Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year

Well, as this year finally gives up the ghost and moves on to where dead years go, here's hoping you all out there have had at least an enjoyable year and that the New Year will be even better. I make no resolutions but just aim to always do things I enjoy. If any resolution is to be made this would be it,

enjoy my family,
enjoy my friends,
enjoy my vacations,
enjoy my food (no real problem there),
enjoy being part of this wheel called life.

These are the things I want to do in the future. Oh, and getting a wedding ring tattoo.

I grew to fat for my wedding ring and had to cut it off (told you I enjoy my food). So I will remedy that by getting a wedding ring tattooed on my finger and then it can just grow with me. Cool and clever. Now I seek designs. Nothing to intricate, maybe a tribal design, maybe a celtic design( I feel a bit of a fraud doing that though cos there aint no Celt in this Dutchman). So any ideas would be welcome.

Any way I digress, (see how easy it is).

The purpose of this message is to wish you all a great Year end and an even greater New Year. Normal rules apply:
Be safe
Dont drink and drive
Have a lot of fun.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

GPS Drivers

I suppose that I am generalising, but these GPS drivers are becoming a nightmare. I live in a city where holiday makers and tourists are in abundance around this time of year. They come in hoards, driving down from the inland, patiently waiting in line at toll gates all hellbent on getting to the sea and the sand.

True not many know where they are going. So the old map sysem has faded into obscurity and enter the GPS map. Sweet little electronic lady (SEL for short), telling you where to drive, which intersection to take, left or right. All good and well if you follow what she says a little ahead of time.

This is not the first time I have come across this phenomenon, but well the first time I actually care to vent about it. It kind of disturbed my morning a bit. (Fortunatley I had already had coffee so I was not really very agrresive).

This morning I was intruiged by a family from inland, obviously lost even with the GPS. ( I know he had a GPS because I could see it attached to his front window.) The driver was a nightmare on the road, back and forth along the road, very gentlemanly indicating his chaotic course. This caused many to have to brake behind him to let him in and and then having to let him in again as he discovered that SEL had slightly misguided him or he had mixed up left from right.

So my question is, are these mapping devices really any good if you still get lost or disrupt traffic while using them? Do they really help that much? I am a firm beleiver in the Olde Mappe Sytem and plotting my course before I go out. Then I know where I am headed and am not veering in obscure directions. But hay thats just me I suppose. I vote for the old maps to come back. Anyone with me?