January 28, 2008


Just before my house finding trip out here, my Ma picked up a Garmin c330 Street Pilot. That thing was sweet! I wasn't stuck driving 'til it looks right (which is more exhausting than you can know), and we got here with no problems. Finding gas stations, restaurants or hotels was a breeze.

My Ma has been traveling up to Madison quite a bit, and I told her that this would be a great way to learn the area. She agreed. And, of course, I was right. She thought it such a great idea, that she bought me one so that I could learn my way around here. And it's come in handy.

When I got the thing, I just followed the quick start up, and got it running. I never really explored the thing until I was downloading updates for it, and I saw "voice update." So I did a quick check, and sure enough, there was a selection of languages, both vocal and text. I noticed one that said, "British English." I chose that, and I've been driving around with the damn thing on, everywhere I go.

To the bank, 2 miles away. To the store, just around the corner. Even to work. I can't hope to get lost going to these places, but I take it anyway. I hear and obey...

My GPS sounds like Liz Hurley!

Liz Hurley

I tried the German voice, and while it sounded really sexy, I was afraid that I might make a wrong turn and piss her off...

Posted by That 1 Guy at January 28, 2008 07:40 PM | TrackBack

Yea, I'd listen to that.

Posted by: Contagion at January 28, 2008 07:54 PM

OK, that's just weird, because the British English on MY GPS sounds kinda like Sean Connery, only less Scottish. I guess they decided they needed to UPDATE and IMPROVE on the newer models.


Posted by: Tammi at January 28, 2008 09:09 PM

I picked British Daniel. I have no idea who his voice is.

Once, however, it fell onto the side floorboard of my car, during a long trip alone. I forgot it was there... and it came time for a turn and British Daniel spoke and I about came out of my skin.

I wish he detected cops. I got a ticket that trip. Most totally sucked...

Posted by: Bou at January 28, 2008 09:19 PM

That reminded me of my Xmas gift I got for the house, phones. I set them up in Spanish and told the story that I had got one heck of a deal Xmas eve from some guy outside a strip club. I was having a good time with it until the Post called with a freelance assignment & left it in Spanish. Now my wife is wearing me out.

Posted by: tom at January 28, 2008 09:22 PM

... you are a lucky guy, T1G.... I need to get me a Garmin....

Posted by: Eric at January 29, 2008 07:53 AM

Sorry. I stopped reading after I saw that picture.

Posted by: Navy CPO at January 29, 2008 09:18 AM

I think we have a plain old American lady on our GPS. Maybe if I switched to Lizzy I'd yell at her less.

Posted by: Em at January 29, 2008 09:27 AM

TGOO GPS is named Jill. She tries giving him directions. He tends not to listen and her voice sounds frustrated as she says, "RE-cal-cu-lating!".

Posted by: h~ at January 29, 2008 11:31 AM

I want an old irish woman to give me directions.

Posted by: Katy at January 29, 2008 03:17 PM

Mine doesn't say anything because I didn't get one from MOM. What gives?

Posted by: Heidi at January 30, 2008 01:38 PM

I don't have one either.....

But I do have maps, and they don't shout at me if I make a wrong turn..........

Posted by: bx19 at January 30, 2008 04:10 PM

"because the British English on MY GPS sounds kinda like Sean Connery"

Turrrn arrooond herre, Alex, yerr mother did!

Posted by: Old Cloots at January 30, 2008 07:56 PM