Second in this week’s “fact or fiction” series… I am posting one answer/story for five days (Sun – Thurs) and will post the final two answers/stories on Friday. One whole week of blogging from me – don’t you feel special? You can find the original post here, and the answer to part I here. And without further ado, Part II is revealed…
2. When traveling late one night, I stopped for gas, then got confused when I tried to get back onto the interstate and wound up driving the wrong direction for an entire hour before I realized I was going the wrong way.
As most people know, I’m pretty good with maps and directions. My mom prefers to sleep on trips, so I was the “navigator” from the time I was about seven or eight and could read maps.
That being said, the inspiration for this particular choice was a story from my friend Alison. Several years ago, Alison met a young Naval officer on a christian singles website and after they talked for a week or two, they decided to meet in person. They chose a location approximately halfway in between their locations (and where Alison was familiar with the area and what there was to do). Alison arrived at the destination with plenty of time to spare, checked into the hotel for the both of them since the young seaman was running behind, and paid for both rooms for the first night of their two night stay, having agreed with the gentleman that he would pay for both rooms for the second night upon his arrival.
Alison’s young friend finally arrived several hours later than planned (so much for military promptness), and the two enjoyed a late dinner and retired to their separate rooms. The next morning they got up and spent the day exploring the town where they had met. When they returned to their hotel to freshen up before dinner, Alison discovered that the key card to her room did not work. She went down to the front desk to discover that the supposed “upstanding” officer had not paid for the second night at the hotel as they had agreed, and all of Alison’s belongings had been removed from her room and were sitting in the hotel manager’s office.
Alison was able to retrieve her belongings, and went ahead and paid for HER second night’s stay. Why did she have to pay for her room when her “friend” was supposed to have paid for it? Remember, Alison had paid for both rooms for first night, so he was supposed to cover the second.
Well… When Alison found out what happened, and approached this “gentleman” about it, she discovered that he hadn’t paid for the rooms because he was broke. Apparently, the young seaman had stopped at several rest-stops along the way and purchased a variety of “gifts” for Alison… Kitschy, interstate rest-stop type gifts… Gifts that can only be politely described as “crap.” And while at one of these stops, this young man somehow wound up getting mixed up and drove for something like an hour and a half in the wrong direction on I-10 before he realized that he was going the wrong way… Which is made all the more funny by the fact that this young man being a Naval officer, we can only presume that he sat through countless hours of classes where he learned to navigate by the stars.
Well, he should have learned… But having heard the entire story from Alison (this is just one small episode of a much longer and exponentially more hilarious tale) the fact that he got lost on I-10 is not incredibly surprising. Perhaps someday Alison will return to the world of blogging and post the entire story. It’s definitely a worthwhile read. 😀
Congratulations to Camille and Chelf for getting this second part of the challenge correct. 😀