Recently, I drove someone to an appointment pretty far away, so they found a GPS device for me to use in my efforts to get us there. It was the first time I drove any distance with a GPS device, and I couldn't get over how brain numbing the experience was.
I am pretty good with directions. I mean, highways never fazed me. I just need to know the basics of how to get there, and I'm good to go, I can figure most of it out.
But I found myself totally relying on this little box with a little voice telling me how to get around. If I wouldn't have better things to get insulted over, I would probably take offense at the insinuation that my sense of direction combined with my nifty talent for reading signs, couldn't do as well as the machine could.
Anyhow, As the journey went on, and I got bored, I thought of some useful ways to entertain myself with my new friend: Golda Perel Schwartz.
She kept telling me that I was going to arrive at 1:04, and I was trying my absolute hardest to prove her wrong. And slowly, I did. First it was 1:02, then 12:59...by the time I got there, and my little friend said 12:54, I felt very accomplished. I had managed to shave ten minutes off the trip!
On the way back, I decided that I had enough of brain numbing technology. I set the destination for the wrong place, and enjoyed counting how many times I could get Golda Perel to say, in that little Japanese synthesized voice, "Off Route! Recalculating!"
Then I launched into a speech for the benefit of my passenger about how awesomely amazingly terrific I thought Golda Perel (Goldy for short;) is, and how I should really buy one for myself (Kenei lecha chaver...). See, when moshiach comes, the eagle might not have such a great sense of direction. That would possibly be a problem, 'cept for my new friend. With Golda Perel along, we don't have to worry about getting lost.
I think my passenger decided that next time she has an appointment she will ask someone else to drive her. But other than that, together with my friend Golda Perel, we had a great time. :)