When GPS Stands For "Girl Panicking Shortly!"

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

CompassI love my GPS!  I can’t live without it.  Except when it gets me lost.  Really lost.  How does that happen?  Every once in awhile, this tiny, compact satellite system unpredictably sends me to some obscure, off-the-beaten-path location.  And usually, it’s absolutely nowhere near where I need to be.  Last night, I had a meeting out in an unfamiliar part of town.  I entered all the pertinent information into my GPS and drove off.  After “reaching my destination” a couple of times -- and a few illegal U-turns later -- I finally turned down a side street for help.  I called out to the first person I saw.  He was a very pleasant man, who said he was about to take his family out for pizza and would be happy to show me the way.  Frustrated yet filled with gratitude, I took him up on his offer.  And, although I was running extremely late, I just had to smile and chuckle as I patiently waited for him to unload his entire van -- making room for his 2 children, the wife, and the family dog.

I followed him for what seemed like an eternity, in the dark, in the opposite direction from where my GPS told me I was supposed to be.  I started to get a little nervous, as I thought for sure this man was leading me into the woods somewhere.  I had visions of ending up as the subject matter for a “Made for TV Murder Mystery."  (Mom always told me I had a vivid imagination!)  But, sure enough, this very kind, decent, good Samaritan guided me directly and safely to my destination.  After we arrived, I rolled down my window and thanked him profusely.  He just shrugged his shoulders, said "no problem" -- and then off he went to feed his family at the pizza parlor.

Hmmm … perhaps I should change the title of this blog to “When GPS Stands for Good Person Sighting!"

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Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
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I feel for you ... it has happened to me!  While GPS is terrific the majority of the time, it isn't perfect!

Jan 17, 2012 08:19 AM #1
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I love this story. Reminds me of when I was lost in England and a woman got in her car and led me to the dropoff place for the rental car which had an address something like "lower High Street."

Jan 17, 2012 08:26 AM #2
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Carie...

On a recent trip to Alabama (at night) my GPS took me off of the Interstate and took me to an unpaved road (even though I checked the option for no unpaved roads.)

Instead, I turned around and went the way I thought I should and got there ... 2 paved miles right off of the highway!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Jan 17, 2012 08:27 AM #3
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I know what you mean. Every once in a while, for no apparent reason, my GPS goes crazy. Once it started leading me in circles - round and round and round - before I finally put a stop to it. Another time, it led me to the edge of water and then stopped working. It (yes, it) was completely lost but I still love it.

Jan 17, 2012 08:31 AM #4
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Liz:  Yes, it's far from perfect ... but a lifesaver when it's working properly :)

Carolyn:  So, you feel my pain :)  I just had to laugh when I read your destination in England was "lower High Street."  Too funny!

Richard:  That's scary!  Glad to hear you followed your instincts and found your way back!  Wow ... thanks for the Feature :)

Jill:  Your story is funny and frightening at the same time!  Wish I knew what makes GPS go bonkers sometimes.  But, like you said, I still love mine too :)

Jan 17, 2012 08:54 AM #5
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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Love your title...and yes, been there, done that!!
Jan 17, 2012 09:49 AM #6
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Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

I rely on my GPS a little tooo much.  Very sad since I have lived in SA my entire life!

Jan 17, 2012 10:27 AM #7
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

I selected the Aussie male voice for mine and named him Ian.  When Ian takes me miles off the beaten path in the direction opposite to that I needed to go, I remind myself that he sits on a sattelite high up there in the sky and sometimes the clouds, aircraft, bad weather or smog get him confused. 

Jan 17, 2012 12:27 PM #8
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Nancy:  Thanks!  We've all been there ... so true!

Kristin:  Don't feel bad ... the one little street you've never been on before is hard to find sometimes.  I know :)

Marge:  They do get confused at times ... that's for sure.  I need to give mine an exotic name/accent too :)

 

Jan 17, 2012 01:37 PM #9
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I happen to drive a GPS that has a car attached. That gadget was invented 100 % just for me. It has gotten me lost...thank goodness for the phone.

Margaret

Jan 17, 2012 03:08 PM #10
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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I have been there too Carie.   What did we do before we had GPS?

Jan 17, 2012 03:29 PM #11
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Margaret:  Very funny :)  With the exception of those times when it gets us lost, I'm SO glad it was invented!

Jim:  I know, right?  It's hard to think about what we did before GPS.  Or cell phones.  Or .....

Jan 17, 2012 03:56 PM #12
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Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie~~ I love reading your posts. I was telling my husband tonight how much i enjoy your style!! and

GPS is so important to have anymore. I cannot function without it. The problem i have in Newburgh is that we have so many new roads here. The GPS does not recognize them and puts me in the middle of a golf course now and then.
. We area all so tech needy anymore! So  many gadgets!!

Jan 18, 2012 11:21 PM #13
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  Wow ... thank you so much for the compliment :)  Your GPS story is so funny ... I wonder how long it takes for the satellite gods to upgrade their software?  But, like you said ... I still can't live without mine either!

Jan 19, 2012 02:22 AM #14
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Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living

Oh, I can relate.  Atlanta has so many one-way streets, that the GPS has helped enormously.  I remember when I first got a Garmin.  I thought when Jill said, "recalculating," it seemed so sweet.  As time when on, I started to feel she was annoyed with 'RECALCULATING!"  Now, my GPS is factory installed in my vehicle and I get a pleasant "ping" sound when I did something wrong even though it has, at times, taken me to the woods with nothing around!  That's when the phone comes in handy with a pleasant "help, I think I'm lost."

Jan 24, 2012 10:50 PM #15
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Pat:  That is so funny, because I too felt like the "voice" was irritated with me when I went the wrong way :)  I notice that you are new here so I wanted to say ... Welcome to AR!  I am fairly new here myself (3 months), however, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  As you may have noticed already, there are many people here willing to lend a helping hand!  Good luck and nice meeting you :)

Jan 25, 2012 04:05 AM #16
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Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living
Thank you Carie for the warm welcome. To think I have been in real estate for quite some time and am now just getting into Activerain. I am finding my way and thoroughly enjoying it,
Jan 25, 2012 07:09 AM #17
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Pat:  Great to hear you are finding your way around and having a good time!  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any support :)

Jan 25, 2012 04:33 PM #18
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