Being technology challenged and not at all familiar with the working of the GPS, I asked Katie to put the address of the first college into the GPS. She had a little trouble at first, but eventually she found it. And off we went. All was fine until we got to the turn off for Rt. 93. I always take Rt. 93 when I go to Boston AND the Map Quest directions (which I was using as a backup) said to take Rt. 93. The GPS did NOT like it when I decided to ignore it's advice and take Rt. 93. It told me it was "recalculating" and sent me back the way it wanted me to go. This was very difficult for me. I am a serious control freak and don't like ceding control to anyone, let alone an inanimate object! But, I ignored my feelings of discomfort and decided to abandon Map Quest in favor of technological advancement. What a mistake. When we finally ended up at our destination, I just knew we were not in the right place. We were in a residential cityish area, NOT downtown Boston. So, I'm starting to get a bit flustered, but I stay calm (sort of) and pull into a YMCA and consult a Boston street map that I also happen to have (backup to the Map Quest backup to the GPS). I can't make heads or tails of it so I go into the Y and ask for directions. Imagine my surprise when the lady behind the desk tells me I am NOT, in fact, even in Boston! I'm in the outskirts of Boston in an area called Brighton! Perfect! That's just great! Now I'm completely ready to abandon the GPS and rely solely on (mostly) trusty Map Quest, but I don't have Map Quest directions from Brighton to Boston. OK, deep breaths. Stay calm. The nice lady gives me directions and off I go. When I get to the car, I ask Katie what address EXACTLY did she put in the GPS. She shows me. WHAT!!! There were three different options for 73 Tremont St. in Boston - all with different zip codes. She just choose the first one! Seriously! She didn't think to ask me which one, or question the fact that there were three choices? It was at this point that I started using lots of colorful language and a loud voice. Not pretty at all. We eventually did make it to our intended destination, but not without a few more "recalculations" from the GPS (and a few more colorful outbursts from me). Never again! I can not blindly follow directions given by an electronic device. Especially one programmed by someone other myself. So from now on, Geoff will be taking Katie to any college visits in Boston. Recalculate that!
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