One-Liner Wednesday – What Is It About Us?

I don’t remember exactly how old Faith was at the time, maybe 12 or 13, but we had gone into New York on a frigid Saturday to walk around, see some sights and do some shopping. As we were walking up 5th Avenue, we stopped for a light at E 41st St. While waiting, a Japanese couple approached us and asked if we could give them directions to the Main Branch of the Public Library. As the map indicates, it was directly across the street.

The little stick-person shows where we were standing.

We didn’t realize that this was another passing-of-the-baton moment. I have always been asked for directions. I don’t know why, but people seem comfortable approaching me and asking how to get to somewhere. The remarkable thing is that, even while traveling, I often know how to get where that person wants to go. In fact, in my one trip overseas, as I was trying to get to the Euston train station in London, a man approached me and asked how to get to some building. I was lost, but I had passed that building on my way to getting lost.

Once, when Faith was very young, we stopped for gas while running errands. As I was putting gas in my truck, the man from the other side of the island asked if I knew how to get to the New England Air Museum. I told him: “take a left out of here and go up the road about a mile.” He looked puzzled and said: “you’re saying left, but you’re pointing to the right…” Faith chimed in from the passenger seat. “He means right, he always does that.”

These days, Faith is often asked for directions while hiking and while traveling. I continue to be asked for directions. When we were in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, we were waiting in line at the right field gates to PNC Park. Like everyone else in line, we were wearing Pirates gear. The guy in front of us turned and said:

You look like you come here often. We’re from North Dakota, it’s our first time here. Can we enter this gate with these tickets?

Faith and I had only been to PNC Park one other time, but we knew the answer. You can enter any gate with any ticket, you just might have to walk.

If the weather cooperates, I’ll be at a Hartford Yardgoats baseball game tonight, so I’m sharing photos from that Pirates game. I hear that Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford is very nice, but I think you might agree that it’s hard to beat PNC Park. Sadly, it doesn’t seem nearly as hard to beat the Pirates, but there’s always next year.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. You can follow this link to see the one-liners from the other participants.


  1. Hey is that you up there opposite Smiley face? 😀I know why they always ask you. 1) Because,in fact, you know a lot! 2) You have a very approachable face and confident demeanor. 3)The universe told them you know a lot! Loved the firework. 😉God how I enjoyed the few ballgames I went to. My Dad took me to see the Arkansas Travelers play in Little Rock once. Our story of living there was really kind of sad, but that evening was one of the best in my life. And they won for the first time in eons. Oh. My Dad played softball all my growing up years for the company team. He played baseball and did light boxing in the Navy. He’s no taller than me now. Thanks for the memories Dan. Looks like you are making great ones with Faith. Good Dad. 😊

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    • Thanks Cheryl. I don’t think that’s me on the smiley cam. I think some of the best ballgames were when my dad would take me to the local park to watch men’s softball. I’m glad this reminded you of some good times.

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  2. Pittsburgh should sponsor some of your posts because you do a great job of telling and showing what the town has to offer. :-) When we were younger, we spent many a night watching the Royals and enjoying every minute. We were very fortunate to be there during the George Brett era with his crew of characters. Good memories. :-)

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    • Thanks Judy. There’s something about baseball that just works. The game in Hartford last night was a lot of fun. Dunkin Donut Park is very nice. The YardGoats lost to Altoona, but we saw some good baseball from both teams. George Brett? There’s a slugger.

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  3. Dan, I love all of your photos. You had seats with a great view of the ball park and city, and you managed to get some great shots.

    I consider myself good at finding places (my roommate calls me Sacagawea) and at giving directions, but that’s when I know where I’m at and am familiar with the streets. Or have GPS. I would be lost in NYC and Pittsburgh, so would need to run into someone like you or Faith for help. It’s good that you do that. Being lost in a big city could be a bit scary.

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    • Thanks Mary. Pittsburgh is interesting, in that it’s a triangle. You get used to saying/hearing things like “go kinda left at the light” but once you figure out the main streets, it’s not too bad. I do well in New York, but Boston still confounds me, even though I’ve been there many more times than NY.

      We were very happy with those seats. I couldn’t afford them on a regular basis, but once every year or two…yeah, that works.

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      • I don’t think I would attempt to navigate NYC or Boston without a guide. I will have to work on that as NYC is on my bucket list of places I still have to visit in the U.S. Some day!


    • I heartily second that!! I would stop and ask you for directions :)

      When my GPS was taking me on a wild ride through the back roads of Southern Ontario, I stopped on the side of the road to *consult* with The Bitch. A truck pulled up behind me because that driver was lost too and he was hoping I could help him. Sadly I couldn’t, but he was able to point me in the right direction :)
      The point is, I seem to have one of those faces too. The problem is I usually have no clue where they are trying to go. It seems they’re always looking for some obscure street or building I’ve never heard of before.

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  4. Great post, Dan. You have hidden direction talents, for sure. Kind of like having a child you don’t know asking if you can come out and play. Go figure. BTW, have you ever been to Fenway Park?

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  5. I can so relate to this. Dan. I remember asking you for directions on how to put widgets on my sidebar. You wrote down such precise directions….it was great! I am directionally challenged, so I am sure I would find you in a crowd and ask directions. And I would check with Faith about that right/left thing. :)

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    • Thanks Lois. Yeah, you would have to check about the saying vs. the pointing – they aren’t likely to be the same.

      I’ve needed help so many times in my life, that I am happy to help others when I can.

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  6. When we moved into our house, we invited everyone over. My kids had no problem finding their way here, even though they had to travel 100 miles. My father-in-law, who has lived no more than 7 miles away his whole life, couldn’t find the place. He was astounded that my kids had no problem and asked them how they did it… “Google Maps,” they said.

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  7. Feel better, my husband and I are also these people — Time, directions, information — and as a bonus, people feel safe telling us their problems, AT LENGTH. I’ve noticed Sassy is also this person. Invisible signs, they’re there.
    I think the studies may not have caught up to human ‘instincts’ in these scenarios.
    Fantastic post, this. The unspoken truth of those who just look reliable.

    PS: The fact that you do the Right/ Left thing makes me feel much better about Moo’s Right/ Left issues. I mean, look at you, you’ve done alright. She can make it.

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    • I have done the right/left thing since I was her age. I can still hear my father saying “your other left, Dan” and then watching him shake his head.

      I guess looking reliable is a good thing, I honestly never thought about that as something that could be sensed. I think we, including the editor on this, do get the problems too. A father-confessor / problem solver – The girls are much better at listening and knowing when not to solve.

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  8. You look like you know what you are doing. And you look like a nice man. My father was stopped at a light in the city, in the middle of a rain storm, when a women tapped on his window and asked for a lift. She said she was stranded and needed help but he was the first person who looked like he was safe. He was pretty proud of that.

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  9. I like that Faith could say how you did this left = right (or vice versa) reverse direction giving. This almost was like when we used to need landmarks in our family to give directions not usually knowing the official route numbers. Cellphones changes all of this now, or seems to, Dan.

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  10. Less and less people ask for directions now that we all have iPhones and GPS. But like you, for some reason, people often ask me in the street or a store. Of course, once in a while, they are not so sure when they hear my accent if they should trust me :)
    But most do. Although I have to be bvery careful because I am also right and left challenged :)

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    • I mostly encounter these questions while walking, or while riding my bike. The right and left thing makes me be very careful when giving directions. I think that probably lowers my credibility. Thanks for stopping by.


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