When you argue with your phone……


Last week, Alan and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation in South Carolina. Visiting with son and daughter-in-love always makes us happy.  A baby shower for the first grand baby due in August, an evening of winning a trivia game at a local eatery, sharing meals, conversation and making memories are all part of our family time.

The day arrived for us to leave and head for home in Virginia. We wanted to stay longer and would if we could. Life and job awaited at home. Packing the suitcases, filling the tank with gas and saying our goodbyes signaled we were on the way home.

Last November, our son suggested I purchase a new phone. A great idea since we were still using the old flip phones. The thought of fun activities and ways we could use the new phone was exciting. Maps, tracking exercise, and texting, which is definitely new for Alan and me, brought anticipation of new adventures to come.

So instead of printing out the directions for home as usual, I decided to ask the phone for directions. Easy, right?

We had stopped along the way to attend an author presentation. Great event. Just needed to take a different way home. No problem.

Well…. everything was going well. The roads were great until we were directed to leave the four lane highway and take the two lane highway. No problem.

The next instructions guided us from a two lane highway to a small road with no lines in the middle. Hmmm…. interesting. The only things visible in the area were tobacco fields and lots of cornfields. No highway signs, no street signs…..

Wait… a sign!!!!! Not a sign for directions. This was a sign with a drawing of a COW on it!!! A cow crossing sign!!!!

Thoughts raced in my head… What happens if we break down? Who would find us? There are not any houses nearby.  If we call for help, how could we describe our location? Would we say, “We’re the couple next to the “Cow Crossing” sign?”

As I started to argue with the phone, I repeated our destination address. Maybe the phone would provide us another route home, a more inhabited area so I wouldn’t feel so lost.

I realized there was no winning an argument with the phone when the voice kept telling us to “Make a U turn” and we were on a straight and narrow road. Feeling the back of the phone, I noticed warmth and decided to turn off the phone and resort to relying on the good old paper map. Thank goodness for visitor centers with free maps.

No arguing with the phone would result in a new direction home. Silly Mimi.

So next time we take a trip to unknown territory, I will make sure a paper map is in the car and yes, I will take the new phone. I just hope I don’t have to argue with the phone again. 🙂

Do you use the direction finder on your phone? Have you argued with your phone?

Even when we feel lost God is always with us. Rely on Him.

Blessings and giggles,

29 thoughts on “When you argue with your phone……

  1. Melissa, your story reminded me of one time my husband decided to depend on his iphone’s directions to get him to a new destination. He followed until the phone told him he had arrived at his destination – but when he looked up, all he saw was an empty field.

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  2. Giggling along with you Melissa. 😉
    Yes, I have told my phone it is wrong a time or two when giving directions. Of course it doesn’t pay any attention to what I say. Having directions on the phone is nice, but I like to see it on paper (I’m a visual person) so I can follow along.
    My husband still has the old flip phone, which also doubles as our house phone.
    BBlessings, Tina

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  3. Love your post. Your experience is something we can all relate to. Especially my husband and I. Since we travel all the time, we have to rely on the GPS system on our phone. But just like you, we find sometimes that the good old atlas is the best choice. Or!! Stop and ask on occasion. I love your writing style.

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  4. How funny.
    We let our son’s GPS be our directions once. I kept telling the kids I knew an easier better way for the start of the trip, they kept insisting it gave the best of the best. It didn’t, I was right. Oh, well. I can’t say it was a fun or interesting difference because it wasn’t, it was horrible. We went through miles and hours of road construction, ugh!
    Glad you aren’t still navigating your way home!

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  5. I had to laugh reading about your GPS adventure. It has happened to us so many times and in so many different ways. The one I will never forget was when we were driving around in Spain a few years ago.This particular evening we were trying to locate the hotel we would be staying in for the night. It was late in the evening which meant it was already dark. Our knowledgeable GPS began to give us direccions. Then it said continue straight for 10 kms and then turn right. Just before we turned right my husband sensed something was wrong so he stopped the car to have a look. Well… if we had continued we would have gone over a cliff and into the water below. We laugh about it now.😊
    As you said God is always with us.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Our GPS lady gets very frustrated with us. I don’t trust her and we often take a different (knowingly better) route. Sometimes, we have to silence her and consult the atlas we always take with us on a trip. 🙂

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  7. You should definitely take a paper map – or at least a print out from MapQuest or a similar site. However, you shouldn’t worry about anyone finding you. If you call Roadside Assistance, they will ping your phone and get your exact coordinates (reverse GPS). Also, be aware that you need to keep Google Maps, etc updated on your phone. In this way you will avoid being sent the wrong way down one way streets or being told to drive through a closed contstruction area, etc–and that’s something a paper map can’t do for you.

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  8. I read this post and it made Smile with Happiness!! I never argue on my cell phone when I am driving, my Car a 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL has hands free and Navigation!!

    God Bless All my Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus-Yeshua and Your Families and Friends!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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