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charliecheckers
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This happened to me the other day and I felt it was worth sharing. I am a big fan of Google maps and how easy it is to navigate and use. When I go to drive to a performance, I generally look up the venue on Google maps, and 99% of the time it shows up. So, I simply plug that address into my GPS and away we go. However, little did I know... Google maps isn't always up to date! Venues, like a library in my situation, often move to a new building, but Google maps doesn't always know that apparently. So, when I plugged the address of this library into the GPS, I arrived to an empty lot of asphalt. Luckily, I was able to find the library's website, and the new location was fortunately right down the road, so I didn't have much of an issue. I still love Google maps, but from now on unless I know exactly where a venue is, I think I will be better off looking on the actual venue's website, or if they don't have one, I'll simply give them a call. I hope this doesn't happen to anyone, as it could potentially be a nightmare!
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Charlie -
It is a great lesson to learn. All of my contracts include an event address which must be confirmed by the client. I also recommend writing out the event date using the day of the week, month, date, year. Adding the day of the week a date falls on can save you major headaches.
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Al Angello
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My GPS doesn't know if a road has a medial strip, so you can't always take the left hand turn when your GPS tells you to make one. My GPS doesn't know when a bridge is under construction. If you run into a detour the GPS probably didn't see that coming either. If you final destination is an intersection your GPS probably won't be able to compute that either. My GPS gives me an EAT but doesn't ever take rush hour traffic into consideration either. If the town you are going to has two streets with the same name you could be screwed too.
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magicofCurtis
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But, I bet your GPS knows more directions and road names than you Al... lol Smile
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I always ask for directions. Sure the GPS is great but a simple inquiry and let them know which direction you will be arriving from does the trick.

Do libraries really move that often?

Also before GPS I used to call the local NON EMERGENCY number for the fire department. They had all the information I needed.
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Matthew W
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I always use google maps to get a rough idea of the last few turns, and if it is a business or restaurant, I use street view to check the parking situation.
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I more or less do exactly what Tom does. As is often the case, the address where I'm mailing the contract is sometimes totally different than the performance address. (I've been burned on that a few times.) With another nod to Tom, I spell things out like, "The show will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2013." Once again, this little tip has saved me on a few shows as every once in a while a client will say, "Oh, I didn't mean Thursday I meant Friday," or whatever.

For most of my shows I still use maps and MapQuest to get to my show locations. While every once in a while MapQuest makes a stupid mistake, for the most part it's worked fine for me over the years.

Gerry
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