Tell me where to go. Go on. Please. I WANT you to!

I love love love love love it!!!

LOVE IT!!

I speak of course of my new GPS. My Garmin nuvi 1200.

And yesterday couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin!

After familiarizing myself with the functions and google-recording directions to my destination as a backup — like a good Boy Scout, ever prepared! — I plug it in as the car’s idling.

“Follow the highlighted route. Go straight .7 mile. Turn left on Colfax Avenue.”

I proceed. Wrongly. Intentionally.

“Recalculating. Recalculating,” instructs the female voice. “In .2 mile, turn right at Syracuse Street.”

Again I remain off course by design. I know where Colfax is and how to get there. In fact, in this rare instance, I know where I’m going. It’s a fairly straight shot from A to B.

I’m witnessing the unit’s performance when I’m on and off course as an important part of the learning

I’ve got the device in my hand, on the steering wheel, casting glances at the display as I go. Traffic is extraordinarily light. I wouldn’t attempt driving while reading a handheld device otherwise.

I’m on Denver’s roads all day! Playing. Learning. Testing out the GPS. Typing in places I need to go — i.e., Radio Shack. Places I don’t need to go — i.e., Cold Stone Creamery.

Which btw no longer exists at that locaiton! Now it’s a Peet’s Coffeehouse. So I bring up the Report an Error function.

By 10 or 11 p.m when I’m back, I’ve been from a cafe on one side of town to a hot dog dive on the other and randomly selected places in between, guided along with each roll of the wheel.

I cap my day of play and study with more from the bed and some late-night reading — the 72-page downloaded manual from  cover to cover.

I’m good to go. In the true sense of the word.

And like Jimmy with with his first train set on Christmas morning, I’m so very exited and enamored with my GPS! I can’t put it down and walk away!

But I can drive! 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katie
    Aug 14, 2011 @ 20:01:52

    So glad to hear that you got a GPS-and that you’re getting where you need to go to..there’s been a few times when my mom and I have been doing Meals On Wheels that I wish she had one!

    Reply

    • allycatadventures
      Aug 14, 2011 @ 20:08:37

      @katie – “…have been doing Meals On Wheels that I wish she had one!” No doubt! Reminds me of my old paratransit driver job.We picked up patients across the neighborhoods, cities and counties … with no GPS!! That was one tough job to do without one!

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