‘Rents in the hizzie!


Sometimes, MapQuest is not your friend. A couple of years ago, Laura and I wound up on the wrong side of Ravenna (?) looking for a street that didn’t exist (in that location) thanks to MapQuest. We eventually found our way to the proper area, but only after much driving around and unpleasant muttering.

MapQuest steered my parents toward Columbus yesterday, and though they realized the error quite quickly it threw them for quite the loop. I understand there was some unpleasant muttering before they stopped and called me to lead them the rest of the way to Casa Johnson. Fortunately, they’d managed to get pretty close and I knew right where they were.

So they didn’t have to spend the night in a Denny’s parking lot.

Mom’s birthday is today. She’s old enough to be my mother, and I’ll leave it at that. On Sunday, she’ll be seeing Neil Diamond in concert for the first time. Dad is going, too, though I understand that he’s been telling people that mom will “buy him a ticket when [they] get there.” Not so. Both tickets have been sitting in an envelope on Laura’s desk for a month or so.

Though both my mother and my mother-in-law (who has seen Mr. Diamond in concert multiple times) are fans, I don’t think the latter has ever played her Diamond CDs at a volume severe enough to shift tectonic plates. In 1993, “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show” was responsible for southern Ontario and northern Upper Michigan drifting apart by no less than 3 inches (7.62 cm). 1As of this writing, the 1986 earthquake that rocked northeast Ohio has not been officially attributed to “America,” a Neil Diamond song of which my mother-in-law is particularly fond. … Continue reading

Last night, we watched Meet the Fockers, which proved to be quite entertaining and apparently skated in beneath dad’s Bullshit Threshhold (apart from the ending, which he thought was somewhat stupid). I was quite amused at the idea of a yappy little dog being flushed down a chemical toilet. PETA and the SPCA might feel otherwise.

In other news, work is work today. I hope this doesn’t signal the start of an unpleasant trend.

1 As of this writing, the 1986 earthquake that rocked northeast Ohio has not been officially attributed to “America,” a Neil Diamond song of which my mother-in-law is particularly fond. Nonetheless, there are unconfirmed rumors that the epicenter of the quake coincided with the location of the Sperry residence.



5 responses to “‘Rents in the hizzie!”

  1. KJwon Avatar

    I, too, have been burned by MapQuest. I have found Yahoo Maps to be more accurate. I haven’t had enuff experience with Google Maps yet to form an opinion on its accuracy. Something’s gotta work, ‘cuz we sho’ ‘nuf can’t have any of that ‘stop and ask directions’ crap!

    Take care of the birthday girl.

    I HATE when work is…WORK! Give ’em an inch, and they take a mile.

  2. KJToo Avatar

    Google Maps, accurate or not, is ten times cooler than any other online mapping I’ve seen. Does it get you where you need to be? That remains to be seen.

    I’ll keep the birthday girl fed and watered, at the very least.

  3. Thagg Avatar


    I printed the directions up last night, and have used the Mapquest directions to your casa myself without ending up elsewhere. It seems I should’ve perused them more thoroughly. Embarassed, I am. Apologize, I must.

    Mapquest has been my favorite so far, but it can lead one astray. When we lived in Michigan and needed to use Telegraph (MI-24) from the I-94 interchange enroute, it would always send you South.

    I have used Mapblast with some success, as the Mapquest interface has been getting very slooow on dial-up. Google Maps sounds interesting and worth a try.

    I’m sorry, but meet the Fokkers was prety lame. The blue dog was a riot, but unless you really like Ben Stiller (neither I, or My Favorite Canadian make such claims), I recommend avoidance. Babs was what I expected her to be, but Dustin Hoffman was below expectations. Far below.

    I get to go home, Toodles

  4. KJToo Avatar

    If you don’t like the performance of Mapblast over dialup, you might want to avoid Google Maps. It is, in my experience, the most graphics-intensive of the online mapping sites.

    I do like Ben Stiller, and I laughed out loud during his sodium-pentathol–induced speech. Mom and dad seemed to like the movie as a whole, too.

  5. Thagg Avatar

    For some reason, Mapquest’s interface is just slow. The modem experiences long pauses waiting for information. Dunno if it is the site or my ISP.

    IIRC, I used Mapblast to get the ‘rents directions because I didn’t want to wait for the Mapquest interface. Hmmm… The soup thickens.

    As to Meet the Fockers, perhaps it was the underlying crap that irritated me. It seemed to infer that the outlandish hippie free-love lifestyle espoused by the Fockers was somehow superior to the polar opposite Di Niro. After all, who changed?

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