Useless Thoughts Running Through My Head

various musings of a generation x kad

Posts Tagged ‘toys’

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.

Posted in happiness, toys | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »