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December 7, 2012

Lost!

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Recently, traffic was backed up because of an accident which stretched from one town to the next. Since I missed the line for the patience gene, the decision was made to take a detour and arrive home in a timely manner. No teeth-grinding wait until the bodies and sundry other things were cleared away for yours truly. Nope.

With the built in GPS turned on, an alternate route was taken even though the road was dark and unfamiliar. “The GPS will get me home,” she thought with just a twinge of worry.

Unfortunately, street lights do not line country roads and all too many roads on the GPS map are dead ends. The trick is to drive, search the map for any familiar county roads and not run off into a ditch. The most important rule is to stick to paved roads because you have a better chance of coming across a familiar road or area.

About 45 minutes into my “short cut” I called Hubby. “I’m lost, but I don’t worry. I was almost home and the farm road is torn up and blocked. I took another road, heading east. Hope I don’t end up in Louisiana. See you later.” As it turned out, it was much later.

This incident was a teaching moment: “Never stray from the known path no matter how big, bad and snarled the traffic ahead of you may be. Stay put, even if you have to sit and wait for an extended period of time, which will always be shorter than getting lost in the hinterlands.”

Good advice. Too bad this epiphany came after two hours and heaven only knows how many gallons of wasted gas.

Elizabeth is an author and freelance writer. Visit her website, www.elizabethcowan.com. Check out her new novel, “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon.

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