lunar_phoenix posted this interesting Meme about how far one has come from the land of one's childhood. It was interesting, the personal response I had to it... but more on that later.
- Go To Mapquest.com
- Click on Directions
- Enter your Current Address and the Address of your Childhood Home (or at least the town if you don't remember the exact address)
- Put the time and distance in a post like this.
- Don't forget to repost these directions. (Not the door to door ones)
From my current location:
To: 77 Potomac Ln, Sayville, NY 11782-1534
Total Est. Time: 44 hours, 38 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 2974.87 miles
Erika was all depressed about only being 20 miles from where she grew up. I think I can appreciate that feeling, though it's important to note I wasn't doing much better at her age... By the time I was 24 the furthest nI had ever been from New York was... Cleveland. Before the Rock and Roll Museum, even. On a business trip.
What was odd is the feelings I got looking at the map of the neighborhood I spent a large part of my childhood. For nearly 7 years my entire world could be contained within that square -- my disastrous public school education, the break-up of my parents, my mother's nearly fatal encounter with a tree, the place where she worked after her knee was removed, where she met my step-father Skip, the woods were I was humiliated... but that's another entry.
Making all the more poignant was my fascination with maps as a child. I was a bit of the amateur cartographer, constantly making my own maps of the neighborhood, essentially chronicling my ever expanding universe from the ages of 6 to 13.
One last thing ere I must run: To get there from here I would be spending nearly 2881 of that 2975 miles on one highway... Interstate 80.
I'll have to try that some time.