My wife and I agree on most things, but we do not agree on driving. Not the actual manipulation of the car, but the route. It is rarely an automobile journey that does not include criticism of the choice of route.
To understand this conflict, one must understand the difference between us. She takes the way she knows; I take the route that has the least hindrances. There is a saying in German that translates into “shorter does not mean quicker”. I will avoid traffic jams, traffic lights, construction, and anything else that keeps me from moving forward. She does not mind sitting at a standstill, as long as the car is pointed in the direction that she has chosen.
She is highly intelligent, but has zero sense of direction and limited (a polite way of saying none) understanding and knowledge of geography. I may not be as smart, but I do know maps and orientation. I can judge direction by the sun and stars. I know how cities are related to one another in terms of direction and distance. If I have been someplace once, I can always find it again. I might forget my last thought just after I turn around, but I can recall everywhere that I have been. I can travel through most of Europe without a map.
A good metaphor for my route selection process is water: it always seeks the path of least resistance and always finds a way. If that works for water, then it should work for me.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.