navigating in the morn'
I suppose this is true for just about any major metro in the USA, but the absolute best time to do any errand running is between 4am and 5am. You can literally get everything done in about thirty minutes or less, not including travel time. There's no lines and no waiting. The only drawback is that you must shop at stores open 24/7, such as Wal-Mart and 7-Eleven, but that's usually not an issue.
The first time I did my crack-o'-dawn run in a major metro was in Boston Massachusetts. This was way before I had GPS. A guy where I was working at the time said to me If you want to learn Boston, go there at 4am on a Sunday. So I did. Good advice. I was able to drive around easily and memorize (as best I could) the streets I needed to know to get in and out.
Florida is very easy to navigate, but where I used to live isn't. I would sometimes wonder as I was driving around Windham County Connecticut... If someone had never been here before, and had to get to anywhere not close to the interstate, could they get there easily? Answer: No. Navigating small towns anywhere in New England is a challenge at best. It's almost required that you have to inform people of where things are by landmarks. The landmark could be a water tower, a gas station, a sign or whatever it is, but the fact of the matter is that you can't just say Hop on [this road], turn left at [this road], then right at [this road]. It just doesn't work that way.
A great example of a hard-to-get-to location is my old house in Ballouville. It's absolutely impossible to find without very detailed directions. Click that link and look at the map. It looks (and is) like a huge spaghetti-tangled mess of roads. Tampa, on the other hand, while a ton more congested, is at least orderly. I mean, heck, even if you look at Inverness (where my Pop lives), which only has a tenth of the traffic that Tampa does, it is easy to find your way around.
Aaaand as of 7:19am this morning it is..
58° F in Tampa
12° F in Ballouville
Yeah. Forty-six degrees cooler (or rather, colder) up North.
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