Throwback Thursday: Maggie Magellan

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"You know your driving is bad when the GPS says 'After 300 feet, stop and let me out!"

In last weeks Throwback Thursday, I shared an old post from our personal blog about the challenges we experienced getting to England in the Fall of 2005. Today's Throwback is an entry made right after we got home from that trip.  It's interesting to read this 12 1/2 years later and put into perspective how far we've come with navigational technology. 

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Nellie is the name I gave to the GPS navigational system built into Lana's mini-van. I loved listening to "Nellie-the navigator" guide us through the maze of round-a-bouts, in her British accent. I miss hearing (in a British accent): "Your route is being calculated" and "Prepare to turn right at the next exit".

I miss Nellie so much I went shopping for a navigational system of our own when we returned home. As luck would have it, Costco was selling the Magellan 360 Roadmate, which is a portable GPS navigational system that you plug into your cigarette lighter and attach (with a suction cup) to the windshield. I just got it a couple of days ago, and am enjoying getting to know this new navigation system..."Maggie Magellan", a poor (but good looking and smart) cousin to Nellie. I particularly like the lighted panel feature, which makes it really easy to keep track of upcoming turns during night driving.

When we were in England, our son-in-law, Rob, and I spent part of an evening shopping online for a new Ford Five-hundred, which is the car I would like to get someday. It is all-wheel drive, has a large trunk for my real estate signs, and sits a little higher than most cars which would make getting in and out easier for Max (and me too, of course). If anyone is Christmas shopping for us, I do like the "silver birch" exterior color. :-)

On the Ford Five-hundred, the built-in navigation systems are listed at $1995 as an add-on! I blinked hard at that... and am now appreciating the much less expensive portable system I bought at Costco. The other great thing about the portable system is that it can be moved from car to car... or, in our case, car-to-van. Sometimes we travel in the van and sometimes we take the car on trips. With the cost of fuel now, we're inclined to take the car (1999 Mitsubishi Galant) on trips these days. It gets just about twice the mileage as the van and is quite comfortable. Of course, we can't take as much stuff with us or crawl in the back and take a real nap, like in the van. Oh well, compromises and sacrifices must be made in the name of being environmentally and financially responsible.

I've been testing Maggie around town and am looking forward to seeing how she performs on a real road trip. Stay tuned for that report in the future. Oh... and I programmed Maggie to speak with a British accent too. How cool is that?

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Follow-up:
Turns out we did buy the 2005 model of the Ford Five-hundred shortly after we returned home.  We loved it so much we ended up buying another one in 2008.  I'm still driving the second version.  I've thought about replacing it but it still looks good and running like a charm. 

Also, I still use a portable version of a GPS, which I love for moving from car to van and vice versa.  I  don't put it in the window anymore, however, because I had one (literally) fry from the sun while traveling through the desert in Arizona.   I absolutely love how the GPS systems these days makes traveling solo so much easier, especially navigating through unfamiliar high traffic areas.  I always know how far my exit is and which lan to be in. 

As a side note:
I remember how untrusting Max first was of the GPS system.  Max was a scientist.  He wanted a map.  He wanted to do his own research about the proper route to our destination.  He was a map guy.  He did learn to trust the GPS but he still liked his maps.  I actually like maps too, but only to give me perspective... not to use while I am driving. 

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HI William Feela .
They will do that occasionally.  When there are route options, it's best to pay attention and make the right choice.  Sometimes those shortcuts take longer. 

Apr 26, 2018 05:47 AM #7
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Good morning Nina Hollander ,
My current one is a Garmin that I've had a few years.  I really appreciate having it.  

Apr 26, 2018 05:48 AM #8
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Hi Dorie Dillard ,
We get spoiled pretty easily, don't we Dorie?  Then we can't imagine being without our tools. 

Apr 26, 2018 05:49 AM #9
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HI Sheila Anderson ,
I know many people use their phone GPS these days but I like the larger GPS units, and it doesn't drain my phone battery. 

Apr 26, 2018 05:51 AM #10
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Susan Haughton
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I laughed out loud about Max not trusting GPS at first...my husband literally will not use it, believing everyone should be able to read a map.  Of course, he can read a map and get anywhere he needs to go without referring to it ever again...me, not so much. 

I remember starting with a Tom Tom portable nav system.  I always went for the English speaking male, though, "Paul."  Now I find myself using the GPS  in my car on occasion, but more often, WAZE. 

Apr 26, 2018 06:02 AM #11
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JL Boney, III
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I just came home from a road trip yesterday while making my way through some back roads the GPS on my phone told me to turn right and as soon as I did it said it could not help me with that and turned off.

Apr 26, 2018 09:45 AM #12
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Hi Carol - we always name our GPS Mabel. I have no idea why but the name stuck? We have the Garmin portable so we can use it in any car. And when we do take our road trips I also have a road atlas in the car so I can see the big picture. Besides, I love maps.

Apr 26, 2018 09:49 AM #13
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Carol,

That was a very fun read.  Our new car has a map and a GPS on the large screen as well as an aerial view.  We rely on our British speaking Jeeves on our iPhone.  Wishing you a great Thursday.  A

Apr 26, 2018 10:49 AM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I am on the same wavelength as you are Carol.  My Magellan just bit the dust.  I had it for about 10 years.  I had hoped it only needed a battery, but alas, it wasn't to be.  However, I just returned from a trip to the Monterey coast, and used my cellphone's navigation which worked really well.

Apr 26, 2018 05:12 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Carol, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Apr 26, 2018 05:12 PM #16
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Hi Susan,
One of my favorite things about the GPS is it displays the current speed limit on where you are.  I find this very helpful.  As far as I know the built in GPS's and phone apps don't have that. 

Apr 26, 2018 05:25 PM #17
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Hi JL Boney, III .
Uh Oh.  That doesn't sound good! 

Apr 26, 2018 05:26 PM #18
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,
I love that you use the British speaking voice. 

Apr 26, 2018 05:26 PM #19
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Hi Myrl,
Yes, the phone apps work great too.  It does tend to suck battery power quickly, though.  I also like that my portable system displays the current speed limit wherever I am.  

And, thank you for the Feature in the Old Fart's Club.  Always a fun bonus.

Apr 26, 2018 05:28 PM #20
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I love to reminisce using Throwback Thursday. Thank you Carol Williams 

Apr 26, 2018 11:31 PM #21
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, 
Memories are some of the greatest treasures of life, aren't they?

Apr 27, 2018 03:13 AM #22
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Laura Cerrano
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GPS and all the other stuff can be a funny thing especially when you have a good sense of humor like you do! Much appreciated! :)

Apr 28, 2018 09:15 PM #23
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Laura Cerrano
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Happy memories are probably in the top two greatest treasures of life because we have the privilege of remembering them for the rest of our lives! In reference to what you were saying to Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, :)

Apr 28, 2018 09:17 PM #24
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Kat Palmiotti
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This was fun to read. I still have an almanac in my car, "just in case" and I usually check the online maps before I go anywhere just to make sure I know where I"m going in the event the GPS doesn't work properly. But I love having GPS apps on my phone and in my car - it definitely makes finding homes easier.

Apr 30, 2018 03:48 AM #25
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Hello Carol - I like to "challenge"  the GPS.   I mean -- who is smarter?  Hmm..did I just say the GPS is a person?

May 03, 2018 07:51 AM #26
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