“Am I in Louisville?” That was the surprising question I was asked tonight by some random guy driving by in a pickup truck while I was out walking my dog. He stopped near me, called me over and asked the question. “Yes,” I answered. Then he asked me how to get to the Greyhound bus station. I gave him quick instructions that would get him in the general direction about seven miles away where he could then ask someone there for final directions.
As he pulled away, I had to chuckle. I’ve lived here since 1985 and I don’t think anyone sober or drunk has ever asked me “Am I in Louisville?” I resisted the urge to mess with his mind and say something like “Dude, you’re in Ohio.” About a minute later the guy turned his truck around to head the direction I indicated, but had to stop again as he got up to me to verify the instructions I had just given him. Who knows if he ever made it? I wouldn’t put money on it.
The lesson that came immediately to mind is leap year lesson #217 – To reach your destination, know your starting point.