In preparation for a road trip, I decided to update the maps on my GPS. It did not go well.
I learned that I needed to connect my GPS unit to my computer. I would have bet my life I did not have this cord so I tried my camera cord. This did not work. Luckily (ha!) I was able to find the proper cord.
So, I started the update. Things seemed to going well....until it stalled partway through. I figured it was some kind of glitch, so I tried again. I followed all instructions and power cycled the unit.
When I turned it on, a lovely warning came up about there being no navigational maps on the device. UM, WTF? Isn’t a GPS unit an electronic map?! should there not be maps ON the unit?
So, I swore a lot. And I plugged it back into my computer and was informed the unit was up to date. Um, no jerkface. There were no maps on it. IT WAS NOT UP TO DATE. I was pretty sure the world had not exploded, so there should be maps on it.
I decided to go to the troubleshooting section of the company's website....to find a message that the site was down for maintenance. Um, what?!
Eventually I fixed it and came out of this experience knowing one of four things to be true:
- technology hates me
- that you should not wait until the day before you leave to plan for your trip
- that cast iron frying pans can also be used as little sledgehammers
- and that planning for this trip was pointless, since we messed up the navigation anyway. And we were rewarded by sitting in traffic for over an hour (unnecessarily).