Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wednesday's Wonders--GPS

Where would I be without my GPS? Lost in the nether reaches of some back country holler no doubt.

I love being able to see alternate routes and feel confident that I can always find my way. Moving every 3-4 years keeps me on my toes, and the GPS has revolutionized getting to know a new city. I'm not constantly lost at the beginning. Very nice!

I'll grant you, they do have their downsides. Sometimes roads are labeled wrong and new roads aren't added (at least not to mine--I need to get the updated CD, but the price is zaa-zaa-zing and not guaranteed to cover my area.) causing confusion. Sometimes its routing is not the most efficient way of getting places. There are even "unverified" areas that don't seem to compute and other areas where I end up driving roadless across the screen.

Whatever. I'll take it. Warts and all. It has made my life so much easier. It is a wonder.

11 comments:

Lady Glamis said...

I LOVE GPS! We would have seriously been lost in D.C. without yours...I'm glad you had it!

I've had an experience in California getting lost because the GPS was outdated, but still, it worked out in the end. :)

Tess said...

I want a GPS but my hubby laughs at me and says, "The entire state is laid out like a graph of numbers. If you're at 90th south and you want to go to 100th south, you just go south! how hard it that?"

I don't have the guts to tell him I don't know which way is south ;)

Patti said...

What did we do before al lof this technology. When I was travelling in Europe with my sister, we couldn't have found our way around without a GPS.

T. Anne said...

I LOVE my GPS. His name is Frank and he speaks with a british accent, partially because I cannot figure out how to reset him to American English but that's besides the point. I heart Frank.

Jenn Johansson said...

My GPS and I have a love/hate relationship. I was thinking about doing a post about it next week actually, so this made me laugh. Great minds think alike!

Carolyn V. said...

I want a GPS. I always get lost. When we went to CA we drove an hour out of the way because the maps from the internet were wrong. I just hope my writing isn't that way. =)

Piedmont Writer said...

For a few years I drove cross country and around the country and I have maps. Tons and tons of maps. I can't live without them. I won't pay for a GPS because maps are so much cheaper.

And living in a back country holler if I didn't have my map I'd still be driving, looking for my destination.

Rena said...

My husband has a portable one he uses. He's always been a map freak because he worked in law enforcement for over 20 years and before that he worked for an ambulance. So, for him, he HAS to have a map or GPS. Not me. I'm like, "We're going to Red Rock Canyon and you don't have a map, Rick?" I look around, see some red rocks on the hill and say, "Go that way." And, we get there. ;) It drives him crazy.

Danyelle said...

Amen! I love our GPS--we have named him Lee. I don't know what we did before we got him. Well, I do. We drove around. In circles. A lot. >.<

Jessie Oliveros said...

You move every 3-4 years! My husband and I manage to get lost even with our GPS.

Joe Iriarte said...

I like our GPS--a portable Garmin model--but I have noticed an interesting effect it has on me. If I travel someplace local and unfamiliar using a map, I learn the area and can find my way around there again without the map. If I travel someplace local using the Garmin, I don't learn anything and need to use the Garmin again if I want to get back. It's the exact same effect as having someone in the car telling me where to turn, I've noticed. With someone there to guide me, I just don't seem to pay the same level of attention.