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Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)
By Allison Egley
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She knew the way well enough, but liked to plug the address into her GPS, in case of detours and traffic jams.
Linda mindlessly drove to work, when her car's gas tank alert pinged her for the second time that day. <i>I should be able to make it to work...</i> She peered at her gas gauge. "Or not."
She pulled off the next exit, ignoring the protesting GPS, for the time being.
After filling the gas tank, Linda got back in the car. <i>I'll bet if I take some back roads, I can get around some of the traffic on the interstate...</i>
Putting the keys into the ignition, she considered her route.
<i><b>Turn left onto Koala Lane.</b></i>
"Left? No. I want to go right..... don't I?" <i>Eh... I don't know this area </i>that<i> well. Maybe I should trust it.</i>
Linda turned left.
<i><b>Turn right onto Sydney Avenue.</b></i>
"What? I <i>know</i> that can't be correct." <i>I think I should turn back around and go the way I know.</i>
She made the corrections, and soon was heading back the way she wanted to go.
<i><b>Recalculating. Turn right onto Kiwi Street.</b></i>
"But... that's where I just was. That leads me back to the interstate. I was trying to <i>avoid</i> that.
Linda went straight.
<i><b>Recalculating. In two miles, turn left onto Roo Avenue.
Turn left onto Roo Avenue.</b></i>
"What? You're crazy.... Actually, maybe.... No. I am smarter than my GPS. I am smarter than my GPS."
"Yeah... I'm about ready to recalculate <i>you</i> here, in just a second...."
<i><b>In point five miles, turn left onto Outback Lane.</b></i>
<i><b>Turn left onto Outback Lane.</b></i>
"I said 'no.'"
Linda continued to drive. She glanced down at the clock on the dashboard. <i>Oh man. With all my arguing with my GPS, I'm going to be late now. I should have just gone with my instinct.</i>
<i><b>Arriving at destination, on right.</b></i>
"Yeah, no thanks to you," she said, ripping the out the power cord.
<b>The power supply has been disconnected.</b>
Linda hit the "turn off" button, using just a bit more force than necessary. "Take that."
Linda walked into her office.
"A bit late today, are we?" a co-worker quipped.
"Let's just say there was a major disagreement this morning."
Karen nodded knowingly. "Ahh. Husband, huh?"
This may or may not be loosely based on actual "conversations" with the author's GPS unit. Names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.
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