Question of the day

mapCan you read a map?

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13 Responses to Question of the day

  1. SanityFound says:

    Don’t tell a soul but yes, very well, just don’t ask me to give you directions without one… Ask anyone who knows me, it will take you an hour to get somewhere when it would normally take you 5 minutes… no jokes hmph

  2. SKL says:

    Well, it’s not second nature, but yes. Only thing is that when I’m driving a rental car in some new place, the highway onramps and offramps can throw me because frankly, whoever engineers the highways in some places is an idiot. I mean, first of all every highway has at least three names. I-XX is the same as state hwy YYY which is called Joe Plumber Thruway in these parts. So your map says you need to get on XX but the sign only says YYY, and by the time you figure out by searching at the corners of the map that XX = YYY, you’ve reached a sign that says only “Joe Plumber Thruway” which isn’t on the map at all. So you miss your exit. That’s assuming the exit has a sign at all, and isn’t blocked for construction. I know it isn’t just me, because I’ve had the pleasure of listening to many cuss words as “manly” drivers have gotten even more lost.

  3. Joy says:

    Kind of. I can read one on a road trip but if I were in a big city, I can’t keep looking up and down. I get car sick if I do that but if I have time and can really “look,” then I can.

  4. Laura (LS) says:

    My parents started me reading maps on car trips when I was about five, so now it’s second nature to me. I even prefer paper maps to the GPS that my brother swears by! And I get very impatient with programs like Mapquest and Google Maps, because they often give different routes than teh best on that you can find just by looking at the map itself.

    I’ve now started teaching Hot Rod to read maps, too. I want him to never be lost, unless he intends it.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Yes! And proudly so! I’m not anti-GPS per se but whenever someone tells me I should get one I tell them I have an atlas in my car. I think it’s a dying art though…I was amazed during a lunch room conversation one day how many coworkers rely on their GPS FOR EVERYTHING. And how many of them don’t even keep a map or atlas of any kind in their car in case they have a problem with their GPS.

    Now, I’m the first to admit that I’ve gotten lost many times in my life, but I’m not afraid to get lost, and have quickly learned to simply reply on direction (N, S, E, W) to help me get back where I need to and that most cities follow a similar layout (i.e. you can find many hotels near the airport, etc)

    I guess I’m also fearful that I would find it too distracting….

  6. Just a Mom says:

    Yes I can read a map. With that being said I much prefer driving by landmarks. You know, turn left at the corner with the pink flamingo in the yard.
    I can not give directions to save my life.

  7. kwoneshe2 says:

    I can read a map. But still get lost. Don’t ask. I have NO idea.

  8. Elena says:

    I love maps. Doesn’t mean I can find where I’m going, but I like to look at a map of somewhere I’ve never been and look at where the mountains are, rivers, major roads, majority of population, etc. and see how it all fits together. I LOVE the big atlases where they have all the different kinds of maps showing products, weather, topography, etc.

    When I was a kid, about 10, I used to make up maps of alien planets because I loved to be able to decide where all the natural features went and what they were called and where the towns were, and which towns traded or were at war with which towns, etc. I guess I’m a map geek! (Don’t tell anybody!)

  9. Joy says:

    LOL Sanity and Elena, NO, I won’t tell a single soul!!

  10. Sue says:

    I suppose I can read a map if all you mean is that you can find your way by one! I just used the atlas in my car this past summer, but it’s really hard to drive and read at the same time!!!

  11. Amber says:

    OK, can’t most people? Isn’t this taught in school? If you can’t read a map… you are in trouble in life!

  12. G-Ma says:

    Yes, I can read a map–and even tell you how the legend works. I just can’t fold the darn thing back up after I read it. lol Amber is right–they do teach it in school–or at least they did way back when….

    The thing that shocks me is that they also teach people how to read a ruler in school–but, I can tell you as an HR Manager who has worked with many job applicants–you might be shocked at the number of people who cannot read a ruler!

  13. I absolutely can; we use atlases and maps all of the time when we take our family trips, and it is a lot of fun!!!!

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