An inch from Paris

I have mixed feelings about technology. I say this, recognizing I have an Apple product in every room of our house, and without technology, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. The alternative is me dropping flyers from planes.

My biggest beef with technology is the GPS navigator, for cars: the human brain shuts down, and yields to The Voice. Once the machine starts telling you which way to go, the remote control has changed hands.

On a recent trip to Europe, we wanted to drive three hours from Germany to France. We got out the navigator, but the route had us taking longer than we should. Eberhard spent a solid 45 minutes messing with the settings, and gave up. Software updates…

So instead, he routed it on my mom’s computer, and took photographs of the directions with my iPad. We thought we were so smart, but the actual town names got obscured below the route line, and it didn’t really work. Instead, we had to use a combination of paper map and common sense.


Today on NPR, they interviewed a guy who’s written a book about maps, and asked if he thought something’s been lost, with the movement to digital maps and GPS. He said, “there’s something about the romance of folding a map.”

Most times, romance will lose to convenience.


I posted this for the Writing Challenge on WordPress, but had trouble downloading Google Earth because Apple makes it hard, and I’m starting to lose my chops. Ever since I purchased the Pro Bundle on WordPress, the “Preview” feature doesn’t work. I get this:

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About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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2 Responses to An inch from Paris

  1. alesiablogs says:

    funny. I lived near Kaiserlautern for 4 years. Loved it over there. I have been to all those towns on that map!


    • pinklightsabre says:

      Great name: Kaiserlautern. Right up there with Wormsand I have Weiss in my family too – maybe we’re related! Thanks for reading! – Bill


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