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  • Better question - Why is it so difficult for men to ask for or follow them?
  • I told her way up yonder past the caution light
    There's a little country store with an old Coke sign
    You gotta stop in and ask Miss Bell for some of her sweet tea
    Then a left will take you to the interstate
    But a right will bring you right back here to me
  • I once, st the age of seven, have directions to a grown man to chuck e cheese. I never been, and he got lost following the van full of my fellow girl scouts.

    No left and right from me. Cardinal directions.
  • Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."
  • Despite what the Android partisans will tell you, Apple Maps gives perfectly fine directions.
  • I give directions almost entirely by landmark. I freely admit that they are terrible unless you are navigationallyl challenged in a similar way.
  • Psychologists attempt to answer the question: Why do people from both primary parties resist the obvious 9/11 truth?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEGgAk 1AbA4

    /FFTM
  • Kraftwerk Orange: Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."


    THIIIIIS, it makes me foam at the mouth. Can't you tell left from right? How can you not know which way is north?
  • I observed a lady in a convenience store asking the clerk for directions, who honestly, seemed equally lost.

    I drive to various sites over an approximately 100 square mile area in a large suburban city, and I did field work in the entire metro area for many years before that. There are some freeways over on the west side that I can't give info on, but those were built after I stopped serving that area and are the better part of fifty miles from where I live and work.

    Ask people who drive around for a living. Those people will probably give you the best directions, since they've actually been there, and are there all of the time.
  • The problem is that I know how to get there without thinking. And I can also adapt to screwing up the path I was planning to take.

    It's also why grandma's recipe cards never seem to come out right. They're more like a checklist than a complete recipe, or there's something like a five minute rest where the dough or batter hydrates where grandma went and washed a bowl.

    So, when I do have to give directions I ditch the little wiggles I normally make and try to think of the most direct route. My own route might contain a few twists and turns that bypass construction traffic but I'll try to get you there without having to be familiar with the construction. That familiarity is my key out of clusterfark gridlock at rush hour, I know how to bypass the worst of things. Protip: One major surface street over from the disaster zone isn't going to be much better.
  • I KICK ASS at explaining things. All subjects. All ages. The secret is to pretend you are a complete n00b. With younger people, assume ZERO implied knowledge, even things like gravity and friction.

    FTA: This same quirk is why teaching is so difficult to do well. Once you are familiar with a topic it is very hard to understand what someone who isn't familiar with it needs to know.

    Why is this so difficult??? It's simply about empathy. Have we become a world of Asperger sufferers?

    And I agree. "Smart" people are the worst. One of my best mates, an IT expert who has done plenty of hours in help desk / training roles, was trying to explain predictive text to me when it first came out.

    I was just about to punch him in the neck, when another friend overheard us and she explained it to me perfectly in about 15 words. IT expert was suitably embarrassed; at least I'll give him that.

    Too many people in business are given training roles who couldn't even train a goldfish to know when it's feeding time. Many necks need to be punched.
  • Catlike Typist: Kraftwerk Orange: Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."

    THIIIIIS, it makes me foam at the mouth. Can't you tell left from right? How can you not know which way is north?


    At night I have trouble with cardinal directions frequently, but then again, it's not often that I drive somewhere at night that I don't already know how to get to.
  • balisane: I give directions almost entirely by landmark. I freely admit that they are terrible unless you are navigationallyl challenged in a similar way.


    My dad does this.

    "Where do I turn off?"
    "Go down the highway until off on your left you'll see that bluff where we went arrowhead hunting when you were twelve and your sister found that bead in an anthill. After that, look for a leaning juniper and take the first road to the right."
    "Is there a FS road number?"
    "Yeah, but I don't remember what it is right now."
    "Um, what mile markers is it between?"
    "I don't know. Don't you remember that bluff?"
    "Yeah, vaguely, but that was 20 years ago. And I wasn't driving."
    "I'll put a paper plate with our name on it on a fencepost by the side of the road."
    "I guess that will work."
  • TWX: At night I have trouble with cardinal directions frequently, but then again, it's not often that I drive somewhere at night that I don't already know how to get to.


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    NOBODY expects to drive somewhere at night where they don't already know how to get to!
  • Catlike Typist: Kraftwerk Orange: Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."

    THIIIIIS, it makes me foam at the mouth. Can't you tell left from right? How can you not know which way is north?


    I get pretty irritated with that as well. Trying to give directions to someone and then they're like "How do I know which direction west is?" Dammit, you've lived in this area since birth and you couldn't even at least manage to remember that one mountain is north and the other mountain is southeast?
  • I didn't even know about cardinal directions until this thread. Thanks, Fark. I learned something.

    /now back to killing my brain with vodak
  • Big Ramifications: I KICK ASS at explaining things. All subjects. All ages. The secret is to pretend you are a complete n00b. With younger people, assume ZERO implied knowledge, even things like gravity and friction.

    FTA: This same quirk is why teaching is so difficult to do well. Once you are familiar with a topic it is very hard to understand what someone who isn't familiar with it needs to know.

    Why is this so difficult??? It's simply about empathy. Have we become a world of Asperger sufferers?

    And I agree. "Smart" people are the worst. One of my best mates, an IT expert who has done plenty of hours in help desk / training roles, was trying to explain predictive text to me when it first came out.


    Most people have a hard time understanding that the other party in the conversation does not necessarily possess all of the supporting information. The person on the mentor side assumes that the person on the protege side knows more than they actually do, and since showing weakness can cause problems, frequently the protege side doesn't stop the mentor side and ask for clarification.

    Several months ago at work I was requested to make a write-up on what "E-rate" is, which is a federal project that we're participating in. The easiest way to explain it was to go back to when it was passed in 1997, what it's actual name was at passing, who administers it, the purpose of it, and how the funding works. It's easy to say that E-rate puts in more network connectivity, but that doesn't really help someone not in my line of work understand why. Explaining that it's part of the Universal Service fund, a law passed to enable the federal government, through the FCC, to identify and correct telecommunications infrastructure deficiencies in schools, hospitals, clinics, and libraries throughout the country, and to pay the lions' share of the bill to upgrade the telecommunications in those facilities in the form of phones, ethernet cabling, and wireless networking, is not hard to do, but requires one to go back to basics to explain it. It doesn't even require the use of analogies or comparisons to convey if one takes a moment to consider before explaining.
  • I Drive. If You are incapable of giving Correct, Truck route directions with specific details including Street names, Compass points, and state and federal route numbers, YOU ARE USELESS to me.
    That's why I now use an expensive computer w helpful pictures coordinated w lat,lon, and GPS to write my own dir. Just give me a correct address.
    Sheesh!
  • "Ya just go down the road 'bout three sees and turn left at the corner of the pasture where old Joe used to keep his bulls. Course old Joe died 'bout 10 yars ago, and the fences are gone and the path's all growed up now. Ya cain't miss it."
  • FunkOut: Catlike Typist: Kraftwerk Orange: Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."

    THIIIIIS, it makes me foam at the mouth. Can't you tell left from right? How can you not know which way is north?

    I get pretty irritated with that as well. Trying to give directions to someone and then they're like "How do I know which direction west is?" Dammit, you've lived in this area since birth and you couldn't even at least manage to remember that one mountain is north and the other mountain is southeast?


    nice pocket protectors you got there. keep pretending you are not the minority of how people are, and let it bother you. scouts, hikers, hunters and people with little ball compass' on their dashboard know the direction. most people do not, and you know that. a heck of a lot of people have never seen a compass much less don't know how to use one or know how to find what direction they are facing.
  • Why can't women give directions without using landmarks? My mother is the worst at it. "Go to (building A) then turn left to (building B) then right til (building C)..... wtf you biatch just give me the goddamn address.
  • Monongahela Misfit: I Drive. If You are incapable of giving Correct, Truck route directions with specific details including Street names, Compass points, and state and federal route numbers, YOU ARE USELESS to me.
    That's why I now use an expensive computer w helpful pictures coordinated w lat,lon, and GPS to write my own dir. Just give me a correct address.
    Sheesh!


    I have seen many eyes glaze over when I tell them to go north/south/east/or west on a street.
  • KrispyKritter: FunkOut: Catlike Typist: Kraftwerk Orange: Most people don't understand cardinal directions. I'll sometimes tell someone to go south on a certain road, and they'll ask "Is that left or right..."

    THIIIIIS, it makes me foam at the mouth. Can't you tell left from right? How can you not know which way is north?

    I get pretty irritated with that as well. Trying to give directions to someone and then they're like "How do I know which direction west is?" Dammit, you've lived in this area since birth and you couldn't even at least manage to remember that one mountain is north and the other mountain is southeast?

    nice pocket protectors you got there. keep pretending you are not the minority of how people are, and let it bother you. scouts, hikers, hunters and people with little ball compass' on their dashboard know the direction. most people do not, and you know that. a heck of a lot of people have never seen a compass much less don't know how to use one or know how to find what direction they are facing.


    Hi there, you're the guy who said nice things to me in a couple of other threads. I remember you.

    But no, I would assume most people who live in my area would remember where things are in regards to the directions. Mostly because if you head south for about an hour you will be in America and if you head north you will hit the river. The valley is only so big.
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    Everyone who ever came out of this state, my dad, my aunt and uncle, my grandparents, and all of their friends, can't give directions for shiat.
  • Trocadero: [quickfacts.census.gov image 850x265]
    Everyone who ever came out of this state, my dad, my aunt and uncle, my grandparents, and all of their friends, can't give directions for shiat.


    Good god. Are those counties?
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