If You Would Just Go Where I Tell You to Go, We Wouldn’t Have These Problems. We’d Still Have Problems. Just Different Ones.
Posted by whatimeant2say
If I ever divorce Cap’n Firepants, I will cite the reason as being “irreconcilable differences induced by Yahoo.” Just because, ten years ago, we spent an hour trying to find a hotel to which I had printed Yahoo directions and I finally realized that the top of the directions stated, “We could not find the address you searched, so we have given you driving directions to the center of the town,” my husband has completely lost all faith in my navigation ability. Technically, I guess he should have faulted my reading ability, but he likes to misplace blame.
He never had faith in my driving ability. But I can’t really blame that on Yahoo. The man has trust issues, and I guess I didn’t really help matters when I backed into his parked truck one day.
So, you can probably picture the dilemma we face when we travel somewhere unfamiliar. Cap’n Firepants drives, and I sit in the passenger seat telling him where to go. And he ignores me.
That’s why I like flying.
This should have all changed when I downloaded my new nifty smartphone app that actually speaks to you and tells you exactly where to go.
But, Cap’n Firepants refuses to take it seriously, perhaps because it is a woman’s voice, or maybe because she periodically mispronounces street names (Alamo is said, “A Lamb, Oh!), but the most likely reason is because I am the one holding the phone.
He constantly questions the woman – “Why is she saying to go down that street? I’m pretty sure it’s the next one.”
And when I tell him that I’m pretty sure she knows what she is talking about because she is crowdsourced by millions of people, he scoffs and goes whatever way his superior intuition, crowdsourced by every male with which he has had contact in his life, directs him.
This happened, several times, while we were on vacation in Tennessee. But the most memorable example from that trip was when we were on our way to Chuckles Entertainment Center.
“It says to turn right on Chuckles Parkway,” I said.
“But I see it right there,” he responded.
“Yes, but if we turn right now, we are not turning on Chuckles Parkway.”
“So we’ll get there faster.”
“Don’t you think she would tell us if there was a faster way to get there?”
So, we turned right. Into the Lowe’s parking lot. And drove all the way to the back of the lot where we could clearly see Chuckles Entertainment Center.
If we had packed our parachutes, we definitely could have gotten there faster.
“This is going on my blog, you know,” I said. To his credit, he did not push me over the cliff.
Now that I think about it, Yahoo’s probably not the only reason for our irreconcilable differences.