Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Dreaded Drop Route, Particulars

This came as an email from my trainer to prepare me for my last training session with him in the summer, the ultimate "test' of my abilities, you might say. Here are Chet's instructions to me:

Hi Amy,

Unlike last time, let me give you some pointers as to our planned drop route for Tuesday, August 4.

1. I'll arrive at your home around 1:00 p.m.

2. You will, with your approval and consent, of course, dawn your sleepshades before entering the truck.

3. We will drive east, into Erie.

4. We will be dropped off in Erie within the following parameters:

(A). Southern-most boundary, 26th Street.
(B). Northern-most boundary, 10th street.
(C). Eastern-most boundary, Holland Street.
(D). Western-most boundary, Myrtle street.

5. These boundaries mean that we will be no farther south, north, east or west of these streets.

6. Our goal will be to walk to my office building which is at 153 E. 13th street; so the walk might be very short, very long or of medium length.

7. To the very best of our ability, we will not gather information from any people. Instead, we will use environmental cues such as:

(A). Traffic flow, including possible train traffic.
(B). Particulars of traffic direction. For example, on Peach street, for our purposes, all traffic flows north, the opposite being true of both French and Sassafras streets.
(C). The position of the sun, assuming we have a sunny day.
(D). Familiar nonvisual landmarks; I will help in this area.

8. If, after a minimum of 45 minutes, you choose to gather information by asking either passersby or merchants, you may do so, but you will be limited to three such gatherings which means, of course, that the adventure will not last any more than 135 minutes, 2 hours, 15 minutes, if you use all your "get out of jail" cards. I.E. you may make one inquiry every 45 minutes. The maximum number of inquiries is three, but such may not be made during a time period of less than 45 minute increments.

If you have any questions, feel free to write or call.


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