Don’t Judge a Map by its Googleness

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 10:25 am

Last night I learned a good lesson in relying too much on technology.

To keep fit, I play sports. I’ve never enjoyed staying still in a gym—I need to run around to enjoy myself, so it was fortunate that I joined an intramural mixed sports team 5 years ago. Since then, I’ve moved on to a regular Ultimate Frisbee team and haven’t looked back.

One of the quirky things about these intramural leagues is that the game locations often change every week, so you need to know where you’re supposed to be and at what time. Fortunately, some leagues like the Toronto Ultimate Club offer an iCal option to stay on top of my games—I just imported it into my Google Calendar, which syncs to my phone.

Normally, this is a perfect set-up for me—that is unless the map’s not quite right.

Relating with Christopher Columbus

This is the map my phone gave me for my game:

Horrible map to 275 Unwin Ave

So to translate that, I expected a 5-minute walk, 10-minute bus ride, and then another 15-minute walk — BOOM! I’m at the game. Couldn’t be easier, right?

But that map was a goddamn lie.