Have you ever been lost?

Discussion in 'Community' started by Doctor Q, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    In honor of tomorrow's season premiere of Lost, I have a question.

    Have you ever been lost? Getting lost looking for your car in the parking garage doesn't count, and neither does purposely wandering around somewhere new. I mean really lost.

    I've been lost enough to be nervous about it twice, but both very temporarily.

    1. The first time was when I was a kid and got lost in the forest while camping in northern California. I found the trail again in 5 or 10 minutes but it seemed like forever and I had visions of being stranded for days with no training about surviving in the wilderness. Now I laugh about that one.

    2. I was also lost once in Utrecht in the Netherlands. I was exploring by myself and realized I didn't know which way my hotel was. There were probably English speakers around, but the people I asked for directions didn't understand me. So I found a picture of the hotel on a postcard in a gift shop and pointed, and got directions that way. It wasn't exactly the wilderness, but it had me worried for those few minutes.

    I'm sure some of you have better stories than those.
  2. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    I can honestly say that I have never been lost in the way you describe. I must have a compass and a map inside my head, because by the time I was reading (3 years old), I was telling my Mom that she just missed the exit to our house, and when my aunt and grandmom came to visit us in Europe, they wanted me to go with them to Paris since I'd be able to find my way around without any problems.

    Truly being lost would scare me, I think.
  3. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    When I was 6, I got lost in West Edmonton Mall.
  4. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    I have never been extreamly lost the worst has been not being able to find my hotel room for 5 mins... Im glad I have my dads sense of direction.

    My mom on the otherhand... :rolleyes:
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I wasn't entirely lost but also wasn't sure how I'd get home.

    When I was 12 or so, I used to catch a train to school. The train went to Edinburgh and then on towards London. For some reason, I wasn't sitting with my friends that day and fell asleep only to wake up and not recognise anything outside the window...

    It appeared that I'd managed to sleep through the 20 minutes stop at Edinburgh and was now en route to Newcastle (90 minutes down the line). Being 12, I had enough cash to buy my school lunch and that was all. I threw myself on the mercy of the train guards who were very kind, unsurprisingly since I was near tears, gave me breakfast from the buffet, called Mum and handed me over to the station staff in Newcastle who gave me supplies of cold juice and a magazine to read and put me on the train back to Edinburgh.
  6. JW8725 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2005
    2 years ago me and my friend decided to cycle to the coast from Leeds, which is slap bang in the middle of England. We hit upon the idea of starting in the evening at dusk and riding all night to watch the sunrise over the sea in the middle of summer.

    Now england has no nasty monster type animals in the wild so we thought wot the heck, hit the off road track, follow a compass east and push our mountain bikes thru the forrests. It was an awesome ride. Light winds, overcast sky kept mild temps but we ended up getting lost in some dense forrest. I got a flat in the middle of nowhere and I swear everything suddenly became like Blair Witch Project. My mate actually fell off his bike that day though nothing serious, we ended up 20 miles off course and did make it in the end. But hey thats what makes life fun huh? Rising to the challenge and overcomming it. **hums eye of the tiger**
  7. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Did they ever find you? :D

    I wandered away from my mom at Sears once, when I was preschool age. A nice stranger found me in the parking lot, where I was happily wandering around, and brought me back inside, much to my mother's shock!
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
  9. Lau Guest

    My family's from Glasgow, and when I was little we used to go up and see my granny, and we would go on the train from Essex with my mum. This, incidentally, was the most exciting thing ever. But every time we got on the 'big train' (Intercity), my mum would go on with us, leaving the luggage on the platform, and find our seats and get us sat down. Then she would get off the train again to get the luggage and put that on. I always had a complete panic that in that 45 seconds, the train would suddenly pull out the station and me and my little brother would be speeding away, motherless, and I would try and decide whether, in that hypothetical situation, it would be enough of an emergency to pull the red switch thing.

    May I say, that after 20 years, Applespider, you have put my mind at rest, that if indeed that had happened, we would have been looked after, and I wouldn't have to deal with my brother's travel-sick vomit for a 5 hour journey at the age of 8. Thank you. :eek: :D

    Non hypothetical situations:

    When we were really really little, me and my brother ended up in the lift at the giant Civic Centre in Southend, and somehow the doors closed and we were speeding up to the 823434th floor, and my mum had to run up loads of flights of stairs to find us. This may explain the left-on-train paranoia.

    I got lost on the Isle of Arran once, by just walking off along a beach once, and was only by seeing my granny's bright red Ford Escort that I worked out where I was. My mum, incidentally, hadn't noticed. Similarly, me and my brother got lost in the sand dunes somewhere or other, and my mum that time had a complete mental over it, seemingly about perverts that were allegedly hiding behind each bush. Which was odd, because we were fairly old and pervert savvy (probably) at that point. :confused:

    And 2 friends and my brother I spent a very long 3 hours trying to orienteer with a map that, somewhat clichedly, we had upside down.

    And I got lost in Edinburgh when I'd just moved there, by trying to walk to the Queensferry bridge in the middle of the night (which I found out later was quite some distance away :eek: ) but I was quite drunk, so probably doesn't count.

    And I could list 800 other times, probably, because I seem to have little sense of direction, am often careless, or impulsive, or drunk, or a combination of the above, and therefore, probably shouldn't be allowed out. Ever. :D
  10. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    I'm lost almost everyday of my life. Bloody brain keeps crapping out on me. Similar to clayj I generally know where I'm going and where everything is, even if I really don't know, but it's the times that I zonk out and then have no bloody idea where I am that it hits me. Just keep walking till you see something you recognize, that's what I always do (if in a forest, follow the water). Never really scary, annoying at most
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    can't say that i have ever been lost, turned around momentarily as i drive in an unknown locale maybe, but never lost. i do too much driving for that and i have a good sense of direction.
  12. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    WhenI was a kid I got lost in Halden once, when I was on vacation there. Relatively small town near the Swedish border. 20-30k people. Wandered for a few hours before my mom and uncle found me. Or, rather, I found them in the local park.

    Very boring.

    I also got lost, kind of, when travelling home (to Halden) from the hospital in a nearby town (Fredrikstad). My pathfinding skills are pretty darn horrible, but for some weird reason I decided to explore the town a bit before taking the train home.

    I ended up walking pretty much all over the place, and eventually I had no idea were I was. Been 1+ hour since I began walking and my legs began to hurt badly at that point (hadn`t really used them much prior to that) and I was getting hungry. And to top it all, it began to rain. And getting a bit windy. It wasn`t quite spring yet, so It was kinda cold too. And I wasn`t dressed the part.

    All this meant that I had to spend a long time finding the damn train station and so I missed the train, and had to wait an hour for the next. Of course, almost everything was closed, and I had no food at home (I`d been away for so long that it was likely getting a nice, green, shade), so the only food I could find was some chocolate bars I bought at the station (they usually sell hotdogs, -they were actually selling them for cheap that week-, but they had none left since it was so late).

    Eating chocolate that time didn`t really help much, and mostly just made me sick, but luckily I found some old rice at home that I could warm up (as I had suspected, most everything else had that lovely green shade). At least I didn`t go competely starved to bed that night.

    The next time, if I`m ever there again, I`ll just take the 5min. walk straight to the station instead.

    So the Getting Lost part wasn't so horrible. It`s just the consequences of getting lost that was.
  13. EJBasile macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2004
    One time I drove down to Virgina for a meeting. I was trying to find the hotel but it was very hidden. I ended up driving into some kind of naval base with machine guns pointed at me.

    I've never been to lost lost. Don't you love your trusty GPS.
  14. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i stole my parents car to meet my first boyfriend, in a different state, and i was lost for most of the day :/

    and when i was a kid, i got lost in my hometown... pretty amazing considering it has like, 20 streets maybe, but i went to one of those Blue Star houses. she knew me by name, sent me home with some candy or something.

    we didn't take vacations a lot when i was a kid, so my parents were always pretty tight-leashed with me when we traveled. My boyfriend's family went on elaborate vacations every year, replete with stories of them all getting lost somewhere... They left him at the holocaust museum for half a day, for instance, before they returned looking for him. :eek:
  15. r6girl Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Sep 6, 2003
    the most lost i've been was during my first visit to france. i was doing a short visit to the location where i was hoping to do a short work assignment, and made the mistake of not sleeping on the flight and was nearly delirious from being so tired by the time the plane landed and i made it through customs and baggage claim. i'd taken french in high school and college, and thought i would be good to go, but, alas, i was not. i understood general directions to the hotel from the rental car agent, and then proceeded to get lost in the heart of downtown lyon. i had nothing but the rental car map to guide me and ended up asking for directions from some kid. i think i drove around the downtown area for nearly 1 hour before getting help and finally finding the hotel. then, when i finally got to the hotel and to my room, i fell asleep immediately and then couldn't sleep at all when night fell. in retrospect, i should have purchased a damn map in advance. ;)

    i did end up working there for a year, and my language skills improved dramatically. no more getting lost for me in france (or other french-speaking locales)!
  16. kasei macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Yeah big time. I was driving in Tokyo trying to find a building where I had an interview. I can read Japanese, but those of you who live in Japan and know how crazy their address are understand it took forever to find what I was looking for. Needless to say I found the building after about twenty minutes of driving around in circles in Yurakucho.

    I have driven around Europe and in the States and I haven never been that lost.
  17. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If my wife and I get lost when we go to Japan, there's no problem. Honshu is an island, after all. We'll just walk in a straight line until we come to the ocean, turn right, and then go clockwise until we get to Tokyo. From there, the trains go anywhere else. Problem solved!
  18. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    its not exactly lost but i've never felt like this before. sorta spooky
    when i was a kid, about 13-15ish i think. we were on holiday in Conway (or is it Conwy?), north Wales. and basically from the camp site -which is HUGE by the way, and good- there was a field below it going towards the river. i think they were priming the land ready for more caravan plots as there were loads of diggers and such.
    so i went into this field, and then down again into this other field. i felt so strange down here. there wasn't a single noise. it was so peaceful and quiet. verging on being horrendously scary actually. everything just stopped. nobody came to this field. there was some kind of power generator i think behind a big fence (which me and my brother used to think was a secret spy building :D )... and real long grass with giant trees surrounding the field, and a few trees in the middle.

    so i carried on going and i got to a cow field. jumped over the gate. carried on again. i ended up at the river. it was beautiful and all that, but it was getting dark so i headed back to the caravan.

    nothing was strange until i got back, even now thinking back to that place... i just feel an unease about it all. it was so beautiful. yet now at 19 it sends a shiver down my spine. there was nothing spooky there at all. sorta like i was a thousand miles from anyone. or like i shouldn't be here, yet i was allowed?
    thing is i live in the hills of the Pennines now. i can walk onto the moors just round the corner and theres nobody there for miles. houses are detached and few people live around here. but i dont get that feeling.

    man i'm weird.

    did get lost in a supermarket when i was a toddler :D
  19. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I've been blind as a bat without my spectacles since I was seven (the whole world looks like a Bob Guccione photo, sans sexy girl), so whenever I go to the beach or get in a public swimming pool, it can be quite an adventure just finding my beach blanket or poolside chair again.
    When I was 12, my best friend (who was 11) and I were flown down to Tampa, Fla. to spend a month with his grandparents. They took us to the Gulf Coast several times, but one time in particular I can recall laying on my back in that wonderfully clear, warm water, ears submerged, no glasses on, just enjoying the peace. The current took me several hundred yards down the beach and, when I got back to shore, I had no idea whether to go left or right to find my way back. I wandered on the very crowded beach for what seemed like hours, but was in reality only about 20-30 minutes, before I found the rest of our group. I was more than a little nervous.
  20. njmac macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I was 20 years old (i'm a female btw) and I went for a hike by myself in Harriman State Park in NY. I set out at about 9am for what was supposed to be an hour hike before I had to work.

    I thought I was on my way back, but about 7 hours later, hiking the whole time -no food or drink, I came to a road. Exhausted and dehydrated, I thought about hitchiking back to my car when a car drove up, rolled down his window and asked "do you know where Sterling Forest is?". Well I happened to be standing under a giant billboard that said Welcome to Sterling Forest. I pointed that out to him when he pointed to himself and said "what do you think of this?" I ran away and he drove away.

    I walked back to my car which was about 12 miles away. Hitchiking was not an option and it was before the era of cell phones. I had deep painful bruises around my calf where my hiking boots were.

    There you go, my lost and my being flashed story all in one.
  21. groovebuster macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd rock from the sun...
    It totally depends on how you feel about the situation. The question should be rephrased: Did you ever feel lost?

    These days nobody can really get lost anymore.

    I can lose my directions for a few seconds or minutes, especially when I am at places that I don't know very well (that happens to everybody once in a while), but I don't feel lost then.

    So it is more about if people are panicking in a particular situation. That's reflected pretty well in the answers in this thread so far.

  22. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    a friend and i got royally lost in the backwoods of arkansas while doing a 4wheel offroad excursion. we were with a bunch of other jeeps for most of the day but decided to head off into town because we were hungry. unfortunately we had no idea where town was...

    the trail we were on started out as gravel and gradually became more overgrown until it had just a hint of previous travel...not good. the whole time me and my buddy kept making "deliverence" jokes since we were way deep in the boonies. after about an hour of driving we came upon 2 toothless gun carrying yokels who were obviously playing a beer fueled game of "if it moves, kill it". after contemplating just running them over in self-defense we stopped and politely asked them how to get to the highway. the more sober of the two pointed at the sun and said : " see that? thats the sun, it sets in the west. just keep following it", which they both thought was damn funny. we said thanks and took off before either of them a asked us to squeel like a pig or made comment about our pretty mouths...

    after about another 30 minutes of driving west, we started to see signs of arkansas civilization-old stoves and washers dumped on the side of the trail. we found the highway, headed into town and had one heck of a fried catfish and hushpuppy dinner.

    lesson: don't leave home without a GPS.
  23. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I've never been lost where I've needed help to find my way back - I used to drive my car places I've never been, trying to get lost and still making it back home (I'd drive 1 hour or more from home and make it back no problem).

    The only times I've ever been worried about it was in a white out (blizzard) in Greenland. We had GPS so it wasn't a big deal, but if the storm hadn't let up after a couple hours it would have been fun trying to get back to camp.

  24. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    yes. it was awful! in 1992 after the Rodney King trial coming back "not guilty" for the cops who beat him - the riot that ensued in L.A. was just not funny at all.
    a friend of mine was trapped in her house (her parents were not home for the week) and she was in the middle of a riot zone. she begged me to drive and get her. i was naive and figured "how bad could it be?"
    so i took my uncle's BMW [i know, i know] and went to get her. i was hopelessly lost in Central Los Angeles and scared out of my mind. the street she told me to take was blocked with people fighting, screaming and waving their make-shift flame throwers. i was finding this everywhere and i could not get to her.
    i nearly ran some people over (f-that, sorry, not pulling over for the prick with the guns, he can fire at me before i get out of my car) i still don't know if i was being shot at or it was just shots fired in general, but lets just say it was a friggin war zone. i've never seen anything like it. unreal!

    i did find her house and we got out of there. it was terrifying. i didn't even have a license, i was 15. the car was dented from something probably being thrown at it but i was pretty lucky. my mother flipped out over what i had done in a major way (obviously).
    in hindsight (which is always 20/20) i am stunned that i did it and it turned out OK. i can't even imagine how awfully that could have turned out.
    i never talked down about the Valley again after that ;) (safe and sound in my house in Woodland Hills)

    i've made a point never to get myself in a predicament like that in LA again. [shudders]
  25. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    When I was a novice hiker/traveller, it used to happen all the time. It was half the fun until I got more mature and started developing itineraries that I think are worth achieving.

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