Monday, April 27, 2009

Garmin, or How to still get lost even with a Garmin

I had the Garmin put into the rental car that I had to drive to Key West.  Not because of getting to Key West because that is pretty straight forward on the highways...more because on the way back, I wanted to stop in Miami at a few places to get a few things.

Well, I first got lost trying it out just leaving the rental car place to get on the highway to go to Key West.
I mean, c'mon...there is this seductive ladies voice telling me...
"in .5 of a mile bear left onto the ramp marked, blah, blah, blah..."
I bore left, but there wasn't any ramp, was there? then I hear
"recalculating"...
so I am then directed to go around in a circle, and the same thing happens again!
Too funny...I felt like at some point she was going to come on and say...
"what is wrong with you?  I told you to bear left onto the ramp!"

Then coming back today the same thing happened.  Only this time, I think I got lost 2 or 3 times...all I kept hearing was...
"recalculating"

Am I the only one getting lost even with a Garmin?!
At least it made me laugh, and then I just let her ramble on and actually just followed the signs around the airport that said: Rental Car Return.
Maybe our world is just too technically challenged now!
Well that's my story anyways :)
Talk to you when I get back to Brazil!

9 comments:

mythopolis said...

Maybe she meant that there was a 'bear" on your left...altho I have not heard of bears that far south! : )

Brenda said...

I've never tried Garmin but I am sure I could get lost with it, I get lost SO easily!

PJ said...

Those things have some serious glitches. They are designed to not be completely accurate. Something like 50 feet -- My son tried to explain it to me. Something about a protection so they can't be used as missile guidance. So if you're somewhere with roads close together, the thing can't tell which is which. Like we were on a frontage road and it was giving directions for the freeway and ignoring all the turns possible on the frontage road.

:) Maybe it was the machine and NOT you!!

BLOGitse said...

Garmin? never heard...but got the idea.
Next time -
buy a traditional MAP! :)

Beverlydru said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. I don't have a GPS ( I guess that's what a Garmin is) but both of my daughters do! Sometimes that voice is confusing... I've found it's easier to look at the map on her screen. Do tell about your finds in Key West. I relax just thinking about the keys!

GutsyWriter said...

Don't you just love the way the woman says, "Recalculating," like she's totally pissed off with you. I felt like a school kid being punished. I do love my Garmin though. it gave me confidence to go to UCLA Book Festival yesterday. When are you back in Brazil?

Betty said...

I hope you have a good flight home! Did you buy the house?

About the "gramin"....I would be totally irritated by that voice and would shut it off and try by myself....

Gabriela said...

Are you back yet???
Blogging on your little trip? how dedicated are you?

See you soon!

Joyfulsister said...

LOL.
I wish I was there with you!! sounds like it was fun. I never used one of them, but my boss uses it and he even gave it a name lol. I had to come see you and find out you are away lol. Well I will be waiting to hear more. I have so much catching up to do with you and the rest of he sistah's. I feel like I have been away forever (sigh). Thanks for coming to see me and not forgetting your sistah !!!

Luv Ya Lorie