I have some friendships that have been hindered by geography and an innate inability to follow directions. For example, I once invited a friend (I’ll call her L.) to my house for an evening of dinner and festivities. I provided her with excellent directions. But some places are difficult to navigate and this was when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. When L. was an hour late, I knew she was lost. With some people, I might have assumed something else – rudeness, personal emergency, fashion crisis. But everyone knew that, for L., finding her way across the Bay Bridge to my home in the Oakland Hills was a challenge — the way climbing Everest might be for someone else. She was determined to do it though because she felt it was something she needed to master. But, when she was late, I was worried. Because there are some places you don’t want to get lost if you are a tiny, frightened redhead. (And East Oakland — where she might have wound up if she took a few wrong turns — is one of them.)
Finally, she called – hysterical -and I was able to give her turn by turn directions. Still that hour of horror is 60 minutes of her life she will never get back.
Today, those turn-by-turn directions are something she can keep in her purse. So she never has to go through anything like that again. (She is, in fact, much empowered now by a GPS to attain new, previously unattemptedÂ addresses.)
So, in honor of anyone who has ever gotten lost, today I am giving away three one-year subscriptions to TeleNav GPS Navigator. (A value of $120 per prize package.) Above is an image of how it looks on the iPhone.
This is a GPS, turn-by-turn direction service that runs on your cell phone so you don’t need to carry another gadget. If you get lost in the woods (or in your own town), just turn to your cell phone for directions home. (Check here to see if it will work with your mobile phone.)
How do you enter? Just tell a story – in the comments – of being lost. It doesn’t have to be you that got lost. Just so long as someone did. (Misery loves company, right? And I want to share with L. so she will know she’s not the only one.)
This contest is closed! We had three winners.