One Does Not Simply Find the Airport

It took me a whole day, but I finally found an airport on Mapcrunch! Sometimes I forget that everyone I know isn’t on Tumblr, so if you’re unaware, Mapcrunch generates a random Google street view from pretty much anywhere. To play the game, you select “Hide Countries” and then “Go,” which drops you by the side of the road…well, anywhere. Anywhere on earth. And you have to find the airport without using any outside sources.

It’s weird and nerdy and extremely frustrating, especially when you’re dropped into the middle of Africa or a sketchy neighborhood somewhere in (I think) rural Scandinavia. But last night, I was dropped onto a country road about 40 miles outside of Berlin, which I didn’t know until I chose a direction and went about five miles down the road. There, I found an intersection with a sign pointing to the city, and then it was just a matter of following the signs and sometimes the bigger vehicles, and I felt like a modern fucking survivalist genius.

Combine that with getting an iPhone today, and my pleasure centers are just flooded with chemicals right now. The only thing tethering me to the ground is the obnoxious amount of money I paid today to purchase and activate this phone, and also pay off an old balance that had to be from something like 2004 when I moved back to St. Louis completely broke and had a land line for a whopping two months. But it’s not like I get a new phone (that doesn’t come free with an upgrade) very often, and it’s not like I’ve spent the past two years with an amazing piece of technology that doesn’t at all resemble the Tonka truck of clicky pad non-smart cell phones.

Uh Oh There I Go Untethered and Just a Little Bit Poorer Now

Lazy Bones, Wooden Shijps
Girls and Uniforms, The Quiet Ones
I Got High, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Convict Lake, John Vanderslice
All the Same, Imperial Teen
Booksmart Devil, Silversun Pickups
Mama Don’t Like My Man, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Songs About Your Girlfriend, Los Campesinos
Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Flightless Bird, American Mouth, Iron and Wine
Animal, Kopecky Family Band
Holy Holy, Wye Oak
More Like Them, Lydia Loveless
Tame the Sun, Male Bonding
Facelove, P.S. I Love You
Easy Way Out, Gotye
Blue Blood Blues, The Dead Weather
Booty City, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
I’m His Girl, Friends
Down, Summer Camp
The Ghost Inside, Broken Bells
Drink You Sober, Bitter:Sweet
Never Fall In Love Again, The Noisettes
Dead Man’s Curve, Black Francis

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I'm Erin. I have tattoos and more than one cat. I am an office drone, a music writer, and an erstwhile bartender. I am a cook in the bedroom and a whore in the kitchen. Things I enjoy include but are not limited to zombies, burritos, Cthulhu, Kurt Vonnegut, Keith Richards, accordions, perfumery, and wearing fat pants in the privacy of my own home.
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7 Responses to One Does Not Simply Find the Airport

  1. McD says:

    Thanks to you, I just spent a fucking hour wandering the Welsh countryside.

  2. Karisma says:

    Ha! I love this!! I just got dropped in some country and as of yet I don’t know where I am. rofl…and I feel perfectly at home. Thanks for the heads up on this game. :))

  3. Karisma says:

    I think I am in Japan lol…Is there something that tells you what country you are in?

    • erineph says:

      You’re not supposed to know, but if you want, you can always click on the country info tab near the top left (you probably hid it after clicking Go) and un-click Hide Countries.

  4. Nate W. says:

    Well, skipping around for a half hour or so, 10th location, It dropped me just outside the cargo hub of an airport near Seoul Korea. That was fun, I guess. Am I not playing this game right?

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