not that stuck on myself with that much pride that I can't ask for help.

    Speaking of which I need some directions on how to get inot some of you guys pants. Can you help me out?

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    Feb 22, 2009 8:55 AM GMT
    I've a terrible sense of direction, so when I get lost I always ask someone, if walking it would be the first person I meet, when in the car I usually stop at a gas station or end up phoning a friend.

    The cool thing is, most people like to help out if they can.
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    Feb 22, 2009 9:20 AM GMT
    Old joke:

    Why did NASA hire female astronauts...?

    ...so if the spaceship gets lost, there'll be someone who will stop and ask for directions.


    The other day I was out in the stix. I knew I was heading in the right direction for civilization but came upon a T intersection. There was a gas station right there, so I figured I'd ask them which way to go to get to the highway. The attendant didn't have a clue. The patron at the register said he'd ask his girlfriend. We went back to his car and she didn't know, either.

    So I followed my intuition, turned right and drove for a mile, then turned left and drove for another... and got to the highway. How can it be that none of those bumpkins didn't have a clue how to get to the highway - 2 miles away? See if I ever stop and ask for directions again! (:
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    Feb 22, 2009 9:24 AM GMT
    i usually have nothing better to do so i wander till i find my way. Unless i'm in a hurry. Then i'll ask someone.
  • speedoguy53

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    Feb 22, 2009 12:19 PM GMT
    HA! Funny you should ask! I just stopped yesterday and asked for directions. I was traveling down US 41 in Charlotte/Punta Gorda area looking for the new Tampa Rays spring training facility. Thought I could get there on my own "radar"....which is usually pretty good. Had to pull in after awhile and found I had overshot my turn by about 1/2 an hour...was a little embarassing. icon_redface.gif
  • Delivis

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    Feb 22, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    If i absolutely have to sure.

    Usually i pull over, log onto the net with my laptop and look up satelite images of the area.
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    Feb 22, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    mindgarden said
    (um... that thing about the tourists following their tomtom off a ferry ramp is just an urban legend... right?)


    A couple years ago, we flew out to be with my dad on his 80th birthday, and after taking the wrong road, our Egyptian taxi driver ignored my request that he go back and take the next road, insisting that his GPS knew the correct route. Well, technically, the GPS did suggest the shortest route, but it meant waiting and paying for the Oxford-Bellevue ferry.
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    Feb 22, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    GPS
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    Feb 22, 2009 1:53 PM GMT
    I used to.... now I just don't give a crap anymore if I am lost.
    My GPS was stolen out of my car (at the airport of all places!) so I am S.O.L.

  • styrgan

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    dfrw saidGPS


    Ditto.
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    Feb 22, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    GPS if I'm driving...a map if I'm on foot. If I do get lost I just stare at the map with a sad look on my face until some good-looking guy asks me if I'm lost. Don't laugh, it works icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 22, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    trusty iPhone... But if a must ask a local pizza delivery place they always know
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 22, 2009 3:23 PM GMT
    If there's a problem and I realize I have insufficient resources, I'll stop and ask. Its happened before, usually when I'm in another Kansas community, a time deadline and clients I have to see. I'm usually quite irritated either with myself, the information given by an assistant or the feeling "the act isn't quite together". The reality is, all are trying... sometimes interpretation can be difficult.
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    Feb 22, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    Driving usually not. I google map things before I get in the car and write out my own directions, and once I have an idea where it is on the map, I'm usually pretty good bout getting there.

    On foot, yes. But I think that's cause the main part of my job is to give people directions to places on campus, and I just wanna see how good other people are at stuff like that.
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    Feb 22, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWhenever I have to drive to unfamiliar areas, I check Google maps first and memorize all the major streets and freeway onramps near my destination. If I somehow get lost, I just pull out my old Thomas Guide. icon_lol.gif

    Maps are my mainstay, too, especially since I used to teach map reading in the Army and in college ROTC. It puzzles me that some people are challenged by maps, whereas I can read them as easily as a newspaper. I also use GPS, even on my bicycle on longer rides. LOL!

    And I will stop and ask for directions if all else fails, just like people ask of me, and quiet often, in fact. Car drivers find me more approachable in traffic when I'm on my Vespa, with no tinted window between us. At traffic light stops I get calls for directions all the time from car drivers, not surprising with all the tourists in South Florida.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Feb 22, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Oh hell yeah. I'm terrible with directions. I don't drive, but when I'm walking downtown or somewhere new I never know which way is north-south-east or west. HOW DO YOU KNOW WITHOUT HAVING A COMPASS??! It drives me nuts. I always ask for directions lol.
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    Feb 22, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    very very rarely. i've always had a really good sense of magnetic direction and distance and i'm really good at reading maps. and now that we've got google * on our phones it's virtually a moot point.

    there have been the occasional times that i've stopped and inquired however.
  • tbeaux

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    Feb 22, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    Usually if it is a new place I will always ask someone if I'm lost, but usually I end up getting lost because of me. I recently did it with a guy I was dating, we were down at my University and we were walking to the downtown area, and I knew this place like the back of my hand until I 20 minutes later of walking and wondering where the hell the downtown is, we went too far, it was so embarrassing.