SoCS – You Can’t Get There From Here

Yay! We are celebrating Linda’s 8 year anniversary of SoCS.  Congratulations, Linda! If you are curious what SoCS is all about, check out Linda’s post for all the details. Join the fun while you are there.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “way to go.” Use it as a phrase or use it in its literal sense. Enjoy!

Back in the day when I moved into a new town, it was my practice to take one day to simply explore. The first stop was usually to a gas station to buy a town map. Every gas station sold them at one point. This was pre-GPS and although almost everyone carried a Road Atlas in their car, a town map was a detailed snapshot of all the street names and areas of local interest.

The map was to be opened only in case of emergency. I would spend the day just driving around, trying to find my way around town, noting when I encountered the same places again and again. After a full day of driving every little street, I built up confidence in getting around town. If there was an accident or if a road was blocked, at least I would know if there was another way to go to get to my destination.

Our first GPS system was actually software than ran on a laptop. There was a sensor we put on the dashboard that picked up satellites. The software was made by a company in Maine and I think it was called “Street Atlas”.

In Orlando, sometimes. GPS systems would get confused because there were many streets with the same name. Streets would start in the north, stop and break, then pick up again further south.

I remember trying to find directions once on my Google Map app on my phone. I entered the destination and the app displayed a screen I had never seen before. It simply said ‘No routes detected”. That gave new meaning to the old adage ‘You can’t get there from here’.

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