Monday, August 8, 2016

Goodwill Visit and a Google Redirect

It's funny how your wardrobe changes when you retire. I decided to clean out my closets this weekend and eliminated a lot of work related items like suits, heels, and purses. So that meant a trip to the Goodwill store in Arlington. It happened to be a Saturday afternoon. It didn't seem like it would be a big deal, but one should not venture out around here on a Saturday late afternoon because the traffic is dreadful! But we kept going only to find out that the store in Arlington was closing early because of the extreme heat, but drop offs could be made at the store in Annandale, six miles further out. So rather than return the following day, we decided to take the trip and get the task done. It took quite some time to reach our destination. Everyone in Washington was eating out at six pm. Once we got there, the drop off was a cinch. To make matters worse, there was a baseball game and the traffic back home would be irritaitng. So I tested google maps ability to read the congestion and select an alternate route. And for the first time, it took us on a much better path away from the mess. On top of that, both of us were starving, and our plan to stop at Five Guys - near the stadium - would be impossible. We usually check to see when the baseball games are scheduled before we go anywhere so we can avoid these messes, take alternate routes, or plan to do things at other times. We didn't even think about it this time. Lesson learned. 

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