Two experiences with the GPS system in my rental car:
1. I'm driving to Nashville on Friday night to pick up a friend at her condo and go to dinner. Gertie, which is what I've named my GPS, tells me to take a freeway route that does not look at all familiar to me. But, I figure, it is important to trust Gertie. After all, she has the satellite hook-up, not me, right? And it is good to trust in general. So I take a deep breath, follow her instructions and arrive at my friend's front door easily and quickly. Gertie success.
2. The next night, I'm going to a different friend's condo, also in Nashville. I give Gertie the address, and off we go. Again she tells me to take an odd exit. But, based on my experience of the previous evening, I decide to follow it. After about 10 minutes, it occurs to me that I am lost. Well, not lost exactly, but way far away from where I was supposed to be. And so late for drinks with my friend that we had to cancel. All was not lost, however, as I drove straight to the bar at J. Alexander's to watch the mighty Oregon Ducks stomp University of Tennessee, even though I actually had to resort to texted updates from my son, seeing as how LSU fans had taken over the bar to watch the LSU-Vanderbilt game. Why, when the game itself was being played in a stadium not 100 feet away, was beyond me. Despite all this, we must rack this up as a Gertie fail.
So, the question is, to trust or rely on one's own experience? In the past, I've hated using GPS systems because I have felt better about relying on my own knowledge. (And, one might say, because I have a control-freak streak.) But this time I'm going to so many different places on my own I've decided to indulge in a bit of trust. With decidedly mixed results, no? When does blindly relying on the GPS system become foolishness?
When do you trust and when does knowledge override that trust? I don't have the answer. I'm not even sure how it relates to writing to be honest. But I can't wait to see what you guys think.