Driving With Minnie

March 16, 2009 by in category The Romance Journey by Linda Mclaughlin tagged as , with 9 and 0

The modern world is increasingly wired, or wireless. A new gadget came into my life recently, a Garmin GPS unit I’ve affectionately dubbed Minnie. My DH bought her for me a couple of weeks ago after Janet Corenlow Quinn and I decided to drive to Las Vegas for the recent EPICon2009 Conference. The DH seemed convinced I’d manage to get lost without him, so he bought the GPS unit. He’d been talking about getting one for some time now, and this made for a good excuse. Minnie is the ultimate back seat driver, and she can be very helpful or very annoying. Her directions helped us navigate through Henderson to our hotel, the Montelago Village Resort, a lovely property situated in a faux Tuscan village at Lake Las Vegas. Click here for a slideshow of my Vegas pictures at my blog.

The perverse part of my nature delights in foiling Minnie by not following directions. I love to hear her grumble, “Recalculating, recalculating” in her computer-generated voice. Sunday morning I turned her on to go to Wal-Mart in San Clemente because I knew there was a back way through the hills. Minnie, of course, expected me to take the freeway and Avenida Pico. She had to do a lot of recalculating. I also discovered that while Minnie is fluent in English and French (this model works only in the US and Canada), her Spanish pronunciation is atrocious. And of course the streets in the area were all Spanish. I had to wait until I got to an intersection to figure out which street she wanted me to turn on. Every Calle became a Call. Every avenida became an a-VEN-i-da. My favorite was Call Delay Pazz (Calle de la Paz). By the time I pulled into the Wal-Mart lot she was quite flustered and kept saying, “go to A-VEN-ida Pico” even though we’d arrived at the programmed destination. Obviously, the technology isn’t perfect. I’m happy to have Minnie, but sometimes I just want to turn her off.

What’s your favorite new gadget?

Linda McLaughlin / Lyndi Lamont
http://flightsafancy.blogspot.com

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  • Anonymous says:

    My sister and I had a Tom Tom we nick named Elaine for our drive through Alabama. She had a nice calming voice and we never got lost. We tried the male voice but he sound like a gay British man. Why can’t they make the man’s voice sound like Antonio Banderas?

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Linda,

    I like my On Star, cause it shows turn by turn direction across my radio. The only complaint is when they don’t understand what I’m asking for.I’m so spoiled that I don’t want to take out my new GPS to learn how it works.

    Bobbie

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, it works, Bobbie, it just has a few flaws. Some are built in for national security reasons, according to my DH. Apparently, the military has more precise GPS than the rest of us. How do you like the On Star?

    David, I try to never go anywhere without a map, too. Just in case. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Anonymous says:

    You know even with a GPS present I still pull out the always reliable Rand McNally printed map.

  • Anonymous says:

    Linda, I got one as a gift two years ago, but have been afraid to read the directions. Then I got a new car with On Star. What happen to the days when you just plug things in and they worked?

    Bobbie

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh Range, LOL! How funny. Thanks for dropping by, Teresa.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL. Our GPS calls Orange “Oh Range”. It took me a long time to figure that one out.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hope you enjoyed the trip, Kathy. I haven’t seen the dam in years. Maybe next trip.

  • Anonymous says:

    How funny! We just got our GPS and the first place we took it to was Hoover Dam.

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