Our GPS devices don't know everything. In this response from the June 2013 issue, Dr. Know redirects a reader who has gotten a little lost.
I live in Mariemont. At least, I think I do. But the GPS in my new so-called smartphone selects “Shademoore” as my location on its weather map. Shademoore? I’ve never heard of the place. What’s the story? —Man Without a Country
Dear Man:What’s the story? There may be several. The most innocent explanation, or the explanation that casts the smallest shadow on what we do not doubt is your in-all-ways-exemplary life, is that the Global Positioning System link in your smartphone’s circuitry is in need of a sharp smack. Shademoore Park is an almost excessively unpretentious community across the Little Miami River from Mary Emery’s planned community for worthy working WASPs. A smart but insensitive telephone might not be sufficiently refined to detect the presence of the social as well as geologic escarpment that divides the area. A darker explanation may be that you work as a real estate agent. Real estate agents, the Doctor has long noted, are as casual as coyotes when it comes to respecting community boundaries, social behavior that leads to “near” listings. You may live in what you have rationalized as “Mariemont near”—a river, a bridge, and a 10-minute drive from “Mariemont actual.” If that is so, you should look into your dark soul, if you have one.
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