Don’t even bother, Mr. B.
Bea’s husband is “navigationally challenged.” A fancy way of saying he gets lost simply trying to drive through our neighborhood. So he bought a GPS, and now he can drive to our local McDonald’s without a problem. Bea warned him that he’s “dumbing himself down” by using that GPS (who, by the way, has an annoying voice) but, being a typical man, he never listens to his wife.
It actually appears that getting lost is a genetic trait in his family. A few of his siblings can’t find their way around town, either. Who’da thunk that DNA, along with giving a person blue eyes, brown hair, and skinny legs, would also pass along a “just get lost” gene?
Luckily for Mr. Boomer, if the GPS has a nervous breakdown from trying to direct him all the time, both Mrs. B. and the Boomer offspring, Ms. B., have a great sense of direction. (Especially when it comes to finding shopping malls and their favorite Mexican restaurants – Go figure).
Bea can actually read a paper map! *Gasp.* And daughter Boomer only has to drive somewhere once, and she can get back to that spot blindfolded. I kid you not.
WebMD says it’s all in our brains. Navigational skills, that is. It’s got something to do with our hippocampus, the memory part of our brains. Some of us simply have better recognition and spatial memory in that old hippocampus of ours. Read more in WebMD’s article, Why Do You Always Get Lost? .
The article also says that we can improve our sense of direction; Mr. Boomer may have to look into that . . .
For Further Reading:
- Lost? Evidence That Sense of Direction Is Innate (Warning: This resarch involves the study of rats)
- Whales’ navigational skills cannot be explained by any known theories, claim scientists (Sick of reading about rats?)
- The Hippocampus, Defined