Where I’ve gotten in my life was done the hard way. I mean that literally. I am one of the directional challenged from infancy. I would get lost and they would finally find me under the crib. When I first started in the business world I had to deliver samples to a dealer’s store location in Roseville. Picture the near east side of Minneapolis. No…. I headed directly south and ended up 5 miles from the Iowa border before I figured out I had taken a wrong turn!
When I started selling real estate, I would drive my route a day in advance of my showings just to make sure I wouldn’t make a wrong turn. I cannot tell you how many times I had to call my husband and have him get the Kings book out. “Honey”, he would say, “I need you to give me 2 cross roads so I can tell you where you are”. Yes, he is a saint.
So when my patient and enduring husband bought me a Garmin I was thrilled. Serious, you punch in the address and ‘poof’ the little darling tells you exactly where to go. I named her Itty Bitty and it was love at first sight. I drive exactly to any address anywhere and never take a wrong turn. My stress level was reduced at least by 30%.
Then I discovered her personality. (why do we always presume these things are female?)
I let her talk to me all the way home one day just to see what she would do.
In her ‘Rosy’ voice from ‘The Jetsons’ she ended our journey by announcing, “Arriving at home on the right”. Just like a dog starts to whine when you get a block from home and signal that they know we are getting close to the favorite spot.
My daughter and I were going down to Calhoun Square and Itty Bitty kept saying, “Keep right on Minneeeesooota Hwy 7”. Just the perfect Norwegian accent! We laughed our heads off for 20 minutes.
But my absolute favorite was coming out of Maple Wood last week in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic; Itty pipes up and asks me, “Would you like to switch to pedestrian mode?” Okay, now there’s one in every crowd!
Itty Bitty has become my car companion and if you have to live in your car like most real estate agents, she sure is one heck of a good ride sharer.