How to Give Directions

Wow! MapQuest! When was the last time you heard that name? Before MapQuest I used a program called Microsoft Streets and Trips. It was a CD-ROM. You’d print out the directions and bring the sheaf of paper with you to consult as you drove.  It was not terribly accurate, and would get me lost more often than not, but at least it got me lost near my intended destination, which was better than I usually did on my own.

Note from Missy: This comic made me wonder if Thomas Guides were still around. Which led me to learn from Wikipedia that they were primarily a west coast thing, while I’d always assumed they were nationwide. Also, in the Wikipedia, “The neutrality of this article is disputed.” I guess even a bunch of books full of street-level maps can raise people’s ire.


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