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y husband and I spend winters in Vero Beach, along
Florida's Treasure coast. As a result, I must navigate
unfamiliar terrain. Fortunately, I have not only an iPhone
with a Google app but an in-dash navigator.

So many times, I pulled over, found a pay
phone to call the District Justice's wife for
directions, which were usually provided by
the police officer waiting for my arrival.

Vero is confusing as all streets are numbered. Avenues
travel north, streets east. We are too far from the ocean
to ascertain direction from the shoreline and with so many
bays and lagoons, traversing a bridge does not mean
you are traveling east. So much for natural landmarks.
Learning these roads made me flash back to my first days
in Bucks County.

The upper end was even more of a mystery but at least
Perkasie was a direct shot after turning left onto 5th
Ave. off Route 313.
Roads changed names from town to town and their
numbers (332, 232, 413, 313, 532) were similar. Signs
didn't reveal direction.

By osmosis, we learn the pathways of our native land. At
the New Jersey shore, when I grew up, the Garden State
Parkway provided numbered exits from 1 to 168 for a
straight shot from the GW Bridge to Cape May. You can
drive half asleep and still not miss a mile marker.

So many times, I pulled over, found a pay phone to call
the District Justice's wife for directions, which were usually
provided by the police officer waiting for my arrival.

Then we have the Atlantic, on the left heading south
and the right heading north. Jughandles and circles easily
correct wrong turns. Route numbers are dissimilar, Rtes.
37, 88, 70, 35.

I rarely made it on time unless one of the court reporters
drove me. Fortunately, the hearings rarely began at the
appointed hour.

All this changed when I moved to Bucks County to be a
Public Defender. After a six-month stint in the prison, new
PDs are assigned to preliminary hearings. I drove a manual
1966 122 Volvo. With a stick it was impossible to drive
while consulting a map.

I used to beg Cindy Simpson Pratt to drive to Doylestown
in the mornings rather than meet me at Judge Orazi's in
Morristown even though she lived in Feasterville. A native,
Cindy had conquered the lower end and treated me to many
free lunches at her mom's house. We also clocked some
serious Marshalls time on the way back to Doylestown.

"Take the back roads" to the lower end, advised my
colleagues, never 95 or the Turnpike. "Every District Justice
office is right off Edgely Woodbourne."

I feel proud of my painfully acquired but slight lower end
navigational skills. Trial by fire is a quick learning curve. I
now know at least five different pathsways to motor from
Doylestown to the lower end. Montgomery County is a
- Nancy Larkin Taylor
different story. 

A typical day consisted of a 10:00 am assault case at DJ
Ritter's, a 1:00 pm bad check at DJ Manto's and a 3:00 pm
retail theft at DJ Spadacino's.

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