Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for a while.  This was in the mid 90’s, so I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.  I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.

A few days later, I talked to my mom on the phone and told her the story.  She was not enthused.  I got a lecture about being safe and other stuff like that.

Lamenting Lost Stuff

I don’t know what it is about certain items.  I just can’t seem to keep track of them.  For example, if I buy an umbrella I probably will only get to use it once.  I tend to leave my umbrellas in strange locations and they are never found again.  Eventually, I gave up on caring umbrellas and just deal with the rain.

I also tend to misplace my drinks.  I will have several open drink containers in the house, because I forgot where I put my last drink.  Eventually, I go around and collect them up and put them all on my desk.  That way I can find them, the next time I get thirsty.

This is one of the reasons I don’t carry a purse.  I would never be able to keep track of it.  I would be a nervous wreck, trying to keep up with a bag full of valuable items.

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What’s Your Anchor?

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An anchor is used to hold a ship in place.  The word anchor can also refer to a person who is reliable and supportive to those around them.  Anchors keep things under control during the storm.  Anchors keep things from being lost in the abyss.

When your life is full of turmoil, what anchors are available to you?  What can you rely on to keep you from getting lost in the abyss?

Lost in Birmingham and Feeling Foolish

Gwen and I went to Birmingham on Monday.  We were ready to go home, but got confused as to which parking garage we had used.  We ended up going to the wrong one and spent the next hour trying to find our way back to the Jeep.

Gwen found a UAB employee and asked her to help us.  I told the lady, “I think we parked in the 7th Av garage, but I am not sure.”  She asked me if I had my parking ticket.  That’s when it dawned on me.  The garage name is on the parking ticket, which has been in my bag the whole time.

I wonder about myself sometimes.

While we were wandering around lost, I noticed some interesting looking statues and decided to take a few photos.  I guess it wasn’t a total waste of time.

Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for awhile.  This was in the mid 90’s and I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.

I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.