Reading Numbers Wrong

Updated: Mar 18


I had a date a few nights ago, with a 7:15 pm reservation. The restaurant’s address

included “1351 NE.” I went to my phone to call an Uber car and entered in “3151 NW.” The car came and after a while of driving, the driver started to question the address I had given him. “3151 NW” was a residential area in a different part of town than the restaurant. I looked at the address and not only noticed that I had given him the wrong numbers, but the wrong area as well. I had put in 1351, and changed the NW to NE.

We ended up driving for twenty minutes with the first address, and then another sixteen minutes to the second, and right, address. Once I entered the right address, I confirmed it with my date who was along for this ride the whole time. I soon realized that we were gong to be extremely late for our dinner reservations, so I tried to call the restaurant. When I did though, I got a voicemail saying, “the voicemail inbox is full.” Unable to leave a message, we finally got to the restaurant only to discover our reservation had long been gone.

Looking back and knowing myself, I shouldn’t have blindly depended on the Uber driver to get me to the restaurant. I should’ve double-checked the address I put in. In those situations, one often assumes that you are putting in the right numbers. The one thing I realized though is, I don’t think I am the first person this has happened to. Living in a digital age, both dyslexic and non-dyslexic alike have made a typo when trying to get from A to B.

The evening was a reminder that mistakes will happen and instead of being hard on oneself, it’s good to be patient and work with others to get you to where you need to go. In the end, my date was extremely wonderful about our adventure. We laughed about it and it actually brought us much closer together. I also have to say that the Uber driver was extremely nice and pleasant with us. My date joked that she got a great tour of DC. Sometimes when you are lost, you get to know your way around your town and learn about how kind people can be.

Has something similar happened to you? Share in the comments below. In the meantime, have a great time getting to where you are going

-Quinn

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