1. I don't use GPS (yet). I still read maps, write myself out directions on little memo pads I carry. I don't sweat getting lost and with memory and a developing sense of where I am, work to find my way to where I'm going. It's inefficient. But it sticks. I "wasted" some time today going to a branch of the United States Senate Federal Credit Union to do some banking, but the payoff was pretty good. I wandered around, learned more about Alexandria, and I (eventually) got to where I wanted to go, both coming and going.
2. On my GPS-free meandering around Alexandria, just for the hell of it, I drove to Kingstowne Center and discovered a Safeway, which was convenient since we needed some groceries for dinner. I bought one round of groceries, took them to the car, and realized I didn't buy chicken, my primary reason for going to Safeway in the first place. When I bought the chicken, something very rare happened. The cashier was momentarily struck dumb and then she said, "You have such beautiful hair!" It was my turn to be struck dumb. I blushed and thanked her. I didn't know I could enjoy such a compliment so much.
3. The Deke marinated the chicken and Hiram took over the cooking chores and we had a crazy delicious simple dinner of chicken breast, the tastiest mashed potatoes I've ever eaten, and a green salad. I could get used to this: bring home food, it gets cooked, and Hiram, Molly, the Deke, and I enjoy a splendid dinner. (Olivia and David eat their own things, dictated by their much narrower tastes....)