Iâ€™m kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I got lostÂ this morning on my way to an interview with a Jackson County Century Farm family.
Yes, me â€” the farm girl who has grown up directing people to drive west to the big brown barn, then south, west, south and west again to get to the family farm.
The directions are fairly simple for us â€œsouth of town folks,â€ but I always get a little mixed up when I head northeasterly on the Don Rickers Memorial Highway (thatâ€™s Minnesota 60 by the way) toward Heron Lake.
My mind says Iâ€™m heading north the entire way. Maybe itâ€™s a female thing, or maybe itâ€™s just me.
For too many years I relied on the little lighted icon in my Chevy Blazer to reassure me of my direction. The Blazer went bye-bye a couple of years ago and, unfortunately, its replacement did not come with a built-in compass.
Now, when I took the directions to the century farm over the phone the other day, I admitted my inability to decipher north, south, east or west in the Heron Lake area and the woman kindly told me to turn left and then turn right. The problem â€” my very first direction was to turn â€œnorthâ€ at the ethanol plant. Darn, I forgot to have her interpret that one for me!
It completely threw me for a loop, and of course I turned the wrong direction. In my defense, my mind was telling me I was already northbound, so to me the choices were east or west. I chose east, which I suppose in hindsight would technically be south.
And to think, I was just laughing with our copy editor the other day when she got lost on her way to a century farm family interview near Dovray. She at least has a good excuse â€” she didnâ€™t grow up in southwest Minnesota.
Another co-worker of mine always gets lost, and she expects to get lost anytime she has to drive outside of town. That I got lost on my way to a farm, well, that shocked her.
To save myself a bit of embarrassment, I can say I easily made it to my century farm interview the other day near Edgerton. There were no wrong turns, no long drives down gravel roads and no dead ends into a gravel pit (actually, our copy editor referred to it as a quarry).
Anyway, all of these century farm family interviews we reporters (and editors) have been conducting over the last week or so will be compiled in a special Century Farm edition of Todayâ€™s Farm in the Sept. 22 edition of the Daily Globe.
The stories should be rather interesting, based on the interviews that have been completed thus far. I can assure you, however, we wonâ€™t include any commentary about getting lost and having an â€œenjoyable-under-any-other-circumstancesâ€ drive around the southwest Minnesota countryside.