Thursday, January 3, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Got your Garmin?
We’ve returned once again from a road trip -- this time to Missouri and my sister Jackie’s house.
My daughter and my granddaughters (well, me too) think going to Jackie’s is about as much fun as Disney World. I always come home with a new game to play.
The first game we came home and bought was Mexican Train, a domino game, which is a great favorite in our house now.
This time, I had to order our new game from someone in Florida that makes it.
It’s very similar to Sorry and Aggravation, but the one Jackie had was a hand-made piece of wood, with really pretty pegs and “castles” that you had to get to from home. And it takes three decks of cards, also.
Since we had friend Grace with us, we also had to make another visit to Lambert’s Restaurant in Sikeston, which is about 20 or so minutes from Jackie’s house.
Much to all three little girls’ delight, one of the “throwed rolls” for which Lambert’s is famous, hit Dana right smack in the back of her head. Grace, Meredith and Remy laughed out loud! Jackie and I just kinda giggled -- we were afraid Dana would smack us. She wasn’t happy with the buttery residue left in her hair, either.
Jackie could probably drive to Sikeston and Lambert’s in her sleep, but one of her Christmas presents was a “Garmin.”
For those who live without knowledge of technology and gadgets (Jackie is one of those), a Garmin is a GPS device that you stick on your windshield and it always knows where you are and, if you tell it, where you’re going -- more importantly, it knows how to get where you’re going and it tells you loud and clear.
In fact, Jackie’s new Garmin was so loud that it nearly drove us out of the car until we found the nifty little volume button.
After we turned “her” down, she very politely told us to turn right in .05 miles or to turn left in .03 miles.
And the Garmin responded nicely when Jackie decided that she wasn’t going the main road, she was taking the back road, the way we always go to Lambert’s.
The Garmin just briefly recalculated and gave us directions the rest of the way by the back roads.
I was suitably impressed by the Garmin! So impressed, that the first thing I did Sunday night after getting home was order one off eBay!
Jane and I are scheduled to go to Paducah again in April (we stay at the “Hotel Jackie” in East Prairie). But, as often as we’ve been to Paducah and back and forth to Jackie’s, we still get really, really lost. Especially at night.
It will be really comforting to have that dulcet voice saying “turn left in .05 miles.”
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