What Happened Yesterday: Before and After

I had a blast! The tour was scheduled for three hours, and unlike the fated trip that stranded seven people, our Captain and his crew did a marvelous job, as did the Historical Society of Rockland County.

Project officials boarded the boat near the construction site, their presentations followed by a question-and-answer session.

Hours earlier, I got lost driving to Haverstraw Marina.

Or so I thought.


Sans a GPS, I wrote down the directions from an online map search and made it to within five minutes of my destination. That seems to be my pattern: I stop to ask directions only to find I’m less than five minutes/blocks from where I’m going.

Remind me to tell you about the time I drove to Cobbleskill to visit friends for a long weekend.

So I called the marina and was given simpler, more direct instructions. This is important to note because it was a straight route. No turns, just follow the road from 9W, and take that same road to get back to 9W.

I got lost again. On the way back. Or so I thought. Once off the boat, I nearly flew to my car: I had to make a stop in town, and then meet my editorial deadline. Behind the wheel again, I followed the double yellow line since when you do that, I was told, there’s a good chance you won’t get lost.


That sign didn’t look familiar, this building didn’t look familiar. In fact, nothing I passed looked familiar, so I drove back to the marina to get directions. On the way, I flagged down a car going toward the direction I was headed minutes earlier.

The driver looked familiar. I remembered speaking with him and his wife before we got on the boat. Yes, he said. You can follow me to Route 9W. And I did, feeling silly because Route 9W was less than three minutes from the place where I’d stopped to turn around. Oh well.

Thank you to the couple from Westchester for helping me. Thank you.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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