Friday, September 16, 2011

My Gadgets: GPS

Manitoba Canada North Star Highway Map (1955)I talk about living with a nerd, but the truth is that I'm a bit of a nerd too.  My favourite gadget is my GPS.  Last summer, there was a point when I was the only driver in the house.  I had to drive my nerd to places I'd never been.  Using Google Maps or Mapquest was fine when I had someone to navigate, but when I didn't it was hard to read my print outs and drive.

I insisted on a GPS.  I was too stressed driving in areas I didn't know that I needed help.  I love my GPS!  My stress levels while driving have gone way down. I still get lost, because whenever it says turn in 700 meters, I am trying to figure out if it's the next street or the one after that.  But, when I go off course, the GPS gets me back on track.

We have a Garmin Nuvi.  I couldn't tell you what model number it is, but it's very easy to use.  We have fun with the Nuvi.  There are several voices that you can choose for your GPS to use.  The kids love "Squirrelly".  For awhile, Angel would only let us use Squirrelly.  She'd talk to Squirrelly like he was a real person.  I was afraid she'd pick up his phrase for recalculating which was "Oh, nuts!" but thankfully, she didn't.  Squirrelly would ask if there were trees nearby, tell us that our car was "swell" and lots of other fun things.

Doctor Nightmare was too scary for Angel, so we had to change from that voice very quickly.  Now we seem to be using an Australian lady's voice and it's OK, but there are no funny or unexpected phrases.  I may have to change it up again soon.

GPS BackupI like that you can also change the Nuvi to give you walking directions.  This is very handy if you want to participate in an activity called geocaching.  More about that another time.

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