I only really started running into this problem when I moved to Oregon
, where they've turned it into an art form. The most common reply to my request for an address is "well, where are you coming from?"
As if the address somehow depends on my approach to it.
It happens to me all the time now, but on top of the directions with no address, they also can't recall the NAMES of 50% of the streets they are directing me down, i.e. "take that road to the top of the hill and then at the stop sign just past where the Chevy's used to be, hang a right." NOT EXAGGERATING! AND if we're together at the time, they WILL draw me a map with whatever is to hand.
One woman even offered to draw her map ON my Acer tablet laptop instead of just pulling up googleMaps, but in that case I think she just wanted an excuse to play with my fancy toy.