Saturday, January 8, 2011


This week overwhelmed me.  I learned that I am still a stranger in a forgein land.  We had our first indoor practice.  It was in a land far, far away.  I think I had to drive through six different towns to get there.  I certainly didn't speak the language, nor did I have a passport, map and all my shots.

I didn't get too lost, but google did lie.  It was not where google said it was.  Now, I hear the sighs of well you could have checked the facility website.  I did, and they used googlemaps to give you directions.  I followed their directions.  Only to be hopelessly lost. 

Foresight caused me to put the phone number of the facility into my address book.  Like this ever happens.  Had I not been able to get directions, I was going to go and ask at the 7-11.  This is relevant, but more on that later.

I did get someone to answer the phone.  I thought, whoo hoo, problem solved.  The issue is that in spite of living in California for most of my formative years my Spanish sucks.  I have no clue how to say "I am at the corner of Barrington and Hassel and I have no idea where you are", in Spanish.  That would have been useful to have learned in Spanish class, but they were all hung up on teaching me how to conjugate verbs and grammar.  Like that was useful.  I can give the 5 forms of estar, but can I ask how to get to where I need to be? Nope.

So, I was transferred to someone who could help me.  I got her voicemail.  I call back.  If this doesn't work, I am going to the 7-11 and see if I get any better directions there.  At least in person we can gesture and draw maps.  I did get someone who could help, she was surprisingly helpful actually.

She says to me, "Oh, yeah, the directions on googlemaps are wrong."

Big surprise.  I offer that the directions on googlemaps also happen to be the directions on their website.  She informs me that they are aware of that, but don't have anyone to update it at the moment.  You know the economy is bad, blah, blah, blah.  I thought, good business practices usually dictate that it is a good idea to be able to have people find you, but no matter.

She then gives me directions, and concludes with, "really we are just right behind the 7-11.  So, if you turn into the parking lot at the 7-11 you will see us.  Just drive through their lot and come on in."

Guess I would have found it.  I will never know if I would have walked into the 7-11 and asked them for directions for the place that is right behind them.  It is possible, but we will never know.

The games are played near the Circut Court, I have been there before...we won't get lost going to the game.

1 comment:

  1. "She informs me that they are aware of that, but don't have anyone to update it at the moment."

    I hate that. No one can bite the bullet, figure out what was used to build the site and go in and do a bit of an update? No one has a kid who'll do it for ten bucks? There's no excuse for that except bad business practices and laziness.

    The 7-11 people are probably used to it. Maybe if you'd gone it that would have been the straw that broke the camel's back and *they* would have volunteered to update the facility's website.