08 April 2014

Knee Doc Fail

I missed my knee doc appointment this morning.

Made three mistakes:

1). Made the appt for 8.00am at a clinic near a university.

2). The university is in the trendy part of town.

3). The town is New Orleans. 

All this means that when I got somewhere near the clinic,* I encountered:

1). Tiny, 19th c. streets with cars parked on both sides of the street.

2). Half of those streets are one-way.

3). More than half have no signs indicating the name of the street. 

4). Two way streets randomly turn into one way streets.

5). When a street does have a name, that name will randomly change.

6). The sanitation dept picks up garbage on these tiny unnamed one-way streets during rush hour. 

7). New Orleans drivers love to block oncoming traffic in order to turn left across the blvd. median (i.e., "neutral ground"). 

8). Every student at this university MUST drive to class and find a parking space within 3ft. of the front door. 

Lesson learned:

NEVER make an appt in any part of town south of I-90.

* I never found the clinic. I never found the street that it's on. . .allegedly.

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  1. I really shouldn't be laughing - but I am! A lot.
    I was probably praying a Rosary for you right as you were driving around all frustrated. Sorry you missed your appointment, though. :-(

    1. It's funny. Now. But not then. One place no one wants to be is with me in a car when traffic is bad. Ugly. Sinful ugly.

    2. I laughed because it kind of reminded me of the time I had a conference in Atlanta: downtown. I had never driven in a big city before - I don't know what's worse...no street names or every street name having "Peach" in it. And all those ridiculous one-way streets!

      I have certainly used some colorful adjectives while driving, especially in NOLA and Salt Lake City - I know, you can't believe it, can you ... sweet little innocent me cursing out the other drivers? ;-)

  2. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Google Maps in phone FTW!

    1. Google maps is only useful if there street signs with names on them.

    2. Anonymous11:51 AM

      From my experience, Google Maps always suck. The built-in cell phone GPS, on the other hand, always gets me where I want, some way or the other. Don't you have a GPS, Fr.?

    3. No. But I do have a five yr old Toyota.

    4. Anonymous3:04 PM

      Fr. P, Google Maps on the phone will use its GPS to give turn-by-turn indications. Even without street signs, it's easy to turn left when Google's fat lady sings so.

    5. Anonymous5:51 PM

      I only knew desktop Google Maps, which sucks. Didn't know about these fancy new apps because my cell is a 3-year old Nokia Symbian. But its GPS works fine.

  3. Sharon9:24 PM

    If getting to the clinic and parking is so difficult and the appointment is important would it be possible to catch a taxi to the appointment and home again?