Today, you are a member of … Orienteering

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Did you know, Members, that our directional nomenclature of North, South, East, and West has a holy crap ton of other names? Aristotle called them Boreas, Notos, Apeliotes, and Zephrus; the Romans used Aquilo, Austerus, Argestes,and Favonius; Italian seafarers used Tramontana, Ostro, Levante, and Ponente – and all that doesn’t even take into consideration the all 32 directional derivatives like the one that Hitchcock made so famous. So this week if you feel like there is no compass, and maybe Hitchcock is driving the action, remember your orienteering skills and head out into a heretofore unexplored or lesser used bearing.

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