The Shortest Distance between two Points is a Straight Line

The Shortest Distance between two Points is a Straight Line

Having spent my formidable years growing up in Ireland, I became use to the winding roads that are scattered throughout the country. If you have ever been there you know what I mean. It can be a little scary at night driving in the countryside on narrow windy roads. History tells us they are this way as they were born from walking paths through fields that eventually over time became roads. The roads like the Irish people themselves are not very direct. Don’t ever ask an Irishman for directions lol, it will take them an hour and 3 stories before you get what you need, if you ever get what you need. Additionally, when it comes to one’s appearance, no matter how you look, you would never be insulted in Ireland, you look as they say “Grand”.

When I came to the U.S what struck me in contrast was often the size and straightness of the roads and Interstates. Granted there is way more space here but the Interstates here were constructed in large part with the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, with a very methodical numbering system and direct paths from city to city. They were made more from bulldozers than people walking along paths. There are parts of the country where the highways seem to go on forever, straight as an arrow. Likewise, I found the new prospects I would be selling to, straight, direct and to the point. If an American tells you in a social setting that they do not want a drink, the host usually relents. In Ireland, the host would spend half an hour asking the guest and then the guest would relent, when in fact they wanted the drink in the first place……. it is a longer story for another time.