Friday, May 8, 2009

Boston or Bust - Again?

Wish me luck! I'm going to need it. Today I am going to Boston (yet again) to meet up with a friend from college. Kristen and I met when I was a Junior and she was a Freshman and we have managed to keep in touch all these years. She lives about 2 hours away and we try to meet a couple times a year - sometimes in Boston. Today we are going to visit the brand new ICA Museum. Since we both like museums and history, Boston makes sense. Except for the fact that every time I go there I get completely turned around, hopelessly lost, and lots of colorful language is used. Remember the GPS debacle of a couple of weeks ago? Well, I do. So, I've got my printed Google Maps directions, and for good measure I have Map Quest as well. Oh, and the directions on the museum's website. And just in case, I have a train schedule. Who am I kidding? I grew up in a small town far from any metropolis. I don't even know how to READ a train schedule. Much less understand how to switch to the "Silverline Waterfront". Forget it! I'll just drive myself there and travel the myriad one way streets like a rat in a maze trying to find the cheese. Fine! But please tell me if you have any idea what I should do when the Map Quest directions say this (and I quote):

Blah, Blah, Blah (this is the stuff I understand)
13: Take the I-90 E exit on the LEFT toward LOGAN AIRPORT/SOUTH BOSTON.
14: Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
15: Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp.

WHAT?! I feel some colorful language bubbling to the surface even now. ARGHH! If I don't have a post up tomorrow call out the National Guard. Tell them to look for the brunette in the red Mini Cooper, swearing like a sailor with a crazed look in her eye!


Anita said...

First, have a wonderful visit to the museum and catching up with your friend. crack me up! I don't know why but I have my own personal anxiety in large cities, and I grew up in a suburb and was not fearful of driving in one 18, and there were not google maps then, just good ol' directions from a friend. What happened to me?
So you out there in a cute little Mini Cooper? I love this image.................enjoy, and I promise to call out the guard if you go amiss!

Shelley said...

I totally get it. I am from small town USA and there are just a few main roads. Easy peasy. Every two months I am required to go into the booming city of Jacksonville Florida and it freaks me out. I am so scared of getting lost and winding up witnessing something that I shouldn't...LOL....Plus, they are ALWAYS working on some road or other and the signs are all messed up and by the time I get home in the afternoon I feel like a total spaz. Good luck and enjoy the museum.

Bass Is Life said...

When my wife in I lived in South Jersey (read extended Philly suburb), we would venture in to Philly quite often for shows and museums and sometimes just to get a cheese steak. And though we always took the same route into the city, we NEVER came out the same way. Any trip into the city guaranteed 2 hours of searching for a way out.

Tammy Howard said...

Bwah! The hubs beat me to it! I was going to say I never have any trouble getting where I want to go in a city but can never seem to get out. I always tell him it's the city trying to hold on to me. "Noooooo! Don't go back to the suburbs, you don't belong there! Stay here! One of us. One of us. One of us..."

Alex the Girl said...

When I travel to New Orleans, getting there isn't a problem, but like Tammy, getting back is a whole nother story! Once I even made my way through the Desire Projects...not a place you want to get lost.

I love it when the map quest directions tell you to get on highway blah number, drive for 0.49 miles. Get on same highway, drive for 1.7 miles. For real?

Good luck driving to Boston, and have a wonderful time.

Terra said...

Oh I am so not good at drivng places I don't know, I get all panicky least you wont have a toddler in the backseat trying to distract you too!!!

Anonymous said...

Pam....I can't wait to hear about this adventure tomorrow morning when I see you. I have faith that with all of that information you probably got there with no trouble at all. At least you are prepared for you adventure.

I do give you credit at least you attempt to drive to Boston...I don't know that I would by myself...I don't even care to drive on the highway ANYWHERE is there is any traffic.

Hope that you had fun.


Ronnica said...

Must have been a bunch of forks dumped in the road!

Pam said...

OK Everyone - I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has this problem. As you can tell I made it back in one piece and I'll be posting soon about my latest Boston adventure. Stay tuned.

Gamma Sharon said...

You are to funny. That colorful language does poke its ugly head up in my car every once in a while! Lol

Pam said...

Sharon - Sometimes in the house as well. Oops!


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