So, I'm standing in the longest line I've ever seen for security here at SAN (San Diego International Airport), and some noisy chatty lady from Michigan was standing in front of me. I was just standing there really annoyed by the line and listening to her stupid ass babble on and on about positively nothing. So, once she finally gets off the phone so I don't have to listen to her inane palaver, she turns and looks around, then looks at me and starts talking to me. I try not to look too annoyed as she goes on some more about how she's never been here before.
So, anyhow, at some point she asked me how far it was from here to Oceanside. I responded "15 or 20 miles", which seemed about right, until I noticed something on the airline site - a listing of how far it is to some nearby communities. Their list says "40 miles", which is, in fact, correct.
I could have at the moment sworn that it was no further than that, since it doesn't seem to take very long to drive there from here. Do we just cease to notice and underestimate distances because it's "familiar"? Is there something wrong with me? I knew that San Clemente was ~60 away, and Pendleton is ~20 miles north-to-south on the 5, so it should have been bloody obvious, but it wasn't...
Anyhow, just a random thought.