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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)

TITLE: Recalculating
By Allison Egley
01/25/12


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Linda talked to herself as she put in the address. "42 Wallaby Way. Go!"

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 should be able to make it to work... 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'll bet if I take some back roads, I can get around some of the traffic on the interstate...

Putting the keys into the ignition, she considered her route.

Turn left onto Koala Lane.

"Left? No. I want to go right..... don't I?" Eh... I don't know this area that well. Maybe I should trust it.

Linda turned left.

Turn right onto Sydney Avenue.

"What? I know that can't be correct." I think I should turn back around and go the way I know.

She made the corrections, and soon was heading back the way she wanted to go.

Recalculating. Turn right onto Kiwi Street.

"But... that's where I just was. That leads me back to the interstate. I was trying to avoid that.

Linda went straight.

Recalculating. In two miles, turn left onto Roo Avenue.

Turn left onto Roo Avenue.


"What? You're crazy.... Actually, maybe.... No. I am smarter than my GPS. I am smarter than my GPS."

Recalculating.

"Yeah... I'm about ready to recalculate you here, in just a second...."

In point five miles, turn left onto Outback Lane.

"No."

Turn left onto Outback Lane.

"I said 'no.'"

Linda continued to drive. She glanced down at the clock on the dashboard. Oh man. With all my arguing with my GPS, I'm going to be late now. I should have just gone with my instinct.

Arriving at destination, on right.

"Yeah, no thanks to you," she said, ripping the out the power cord.

The power supply has been disconnected.

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?"

"Nope. GPS."


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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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Helen Curtis01/29/12
Now this is why I don't have a GPS in my car! I love your MC and the way you presented his/her conversation with the annoying GPS unit. I'm surprised it didn't end up being thrown out the window! This is a funny way to present the topic and very enjoyable. Well done.
Sandra Petersen 01/29/12
This was so clever! Hasn't your MC learned it's futile to argue with a GPS?

I think anyone who has ever owned one of those pieces of technology designed to make our lives easier can relate to the frustration when the directions given go against the driver's instincts.

Well done! I enjoyed this one very much.
Ruth Neilson01/29/12
my dear friend, we've had many a conversation about our love/hate relationship with gps units and it is SO true!
Jan Chapman01/30/12
I enjoyed your work and could most assuredly identify with your MC. My GPS is named Betty and I hate her! =)
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/01/12
Are you sure you haven't heard me talking to my GPS? Good story!
Beth LaBuff 02/01/12
This was so entertaining, and everyone that has ever used a GPS can relate. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/12
Oh I love this. It was a delight to read. I thought I was the only one crazy... er... I mean brave enough to admit they argue with machines!

Congratulations on ranking 15th overall! :)