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Old 07-18-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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It's not uncommon for me to drag the little yellow guy on google maps and look at random places around the country and world.
I'm taking GIS in college (Geographic information systems)
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Definitely. I was known as the "map kid" in my family when I was little. I remember I would give my family directions whenever we went on road trips, and I knew the state capitals by the time I was six. The atlases and globes have since been replaced by Google maps, and I'm a little too good at the Sporcle geography games for my own good.

Geography Quizzes and Games - Sporcle
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Old 07-18-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: The City
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I love to relax and look at my atlas. Find new places on the maps and study them. Does anyone else like to do this?

Far too often

When I found google earth it literally took a month off my life
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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I thought I was the only one.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
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I do that all the time.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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When I was 5, we were on the way back to my grandparents' house in WA (from Canada), and I was reading aloud (yes, I already knew how to read) every single green road sign. It annoyed the heck out of my grandpa, so he threw his atlas at me and told me to look at it. I've been hooked ever since, and instead of getting toys for birthdays/Christmases, I got maps.

When I was 6 or 7, I left my atlas out in the back yard, and our goat ate it. My mom had to go out to a gas station in the middle of the night to go buy one, just to get me to stop crying. Pathetic, I know.

Looking at maps and doing other amateur geographical research still takes up a fair portion of my free time. IMO the best way to get lost is inside of a map.
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Old 07-19-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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Yes. It is interesting to look at certain roads and wonder why they bend. It's great to look at old maps (grandpa used to have a lot of those) and see how roads that used to go through towns now go around them, and how they used to be wider around now-closed military bases. I remember looking at an old map of Chicago. No expressways back then, no O'Hare airport, but there was a small airport near there called "Ravenswood." I also think most people miss out on the local flavor available on the alternate routes, staying on the freeways because it's faster.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Count me in; I've always been interested in Earth sciences and geography/GIS
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Yes, I love doing this. I usually do it, after I blot out Massachusetts and Texas, though.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Yep, though I like looking more at political maps, and studying election results, and demographics then just looking at normal maps.
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