My newfound love for GPS

I get lost. A lot. My sense of direction is worse than, well, than a blind rat. (Let’s subtract their spatial memory, mkay?) I have lost faith in Google Maps after it led me to get LOST IN THE PROJECTS AT 1AM. There were people. Crowding the 4Runner. At stop lights. I was crying. After frantic calls to JP, he finally directed me out of there. I had somehow gotten twenty miles off course, in what seemed like about 2.2 seconds.

Enter a Christmas gift, and a virtual life-saver.

Garmin nüvi, product image from Amazon

Running at just over $100 on Amazon right now, it’s a great tool to have. GPS, traffic, bluetooth, no monthly fee shenanigans, and mounts to my window without any hassle or adhesives. There are a whole slew of options, price ranges, extra features (custom routes, etc.), on some of the upper models, but this does the trick. It has been incredibly accurate, and on several occasions we’ve ignored it’s traffic suggestions… only to get stuck in some horrid jams.

As a photographer and bidness lady, it’s important for me to not only get to locations, but also to be able to get home from locations, you know, without GETTING LOST IN THE PROJECTS. I hadn’t ever thought about branching out from my Google Maps printouts (that fail me at least 50% of the time), but I’m so glad that JP thought of this. Also, saves money on printer paper, ink, and less clutter in my car. Win-win. (I admit, I still do double-check everything on Google Maps, but just as a brief glance… just in case.)

If you are as bad at navigation as I am, get thee a GPS, and rejoice in how affordable they can be!

5 Responses to My newfound love for GPS
  1. Maria
    January 28, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    I love love LOVE mine. One of the best gifts I’ve ever received! It’s also great when you don’t know a neighborhood well and need to find a gas station or if there’s a traffic jam and you want to find an alternate route.

  2. lizzie
    January 28, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    life saver indeed. i’m a rockstar with directions, somehow, and i still adore having the “don’t you wanna be sure?” demons of directions satisfied..no?

  3. Terese
    January 28, 2011 | 4:29 pm

    awesome! i live 2 blocks from the arrow on that gps screen!

  4. Coasting anon
    May 12, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    Help me. How does the Nuvi keep you out of the projects? I only ask because we repeatedly have to tell people to IGNORE their GPS systems to get to our house because it will direct them right through the roughest part of town. And by rough, I mean, drive-by-shootings-semi-daily-rough.

    • Lauren
      May 13, 2011 | 2:28 am

      Well, I guess It keeps me out in that I can sort of put myself in an opposite direction if things are starting to border on project territory. My luck was that I’d be somewhere safe, and then get lost and end up in the projects rather than back home. So it’s partially me knowing the bad news bears intersections, and partially the “get me out of here, I wanna go home!” function.

      That probably made zero sense.

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