Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Dad Vs. GPS

Last week my uncle gave my mom a GPS. She decided to install it into the family car, the one my dad drives most of the time. My dad is in his 60s and pretty set in his ways. He's knows Calgary inside out and any new neighbourhoods that he doesn't know he just looks it up on google maps. If he's in another city, he just buys a map.

So we install the GPS and immediately an argument ensues. First he's trying to get from University to around 1600 Acadia Drive. GPS suggests Deerfoot Trail.

Dad: "This machine is insane! Either take Crowchild to 14th Street South to Anderson. Who the hell would take Deerfoot?" My dad doesn't like taking Deerfoot unless he has to.

Another time he was driving somewhere:

"Turn right in 3 intersections"

"Bullshit, only an idiot would go that way"

It's turning into quite a contest. Odds are 3-to-1 that the GPS will be thrown out the window by the end of the month.

What do you think of GPS?


Russ Nelson said...

I have several GPS receivers, but I tell them what to do, not vice-versa.

Anonymous said...

What's the point of having a GPS that you have to tell what to do? You just drive wherever you want then right?

That's like having a wife that doesn't nag.

Amory Blaine said...

I don't *need* a gps. I just want one. For crying-out loud I don't use it in my own town, but in a new city: priceless. Plus looking-up restaurants, massage parlors, bail bondsmen...when I need a vacation but can't take one I change the voice. Right now it's on German. So when I get all drunk on beer I sorta feel like I'm there and being yelled at by some German chick, as usual. Oh, wait... JJW