Let me take this shortcut across Lake Saskatchewan

I dreamed that I had to drive from Los Angeles to Berkeley to catch my flight home. To do this, I used a product from a local startup company: A computerized map of the Bay Area.

There were two routes across Lake Saskatchewan. The southern route is highway I-70, and the northern route is an elevated highway that goes right past the head of the Canadian Statue of Freedom, a 300-foot-tall statue carved from a single rock. This shows that computer nerds are horrible cartographers: Berkeley has an airport, Los Angeles is on the peninsula just south of San Francisco, and the Bay Area is in Canada.

Sure, this is an absurd dream, but you gotta admit, that shortcut across Lake Saskatchewan would be pretty awesome.

Comments (18)
  1. Stephan Leclercq says:

    Are you sure you were dreaming? 'sounds more likely that you were simply using the iPhone Plans application.

  2. Minos says:

    It's funny how the distance between places shrinks in your mind when you don't pay attention to what's between them.  I think your dream geography is the same phenomenon as Americans thinking all the major cities in Europe are right next to each other, and vice versa.

    Is Lake Saskatchewan like the Polish Sea?

  3. James Curran says:

    The difference between Americans and Europeans:

    Americans think 100 years is a long time, while Europeans think a 100 miles ( er.. um 166 km) is a long distance.

  4. kbiel says:


    A comparison, just for fun:

    Berlin to Paris: 655 miles/1054 Km

    Nations traveled: Germany, Belgium, France

    Major Cities passed through or near: Hannover, Duesseldorf/Essen/Cologne, Maastricht, Liege, Brussels, Lille

    Dallas to El Paso: 636 miles/1023 Km

    Nations traveled: United States

    States traveled: Texas

    Major Cities passed through or near: Fort Worth, Midland/Odessa

  5. configurator says:

    @Minos, I used to live in Paris and work in London for a few months. It really isn't far.

  6. Albertan says:

    I have a few friends from Alaska. They think it's so cute when Texans brag about the size of their state.

  7. Eric C Brown says:

    Minos –

    By Texan standards, the major cities in Europe *are* right next to each other. :)

  8. Ben says:

    Texas is a pretty small state, I've always thought.

    A comparison, just for fun:

    Miami to San Antonio: 2,200 km

    States Travelled: Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas

    Major cities passed: Orlando, New Orleans, Houston

    Broome to Perth: 2,200 km

    States Travelled: Western Australia

    Major cities passed: …

  9. Richard Cranium says:

    Major cities passed: …

    Not even Perth.

  10. John Dougan says:

    The "Canadian Statue of Freedom, a 300-foot-tall statue carved from a single rock" sounds awesome.  I wish it existed.

  11. Scarlet Manuka says:

    Ben: You got in ahead of me! We're actually looking at doing the Perth->Broome (well, Perth->Derby) trip mid-year to visit my brother-in-law and his family, who moved there last year. Probably come back down around the coast, which'll be even longer and still not pass through any major cities :)

  12. Raphael says:

    I believe the locals pronounce it "Sketchw'n".

  13. Mark says:

    Even after the explanation that the Bay Area wasn't the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm still confused.  Is there actually a Lake Saskatchewan? </ignorantBrit>

  14. @Brian_EE: I would take that as a "no", but then again, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

  15. David Walker says:

    @kbiel:  And old comment on any driving trip through Texas:  

    "The sun has riz,

    the sun has set,

    and here we are

    in Texas yet".

  16. Lee says:

    "Europeans think a 100 miles ( er.. um 166 km) is a long distance."

    I remember a few years ago seeing a UK headline "Man chases lorry across three counties after it clips his home". At the time I lived in San Bernardino County, which is maybe 150 miles (230 km) wide, and I worked in Clark County, which is maybe 120 miles (200 km) across (from Primm to Mesquite). I pictured a 300-mile chase, but it was actually only 20 miles.

  17. Danny says:

    No Russian here? at lease Chinese? They could put you in their pocket with your distances

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