A quick (and hopefully funny) story for all of you this lovely Thursday.
Last weekend I spent a few days in Oxford, OH visiting my boyfriend. I made the drive down one other time, about a month ago. Meaning I kinda knew where I was going, but not really. Sure I was set from Akron to Columbus…I was even OK getting toward Cincinnati, but beyond there I felt helpless. Normally I use the Google Maps app on my phone, but I decided to be like the cool kids and use WAZE because it will tell you when other report police activity and since I enjoy driving efficiently, this is a needed feature.
I turned on the directions when I first left Akron and set the phone aside to enjoy the lovely afternoon/evening weather. I listened to the voice cue me on when to turn, merge and exit. I took it with me in and out of the rest stops. Never really looking down because I knew about 75% of my trip. Then I approached the exit I did not know very well. I reached down for my phone….and it was off. Not just dying, but off. It wouldn’t respond to a charge at all! I forgot how much power WAZE uses! Ugg. Maps doesn’t suck battery nearly as much as WAZE and I had killed it. My phone has been acting like a piece of crap lately anyway.
What do you do when your phone is dead and you don’t know where you are or where you’re going?
I stopped at a gas station and trying not to laugh I asked if they had either a pay phone or WiFi. See I had my iPad and I could message someone or look up the directions myself. Modern girl right here. Some of the kids looked at me like I was crazy for asking about a payphone. We were in BFE so WiFi wasn’t an option either.
They directed me to the local library to use their internet. THANK YOU. Once I arrived though, guess what? The library is CLOSED on Friday. WHERE DOES A LIBRARY CLOSE ON FRIDAYS? WTF?!?!
In a panic I started driving back toward the highway and stopped at an Ace Hardware. The guy seemed to think I was stupid for having a phone that wouldn’t charge….but allowed me to give him a number to call. I called my Mom’s office because it is one of 3 numbers I still have memorized. She wasn’t answering! Luckily the nice guy printed my directions. BUT since I didn’t know the exact address, it was only to the main city.
I left there very thankful, but not out of the woods. I used the printout to keep travelling. Do you realize how weird it is to PAY ATTENTION instead of waiting for a voice to tell you when a road will appear? Felt like I was in high school again! Haha. I made it near the city and then hoped my phone would be charged with the over an hour drive. NOPE. No dice. I used my awesome detective skills to drive to stores/places I remember visiting last time and finally found where we were meeting.
I was over 45 minutes late and he was panicked I was answering my phone! OY OY OY! He did some type of reset and eventually it came back on, much to my amazement.
Point of the story? ALWAYS travel with your directions printed out, your exact addresses printed out, and several names and numbers of people you can call. Oh and spare change in case you do find that elusive pay phone.