GPS devices have me stuck on Existential

I think that navigating through the landscape is a skill that can (and should) be developed. I have a particular talent for it, if I do say so myself. So when the nice-lady-voice keeps telling me I have made an error, I don’t really like to hear it. The car, that vestige of freedom in the modern landscape, is the last place I want an inanimate object telling me what to do. Except for the few people with absolutely no sense of direction, I think GPS units are one of those things Americans needlessly spend money on. When you don’t have to figure out where you are and where you are going, you lose that skill. Is that something you want?

But this comic made me laugh.

One thought on “GPS devices have me stuck on Existential”

  1. That is funny! And I am one of those who really can use a GPS. Part of the issue: I have really only lived 3 different places in my life (until recently). All of which are in Idaho and relatively small. I have this odd penchant for going the EXACT OPPOSITE way that I need to. Also I learn routes and ways to go by rote. I create an exact image related map in my head. That is great until i think I am in the map location (and am not) and overlay my mental map for the area I think it is right over the top of the incorrect area and get myself hopelessly lost. That has been an interesting revelation of moving to a new larger and more complicated (traffic-wise and road-wise – lineage in our area really loves something to be desired)place to live! -S

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