February 22, 2011

To GPS or not GPS....that is the question.

When my oldest daughter was about 3 years old we were driving to a see a friend of mine and she was not familiar with the route.   At one point she asked what street we were on. I said that I did not know. She asked if we were lost. I replied that we were not lost and that I just knew how to get there. She wasn't falling for that. She pondered it for a moment and asked "Mom – how do you spell 'I am lost'?" Ah from the mouths of babes!

That brings me to yesterday. Last year I got a car that has a built-in GPS. I haven't used it much because I actually have a great sense of direction not to mention that I can be quite impatient with technology. Yesterday I was taking a drive to an unfamiliar area so I decided to give the GPS a try. The area was mostly small winding streets and Madame GPS and her orders were grating on my nerves. "Left turn in ¼ of a mile."……"Slight right at 200 feet"…… A fight broke out and I turned her OFF. I went with my gut instinct. This is what I found….

 Definitely a wrong turn somewhere!
Definitely a wrong turn. LOL!

At this point, with my proverbial tail between my legs, I admit defeat.  This time.  GPS to the rescue!


troutbirder said...

No kidding! I'm the same way. Instinct rules. Till my spouse starts correcting me (she the one with the map. The we have a good old fashioned aguement. We got lost in Waterloo Iowa on the way to Florida. I stopped and installed my brand newly purchased GPS, plugged in the cousins address in Florida. Now I had two women giving me driving directions. They seemed generally in agreement till we got to all the freeways in Nashville. By common agreement the GPS was doing better and giving me warning as to which lane to be in to make turns.
Now we both use her and gave her a name Gertie. It seemed a little less formal thant calling her the GPS lady. :)

Ima Weed said...

Love this story. In the past I always considered getting lost an opportunity for adventure. I don't have GPS today but if I was going to travel it would be the first thing on my list.

Verde Farm said...

Hahaha, I can so relate. I’ve never purchased a GPS and I believe I can get most anywhere if my car has a compass. It may take me a lot longer but nonetheless--I will find it :)
Not a good plan when you travel a lot for work! LOL

Cindy said...

Never bought a GPS. Like you, I become impatient with technology. Nothing's wrong with making a wrong turn...it could lead to a grand adventure!

Best pickins,

Piorra Maison said...

I love my GPS. Drove from Montreal to Manhattan, NYC and it told me where I could find the nearest coffee shops, gas stations, etc...along the way. So when nature calls... a very useful tool when traveling. Wouldn't leave home without it.

Simple Life Journey said...

This is funny. You worded it perfect! Love your take on it.

Diane said...

Ahhhh, technology Ü where would we be without it... pun intended Ÿ