Tuesday, June 23, 2009

GPS


I recently hosted an equine dentistry clinic for myself and several other horse owners. This entailed scheduling several people to come from far and wide with their horses each for ninety-minute appointments per horse. The horses are brought into this horse trailer dental clinic and they are sedated, yet remain standing for their procedures.

The place where we gathered was at a friend’s house that had enough room to park several trucks with horse trailers at the same time. Her home is high on a hill top with a beautiful view of distant roads.

The Equine Dentist was late; though I gave him perfect directions. I could see him driving on the wrong road, way in the distance across the valley. Twenty minutes later he showed up from the back road and he apologized for being late blamed his lateness on his Garmin. I said, "Dude, I sent you excellent directions." He said, "Yeah, I'll be sure to use them when I leave tonight."

17 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

I'm very into the dental theme right now. Are those impressions of the horses' teeth? Thank God my (recent) impression didn't look like those!

As for that equine dentist - isn't it common knowledge that men don't like using directions? Or is that just a myth?

4:46 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

A lot of time the GPS is absolutely useless in rural area. Since growth there is much slower than in the cities, you'd figure they'd get that down pat. I print out copies of Mapquest and Google Maps on top of using my GPS when I go anywhere. When the GPS fails I can always at put in crossing roads so that at least I'll be NEAR the place I have to go.

5:22 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, those are actual extracted horse teeth.

So your dentist didn't like the splint idea, eh? And it is true, though I do ask directions since I am in touch with my feminine side. I'm not too proud.

Tango, I had a GPS device a few years ago, but I sold it on ebay. It didn't work in the heavily wooded areas I would go into and there was no way to turn off the monitor while it collected data.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

I haven't had that problem except one time under a bridge in DC. Besides that, I always get satellite reception without any problem. I just wish they would update their maps more often. There are streets in Manassas that are still not in there and they were built many years ago.

5:37 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

Am I hallucinating, or what? I could have sworn you posted this before. I know I read it somewhere. Surely I haven't developed some form of precognitive abilities.

Oh, and I don't do GPS. I've managed to find my way around all over the world without one.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

We love our GPS; it's helped us out of a lot of tight spots. However, I've found that on bridges, and sometimes in the country, our GPS (we call her "Joanie") cannot be trusted. In fact, since we moved back here in the pasture, the GPS puts us down the road from here. Our old address works fine, but not our new one.

6:18 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I used to think that having a GPS would be a grand idea. Especially for directionally impaired types like myself. Instead, after hearing the stories, I think I'll wait a few more years until they get more of the bugs out. I can get pretty lost by myself. If I had satellite assistance, I might never be seen again. I prefer to remain lost on this planet.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

I remember one day I was leading a caravan of about a dozend cars down the interstate to a car show in Maryland.

We were about to get on a long bridge when Gloria (Gloria Spencer PAIN) told me to get ready for a right turn. We were in the far left lane when I started to signal everybody to get on the far right lane. I had everyone where I wanted when she told me to turn right.

We were right on top of the bridge with too much water for ME to ever drink to the right.

Then she said....recalculating, recalculating. So I signaled everyone to get back into the far left lane.

LOL...When we got to the show everybody was asking me "WTF???"

She's also told me to make a U-turn right in front of my house.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Our GPS doesn't give us information in time for the proper lane changes before entering tunnels, and we have a lot of tunnels in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes you need to be in the right lane going into the tunnel or you'll be in the wrong lane coming out with no way to move to the proper land.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

When I first got to your page, I thought 'Why does he have pictures of tripe?' LOL

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Rich, I've written about the equine dentist before and I've written about GPS before, but this new story in new.

Interesting how everyone has had problems with it.

Amy, tripe, Eeewww. Being from Texas I'd figure you'd know critter teeth when you saw them...and tripe as well.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...

When I have directions from a local I use them and reserve the GPS for backup.

6:11 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Zoe, I was worried you closed your blog. Your RSS feed is still missing in action.

And yes I usually trust the locals, but some locals have messed with me in the past.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Uncle Walt said...

I used to use an astrolabe ... but I've finally joined the modern day and upgraded to a sextant.

LOL

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Walt, and you've stopped going out at night. Actually, like a sextant GPS is also good to 11 feet of actual location.

3:16 PM  
Blogger dalia said...

heh. you said "dude." :-)

11:48 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I say a lot of stuff.

5:39 AM  

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