frustration with maps
Sunday, November 11, 2012
i spent most of friday and saturday driving to and from Philadelphia. The plan was to attend the funeral of my friend's father. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Philly and then drove to the church in Camden, NJ (which was only 2 iles away). Now, I have never been good with directions, so i had directions that I obtained from mapquest AND I had a GPS. Both led me to the same place--a lot full of trees and brush and nothing else. I drove around thinking I made a mistake. Arrived at the same place. I called 411 to see if maybe I had the wrong address (my friend had texted AND emailed the info to me)--nope, same address. I called my friend, no answer (as I found out later, she had left her phone in the car). So I drove to the cemetary. The burial was to take place at 11am. I placed myself where I could see the comings and goings of each entrance. Unfortuantely,the one building that I saw that may have been the office was closed (the doors felt as if they had not been opened in years), so there was no one to ask for info. I waited an hour and saw no one. Even if the service were running late, they should have been there after an hour, right?
I left another message for my froend--again,no answer, and I went home. When i talked to her later that night (after the long drive back to upstate NY), she re-iterated that the church was on penn st. So i looked on Mapuest again, and it gave me the same directions. Then i decided to look up the church itself. Although the church is listed as being on penn st, where it ended up on the map WAS NO WHERE NEAR PENN ST. according to it's location on the map, it was on cooper st. Looking closely at the map, it appears that the church was way on the OPPOSITE SIDE of the huge lot that the GPS led me to. I was never going to find it with that discrepancy. Either the map needs to be corrected, or that church needs to change their address so other people, besides their congregation, can find it. What a frustrating 2 days. I was actually in tears b/c I felt so stupid--how could a person get lost using a map AND GPS. Oh well, it's a new day. I have to call her again today and find out what time they arrived at the cemetary.