Monday, June 20, 2011

Maddeningly Unhelpful Monday--U-Turns are Awesome

If you like to make u-turns, ask me for directions. Or if I am in charge of navigating, ask me a deep question....or a not deep question and you will be making u-turns in no time. Case in point. I met my dear friend, Julie, (for the first time) on this trip.

(Yes, I hung out with a lot of short, beautiful people on my trip. I almost put a pic with just Julie and I, but I thought after the last post, you might want to see how tall I am next to my husband.)

After forcing her to see lots of my church's history sights, we went out to dinner. I was in charge of navigation (which consisted of holding the iPhone and telling her when to turn). But then she started asking me questions and I got to see how good she was at turns out she's very good at them.

A few days later, I was in charge of navigation again. (I know, they didn't learn their lesson). This time we were driving on a toll road in upstate New York. I told my husband to get off at a certain exit (the wrong exit). When we got to the toll booth, we told the man, 'We took the wrong exit.' He pointed to his left and said, 'Just make a u-turn right here' (where it said 'no u-turn' by the way) 'And we'll give you a new ticket.'

Okay, sounded easy enough. So my husband made a u-turn and pulled into the ez-pass lane, but didn't realize it until we were next to the booth with a car behind us. He was forced to go through it and then pulled off onto the side. We proceeded to have a lengthy discussion about what would happen if we went on our way. We (my mother-in-law and I) decided that we'd probably get a ticket mailed to us. We didn't want that. So, we got back in the lane where the nice man had told us to make a u-turn and said, 'Uh....we went in the ez-pass lane.' He rolled his eyes (probably thinking, 'stupid tourists'), laughed, and said, 'Why'd you do that??' 'Because we're stupid,' my husband said. After taking our license plate saying he could clear up the ez-pass issue (but more likely so he could turn it into the 'watch these people because they're probably going to accidentally blow something up' police) he pointed to the left again and said, 'Make a u-turn and pull into this lane, THIS one.'

This time as we made a u-turn, a lady was hanging out the toll booth window and pointing (that is how little trust they had in us that we'd do it right). I wish I had gotten a picture of that. It was hilarious.

So yes, if you like to make u-turns, or need some practice making them, invite me on your next road trip.


  1. I should hang out with you more. I could use the laughs. ;-)

  2. It was wonderful to meet you and the Tall Man in real life!!! And I am so glad I make u-turns frequently on my own so I was in perfect condition for your u-turn-laden navigating. I do take some responsibility because my questions were indeed deep.

    And thanks to that guy who had to ask his kids the directions to the restaurant he goes to every week, we did make it to a mighty fine dinner! :)

  3. I love how your husband said 'because we're stupid.' Of course, we don't say that word around this house. No. It's bad. Very, very bad. I'm jealous you saw the NY church history sites. I used to live close to the Missouri sites...and the Utah sites in college...but haven't seen NY yet. I'm just waiting until I snag Michelle as an agent and take my tall husband to NY to meet her. Oh wait, for a second I thought I was you. Hmmm.

  4. Thank God for u-turns. They're life savers for directionally challenged people like me.

  5. LOL! Sounds like a great adventure. We're a days' drive from the NY sites and should really go see them before we move, come to think of it. :)

  6. Linda, yes, you should hang out with me more. I agree with this plan. :)

    Julie, it was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again soon.

    Jessie, shhh, don't tell my children we said 'stupid' they aren't allowed to say it either. :) Yes, it was lots of fun. You should definitely do a repeat of the events in your own life. As long as it's not your plan to take over my life (which it probably is) I will support you in this. :)

    Susan, directionally challenged sounds better than constantly lost, I'll start using that. :)

    Janet, you definitely should. They are really cool. I had never seen them before either.

  7. That must have been fun! A little extra u-turns never hurt anyone. ;)

  8. Ha! We don't say stupid at our house either. Well, my kids don't. I slip. A lot.
    And as far as U-turns go, I'm a horrible U-turner. I avoid them at all costs.
    It looks like you had a great time! :)

  9. My fondest memories of driving with you were when you wouldn't wear your glasses. I especially found it hilarious/terrifying when you asked me to read signs for you. lol!

  10. LOL, this sounds like me. I always miss my turns when I get distracted or am in the middle of a discussion. I also avoid doing U-turns as much as possible. This leads to the discovery of interesting scenic routes on my way to most destinations. :) See how positive I am?

  11. This is so fun! What a great idea. nice post