“I gaze through a telescope at the Orion Nebula, / a blue vapor with a cluster of white stars, / gaze at the globular cluster in Hercules, / needle and pinpoint lights stream into my eyes.” – Arthur Sze, “Before Completion”
“I told you we were going the wrong way,” Naomi told Joshua. “You had the GPS set up backward.”
“Did not,” Joshua retorted, but he knew Naomi was right. He just didn’t have a good sense of direction.
Well, he could find his way around all right in 2D. It was when he got into 3D that he got into trouble.
“Go back to that rest stop. They can give us direction,” Naomi said, bossily.
Big sisters. They always think they know everything.
He turned around and went back anyway. He didn’t like it, and by the time they reached the rest stop he was steaming mad. Why did she have to tell him what to do all the time? and why did she have to be right? That was the worst part.
“If you’d taken that course in navigation before we left home, we wouldn’t be here,” Naomi said, as they pulled into a parking space.
Joshua bit back his retort. He got out and went into the snack bar.
He got directions from the clerk, downloaded them remotely into the GPS, and went back outside. There. That would suit Naomi. Darn it.
But when he got to his parking space, it was empty. The vehicle was missing, and Naomi with it.
It was only later that Joshua figured out what had happened. By that time he had hopped an air-taxi back home and was having pizza night.
Naomi was right again, Joshua thought, as he munched down a slice of pepperoni pizza. You’ve just got to set up the GPS right.