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Have TomTom, will travel

Posted by thoughtful1 on December 10, 2008

A few months ago I bought a TomTom GPS for a long trip I was taking.  I have since discovered that owning a GPS means I will now venture into the previously scary world of City Driving.

I grew up in a suburban/rural setting.  I am not accustomed to the free for all known as Boston Driving.  Nor do I know my way around Boston or Cambridge or Somerville by car.  And Medford positively scares.  I always manage to get lost in Medford.  However, lately I have found myself driving around Cambridge, Somerville, and even Watertown(!).  All because I have the TomTom.

You see, with the GPS I no longer worry about getting hopelessly lost and ending up in Lexington when I really wanted to be in Back Bay.  (I actually haven’t done that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did.)  Not that I no longer make mistakes with the GPS.  Sometimes I miss a turn, or the GPS leads me to a dead end.  But, at least I know I can get out of the jam I’ve found myself in.  TomTom will recalculate my route, and off I’ll go, back on the right track.

With TomTom stuck to my windshield I have ventured forth to a friend’s condo in Central Square, a house party in Chestnut Hill, a liquor store in Watertown, a movie theater in Davis Square, and the wilds of New Hampshire.  Before I would have made these treks with trepidation and been full of stress and anxiety as I made wrong turn after wrong turn, but now I confidently pull out of my driveway and make my way through streets that range from vaguely familiar to outright bewildering and reach my intended destination within a reasonable time.

I imagine that after driving with TomTom as my co-pilot, I will eventually learn where everything is and how to get there by car.

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My new toy

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 13, 2007

After nearly ten years of being without one I have finally gotten around to buying a new printer.  And it isn’t just a printer.  It’s a printer/scanner/fax/copier… with duplexing!  Woo hoo!  No more forwarding stuff to work for printing.  No more going to library to print things out at 10 cents/sheet.  I can now print my own crap out in my own home using my own electricity and paper.

In fact, I just did.  I printed out my e-ticket for my upcoming trip to the West Coast.

And I can photo copy stuff.  And scan pictures in.  And even fax stuff to my mom.  She’ll be so happy.

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