Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Whatever happened to just good old fashioned getting lost?
GPS, TomTom, On-Star ... all of these "navigational" devices. Are they for the man who loves gadgets, or are they really for the good of the human race?
Here's where I go all grandpa on you...
In MY time, we used to set out in the old Buick Limited without a care in the world. If we got lost, we got lost. It was good for some fine family entertainment.
Pull over. Ask directions.
I know where I'm going.
No you don't. If you did, we would be there already. ASK for directions.
Nope. Going to figure this out on my own.
It was the sign of a strong man who could "find his own way." Or a strong woman. Whoever was doing the driving.
It led to self-confidence.
One time, when your Mom and I were out driving around, we got so lost that I had to actually stop, grab some berries on the side of the road for us to eat, throw some dirt to the wind to figure out wind direction, and I was able to figure out which direction to go.
Of course, if you asked my Mom for HER rendition of the story, it went more like this:
We were so lost, your father finally gave in to my hour and a half worth of nagging and stopped at Stuckey's for directions.
Now there is GPS. My FIL has it. And he has been known to use it for his trips up here. Mind you, my house hasn't gotten up and moved or anything, nor have the highway departments changed the numbers on the signs. He uses it ... just because he has it. To show off.
I have been in a Caddy with On-Star. The driver wanted to show how cool the feature was, so she called it. She didn't want anything. She just wanted to show us. So I am sure the On-Star operator loved that call. And can you imagine the calls they get?
No offense to those of you out there who have these services or items. I am sure they are wonderful gadgets to have. But doesn't it kind of take the fun out of .... getting there?
Labels: navigational systems
I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
I want to watch the Freakin' Lizard!