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sense of direction
I have an odd sense of direction.  I have no internal compass whatsoever; if you tell me the door is on the north side of the building, that's a null set to me.  I do, however, have an excellent sense of relative direction.  If I know where I am, and I know where the place is that I want to get to, I can get there.  I might not use the most direct route, but I'll get there.

These last several days, I've had a bitch of time getting from Dix back to my hotel in Mt Laurel because I don't know where Mt Laurel is, relative to Fort Dix.  So I've been using a more reliable but longer path using the turnpike, and every time I mention that I'm having issues using surface roads, I get these indulgent smiles from people who've been here longer, and they piss me right the hell off.

It doesn't help that the state road system in New Jersey looks like a plate of spaghetti.  The signs are rare, small, yellow on blue, and never ever tell you what direction you're traveling.  For someone like me, who doesn't instinctively know which way is north, that's a problem.  I had a good route, but I kept losing it, because it was poorly marked.  Telling me "But it's easy!" only made it worse, because I rarely get lost.

Last night, though, I realized that I've started to develop a sense of where Mt Laurel is, and so I tried again, and this time, it worked.  There were a couple of spots where I had to turn around, but overall, it was easy.  I also found a Shop-Rite and a Whole Foods right near the hotel, so that's all good.  I'm not staying at the hotel for my entire tour here, but it's good to know in the meantime.  Hell, even when I move to McGuire, I'd be willing to ride out there to go to Whole Foods for produce and such.  I just like knowing these things.  The trip back today wasn't bad, either; I haven't clocked it yet, but it does seem shorter.

I feel better about the whole thing, anyway.  It really bugged me that I was having such a hard time, but between exhaustion and being rushed and general pissed-offedness about the whole move, I haven't had a chance to practice and explore.  But I'm getting a handle on it.  Who knows, I might actually get comfortable with the whole thing one day... just in time to move.

i feel: tired tired

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