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I am a map geek, I fully admit this.

My dad was a State Highway engineer and used to bring home a new highway map as soon as they came out. I think I could read those maps almost as soon as I could read books (both between three and four). In elementary school, I was probably the only person who could draw a map of the Ottoman Empire or the borders of Pre-WWI Europe from memory (O.K., I was a history geek who loved maps . . . sue me.) In High School, I corrected the Geography teachers map test when I identified two countries that had changed names and she hadn't caught it yet.

Yeah, I'm that kind of a map geek.

So, that brings me to my "Clustr Map" on my profile page. There are a few things I find interesting. I have hits from four continents (North America, Asia, Europe and Australia) so far. Why I have hits from specific places though puzzles me.

(Note: I don't have fine-grain control over the map, so I'm having to base my city identifications on approximate locations and a bit of map analysis. If I identify the wrong town I apologize up front.)

Why Perth, Australia instead of the cities on the East Coast.

In Europe, I have a line from Austria to Switzerland to Germany to Holland and then to England, plus one little blip for Lisbon. Why those countries? Why not some of the others?

My second most popular country is India (of all countries not the United States)? (Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, Calcutta)

Why do I have a hit from Ho Chi Mihn City (formerly Saigon)?

It looks like my Canadian hits are Montreal, Ottowa and Calgary. Nothing from Toronto, Winnipeg or Vancouver.

Also, I wonder, is it weird that, without consulting another map, I can identify almost every city that a dot represents, both foreign and in the US?


( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Cool. Very cool. I like maps enough to know where some are on display, but I don't think I could be considered a map geek. :) FYI - If I get lost someplace out in the ack-bass end of the world (or just the state), I'm calling you for directions.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
You might be in luck.

One of my mutant powers is the ability to find my way back to a starting point. I don't always know where I'm going (although I am pretty good at finding places), but I have never been in a situation where I couldn't retrace my path back to the start point.

So, if I can find you, I can get you home.

Edited at 2010-03-03 02:47 pm (UTC)
( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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