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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2014, 11:29:52 PM »
Now if you boys want a little state to state banter, I found this story pretty amusing. My buddy that moved down there had 2 friends, one a Georgia native and one a transplant from Alabama. Those two would go round and round, trying to prove which state was more backwards and "redneck". One day these two stop at the dump, it's during the Christmas season. The dump attendant had actually brought his cow ??? with him to work, and had Christmas decorations on it ??? So the two friends are hard at it, the Alabama native tells the Georgia boy, "Now if you Georgians ain't real hicks, with that there decorated cow, I just never heard of such a thing!" The Georgia boy is pretty deflated, this is hard to argue with. So they go over and ask the attendant,"How in the world did you bring your cow to work?" He says, "Aw, we just walked, I just live over the hill. I'm originally from Alabama though". :D
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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2014, 01:58:28 AM »
Located as it is, on the side of a mountain, my fair city has a few streets that stop for a while and then start up again. Usually there is something in the way -- like a deep gulley, or a piece of mountainside, or a former railroad yard. Queen street is the worst -- it's in four sections. It's the one with the railroad yard.

My own street is only in 3 pieces.
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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2014, 01:55:07 PM »
Mapquest has its downsides however we send electricians all over the country and it is really nice to print off directions or the guys use their smart phones. It wasn't long ago when we would photocopy platt books and use a highlighter for the route.

For the few times it misses the GPS systems do save a lot of unneeded travel for us.

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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2014, 04:40:03 PM »
Located as it is, on the side of a mountain, my fair city has a few streets that stop for a while and then start up again. Usually there is something in the way -- like a deep gulley, or a piece of mountainside, or a former railroad yard. Queen street is the worst -- it's in four sections. It's the one with the railroad yard.

My own street is only in 3 pieces.

Same here. About 10 streets that run Nth/Sth, but only 3 bridges over the river  :D

But what I DO like about a decent GPS (Google Maps on smartphone) is that it can tell you where YOU are. A normal map can tell you where you want to go, but if you then take a wrong turn you can get lost and can have a heck of a time figuring out where you actually are.  My phone will tell me where I actually am, to within about 10ft and show it on a Satellite map so I can check if there is another 1/2 of the street over the river.  ;)

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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2014, 05:58:47 PM »
GPS can be a very useful tool when used properly. People who blindly follow the GPS directions without using good common sense are the ones who get in trouble. Personally, if the GPS had me heading for a cliff I'd be stopping and asking for a second opinion rather than driving over the edge :)!
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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2014, 12:42:58 AM »
There have been a few fatal GPS encounters around here, mainly because people didn't know that they could change the level of detail the units show. The really sad one was a couple from BC who had their unit set to the highest resolution. There were out in a snowstorm and followed what turned out to be a logging access road. It might have taken them to their destination in the summer but in the winter the road wasn't plowed. They got stuck, the guy went for help and never returned. The wife was eventually found (by chance) by some outdoors types. They didn't find the husband's body until the spring.

I still remember a club get-together a few years ago. A bunch of members came from Calgary by car -- all of them knew the route. One guy from Calgary rode his bike. He hadn't made the trip before but he had his shiny new GPS with him and he sure as heck didn't want to be held up following those auto-mo-biles.

So there we are, standing around, waiting for the guy on the bike to show up. He finally called on his cell phone. "Where are you?" asked his buddies. "Fort Saskatchewan," he replied, "and DON'T SAY ANYTHING." Having rode for 4 hours, mostly in the wrong direction, he was now looking at a 10 hour trip to get to us. Should have taken him only 8 hours from Calgary.

I didn't know the guy, and I didn't say anything directly to him, but I did remark (in a fairly loud voice) that I had this fancy new paper thing called a "map". That was not well received.
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Re: felt like a dog chasing his tail
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2014, 06:08:33 AM »
I use a Rand McNally trucker's gps,mapquest on IPhone,IPad when in a motel and check paper maps when I am going to a area I never been before. GPS is great but you have to be careful with it.
The thing will try to route me 40 miles out of my when I need to cross the GW bridge and tries to keep me off Long Island 495 because of low overpass( there is none) and these are truck routes.
And yes I still get lost in the Big Cities dangle_smiley
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