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28 April 2013 @ 04:58 pm
Adventures with Karen  
I should start by explaining that Karen is the disembodied voice on my Navman. Karen and I have a history; we got together when I went to the UK in 2010 and it's been a rocky relationship since then. We've had our disagreements in the past, but I always thought we could work our way through them. But yesterday I was shown that our differences are irreconcilable.

I had to go to a cat club meeting on the northside of Brisbane, with which I am totally unfamiliar. First off Karen refused to recognise that the street existed in that suburb - not to worry, I thought, as she did pick up on the next suburb along. I figured if I followed it for long enough I'd get there, right?

So off we went. All was fine until I had to get off the Gateway Motorway, then the fun and games started. She led me all over the place; at one point she directed me into a culdesac and then told me to perform a u turn when possible, and directed me back out again in the opposite direction. WTF?!

I did eventually end up in the "right" street, except that it really wasn't. Finally I grabbed out my trusty street directory and discovered that I was really in the right street, only it was bisected by the railway line. I would have to retrace my path for at least half a kilometre before rejoining the correct street. Eventually I arrived at the meeting 20 minutes late.

When I left, I followed another club member back out onto the gateway. It was only a bit over a kilometre away, involving two intersections.

Karen, I'm sorry, but this was a deal-breaker. In future I'll use the navigation facility on my phone.
 
 
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miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on April 28th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
If their devices are related to Karen then yes, it's entirely possible. This is the same Karen that directed us into an underground carpark in Cambridge; that randomly started giving us street names in Welsh in Aberystwyth (but nowhere else in Wales!) and that sent us up a tiny, one-car-wide with hedgerows on either side track to a main beach, ignoring the beautiful two-lane bitumen road that led to the same place.
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miwahni: Firefly Not taking you seriouslymiwahni on April 28th, 2013 08:15 am (UTC)
Nah, she's just an evil cow *g*
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byslantedlight: toosexycapri (Probodie)byslantedlight on April 28th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Eeep! And that's why I still use paper maps... *g*
miwahni: ST Star I steer bymiwahni on April 28th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
And that's what I resorted to, in the end. Lucky I still keep the book in the car actually. I have to say though that while maps etc give you a much better sense of where you are and how you got there, the Navman makes life a LOT easier when all you have to do is listen for directions.
Except for Karen, of course. That cow has it in for me.
Merlin Pendragon: Ordimrlnpndrgn on April 28th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
I've got one of those. Bought it years ago, and never paid for the updates to the maps.

Recently went to Ottawa with a friend. On the freeway, the d*mn thing kept telling me to turn left where there was no intersections :-)

But in Ottawa, I had no problem. Lucky thing, because my friend, whose daughter we were visiting, is not too good at navigation!

But since I do not have Internet access on the smart phone, it was better than nothing.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 29th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
On the freeway, the d*mn thing kept telling me to turn left where there was no intersections :-)

When I go to the airport, my navman shows me driving through fields - a new road was put in a few years ago but my maps predate it.
Merlin Pendragon: Images du Quebecmrlnpndrgn on April 29th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
When I go to the airport, my navman shows me driving through fields - a new road was put in a few years ago but my maps predate it.

:-)
Happened to me too when I went to visit Ghostie a few years ago.
A bit stressing, when one doesn't know the country!

She lives in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in the US.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 29th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Very stressing indeed in a foreign country. When I went to the UK I downloaded the most recent maps but even then we sometimes had "adventures" thanks to the navman.
KimberlyFDR: Paul Moviekimberlyfdr on April 28th, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
My GPS doesn't know where my house is so I had to program in coordinates to get me there. Navigation systems are quite odd sometimes.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 29th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Now THAT's weird! Is your house relatively new, or is your GPS just being difficult?
KimberlyFDR: Still the Oneskimberlyfdr on April 29th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
No, my house (in some incarnation) has been in existence for over 100 years :)
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on April 29th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
That's really bizarre. Perhaps your GPS just likes travel and doesn't want the journey to end....
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on April 28th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)

We call the one on MG's phone "Svetlana" as she has such a "she who must be obeyed" voice.

... and yes, she has tried to make us take stupid routes before.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on April 29th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
I think they have a cunning plan to get us all so hopelessly lost that they can then take over the world with little opposition. We'll all be too busy making U-turns when possible.