Statistics have shown that most couples fight the most over money. Luckily, J and I are on the same page when it comes to our finances but the one thing we always fight about is DRIVING DIRECTIONS!!!
Long time GMD readers would know that J and I take a lot of mini/weekend road-trips because we don’t plan on traveling or taking any “real” vacations anytime soon because of my debt repayment and previously saving up to buy a condo and now planning a wedding. These mini getaways are always super fun and help keep me sane while I try to ignore my traveling itch to see the world before I have 2 sons 2 years apart, a chocolate brown lab name Kes, and a charming house with a hot pink picket fence. The only thing that makes our weekend road-trips not so fun is our constant bickering and fighting with driving directions.
Here’s the problem broken down simple.
J doesn’t like to print out maps or look at FULL directions ANYWHERE we go because he thinks he has the WORLD mapped in his head.
I have never owned a car and often years go by without me even sitting in the driver’s seat so it’s not so absurd to believe that I don’t know driving signs/streets that well and reading maps is a skill I have yet to master.
When J gets lost in a new town or city (which is a lot more often than he thinks) J expects me to go on my I-phone to figure out where we are and how to get “un-lost”.
I can usually figure out where we are on the map, but how to get “un-lost” is beyond my knowledge so I’m always telling J that he needs to look at the map himself.
J always says “I can’t look at the map right now. I’m driving!’
I then say “Well pull-over and look at the map then because I don’t know how to get there!”
J says “Why can’t you figure it out?”
I say ‘Why can’t you pullover or better yet, stop at a gas station and ask for directions?”
Because, apparently J is a man and a man can NEVER ask for driving directions.
This same fight happens ALL the time.
Last month, after my birthday weekend in “579 one way streets Portland” and Seattle, I decided that I had had ENOUGH!
I know that J is too frugal to ever buy a GPS for himself but luckily GMD ain’t that frugal because I promptly purchased a GPS for him after that trip.
We haven’t really had a chance to use the GPS until this weekend when we decided to drive 45 minutes out-of-town from where we live to go hiking (3 cheers for frugal fun!!!) and J and I instantly noticed how relaxed we felt driving there! So relaxed that I was even enjoying the scenery around me. J then made a cheeky comment about the GPS saving our relationship one road-trip at a time. I couldn’t agree more babe.
Of course it only took a woman to solve the persistent problem but that’s another blog post topic…
So are J and I the only couple out there who fights over driving directions?
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