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A Trip to The Mall

Updated on June 19, 2020
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Car keys in my hand, handbag on the shoulder, dressed to shop till I drop, off I go walking fast, faster till I get to my car. I jump in, say a prayer, and start my car. I zip off as slow as I can!! I am a careful driver, you see, and I strongly feel that the “Safe Driver of the Year” award must go to me!

Driving with confidence with my GPS friend

I drive with expertise and flair to the mall. I am confident with the ins and outs of the roads in my city. I am a pro. You have to believe me when I say so. There is a secret to this, nothing great I just have a GPS, you know—my best friend and guide on the roads. I set the destination, and off I go. My GPS friend guides me to my destination.

Destination Reached

The sequence – if I have to change lanes, I get warned ten minutes before.

My friend GPS guides me like this –

For example

“Follow the lane for 100 m.”

“Prepare to move to the right lane.”

After the lane change has been made-

“Now follow the lane for 100 m ”

“Prepare to turn right.”

After the turn has been made-

“Follow the route for 15 m.”

Finally, my friend announces

“You have reached your destination.”

By now, you must know why I call my GPS, my best friend and guide!!

I park my car and am off to the mall.

Going crazy in the mall

I enter the mall. I look around. Oh! My GOD!! Day after day, something new keeps popping up on the shelves. New electronics, beauty products, soaps scents, and the list grows by the second. You turn around and as if by magic, something else pops up on the shelf. All thanks to the creative and innovative brains of the human race.

I go crazy, deciding which one to buy. I buy one today and another model – of course, the latest greatest with another extra feature pops up.

With all these thoughts running through my mind, I pick up a trolley and start wheeling around through the aisles.

You know trolleys have a mind of their own. If you push the cart straight, it chooses to go left; if you push it left, it wants to go right. So much for the wheel alignment on trolleys these days.

One aisle that drives me crazy is where all the delicious chocolates are displayed with great taste. I zip past through that aisle, but somehow I see the aisle, and I groan and moan inside. All the delicious chocolates call out to me, “Taste me, taste me.”

As I head towards the beckoning chocolates, the face of my doctor looms large in my mind, larger than life - his scowling face, disapproving eyes, his scorching words. I shiver and shake in fright; wisdom prevails, and I walk away from the heavenly delights, bidding a sad, tearful goodbye.

I finish all my shopping. I go through my list and check off all the items to make sure that I had bought everything that I wanted. Finally, it is off to the billing counter.

Billing was done, and it’s off to my car again. I confidently walk to the place where I had parked my car. I reach my car, but it is not mine. It just looks like mine. It’s like a mirage in the desert. There, but not there, maybe an apparition?? I was sure I had parked it there.

I look around; I see it there, right there way ahead, I walk and walk, but alas it is not my car. I had forgotten which bay I had parked my car.

Finding my car

I wondered if my true best friend would give me hoot and a call and say, "Am here, buddy, right here." I walked around in circles. I was sure I had parked my car in K- 17 bay, but alas, my car wasn't there. Then off to another bay, then another. I walked in circles, straights, rectangles, even a diagonal, or was that a pentagonal that I had covered.

In short, I traversed infinite distances and finally spotted my car. I heaved a sigh of relief. I jumped into the car. I relaxed, did some deep breathing, and switched on the music, and I hit the road with confidence – me and my GPS friend.


© 2012 Nithya Venkat

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      KoffeeKlatch Gals thank you, GPS is the way to go. GPS makes life easy on the roads.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I keep saying I am going to get a GPS. I am what they call directionally impaired. :) I have to learn one way to get somewhere and follow it forever after. Great day at the mall. I believe you're right, trolley's or carts do seem to have a mind of their own.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly, thank you for your appreciation and vote.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      That was a smooth and easy ride-courtesy your GPS friend, Nithya. I hope you keep having fun outings with your friend.

      Voted up all the way.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Dana Teresa thank you, am glad your enjoyed. My GPS guides me everywhere I go!! The best part is you can store new locations, the GPS remebers the way. You can also find malls, hospitals, important places in the city already stored in the GPS. So far, so good.

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      Dana Strang 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      oh my goodness thia could be me. I need to get a GPS! I get so nervous driving new places. It would be comforting to have an electronic friend to guide me. BUT i am even worse about finding my car! And that is why I always park in the same spots wherever I go. If it is somewhere new I turn around and look back at my car about three times. If I forget to do that, oh boy!

      This was another really fun read!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      TToombs08, Duchess does not the way herself. Cannot depend on such a GPS, better to learn the way. Thanks for stopping by,commenting and for the vote.

      PurvisBobbi44 thanks for stopping by and commenting. Your cousin must be depending on the GPS totally I guess, just like me!!! Thank you for your vote too.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Sunshine625, GPS really helps and am glad you enjoyed!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Funny story! I need to get a GPS, I get lost driving around my block!!:)

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Vellur,

      This hub made me smile it was so enjoyable to read. My cousin talks back to his GPS--I finally told him---I was going to saw off his branch of the Family Tree.

      I voted awesome.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      We call our GPS "Duchess" because she's so condescending. Her favorite prank to pull on us in a new city/town, is to navigate us to a cemetary. That's fine and dandy unless you are short on gas, it's 3am and in a very bad neighborhood in a city you have never been to before. Duchess is NOT my best friend...we have a love/hate relationship. :) This was a fun read! Voted up and more.

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      unknown spy you are most welcome, we will have a blast!!! thank you.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      Lovely lovely!! cAn I go shopping with you Vellur?

      thumbs up!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Rosemay50, am glad you enjoyed. Haha I have done that too!!! I wish the GPS that would guide us back to the car will be invented soon!!! Thank you for your wonderful comments and vote. You made my day:).

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This is so funny, next someone will invent a sensory device for the GPS to guide us back to our cars. Lol (I wish) I can definitely relate to this. Have also jumped into the car when I have had someone with me and waiting only to look sideways and find a very startled stranger looking back in horror.

      Thanks for the fun read

      voting UP

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Hubert Williams you are right, it is a maze out there, with endless rows and rows. Thank you.

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      Hubert Williams 

      8 years ago

      Have been lost in the maze many times.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Deborah Brooks am so happy you enjoyed my hub. Thank you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      that was so funny..and boy can I relate to it.. really enjoyed this hub

      Debbie

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 you are so right, chocolates are a woman's true reward!! Thank you, am glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      You should have bought those chocolates! It's a woman's true shopping reward. I enjoyed your hub and had a good laugh while I imagined myself doing the same. I love my GPS too!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley thank you, my GPS is great!!

      Bedbugabscond you should get a GPS, it really helps.Thank you.

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      Melody Collins 

      8 years ago from United States

      I am seriously considering getting a GPS. I get really nervous when I drive in areas I don't know. So nervous that I tend not to go places I don't know. I hate missing out! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      Up and across, and you could very well be telling the truth I think as I laugh. I have been with someone who uses that GPS thing and she shows me as we move along. Next year it will be doing your shopping for you I bet!

      Love Tracy Chapman, especially "Give Me One Reason"!

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