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2011 Crossover: A Not-Quite Suburban Odyssey

2011 Crossover: A Not-Quite Suburban Odyssey

When I got a new car, I insisted on getting the built-in navigation system because I don’t like the ones that are installed above the dashboard. I wanted something that was easy to deal with, that would be streamlined with the dashboard of the car, that I could control with a sleek mouse (!) located just below the stick shift to the car, so that now there is virtually no time I spend where there is not a personal computer of some kind within my easy grasp.

Little did I know that the navigation system would turn into a daily reminder of the Sisyphean nature of my existence. You see, for some reason, this navigation system places a dot on the map every time you drive down a block.

Or stop somewhere.

It’s kind of like having another entity in the car with you.

Sorta human, but . . . not.

More than that, though, is this feeling of wow, my life is really repetitive, isn’t it?

But I think I read somewhere that the joy is in the journey.

I might be doing it wrong.

Comments (8)

  1. Jan 21, 2011

    Dude. That’s deep.

    And also, you should turn that thing off. Those dots are kind of mock-y.

  2. k
    Jan 21, 2011

    Am I the only one thinking about HAL right now? “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye. ”

    Computers are scary.

  3. k
    Jan 21, 2011

    Oh, haha. I’m dumb. Just read the post title…DUR.

  4. Jan 21, 2011

    I hope they make built-in navigation systems mandatory if they question people’s musical taste.

  5. Jan 21, 2011

    There was a bit on Prairie Home Companion with a P.I. engaged in a “conversation” with his navigation system. Funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.
    Also, I wasn’t sure if the title was a 2001 reference, or a comment on your minivan, or both.

  6. Jan 22, 2011

    I hate to say it but I get into actual arguments with my GPS. I know. I know! But it tries to boss me around and I won’t stand for that.

  7. Jan 22, 2011

    That would be way too annoying for me.

  8. Jan 24, 2011

    I drive a 1996 Corolla. This post may as well be in Greek.

    Computer? Navigation system? Sleek mouse?

    Dude, I still have to push my locks down with my finger.

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