Picture this, we’re driving along and I’m winking away in the passenger seat as I give direction. Five years ago that would have been using the street directory, now it is Google maps on my iPad.
[There’s only one young whippersnapper who reads this blog, and even she’s not so young that she wouldn’t remember a street directory. (Sarah, you know what a Gregory’s is, right?)]
(As another aside, who shares my appreciation of the double brackets? I’ve always liked the double bracket with a curved and a square one. But then I do like punctuation.)
Anyway, back to maps. Imagine we’re driving along, me with my street directory in my hands. For very sound navigational reasons, I turn the map so it is always facing the way we are travelling.
Let me use the map below for illustrative purposes.
Imagine you are driving along Midson Road from the top of the map to the bottom, just crossing the intersection with Carlingford Road. Found it at the top of the map? OK, you want to turn left into Boronia. But Boronia is on the right of the map! Turning the map the way you are going avoids further complications between left and right.
Printed material is so much more compliant in being turned upside down or sideways. Bloody technology thinks it is compensating for that and turns the map with north at the top again! I mean who cares which way north is? No one says take the north-by-north-west exit. You say turn left, or sharp left or slightly left. OK, so I can swivel the actual map on my iPad to face the way I want but then I risk losing the place and I’m stressed enough as it is in this high-stakes game of giving directions.
The map in Mr S’s high-tech car computer system won’t be swivelled. Touch the screen and you disappear to some other place. Then you get yelled at, “What did you do?” And, “Will you just stop touching it.” (OK, I do tend to put the hazard lights on when using the car’s touch screen but really, what stupidly non-ergonomic designer puts the hazard lights switch right where you rest your hand while thinking! And makes it look like the CD ejection button. But that’s another story.)
Yes, I’m left-right challenged.
I hear you ask, why not just use the GPS navigational system. Well, while Mr S’s car has one AND he has a portable one, my car doesn’t have one. But the real reason is I don’t like them. Sometimes they give you the wrong directions, and sometimes, no often, I know better. “She wants us to go down that road! Is she mad? No one uses that road in peak hour.” Then you spend the next five minutes being told to do a U-turn. Just shut up! Or she recalculates and you miss a crucial turn that you think you should have taken.
And I hate how you only get bits of the map. I like to know where we’re heading, how the journey fits altogether, when a certain road that I may know or a big intersection is coming up. Much prefer maps.
Left and right confusion doesn’t mean I don’t know where I want to go!
So, does any one else turn the map to face the way they are travelling? Or has that died with GPS? Or did you never do it in the first place?