Getting Oriented

A Return To Texas

img_0098It doesn’t mean I’m home, although I’m a hop, skip and a jump from birthplace, old haunts, or even reminisced stomping grounds.

The one thing it does mean is I get to test out my memory skills.

Where does this road go? In my memory, the street names recall old neighborhoods and businesses. In reality, everything has changed!

This is what happens when you are 30 years traveled from once familiar land marks!

Roads have expanded in width and now punch through to connect with a new system that now exists where a cow pasture once existed. Businesses and buildings come and go, languages have changed and a whole new crowded corridor of differences exists.

Challenged! If time allowed I would explore this new and revised turf. No longer do we use paper maps and directions that include phrases like “…turn at the second brown house past that split oak tree from a lightening strike in that storm of ’07…”. Now we simply speak into a GPS system and it lays out a road map. Traffic jams, construction, time, distance and a few alternatives are quickly in the palm of your hand!

And a voice will instruct you which lane to be in, which turn to take, and will even tell you “Your destination is on the right.”

Where’s the fun in that?!

All chance is gone! It’s like Peter Pan, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ” (J.M. Barrie) He wrote of mystery, alongside an element of chance! Or Kirk telling Chekhov, “Let’s go that way” and waves his hand to a mysterious point in space.

I’m reading a couple of the early books of Tarzan. Can you imagine giving him directions? “Swing, but bear left at the crocodile lake…” Ha!

We are amazed at the major trek’s that animals make. Birds fly from one continent to another. African land animals seem to understand the seasons and regularly migrate to where life is sustainable. Even the early water explorers (Vikings, Columbus, etc.) constantly looked for the next unknown, and it’s taken thousands of years for humans to migrate to every known place.

We are not happy not knowing what’s next. As one society continues to move, the replacement occupiers fill in the absence and make it their own.

This is why the thought of relocating to new planets is the genus of most science fiction!

Abram followed God’s command….Moses, too. Great communities were built and relocated. And the countryside continued to change. Landmarks of yesteryear no longer exist. Just about everything is growing beyond that past generation of simply knowing how to get from one place to another.

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Don’t you just love the imagination of the future???