Taboo: the game of unspeakable douchebaggery

May 17th, 2009 · 254 comments

Simone in Austin says a coworker at her office invited several people over to a house for a game night, and helpfully distributed hand-drawn maps to help people find their way. Later that day, she found of those hand-outs back on her desk, along with the following bit of anonymous feedback. What a peach!

What is this? Haven't you heard of MapQuest?

related: Silent protest

extra credit: The Hand-drawn Maps Association

FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · just an asshole · office · unsolicited feedback


254 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Sheila

    lol – you have it tagged right “just an asshole”

    May 17, 2009 at 9:39 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   HairySwede

      I’m not sure it is tagged right. Personally, I fear newfangled technology. And change. I’m a Republican… come to think of it, maybe it is tagged right.

      May 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   wow

      hairyswede, your joking right, gotta bring politcs into it dont you, its a f’ing joke, idk if you noticed but this isnt CBS stupid fucking idiot

      Jun 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   edicius

    I hate to admit it…but the anonymous feedbacker has a point. Handwritten maps are just a bad idea these days, especially when they look like they were drawn by a 5-year-old.

    Admittedly, though, I prefer Google Maps over Mapquest.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Wade bang

      Yo, where’s the game night playin’?
      ‘Cross from Wal-Mart, dude.
      Well, let’s use a hand drawn map to find the dopest route.
      I prefer Map Quest.
      That’s a good one, too.
      Google Maps is the best.
      True that.
      DOUBLE TRUE.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Sarah

      That map looks just fine. Messy, but legible. Plus you know the directions are right since it was made by someone who knows how to get there rather than by a site that just makes up streets and has you go way out of your way for no reason.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm   rating: 83  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   unholyghost2003 bang

      You are right Sarah. As a former employee of a local government department responsible for creating maps of our region I can tell you that Google Maps, Mapquest, et. all are often wrong and do not work with or buy data from local map making departments. If the submitter lives on a street or in an area that the big on-line map makes have screwed up using Mapquest would just confuse people.

      May 18, 2009 at 11:44 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   Devika

      Haha, as soon as I saw that note, my first reaction was “Mapquest?! I thought everyone uses Google Maps!” I mean, if you’re going to be a jerk about it, you may as well show off your hipness.

      (Also, good point about Google Maps/Mapquest being frequently incorrect. For years, all the navigation websites had the cross street in front of my parents’ house as a dead end, which has never been true and led to a lot of unnecessary confusion for visitors.)

      May 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   not me!

      Exactly! Mapquest and Google Maps directions can be ridiculous. I once looked up directions from my home to another city about 150 miles away, just to make sure I had the right sequence of highways. Both websites had me going the opposite direction for about 20 miles before turning around and heading to my destination.

      On the map, there is a U-turn, on what looks like a highway, to get to a one-way access road. The map sites would have made that into a wild goose chase.

      This note leaver sounds like a genius who knows all about everything. I’ll bet (s)he’s going to be a ton of fun at the party.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   BrookeDiz bang

      We live in a downtown loft (Ann Arbor – “Urban Lite!”). Google locates us in the ancient flophouse hotel next door. It’s so hard to be urban cool when Google has pegged your husband as your pimp.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   MissMelony

      google maps FTW

      May 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Teddie bang

      BrookeDiz–I’m guessing you live near the Embassy? Can’t think of any other flophouse hotels in dowtown A2!

      May 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   BrookeDiz bang

      That’s the one, Teddie. And across the street is the best-looking parking garage in all the land.

      May 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   ClickClack bang

      re: comment 2.6 – So, BrookeDiz, you and your husband are into pegging? Cool, but how did you get a search engine to don the strap-on?

      May 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   voidseraph

      i would really like to hear clarification on why hand-drawn maps are “just a bad idea these days”. This implies that at some point they were a good idea. When did they cease to be so? When Mr. Computer came along to make everything “easier”?

      One wonders why the anonymous feedbacker didn’t simply MapQuest the location himself if it bothered him so much, instead of (cowardly) scrawling a disparaging note. As individuality swirls down the drain, the world homogenizes, and technology whisks us along at a too-brisk pace, who would actually frown upon something with a distinctly personal mark? This honestly baffles me.

      The double underlines are helpful, too. Because the aggressive sarcasm wasn’t already oozing through the words themselves. i guess this is what happens to children who are bullies and grow up to work in an office.

      p.s.) Not everyone drives, and not everyone knows what MapQuest is (shocking, but true!)… more importantly, some people could not care less.

      May 20, 2009 at 1:16 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.12   BJ

      Hey douch3 – if you can’t get over yourself to read a hand-drawn map, why don’t you take the address provided and LOOK IT UP YOURSELF? Seems to be a better idea than being an a$$ to someone who is being hospitable by having people to her house.

      Jun 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   mamason bang

    I really want to hate the note writer but I just can’t! That”map” looks like it was hand written by a retarded monkey.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   TheOldSchool

      But the note writer put sad little circles at the bottom of the question marks.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   ClickClack bang

      Hmm, the handwriting is similar to that of George W. Bush. Well spotted, mamason!

      May 18, 2009 at 1:48 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Canthz_B bang

      This explains why we couldn’t find Saddam’s WMD.
      Bush’s shitty cartography skills!
      If only he’d been made to stay in the Air National Guard history would be far different!!

      May 18, 2009 at 1:54 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   rahmalzee

      Team Google Maps!

      Print out the map of your destination, and draw in any spots where its wrong. Put big fat arrows on it, whatever you need to do, but then it can avoid looking like flung poo.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   park rose bang

      Cos it all falls like s###.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   jfruh

    Ads that start playing audio unbidden — NOT COOL, passiveaggressivenotes!

    May 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm   rating: 62  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   TheOldSchool

      It sucks because I forget to turn the sound off when I come here, and then I forget to turn it back on when I go to YouPorn.

      THIS IS MADNESS!!!!

      May 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   NoExit

      Amen to that, brother.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   fluffy8u

      How am I supposed to listen to angry music on my iTunes while reading PAN?!

      May 18, 2009 at 1:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   ClickClack bang

      Passively, fluffkins.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:08 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   fluffy8u

      Once again, Clicky, you have shown me the way.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Wade bang

      Madness?

      THIS…. IS…. PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

      May 18, 2009 at 11:11 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   park rose bang

      One Step Beyond! :mrgreen:

      May 18, 2009 at 11:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   Mark bang

      Wade, I know you were referring to 300, but that made me think of this.

      May 18, 2009 at 11:23 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.9   aaa

      P.S.

      Ads that float up over the middle of the site and want you to take surveys also suck. Epic fail. D:<

      May 18, 2009 at 11:36 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.10   unholyghost2003 bang

      Firefox FTW.

      May 18, 2009 at 11:52 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.11   aaa

      Ah, Firefox!

      *fiddles with settings*

      P.S. New 20 minute time limit for edits, eh? Nice.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.12   oi!

      Try to use google chrome it’s even better. It blocks that survey ads too. I never saw any ads on chrome and of course it’s faster. I still can go on about it’s benefits over firefox but my boss would not be happy about it that’s for sure.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.13   Canthz_B bang

      Daddy, tell me the story about why they invented ad-blockers again.

      May 19, 2009 at 3:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Liz

    Yeah, there is something a little bit weird about distributing hand-drawn maps these days. Still, the hostility of the note-writer would lead one to believe that s/he is somehow prevented from seeking the advice of Mapquest by the very existence of the hand-drawn map.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they were both unstable. Team Nobody.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   voidseraph

      Wait, wait: can someone please tell me EXACTLY what is “wrong” about handwriting notes? i must be missing something. Just saying it doesn’t actually explain your reasoning. What about it, precisely, unhinges you so?

      i am all fired up– apologies.

      ::backs away slowly from the bright screen::

      May 20, 2009 at 1:20 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   annoyed reader

    I love PAN, but until you get rid of of the audio ads, (both that start talking at once!) I don’t think I’ll be back. Way too obtrusive. I don’t use ad blockers because I think you should be able to generate some kind of revenue, but this is just ridiculous.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Oh, please!

      If you don’t return, that doesn’t help generate revenue, either. Sweet logic.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Cass

      If you don’t return, how will you know the audio adds are gone?

      May 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   TheOldSchool

      Cass,

      HELLLO…. Maybe I’ll drive over to Annoyed Reader’s house, honk my horn, and hold up a big sign. (It’s just one of the services I provide.)

      May 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   fluffy8u

      Cass, Annoyed Reader expects you to e-mail her.

      TheOldSchool, just one of the services? What are the others, and how much is this going to run Annoyed Reader? Becareful, she might become “Annoyed Payer.”

      May 18, 2009 at 1:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Canthz_B bang

      If you are annoyed by ads, use an ad blocker. If you think ads are a net plus deal with them.
      It’s your choice…your private choice.
      Go to the bottom of the page and contact the webmaster with your little complains, if you please.

      The alternative is, of course, to write a PA note about your concerns. We’d love to rip into it!! ;-)

      May 18, 2009 at 2:07 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   fluffy8u

      Are you kidding? This is her PA note!

      May 18, 2009 at 2:29 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Goldie

    The truth, as usual, is hidden from us behind the black square. Did the coworker list her address on this drawing or not? If yes, then the note writer should shut up and enter it into MapQuest, GoogleMaps, GPS and wherever else he desires. Personally when I invited coworkers over, I just emailed them the address and some basic directions, and trusted them to do the rest of the work. Then again, I work with smart people.
    I’ve got to say it will be an interesting game night, sitting at the table with a group of people, not knowing which of them wrote the note. Maybe a game of drunken Truth or Dare is in order.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:59 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   oi!

      yeah what’s behind the black square? An address of meeting place? then why go ahead and make fool of yourself with illegible hand drawn map?

      May 17, 2009 at 10:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Kathleen

      WHAT’S IN THE BOOOOX?! WHAT’S IN THE BOOOX!?

      May 18, 2009 at 10:02 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Mark bang

      Kathleen –

      NOTHING! ABSORUTERY NOTHING! STUPID!! YOU SO STUPID!!!!

      May 18, 2009 at 10:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   JungleJezebel

      there is a dick in the box …

      May 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Marrock

    I remember mapquest, that’s the site that had me making a two mile loop just to cross the highway I lived next to.

    They wanted me to go north on this highway for a mile, then get off on a side street, come back and turn down the street I lived on, then go across the north bound side to the south…

    A two mile loop to go a couple hundred feet… yeah, mapquest sure is useful.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   oi!

      I have horror stories about google map too.
      So when you get off from free way on exit and you can go either straight(continue on same named street) or get onto little way leading to the other free way. google wanted me to go on a street that did not exist. Actually that street gets terminated at that exit intersection so you really can’t get onto that street unless if you drive on wrong side for a little while.
      And government is not very helping either, on the other day I was driving to beach and at fork there were two signs for beach pointing at both options! Go figure!

      May 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Seanette

      Mapquest has also tried to have me make illegal turns onto one-way streets (having me go the wrong way), and tried to have me turn at an intersection that no longer existed.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   lily

      if you google map my apartment to downtown LA (i live a few miles south) and go to street view, the direction to get on the freeway shows you driving off a bridge. seriously, arrows off the bridge and all. hilarious, but not helpful when trying to get on 110 northbound…

      May 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   fluffy8u

      Maybe it’s all a conspiracy! Yeah, like Google and MapQuest are trying to see how many people they can get arrested or pulled over, or somethin’. I bet they’re gamblin’ against eachother…

      Fluffy’s got her shifty eyes on… I’m on to them!!

      May 18, 2009 at 2:24 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Phalange

      Google Maps once had me enter a wormhole to another dimension and traverse across the boundaries of space-time all just to get to the adult video store located 500 ft down the road!

      May 18, 2009 at 8:10 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   mamason bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t know if they’ve taken me the long way to reach a destination since I didn’t know how to get there in the first place which is why I was using mapquest to begin with.

      May 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   Geek Goddesss

      And as always, someone has to go and be all rational and reasonable. Where is your PAN spirit, mamason?

      May 18, 2009 at 7:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   mamason bang

      Keep reading,GG. Keep reading. ;-)

      May 18, 2009 at 7:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   park rose bang

      Geek Goddess, you do not know who you rumble with (or maybe you do, and I don’t).

      May 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.10   Geek Goddesss

      I kept reading. And I bow to mamason’s awesome PANness.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.11   mamason bang

      Repetition… for when you just can’t think of anything else to say.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.12   park rose

      As we all do.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.13   park rose

      Mama, I wrote a sonnet once which exploited the very concept. It rhymed and all and I even continuously misspelt ‘repetition’ (deliberate of course ;) ).
      Nothing bears repetition for too long, was how it went. For however many lines. Then it even had a volta as the sentences gradually got shorter disappearing into nothingness. It’s a shame that my teacher never recognised my brilliance, nor noticed my clever volta, and so I bring it here to you on PAN in my constant quest for thumb affection ♥ .

      May 18, 2009 at 8:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.14   Geek Goddesss

      You can say that again, mama.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   oi!

    This is classic PA behavior. you see, behind this decorum of help lies an agenda of making your guest lose the way and never reach to destination. Lesser the guest more money saving.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   jamesbondq bang

    The map kind of assumes that you are as familiar with the persons area as they are. I mean, they show a main highway, but it appears that you have to go under and around to get to the location? Plus i dont know what one would do coming from the south(?) since there is apparently inconvenient highway access.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Nugget

      I can see how that map might be confusing to someone who doesn’t live in Austin, but anyone familiar with the standard Texas highway+access road system wouldn’t be confused.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   whatyouarenot

      i live in austin. if you can’t find game night from the map, it’s going to be a painful game night, unless we’re playing something like checkers, with teams.

      May 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   Christina

      Another Austinite, and that map is perfectly clear to me. Plus, I live near there and have found google maps to be kind of unreliable in the area — lots of new development and such. Mapquest, I have to assume, would be worse.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   SuperMe

      I live in California, but I work for a place that dispatches road service to Texas. That map is really clear to me. I even compared it to my favorite Google Maps and it’s pretty right on.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Canthz_B bang

      I can’t take it anymore!

      The person who objected to this map is looking for the turn by turn information that online maps provide. This has nothing to do with the graphic representation. It’s about the lack of written instructions.

      OK, bye.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:24 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   unholyghost2003 bang

      CB, BUT if the online maps are using faulty info (as we all know they do) the turn by turn is wrong too. So the person is objecting to an accurate graphic representation in favor of inaccurate written instructions? Not to mention that the general sort of maps that you get from Mapquest (the ones intended for inclusion with party invites) also do not have turn by turn instructions. The only way to get turn by turn is if you have both the start and end address so if the note writer is complaining about the lack of written instructions then s/he is complaining that s/he wasn’t given a personalized map along with the invite.

      OK, bye. ;)

      May 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   BrookeDiz bang

      Never assume that south is at the bottom of a hand-drawn map.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.8   sarcastic monkey

      But south is at the bottom in this map. The map is not that bad. Someone was being idiotic – and it wasn’t the map maker.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.9   Geek Goddesss

      Is it safe to assume that the coworker lives in Austin, too?

      May 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   rainyday

    Who even uses mapquest anymore? Is that even still a real site? i thought we had all moved onto google, or perhaps invested in tom toms. The note writer is only slightly less behind the times than his/her map-drawing co-worker.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Bunnee

      Judging from this comment, I guess I am ashamed to say, my name is Bunnee and I am a Mapquest user. I can’t quit using!

      May 17, 2009 at 11:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   Canthz_B bang

      I thought we had all moved on to “on to”, but if you’d like to be atop Google, be my guest there, rainyday. ;-)

      Just another pet peeve, nothing to see here folks.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:29 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   TheOldSchool

      Bunnee, just let go and let god….

      May 18, 2009 at 1:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   TheOldSchool

      Ooops….

      Bunnee, just let go and let google….

      May 18, 2009 at 1:22 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   ClickClack bang

      I think what he really means is “Just let go and let TheOldSchool.”

      May 18, 2009 at 1:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   fluffy8u

      I use neither. I just get lost.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.7   TheOldSchool

      CC,

      Just let go of my ears, darn it! I know what I’m doing.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:49 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.8   park rose bang

      Well, TOS, maybe CC is onto something. I heard the process involves:
      examining past errors with the help of an experienced member. I heard that you qualify. ;)

      May 18, 2009 at 6:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.9   anglophile bang

      I use, you know, an actual road map. Call me crazy.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:15 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.10   ClickClack bang

      Sorry, TOS. I shall stand back and observe. And mebbe take notes.

      parkrose: “experienced member”? Heh. :wink:

      May 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.11   mamason bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t know if they’ve taken me the long way to reach a destination since I didn’t know how to get there in the first place which is why I was using mapquest to begin with

      May 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.12   park rose

      CC, he ain’t called the old school for nothing. ;)

      May 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.13   TheOldSchool

      The right.

      Plus, “TheOldScrotum” was already taken.

      May 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   leftfoot

    It’s just not PA enough.. I mean, there should have been something about not playing pictionary with someone who can’t draw a map..

    May 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   techimpaired

      It’s a map!
      No it’s a telephone pole!
      It’s a crossdresser in a miniskirt with his dick falling out of his thong!
      What do you mean we’re not playing pictionary?

      May 17, 2009 at 11:09 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   TheOldSchool

    Back in my day, we didn’t have parties.

    May 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Canthz_B bang

      Back in your day, they didn’t have politics, TOS! LOL

      May 18, 2009 at 1:28 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   ClickClack bang

      At first, I thought TOS was pining for a long-gone era when there were no panties.

      May 18, 2009 at 1:46 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   Canthz_B bang

      The 80′s were great, weren’t they! :-P

      May 18, 2009 at 1:48 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.4   Goldie

      Back in TOS’s day, his buddies had to invent all sorts of crazy shit just to keep him from showing up at their parties. Like, telling him “parties? we don’t have them!”

      May 18, 2009 at 11:03 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.5   TheOldSchool

      Now that I think about it, I’m fairly certain I never even had a day.

      Drawing a blank….

      Drugs, stay in kids. Just say “school” to no.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   bibberly

    I hate that everyone assumes googlemaps and mapquest are the best way to go. Often they are not. My street was just added a couple of months ago, and I’ve lived here almost three years already. The school where I work (also in its third year) continues to be in the wrong place on both navigation sites, leading to lots of cursing from the opposing team’s parents whenever we host sporting events. Not to mention that I got lost going there myself on the first day. If mapquest (or googlemaps) are not going to give your guests good directions, I say go with the hand-drawn maps.

    May 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Julie

      Agreed. I cannot use Google Maps or Mapquest to get to my doctor’s office because the street is new (within the last year) and neither site can find it.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Canthz_B bang

      Julie, if you know where your doctor’s office is, pray tell why you’d need Google Maps or Mapquest.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   fluffy8u

      Because when she’s drunk, it’s hard to remember those things.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:40 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   N/A

      Google maps is user updatable. If it doesn’t find your house or shows another location in the wrong place you can tell them and they’ll fix it. It never used to go all the way to my house (complex of townhouses, all addresses mapped to the mail room) but I updated it and they fixed every house on the street.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   anglophile bang

      The town I work in has coordinate addresses (N12 W3456, for example) and neither Google Maps or Mapquest can handle it. The business is mapped correctly on Google Maps if you put in the business name, but if you put in the address it sends you five miles out among the cornfields. :roll:

      May 18, 2009 at 9:19 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   DearJane

      Sounds like a children of the corn conspiracy…

      May 18, 2009 at 10:28 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   mamason bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t know if they’ve taken me the long way to reach a destination since I didn’t know how to get there in the first place which is why I was using mapquest to begin with…

      May 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   park rose

      *Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Mama ♥ * . How goes the RSI?

      May 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   ClickClack bang

      Kudos, Ms. Rose.

      I’d thumb you twice if t’were possible.

      May 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.10   oi!

      uhm, sir? yeah, Mr. clack, you are not suppose to use kudos if you are not being sarcastic.

      May 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.11   mamason bang

      fine, fine…

      May 18, 2009 at 5:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.12   park rose bang

      oi!? I think you should speak for yourself. I am holding Sir Click-Clack’s kudos very close to my heart.

      May 18, 2009 at 6:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.13   oi!

      *huffs and puffs*
      *opens and closes mouth rapidly*
      well there goes my attempt to pick a fight… again ….:(

      May 18, 2009 at 6:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.14   mamason bang

      oi, I’ll fight with you if you’d like. ♥

      May 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.15   oi!

      you are ever so sweet, mama. I knew I can count on you.
      weather today is so grey, I am being emotional for no reason.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.16   park rose bang

      You’re too sweet to pick a fight, oi! Me too, it goes without saying. I was just jealously guarding the rare bit of adulation that gets thrown my way ;)

      May 18, 2009 at 7:25 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.17   oi!

      :). Thanks rose.
      btw I too dig your comments.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.18   mamason bang

      Yeah, Rose. You’re far out!

      May 18, 2009 at 8:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.19   Julie

      It was a new office! I had never been there before. I know it is not as entertaining of an explanation as me being a drunk but there it is.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.20   ClickClack bang

      You know, Julie…. The first step in finding a way to triumph over your problem is to admit that you have one. It’s OK, you’re among friends. Let it allllllll out.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   leftfoot

    Is that Slaughter Lane??

    Is her neighbor Freddy Kruger?

    May 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   park rose

      Stagger Lee.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   lb

      Slaughter Lane used to be where all the slaughterhouses were. :(

      May 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Christina

      Austin is great for literal names. (“Little Cow Path,” etc. There’s also a street called “Convict Hill,” which I imagine (with no data) is where they used to string ‘em up.

      May 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   Wade bang

      Slaughter Lane was named for nearby Slaughter Creek, which was named for Stephen F. Slaughter, who received the original grant of land in the area on March 12, 1835.

      And Convict Hill got its name from the convicts used to quarry limestone to build the Texas state capitol.

      And Salt Lick is a great place for barbecue! 8)

      May 18, 2009 at 12:11 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   Canthz_B bang

      And here I thought it was named for Sgt. Slaughter.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:20 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.6   fluffy8u

      Wow, Wade. Say, do you know how Ganny Apples were named? I mean, who is this Granny and why does she get her own apples?

      May 18, 2009 at 2:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.7   park rose

      Kurt wanna gut Junior? (Freddy Kruger’s interior monologue).

      May 18, 2009 at 3:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.8   Geek Goddesss

      Are Granny apples anything like Granny panties?
      Just wanna know…

      May 18, 2009 at 5:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.9   Wade bang

      I’m not sure about Ganny apples, fluff, but Granny Smith apples were developed quite by accident by an Aussie grandmother, Maria Ann Smith, in the 1860′s. ;)

      Granny panties are another story altogether. :P

      May 18, 2009 at 5:42 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.10   anglophile bang

      Leave my panties out of this.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:20 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.11   park rose bang

      How about your pantries? Stuffed full of condiments made from Ganny’s Granny’s Granny apples?

      May 18, 2009 at 9:25 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.12   TheOldSchool

      Please refrain from joking about grandmothers.

      Mine passed away recently.

      I still ache for her smoldering kisses … her inquisitive fingers … her circus-performer-style-antics in the bedroom….

      I can’t look at a bottle of vermouth or a pack of Salems or even drive past a “free std clinic” without thinking of her.

      Whatever she had, she was always willing to give.

      May 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.13   mamason bang

      I rock the granny panties! I rock ‘em hard!

      May 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.14   ClickClack bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never had a problem. Please provide the address of your granny panties so MapQuest can help us get this party started.

      May 18, 2009 at 5:15 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.15   Christina

      Aw. I kind of liked my theory about Convict Hill, but I bow to Wade’s knowledge.

      May 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.16   park rose bang

      We all do.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.17   Wade bang

      If it is any consolation, Christina, they worked a lot of them to death. 8)

      May 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.18   mamason bang

      I know I feel better now!

      May 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Kass

    Awwe, I love hand drawn maps, altho in saying that, my hand drawn maps are far superior than that..in colour and all! :)

    May 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Neeners

      Your right, hand drawn maps show a person who values penmanship and the beauty of the written word. A real romantic. This is someone that still writes letters instead of emailing or typing them. Just like the good ole days. Only a crass ass would ask for MapQuest. This is cartography at its best.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Canthz_B bang

      Beauty of the written word? “Your right”?

      I’ve died and gone to Petpeeveland! :roll:

      May 18, 2009 at 12:39 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Neeners

      Sorry Canthz, just being sarcastic! Say where is petpeeveland anyway? Is it by WTFville?

      May 18, 2009 at 12:43 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Canthz_B bang

      It’s disturbingly near.
      Hold on a sec…I’ll hand-draw a map for you! LOL
      Call me CB. ;-)

      May 18, 2009 at 12:47 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   fluffy8u

      We demand that you use MapQuest!

      May 18, 2009 at 2:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   Goldie

      Ur right, CB, its my petpeeve 2 :P

      May 18, 2009 at 11:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   much to my chagrin bang

      They seem to be “reoccurring” “alot” today, CB.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.8   not me!

      cb i c ur mad

      May 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.9   TheOldSchool

      Neeners,

      Right-hand-drawn maps? Just what kind jerk-offs do you take us for?

      May 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.10   ClickClack bang

      Why, the kindest jerk-offs, of course. And ones who use their right hands for that activity, as all right-minded people do. Stand up for your rights!

      May 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   TastyPrawn

    Eh, I can read this map well enough. So well that I can guess the place the game night is being held at is either near either where my sister lives, or at the apartment complex where my sister works.

    I guess if you’re unfamiliar with the area, MapQuest would be better. But the place of work is in the same area as the place the game night is at, so this map should work. (From the lines drawn, I am assuming that the place of work is at William Cannon on the southbound side of I-35.) If you work near there, this map does okay. It’s no work of art, but it works.

    May 17, 2009 at 11:29 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Canthz_B bang

      Um, thanks…we care deeply.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:22 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Geek Goddesss

      Now how did that work again, Tasty?

      May 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   lb

    I’m from Austin, and I can follow that chickenscratch just fine. Anonymous coworker needs to take the stick out.

    May 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   not me!

      agreed! I’ve been to Austin once, for a week, for business.

      Every single automated map utility I used from my place of work’s travel booking site (which put me in a hotel in ROUND ROCK, telling me it was 2 miles away from my company’s office in Austin–when it was 20 miles), to mapquest and google maps, to the GPS in my rented car, was a nightmare to follow. I got lost so much even with a GPS. In that city, I’d rely on a hand-drawn map and the advice of someone who knows the place before I’d trust a computer to tell me anything.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Neeners

    What a turd? If it were me they’d be disinvited to the game night! Sorry no free chili cheese dip and beer for you buddy!

    May 18, 2009 at 12:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   ClickClack bang

      Are you asking if the writer of the addendum is a turd?

      OK, everyone: show of hands, please…

      May 18, 2009 at 1:34 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Canthz_B bang

      A turd is another name for a piece of solid excrement.
      That an answer?

      May 18, 2009 at 1:43 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   fluffy8u

      Clicky, I’m showing my hands, but I’m not sure you can see them through the computer…

      May 18, 2009 at 2:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   park rose bang

      Fluffy, you might want to put those away. You know what happens to unlucky little rabbits, don’t you? One mammal’s good-fortune geegaw is another mammal’s lifetime of prosthetics. That is, if the bleeding can be stemmed.

      May 18, 2009 at 6:44 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   Canthz_B bang

      Yes, for God’s sake, put them away, fluffy.

      1) We don’t know where they’ve been, and
      2) They keep using your keyboard.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:59 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.6   ryanmalloy

      “A turd is another name for a piece of solid excrement.”

      Please refer to the Bristol Stool Chart for further information.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.7   Snippy

      Stool’s out forever!

      May 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.8   ClickClack bang

      Well, that fell like s***.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:34 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Canthz_B bang

    I’ve seen better maps on the backs of Cap’n Crunch boxes.
    At least there you have a fighting chance of finding the treasure!

    May 18, 2009 at 12:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Neeners

      Cap’n Crunch is good but if you eat too much it removes the flesh off the inside of your mouth. What the hell is it anyway pumice with sugar on it?

      May 18, 2009 at 12:44 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   Canthz_B bang

      Not if you add milk, the Cap’n used to go limp early in my day…but of course he has Cialis now…

      May 18, 2009 at 12:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   Canthz_B bang

      What, WP?! :roll:

      May 18, 2009 at 12:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.4   fluffy8u

      PLEASE, don’t tell me we are going through the “which cereal doesn’t cut up the mouth and goes good with vodka” thing again.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Kyra

    Wow…sure, Google Maps (far superior to MapQuest, I think) and such provide more legible maps, but anyone who knows how to use that can do so. I mean, sure the map’s kind of scribbly, but since when did trying to be helpful become rude?

    May 18, 2009 at 2:41 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   mamason bang

      Today.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Johan Aulin

    For its purpose, the map looks fine.

    Note to note writer: Haven’t *you* heard of Google Maps? Who uses MapQuest nowadays?

    May 18, 2009 at 3:57 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   mamason bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never had a problem. I wouldn’t know if they’ve taken me the long way to reach a destination since I didn’t know how to get there in the first place which is why I was using mapquest to begin with/

      May 18, 2009 at 5:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Canthz_B bang

      mamason, I plussed you…twice! :lol:

      May 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   mamason bang

      I knew that was you giving me a big thumbs up! 8-O

      May 18, 2009 at 8:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   cheeky

    I think the most distressing part is that someone holds game nights for their colleagues.

    Team I Hate Having to Spend Any of My Free Time With People From Work, I Get Enough of Them AT Work

    May 18, 2009 at 4:21 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Geek Goddesss

    Why Google Maps™ should be used with caution:

    http://xkcd.com/461/

    May 18, 2009 at 5:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   park rose

      I think that spectral wolf might be able to answer your query at 15.8.

      May 18, 2009 at 5:42 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   Geek Goddesss

      But what happens if I don’t master the spectral wolf? Am I condemned to wonder eternally, all the while wearing Granny Panties?

      May 18, 2009 at 5:54 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   park rose bang

      Whilst eating Granny Smith apples? Why yes, yes you are.

      Or, alternatively, you might be sharing the gastric juices of the spectral wolf’s intestinal tract, or at least its stomach, whilst awaiting a kind-hearted, axe-wielding, phantom lumberjack. While waiting, you can check out whether granny is wearing the correct age correlated lingerie.

      May 18, 2009 at 6:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Geek Goddesss

    Gigglebrax failure.
    *hangs head, blames lateness of hour*

    May 18, 2009 at 5:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   niknak

    Umm…didn’t handing out maps to your house go out at around the same time as passing out printed invitations to your birthday parties? Somewhere around grade three or four?
    On the other hand, I really wouldn’t want that map maker on my team if we were playing Pictionary!

    May 18, 2009 at 6:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Woman on the Verge bang

    Here is the second map she handed out:
    Go to
    \
    \
    \
    \
    \
    \
    \
    Hell

    May 18, 2009 at 6:44 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Okay, this really looked better when my backslashes were all aligned to look like a diagonal… *sigh*

      May 18, 2009 at 7:13 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   claw71 bang

      It’s Texas, I think they’ve all been punished enough.,

      May 18, 2009 at 10:39 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   Susannie

    One would think gamers would enjoy an adventerous map? I mean, MapQuest kind of sounds like a game in it self.

    Walk to Slaugherstreet, talk with a dwarf holding an axe. Run from said dwarf to exit 28 where you will meet a fair maiden. Say no to a BJ and ask for directions to her friend. Pick up som blue flowers. Greet your host.

    Nb, it’s all about shiny armours tonight.

    May 18, 2009 at 7:38 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   TTMS

    I get that the map is a bit crudely drawn, but there’s no need for such harshness! I’m glad I don’t work in her office. If it were my games night I’d do a handwriting check and turn the PAN writer away at the door. Actually I couldn’t be bothered to do that but i would certainly THINK about it.

    May 18, 2009 at 7:50 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   MissNikki930

    This person lives between “Overpass Slaughter” and “Slaughter Lane”, do they really want to stop by for a visit anyway?!

    May 18, 2009 at 8:40 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   MaggieV357 bang

    Long time lurker. I have to say that Pan-Anon Writer has trouble reading maps, and is peeved that step by step driving directions weren’t given. I live where directions once included “go straight down the paved road, turn left on the blacktop, (there IS a difference) and go til you get to where the black dog is standing in the middle of the road. My trailer is on the left.” And by all that is holy, I swear there was a damn black dog standing in the middle of the road in front of her trailer, every time I went there! I never could figure out how come it didn’t become “go to where there’s a dead black dog in the middle of the road…”

    May 18, 2009 at 8:55 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   ashmeadow

    Velocity? Austin has a street named velocity? OR is the map writer also giving speeding tips?

    May 18, 2009 at 9:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   claw71 bang

    Game night? Look, breaking out Crainium and playing with the kids is one thing, but getting together with coworkers is just dorky. So dorky, in fact, that I’m surpirsed that the directions to the house weren’t conveyed via an elaborate geochache search.

    If I’m getting together with coworkers the only game I’m interested in playing his hide the python with that intern who looks like Jessica Alba.

    May 18, 2009 at 10:12 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Phalange

      Wait, the interns where you work look like Jessica Alba? Are you hiring?????

      The interns where I work are all geeky Indian kids with limited social skills.

      May 18, 2009 at 10:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.2   aaa

      Lucky you, Phalange. All my coworkers are either former drug addicts with fried neurons or dumbass know-it-alls with poor hygiene who flunked out of community college.

      May 18, 2009 at 11:03 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #33.3   claw71 bang

      Ok, maybe she doesn’t look like Jessica Alba but compared to the rest of the lumpy trolls who waddle around my office all day she’s hot. After a few tequila shooters I won’t care that she’s cross-eyed and smells like stale hummus.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   woot

    Now that i have the map, I’m there!

    May 18, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Mishee™ bang

    I can’t believe 110 comments on this note and not one mentions me.

    I see what happens when I take a weekend off.

    Ok. That’s a lie. I’m never here on weekends.

    May 18, 2009 at 10:35 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   oi!

      looks like somebody is missing isuck, ;)

      May 18, 2009 at 10:44 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   oi!

    nevermind

    May 18, 2009 at 10:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   aaa

    WHAT IS THIS? HAVEN’T YOU HEARD OF RAINBOW FONT, REFERENCES TO JESUS/YOUR MOTHER, OR INCONSISTENT FORMATTING?

    May 18, 2009 at 10:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   aaa

    A question for Simone in Austin. Did her coworker include an address or step-by-step directions along with her delightfully DIY map?

    May 18, 2009 at 10:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   ClearlyDemented

    This is all just a misunderstanding. Sheila in accounts receivable’s four-year-old son shouted this at her from the back seat one day, exacerbated that she couldn’t find the toy store. Sheila and her friends say it often, sort of their latest catch phrase (they’re dope like that.) The rest of the office says it because they know Sheila’s kid is a brat and it’s sort of an inside joke making fun of Sheila and her clan for being so high-school to begin with as to have a catch phrase. Simone must be new.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   ClickClack bang

      The failure of the 4-year-old’s mother to locate a toy store worsened the child?

      May 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.2   ClickClack bang

      OR were you suggesting that Sheila was inside the 4-year-old son of the Accounts Receivable department? It’s all very confusing.

      *grieves for Herbert Kornfeld, the late great H-Dog from the Accounts Receevabo krew at Midstate Office Supply*

      May 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   Sirius¤ bang

    Tonight’s game is called “See If That Map Can Lead You To Safety Before My Playmates Catch You

    – The Girl Who Lives On Slaughter Lane

    May 18, 2009 at 11:26 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Beth

    How do they know she didn’t use MapQuest/Google then trace it to get the homestyle look?

    Also, as far as the accuracy of MapQuest and Google Maps goes, to find my parents’ house, you have to enter a wrong address because neither mapping system pays any attention to the house’s postal address. Yep, they’re so much better than hand drawing…

    May 18, 2009 at 11:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   aaa

      If the coworker really wanted to do the “homestyle look” right, s/he should’ve added some fun (I guess…) scrapbook paper or stickers or pressed flowers or some of that other crafty shit. Right now the map just looks kinda half-assed and unloved.

      May 18, 2009 at 11:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   mamason bang

      I use mapquest frequently and have never… meh, you get the point…

      May 18, 2009 at 6:01 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.3   park rose bang

      Mama ♥ I get the point (refrain – musically that is), and you got my thumb multiple times ♥ Was it good for you?

      May 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.4   mamason bang

      Yes, Rose. It was good for me… multiple times!

      Oh… sweet mystery of life I’ve finally found you…

      May 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.5   Mishee™ bang

      mama, you are hot, right now I am imagining you as Madeline Kahn.

      Is that so wrong?

      May 18, 2009 at 6:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.6   mamason bang

      I’d rather be remembered for my own small contributions to science, and because of my accidental relationship to a famous . . . coo-coo.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.7   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Would you like a rrrroll in da hay?

      May 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   Lildonbro

    I am distracted by the road named “Slaughter”

    May 18, 2009 at 11:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   aaa

      I’ve driven past a road called “Stab” before. Not “Stab Road,” “Stab Lane,” or “Stab Avenue,” just a sign labeled “Stab.” But then again, it was in the Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky.

      Jokes about Kentucky stereotypes staaaaaaaaaaart… NOW!

      May 18, 2009 at 11:51 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.2   claw71 bang

      Best location in Kentucky (besides the Maker’s Mark distillery): Big Bone Lick State Park.

      May 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.3   DearJane

      Most disturbingly named place in Vermont : Grandpa’s Knob….

      May 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.4   Snayl

      There’s a restaurant in Manhattan’s west village named after that park. Because there just has to be.

      May 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.5   Mark bang

      Humptulips is a pretty good Washington town name. There’s a whole blog dedicated to dirty Washington town name limericks.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.6   Geek Goddesss

      And who could ever forget Dildo, Newfoundland?

      May 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.7   Canthz_B bang

      Happy Jack, AZ

      May 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.8   aaa

      Actually, claw, I’m pretty close to Big Bone. They have bison in a fence. :D

      BTW, Big Bone really isn’t that exciting. Nature sucks. :c

      May 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #42.9   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Hey, we got a Baldknob here in Arkansas.

      May 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #43   Brunogirl

    The truth is this: Gertrude in Accounting is the MapQuest scrawler. She found the note on a co-workers’ desk and in a blind rage at not being invited to play Jenga with the ‘cool kids’ she lashed out at the party organizer with whatever criticism she could find.

    Now she knows the awful truth about ‘party night’ and has another reason to secretly hate Felicia in Purchasing.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   MagPie

      I used to work with Gertrude. She got fired because clearly the boss like Google maps the best which was another reason why she was never invited to our “game nights”…

      p.s. love the site! good therapy

      May 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #43.2   Mishee™ bang

      Brunogirl – most people in Accounting already not-so-secretly hate the people in Purchasing.

      But that’s because purchasing is usually filled with a bunch of fucking idiots who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground, let alone the G/L code for employee wellness to put on the PO, even though Accounting tells her every fucking week

      *sigh*

      Yes… MagPie is right…. Good therapy!

      May 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #44   pix

    Another Austinite, here to answer your questions.

    1) Ashmeadow: Velocity is a local credit union.

    2) Goldie: I think Simone’s house is behind the box and she’s afraid we’ll all show up. I know I would, she plays games and lives less than a mile from me. Clearly we should be best friends. In fact, why wasn’t I invited to the party? I mean sure, we’ve never met, but I’m super. I wouldn’t write some kind of douchebag note criticizing her cartography skills.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #45   brooke

    whoa i live freakishly close to the map artist!

    May 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   claw71 bang

      Freakishly?

      I doubt that very much. Living on the same block would be coincidental at best. Living next door would be serendipitous but not completely beyond the grasp of human understanding.

      Freakishly close would be if you have multiple personalities and one of them is prone to inviting people over to play various games.

      May 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.2   TheOldSchool

      Precisely, Claw. People are tossing around “freakishly” far too casually these days.

      People: think before you post. Words mean shit.

      May 18, 2009 at 5:11 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.3   mamason bang

      What if Brooke is the map writer’s parasitic twin? That would be freakishly close.

      May 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.4   Canthz_B bang

      She lives freakishly and she does so close to the map maker.

      May 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.5   park rose bang

      She’s a very kinky girl
      The kind you don’t take home to mother

      May 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.6   ClickClack bang

      Especially not if you use that map to find mother’s house.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.7   TheOldSchool

      Rick James HATED mapquest.

      May 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #45.8   mamason bang

      I’m Rick James, BITCH!

      May 20, 2009 at 11:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #46   claw71 bang

    I always get calligraphy and cartography mixed up. It’s not as bad as you might think, when I give people directions they like the classical flair, but the last time I made a batch of wedding invitations it didn’t go over so well.

    May 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #46.1   mamason bang

      *imagines claw sitting at a table strewn with empty beer bottles in his tighty whities that now more closly resemble what I like to call saggy grey gaggers with a cigarette hanging from his unshaved face lovingly hand making wedding invitations* :-?

      May 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #47   sugarlips bang

    My friend needed driving directions from my place to his place. He used Googe Maps. He didn’t like the map/illustration used so he clicked and dragged the route to the route/roads he wanted to use. His map worked perfectly.

    Team Google Maps!

    (However, the note writer is still an asshole and deserves to stay home alone with his grumpiness on Games Night)

    May 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #47.1   oi!

      oh god almighty!
      people are able to alter their route with the click of mouse now. who knew? next thing you know they will able to see the actual shots of streets!
      point is google maps can be unreliable even with all the cool features.

      May 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #47.2   Canthz_B bang

      I moved to Arizona last October. I use Google Maps a lot to find places out here.
      I’ve never had a problem with the directions.
      The only thing I have had a problem with is the old satellite images. The mall I was looking for was an empty lot, but the driving directions were spot on.

      Not saying that others have no problems.

      You know, if you search for the wrong address (789 Main Street instead of 789 Main Place) and print those directions, it’s not Google that got you lost.
      Don’t think it never happens, I’ve nearly done it myself.

      May 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #48   oi!

    I love all the street names in Austin.

    May 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   Jo

    I have a friend who lives in that complex and I would prefer a hand-drawn map to it. It’s kind of in the middle of no where… the complex is set back from the service road and is hidden by trees.

    There’s also a Whataburger by the Velocity Credit Union. Mmm mmmmm.

    May 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   AuntyBron

    I live in Michigan. I Mapquested for an address in Davison and I got directions to Simone’s game night in Austin, TX. WTF?!

    May 19, 2009 at 11:22 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Kate

    Hey, this lady lives right around the street from me!

    May 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #52   Dagoberto

    People in South Austin are just rude in general. That’s why I live here… in South Austin.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   leah

    i’m more concerned about the fact that this map includes a “Slaughter Lane.” wtf?

    May 20, 2009 at 1:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   leenie

    at least it wasn’t on convict hill rd.

    May 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #54.1   Michelle

      And I live off Convict Hill Road and have never seen an escapee, so it’s alright for South Austin…

      May 21, 2009 at 2:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #55   Michelle

    I’m in Austin and there are about 8 new apartment complexes in quadrant of the map (E of I-35/S of Slaughter…so I can easily understand that the google maps/mapquest hasn’t kept up. Now, if she drew individual maps for each of her co-workers, that would be over the top.

    May 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   Amy

    yeah.. who really wants to live somewhere called Slaughter Lane? hmmmm

    May 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   one can only hope you won’t be giving the wedding toast

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    Jun 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   Missing Lunch

    Don’t think I’d want to live on “Slaughter Lane.”

    Jun 29, 2009 at 10:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   Megan

    I pass this area every night on the way to work. Perfectly readable to me.

    Jul 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   Abby

    This map is in Austin, TX…. I’m pretty sure it’s a map to my bank!

    Jul 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   Suzanne

    Maybe that person should’ve been given a different map, to a non-event! If I used MapQuest or GoogleMap for my house, people would end up in the wrong place because something’s not been updated in a long time and my address shows two blocks from where I live. People are to the point where they firmly believe that because something’s been “technoed” it has improved accuracy. It’s only as accurate as the idiot who put it in….so the hand-drawn map is probably the most accurate, in my opinion.

    Jul 8, 2009 at 6:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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