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Have you ever gotten lost in thought and veered off course landing in an unexpected destination? It was in my early twenties  walking home late at night from the university library. I was deep in thought about the upcoming exam, love, beer and whatever else my young  mind was passionate about at the time. I wasn’t paying attention to where my feet were leading me.

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It was at one point I realized  I should be home by now and enjoying the warmth of a Guinness Stout. I looked up from where I was standing and  discovered that I had in fact walked four blocks past my house. I felt befuddled, confused, and slightly embarrassed. How could I have done such a thing?

Flash Forward thirteen years later and it  was just the other morning I walked to the mailbox, picked up the mail, and felt excitement as I sifted through the travel flyer. It was offering discounted prices to sunny destinations. I studied it and was lost in thought – I must check-out the web site. I need to begin planning our winter getaway from the rabid cold!  A cheap trip to Panama might do the trick! Now how do I convince my significant other…

As I walked up the steps to my house, my neighbor opened the door, I looked at her perplexed she said, “Can I help you?”

My face went red, “Oh My Goodness! I thought I was walking into my house. I was reading! I think I need another cup of coffee.”

She chuckled, “Well you are more than welcome to join us for a cup.”

Her family all surrounded around the table slightly chuckling at the confused neighbor who landed on their doorstep.  My face went red and I stammered “I’m sorry! I really am absent-minded!”

She chuckled as I walked away red-faced and befuddled in the brain. I wondered out loud to myself how did I lose track of my surroundings. It’s when I entered the comfort of  my own home I made another cup of coffee and decided I needed to start taking more vitamins.

Have you ever veered off course on your return travels home? Where did it take you?

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23 replies

  1. I have wandered off course just like that, only while driving! I like to think things over while I’m driving and I’ve had quite a few times of little voices from the back seat saying, why did we just drive past school or the store or I thought we were going home mommy? Thanks for a good post and a chuckle at myself!

  2. I veer off course all the time, sadly! Part of it’s due to my propensity for readwalking, but I do this a lot even when I’m not reading. My mind wanders faster than my brain, apparently!

    I’ve never wandered into someone else’s house, but I have struggled to open someone else’s car door for several seconds before realizing my mistake. :p

  3. I almost veered off the boardwalk the other day… I was walking briskly, listening to my Ipod, and fooling around on my phone. If I took a few extra steps, I would have tumbled right over the edge!

  4. Great minds think alike! As you know from my blog today, I have been known to look for my glasses when they are already on my face and put the peanut butter in the refrigerator instead of the cupboard, but I haven’t (yet) walked up to the wrong house. I have, however, been known to wake up towards the end of my 35 minute commute with no memory of the last 20 minutes or so of traveling. I also have been known to suddenly be in the middle of my commute and have the eerie feeling that I’m not really sure at what point of the drive I’m at. That’s a little scary when it happens!


    1. It must be a blogger thing because I found the peanut butter in the freezer last week! We must always be thinking of our next post 😉 I have driven missing streets, destinations, and then wonder if it is actually safe for me to drive. Chuckles! Thank you for your comments it’s nice to know I am not alone!

  5. It happens to me when I’m having a really good run. Like, when the iPod playlist is all kinds of good, and my legs feel like they could go forever without any guidance from me at all. Lost in thought, I wake up somewhere way the hell off of my usual route and then have to figure out how to get myself home. It’s kind of scary, now that I think about it. The last time it happened, I accidentally ran 22k and decided to get a smartphone with GPS!

  6. Ooohh yes! I started a second bout of university twelve/thirteen years ago. I travelled home by bus, and generally slept during the return journey. This stopped abruptly, though, the day I missed my stop. Awoke, surprized, at the next town from me. Had to walk four miles home, in the cold/wet/dark!!! From then on I had a coffee with me and sweeties to give a much needed energy buzz over that longest of journeys!!

    1. My neighbors are very lovely! What is even funnier is her husband rocks out on his synthesizer sometimes when nobody is home. It’s so loud I can hear it my living room. I always think Aliens are landing in the front lawn with all of his space music 🙂

  7. About twenty years ago we sold our home that we had lived in for 8 years and every time I left work or the grocery store after we moved I always headed in the direction of our old home until one of my four kids would ask “Where are we going Mom?” I would snap back into reality and turn our car around and head to our new home.

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