Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Last Lost Adventure (we can only hope)

As some of you may have noticed, I occasionally lose my way in conditions of heavy traffic or in unfamiliar territory. There have even been times when I’ve taken a misstep or two in somewhat recognizable areas. Okay, and maybe once or twice I’ve gotten lost in my own home, but come on people, who among us hasn’t lost our way going from the kitchen to the living room?

It has been pointed out (a time or two) that there are devices out there for people with my particular disability and some people have even suggested I look into procuring such an apparatus. With that in mind, I did a bit of research.

There are many wonderful navigational devices available for purchase.

There’s a Garmin hand-held device.



And there’s a Garmin navigational system that is mounted in the car. I see Mr. Garmin was able to locate High Street




One can purchase a Magellan Road Mate,

or even a TOM TOM GO.



I seriously, and I do mean SERIOUSLY considered purchasing something along these lines or trading in my car for something equipped with Onstar.

However, because I have the world’s most incredible son, I no longer have to worry about getting lost!

Presenting for your viewing pleasure…

Not only can this device be used to take photos and make phone calls, this marvelous invention comes complete with VZ Navigator, including My Places, Local Search, and HELP! The help feature seemed especially appealing to my son. I’m not sure why.

All I have to do is type in (or do a search for) the destination address and this incredible piece of technology plots a course. It warns me when a turn is coming, even telling me what lane to be in! It suggests, in a sweet voice, that I should stay in the right lane and prepare for a right hand turn. A little gauge on the screen indicates how far, in feet, it is to the next turn-off and a large arrow points in the correct direction, just in case I mistake right for left (not that it could happen, this feature is for other folks...yea that’s right).

Anyway, I’ve been to the hospital numerous times. I’ve gone to Walmart, Target, Krogers and several other places in this bustling metropolis and I have yet to get lost to the point that my Navigator Lady can’t direct me home. Sure, there have been times I’ve tried her patience; “Please make the next available legal U-Turn” and “Recalculating Route” seem to be her favorite phrases, but for the most part we get along just fine.

Now if she could just make the traffic go away...

16 comments:

Cuppa said...

Ohhhh, how neat. I want one of those too.

Laurie said...

Cuppa, it is sooo cool! I have the best son in the universe!

MsLittlePea said...

Cool! I need one too.

KGMom said...

I love the GPS patient voice saying--please make the next possible legal U-turn.
Sounds so much nicer than--well, you screwed up again, dummy, and now you want me to bail you out!

Mary said...

LOL! I love those things...you can continually make the same wrong turn and the voice doesn't get sarcastic or mean. That lady is way more patient than any passenger I've ever had! I get sick of hearing Italian DH scream, "GET OVER! GET OVER! YOU'RE GOING TO THE MISS THE EXIT! GET OVER!"

Laurie said...

Mspea, I can highly recommend it!

KG, the nice patient voice does seem to sigh a bit after 4 or five "please make the next available legal U-turn" comments...

Mary, I keep expecting her to turn on me. Someone asked me if I had mouthed off to "her" yet and I said that I hadn't . I'm afraid she'll go all quiet when I'm in the heart of downtown Denver or something. Then I'd really be sunk!

Cathy said...

Oh Laurie, what a great son! I'm so relieved that we won't have to worry about a trip for milk turning into a jaunt through Pueblo.

On the other hand, that was kinda funny following your great adventure through mile high city.

Within Without said...

Does this new toy have an option for a male voice, and if so, wouldn't it make more sense to switch?

(*Runs for cover*)

Laurie said...

Cathy, there are always my walks to look forward to. I have yet to come back from walking via the route I intended to.

WW, ha! Very funny NOT! You can run, Canada boy, but you can't hide! ;-)

Bonita said...

What treasures you have! Especially, your son, who knows how to take care of his mom. It really is amazing that we can find so many devices to find our way, but we can never find a truly cheap mechanic!

Laurie said...

Bonita, he really is a treasure. Plus, I think he was getting tired of me calling to tell him I was lost, yet again.

Squirl said...

Your kid is cool. I hate getting lost.

I bought a GPS for Ichabod a few years ago. But it was mostly for the altimeter. We used that last year when we went to Sedona.

Dave said...

Send the navigator my way. Not that I really need it LOL

Laurie said...

Squirl, I've been nothing but lost since I got here. But this thing really works!

Dave, typical man...ha! ;-)

Pam said...

A great son, indeed! Now we won't have to worry about you out there.
I think these devises are great and the fact that they don't loose their temper is a plus!!!

Laurie said...

Pam, I am truly blessed in many ways. And relieved that I won't be spending all my time trying to find my way.