I understand that you’re not a Humboldt native. How, you ask? Let me explain.
If you are standing outside the Small Business Development Center on E Street in Eureka and facing across E Street, you are facing East. Just because the highway going that direction is named 101 North does not mean it is going North at that moment. You see, there’s this big thing that juts into the coast. If it wasn’t there, 101 North would be able to continue North. But it is there. It’s called the Humboldt Bay. Some people think it’s quite nice. Highway 101 must go around it – in an Easterly direction – before it heads North again to Arcata.
So…if you then happen to be teaching business skills in a classroom in the SBDC and ask all the students to close their eyes and point to the North, all of the students pointing their arms in the direction that Highway 101 is going in that part of town are wrong. Which means the one plump blonde girl who just happens to be a Humboldt native and is pointing in the direction of the Eureka boardwalk is right. And when you then agree with all the wrong students and you, yourself, point East and say it’s North, well then…that one girl gets a little bit miffed. Especially when the skinny woman with the bony elbows knocks into her and says, “I’m glad I’m not driving with you.” So miffed in fact, that instead of listening to your point about this exercise, she grabs her Blackberry and turns on the GPS just to show her best friend who’s sitting next to her that she is right and the rest of you are just plain wrong, and irritating to boot, and then says to the annoying skinny woman, “Yeah, like I’d really invite you,” and then can’t even concentrate on the rest of your rather dull talk because who can really trust business advice from a man who doesn’t even know which direction North is, anyway?
Just a helpful hint from me to you.