We've been using the Garmin my mom lent us (thanks mom!!!) during our vacation travels. Beth and I have used this little miracle of science before, but always with mixed results. This trip was no different - it (usually) gets us where we're going, and we don't have to stress out too much about it if we miss a turn. But this trip I think the Garmin was nothing but trouble.
Sometimes it can't "acquire the satellites" when we're beneath some trees in the park. It cannot seem to figure out that our hotel is really on the right side of the road as it keeps telling us to "turn left and arrive at our destination". It picked what I would consider to be the wrong Pizza Hut when asked to choose the closest one to our hotel - yes, there are two of everything down here and it chose the one 5 miles farther away. It is fully convinced that there's a road in the park which doesn't actually exist, and little Ms. Garmin gets really sassy with her "recalculating" when we choose to ignore her and not drive pell mell through the park's foliage on her imaginary road.
And, in her most egregious offense -the one in which I can't hardly bring myself to forgive this technological wonder - Ms. Garmin led a van fully of hungry, travel weary people a mile and a half down the road past our true lunch destination! A mile and a half to a Dollar Saver store which Ms. Garmin stubbornly swore was a Cracker Barrel. Not-uh, Ms. Prissy. Not-uh! At least she had the phone number right, and we called and explained to a confused hostess that the checkered flag we trusted is not right, and that we need assistance from a real human to fill our bellies. Perhaps Ms. Garmin is a little resentful that her head is full of restaurants, yet her secret pain is that she has no stomach of her own.
I'm glad I don't own one of these myself. It's nice to borrow (seriously, thanks mom!!!), and certainly it can be helpful at times, but it has a tendency to get you to trust it when it is not at all trustworthy. I seduces you with its maps and its apparent foreknowledge of your travel futures. And just when you turn your mind to something other than directions, she leads you astray. As far as directions go, you really can't trust her. But that is her primary purpose! Alas, she's just not good enough to be a real navigator. I wonder if Tom-Tom got this right, cause Garmin sure didn't. Or maybe I'm too apt to anamorphize my navigation tool and then expect too much. She's only human... er...
And seriously, what about a pirate voice option? "Turn to starboard ye land lubber!" "Land ho!"