disclaimer: please know i don't drive in DC. it's easy for me to think straight when not faced with scary cars, unknown streets, bizarre stoplights that face a hundred directions at once with multiple arrows of varying colour, and strange street signs and directional pointings. all knowledge of everything goes out the window in such situations and, as your sad little driver is finding out, GPS is completely pointless. THEY FREAK OUT and then so do i. GPS devices are supposed to be reliable. mini-meltdowns occur when they are proven fallibale. (this is why, if the metro doesn't go there in DC, neither do i.)
I live in DC and avoid driving here as well for all those same reasons :-)
But really? The first thing I tell them to do is PULL THE FUCK OVER
AND TURN OFF THE GPS VOICE and find the nearest metro, cab, and/or bus because you're clearly not up to the challenge of driving in DC.
...and that would be the winner (or what she'd tell me - only it would be interspersed with lots of cuss words).
Edited at 2011-03-15 04:00 pm (UTC)
"Down the alphabet" would mean Q was next.
I second this ... "up" the alphabet being O Street
People. Read the directions: "I'm not looking for a freaking debate here -- just pick which one your gut says, without over thinking it."
When you overthink it, when you debate it -- you then ruin the ability of anyone commenting AFTER you to go with their gut. Now, they're going to weigh the merits of your discussion.
Way to ruin my terribly unscientific poll, people.
You just want to MAKE me learn how to create radio buttons, don't you?
ok ... in accordance with your rules, I stick with my initial answer - "O Street" ... as my initial thought without the overthinking or debate was "up the alphabet" meaning towards the beginning of the alphabet
so from "P" towards "A" = "O"
O ? (my definition of down would be from P to Q) :-)
Amusingly, my gut and my apparently not awake brain said N.
Uh. That would be O. Way to go, brain.
Dude, I only cared about direction, not whether you knew the alphabet or not. I have to sing it to get it in the right order. Still.
Now to check the other comments and see if I'm right.
Make it easy - remember the DC Cell Phone Laws, tell them to pull over and take a friggin cab.
Of course finding a parking space in DC is a whole 'nother issue.
Down the alphabet would be b,c,d,e etc
Up the alphabet would be e,d,c,b etc
My vote is still take the bleedin METRO
Q. Q Street would be next if you were going up the alphabet.
Q or R. I can't remember if DC is the city that has an O street, but no Q, or if that's SF, or another city.
At first I thought "Duh, Q". Then I waffled, cocked my head, and said, "No, wait, O."
So, all other things in the story being equivalent (I'd like to think I'm neither that much of a flake, nor likely to keep a loud GPS going while I'm on the phone asking for better directions), I'd say, "Please clarify... am I supposed to drive towards Z or towards A?"