I'm waiting for Sleep Country to deliver my mom's freaking bedroom furniture, they called at 8 am to say they'd be here from 2-5. We're rolling up on 4pm...anyway, delivery dude just called me to ask me how close I am to Burnaby/downtown or something equally, well dumb. They have the street address. I'm spitting distance from a major street that is so heavy with cager traffic I can't ride my bike on it. Anyway, don't delivery people have maps/gps/something?
I'm notoriously lacking in a sense of direction. I operate entirely by landmarks, half the time I don't know east from west. I've only been living here a month so I can find my way to work and to downtown and not much else, so far. I don't drive either so that makes it even worse.
I told the guy my address, the avenue I'm on, that I'm 3 houses up from XYZ major street. Can't help more than that.
Do pizza delivery people call and ask for directions, too? Remind me not to order in pizza, lol.
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Pizza comes from closer to home so they know their district. The mattress guys probably have to cover the entire lower mainland or whatever it's called.
Yeah they showed, they were fast and efficient, too. I am embarassed when I'm asked questions like "are you east or west of burnaby" because I literally don't know. I have major issues with spatial reasoning, I think that's part of it.
having done deliveries across states and in towns and cities I don't know and had never been to it helps if you know the standards and they do pretty much apply everywhere
For 2 years I used to deliver lost luggage for the airlines out of port columbus airport to all over ohio and occasionally adjacent states, often times I did not have a map. It can be done and done without having to ask for directions or use GPS. Eventually I did build up a bag full of all 88 county maps of ohio but until then it was dead reckoning and educated guesses based on address number and what I already knew. Only two times did I have to call local police or whatever for help, both were in southern ohio in counties that typically do not have street signs at the intersections of gravel roads or even main roads sometimes. Even if you have maps they are usually 4-6 years behind reality, new developments won't be on them. Again though just using address numbers and the basics and you can find places. I have never understood why this stuff is not taught in our schools. I know veteran couriers that still to this day do not grasp the basics and system standards even after 20 years doing the job.