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littlenewsie
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Icon 1 posted May 22, 2007 15:19      Profile for littlenewsie     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At my high school, they have an orienteering topic in gym class that seniors are required to complete. Basically this means that everyone is given a compass and told to create a course for another group to follow.

Well, given my track record with directions in general (I'm the person who passed a sign that read "Last Exit in Pennsylvania" and kept going because I didn't believe it. I ended up in New Jersey.) this wasn't going to be fun.

Sure enough, my group put me in charge of the compass. At one point, we had to take 47 steps 61 degrees northeast. Well... there was a wall about 3 steps in front of us. We just took a 180 degree turn and walked 47 steps in that direction.

We ended up in the middle of nowhere. When it came time to turn our slip of paper in, we wrote down a random spot that corresponding with our complete wrong journey (which included several more running into walls) and it turns out our guess was right. It was bizarre.

Maybe I'm not as a navigationally inept as I think?

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Icon 1 posted May 23, 2007 12:19      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Time to save your gym grades by using your knowledge of American Literature. In Travels With Charlie, John Steinbeck extols the joys of travel without maps - claiming you find the "real" country by bumping around in the less charted places.

So tell the gym teacher that you've opted for following the Lit teacher's advice by preferring to read books, not maps... [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted May 23, 2007 21:16      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My boyfriend also has some serious problems with navigation, coupled with a complete inability to read road signs. I'd chalk it up to language except 1) his English is fluent and 2) he has this problem in his home country as well. The scary part is, he's a hard-core caver.

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Icon 1 posted May 23, 2007 23:44      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I like my inability to navigate - it means I explore interesting places [Smile] Seriously, it seems to help because when I need to be somewhere, something else takes over and I get the fastest route sorted automagically in my brain.

Aside from that, I now rely on kit for the road and kit for the field [Big Grin]

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