You Have Arrived

Have I told you lately that I don’t like the gadgets?  Good grief!  Writing about the map and the GPS reminded me of my first real attempt to use one.

I needed to get to an airport, and I was not going my typical path.  With a family member seriously ill in the hospital, and another family member flying in, I was under stress and running late and in the dark.  Trying to listen to the GPS tell me where to go, with phone calls coming in from concerned friends, hoping to make the right exits… things didn’t go so well.

Although I was on the right road all along, the gadget started steering me in a strange direction.  I’m telling you… it was the darkest dark outside, and although I could see the runway lights in the distance, I really wasn’t sure where I was… so I just kept making the turns it told me to make.

I ended up on a county road and was really frustrated that it had taken me in such a huge loop of the place, but I thought I knew what angle I was coming in on, and would only be about five minutes late to meet this flight.

I came to a dead end.  My headlights were shining on a barbed wire fence and I could see the runway on the other side.  The authoritative voice on the GPS calmly announced, “You have arrived at your destination”.

I wasn’t so calm!  But I got to the airport and our hospital story had a happy ending.  And although I considered it… no… I didn’t bust through the fence that night!


7 Responses to “You Have Arrived”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    That is a funny story, now. But, I am sure you weren’t laughing then. I have a couple of GPS stories I can tell you someday………Whew………

  2. M Sue says:

    I wonder what tone you used as you hurriedly backed out of there, saying, “recalculating!”
    Thanks for the chuckles, dear Friend!

  3. Kim says:

    My GPS just steered me wrong last week. I think I will go back to the old fashioned way of calling to get directions!

  4. Sandy says:

    Gadgets! Can’t live with them, can’t live without them!

    Ha! The aunt I was picking up at the airport actually called about the time I was backing up to “recalculate”!

    “Sandy… where are you?” Yes, it’s funny now. Not that night!

  5. Betty Williamson says:

    Great story! I can only imagine the frustration, but hope it was worth it in the end to have such a humorous story to tell. I’m not a gadget person either, so I really, REALLY relate.

  6. Mary Anne says:

    Just gave my grandson my Texas map this morning so he could watch it on their way back to Houston. I took a wrong turn one day coming out of Austin and wished I had a map. I promptly bought one when I got home. Now I’m in the market for another. Thankfully the map on my phone saved me that day but would like to have had a map.

  7. Sandy says:

    Hooray for maps! I love it when kids become old enough to understand the concept. Great gift!!

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