Is there a word for "when you ask for directions and you find you're almost there"?

For example,

"After the battery on my GPS died out I drove around looking for the party only to pull over and ask someone where you lived. They pointed to the house just down the block I'd been circling around for what felt like forever."

"Wow, you really had a (...) moment."

  • Can you use more words (than the one you seek) to give a clearer idea of what you're meaning...
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 11:02
  • @Dan I am thinking of the stereotype that men don't like to ask for directions and the irony (?) of finally asking for directions when you are lost (and don't want to admit it) only to find out that the place you couldn't find is right in front of you.
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 11:05
  • So... the person who didn't ask directions has some kind of epiphany - realisation that it would have been better had they asked for help...?
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 11:08
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    That's a lot of meanings to ask of a single word...!
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 11:40
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    @Dan oh fersher, I figure usage will convey the subtlety, but that's why I stuck to the basic "when you ask for directions and you find you're almost there". Maybe a portmanteau or something in German...
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 12:00

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That could be fortuitous in this case.


In a broader sense, you had what might be called a blonde moment.

have a blonde moment

INFORMAL to forget something or do something silly, in a way that is sometimes thought to be typical of women with blonde hair

-- Cambridge English Dictionary

I can't think of a more specific word, but the whole scenario reminds me of when someone is searching everywhere for their glasses only to find, upon asking someone, that they are on top of their head. Perhaps a glasses-on-top-of-your-head moment?

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