I'll point in certain directions when I'm talking about faraway places. When I reference Wisconsin or anywhere in the Midwest, I'll point over my shoulder with a thumb like I just walked up the road from there. I'll tell people about a great Mexican restaurant in Utah while raising my index finger as if its in the middle of the park across the street. The direction I point in never coincides with where the place is actually located. And why should it? I'm only indicating the place isn't here; that it's out in the ether somewhere. It's not like the person I'm talking to is going to walk there based on the direction I'm pointing.