The GPS #FAIL: Friday’s “What the frak?” Moment

Friday’s “What the frak…?” moment (WTFM) is brought to you by………..

A cell phone’s GPS application: It’s a nice idea in theory, until it informs you a dumpster is your destination.

Last Friday was a rare “day off” for me – invited to the Texas Beef Council’s “Appetite for Inspiration” for local bloggers.

My friend, Leigh Ann, generously offered to drive us there, so I didn’t even bother to look up the location on a map – armed with only a vague recollection from months ago when I’d first received the invite.

I climbed into the car, the day already warm. As I buckled my seat belt, she tapped away on her phone.

“Don’t you have directions?” I asked. Doubt crept into my voice. I waved it off, too many years of being The Navigator.

“I just use my phone.”

“Okay.” I settled in for the ride.

After all, how complicated could locating the Texas Beef Council be?

We knew the main road of the location, so I barely listened to the initial monotone instructions until the end.

“Turn right in fifty feet.”

Leigh Ann slowed the car. And turned.

Into a new residential complex.

We exchanged looks.

“I don’t think this is right.” I said.

Figuring the GPS knew of some secret back way, we continued following the road, weaving by town homes and vacant lots.

“You are at your destination.”

Most definitely not the Texas Beef Council.

What. The. Frak.

We looked at each other.

And laughed.

Leigh Ann glared at her phone. “This is not the Texas Beef Council.”

“Let me plug the address into my phone.” I pulled out my cell, typing the numbers in. Double checking to make sure they are correct.

It popped up an arrow – about ten miles down the main road. In Lakeway.

“I know those roads. We’re about fifteen minutes away.” I said.

Now I was back into my comfortable role of The Navigator. We drove, talking, gabbing. Laughing more about the dumpster.

We closed in on the dot.

“It should be around here somewhere.” I searched either side of the road, trying to find a sign.


She kept driving.

“I’m pretty sure this is too far.” I said. Then I spotted the ancient form of help.

A police car, parked on a side road.

“Pull over and we’ll ask him where it is.”

Leigh Ann turned as a minivan pulled away. I opened the car door and ran over.

“Are you looking for the funeral home too?” he asked.

“Uh, no. I’m trying to find the Texas Beef Council.”

“I have no idea where that is. Do you have the address?”

I peeked at my cell. “8708 North FM 620.”

“Lakeway starts over eleven hundred. You need to head north.”

What the frak??!

“But…we just came from that direction.” Frustrated I returned to the car.

“Well?” Leigh Ann asked.

“He says it’s north, back the way we came. Head north. I’ll figure this out.”

She pulled back onto the road, retracing our drive.

I finally did what I should have done when the dumpster greeted us.

“Call Texas Beef Council.” I said to my phone. It dialed.

“Hello Texas Beef Council.”

“Hi, I’m trying to find your building and we’re having GPS difficulties.”

She gave me instructions, answering my questions.

They were spot on. We found their small sign, turned onto the road leading to the council, their building hidden behind the animal hospital and a wall of trees.

Just north of it? The same town home complex the GPS lead us through.

The dumpster? Probably less than 1000 feet from their building, the view blocked by the trees.

What the frak, y’all?

You can read about my “day off” HERE.

Have you had a navigation fail? Did you dare ask for directions?

About Kelly K @ Dances with Chaos

Kelly K has learned the five steps to surviving of motherhood: 1) Don't get mad. Grab your camera. 2) Take a photograph. 3) Blog about it. 4) Laugh. 5) Repeat. She shares these tales at Dances with Chaos in order to preserve what tiny amount of sanity remains. You can also find her on her sister blog, Writing with Chaos ( sharing memoir and engaging in her true love: fiction writing. It's cheaper than therapy.
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8 Responses to The GPS #FAIL: Friday’s “What the frak?” Moment

  1. I can’t help but think of Michael Scott driving into the pond because the GPS told him to. Funny. So how was the conference? And how was lunch? Was it a medium rare day off?

  2. Chase is right. That’s a vintage episode of The Office.

    I don’t use a GPS. Likely because I don’t have one. But I am a north/south map-reader woman. I will also ask for directions when needed.

    Glad you made it there. Quite the adventure!

    And who knows, maybe the leftovers made it into the dumpster.

    And, yes, there is always an adventure when a LeighAnn/Leanne is involved.

  3. Leigh Ann says:

    So funny. In my own defense I DID look up the directions on Google Maps on my computer before I left the house. It gave me the same directions my phone did. Probably because I have a Google phone.

  4. 1. “This is not the Texas Beef Council.” Cracked. Me. Up.

    2. YES you must watch The Office but start from the beginning because what is truly beautiful (and hilarious) about the show evolves through the relationships. You can’t just pick up a random episode and love it. (Well, perhaps you can. I just can’t imagine it having watched since its inception.)

    3. I NEVER use navigation systems or GPS. My poor husband writes out directions, then draws me a map, then makes me explain where I’m going TO him to determine I know what he wrote.

    And even then, I get lost and have to pull over and call him. Usually twice.


  5. Sigh. This kind of thing happens to me all the time. Most recently, we were trying to find Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. But once we got downtown, the gps kept sending us around the block in an endless loop, and this particular block was nowhere NEAR the aquarium. Husband claimed it was because we hadn’t updated the maps, but I claimed that the streets of Chicago haven’t changed much in the past year, and our gps was just trying to screw with us.

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