Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Comedy of Errors
In the IT department at Multnomah we have an ID card printer. It's a few years old, and it works decently. Before the beginning of each semester we take it in to have it serviced. This year our administrative assistant LaVonne took it in, and I got the privilege of picking it up. I say that very loosely. The place we take it to is 45 minutes south of Portland. So, I got in my car (the day before Christmas break) and traffic is well ... bad. So it took me about and hour to get there. When I finally got there it turns out they have moved and no one told me. So, the guy at the old office gave me a map printed from Google maps to the new location ... which is another half hour south. So, I got back in my car and drove south. I finally find the exit that I am suppose to take and I began my search for the new location. Unfortunately, the map that I was given was not that accurate. I drove up and down the same road multiple times looking for a certain road that was supposed to be there. I couldn't find it. So, I called Melissa on the cell phone to get directions. I got about two sentences in when I heard the phone beep ... oh no my battery is dying. A few more sentences later it went kaput. So, I resorted back to my faulty map. The road I was looking for was supposed to be 2.3 miles from this other road. So, I looked at the odometer and tried again. I got 2.3 miles down the road and turned left onto an unmarked street ... which happened to be the one I was looking for. I drove up and down that road a couple time but all I could see was residential houses. So, I broke down and decided to ask for directions. I stopped at a house with a big truck on the side of it. I went to the door and knocked a couple of time but no one answered. I heard a car door close around the side of the house so, I walked back to the front of the house in time to watch the truck back into the front of my car. After two and a half hours of trying to find the place I finally decided to go home.