Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 09:54:47 -0700
Reply-To: Rocket J Squirrel <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Rocket J Squirrel <camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: maps vs GPS
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Yeahbut, I /did/ qualify my statement as a. hoping not to paint with too
broad a brush, and b. said that I talking about my experience only with
women and maps, wondering whether this was true for those women within one
standard deviation of the median. This leaves a lot of room outside the SD
range for men who can't read a freakin' map to save their lives (such men
become accountants or lawyers, I suspect) and women who can read maps
(such women become scientists or engineers, I suspect).
Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott
84 Westfalia: Mellow Yellow ("The Electrical Banana")
74 Westrailia: (Ladybug Trailer company, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
On 10/11/2009 5:34 AM Maggie Dew wrote:
> Despite Mr. Squirrel's observation about women and maps (and I am
> going to have to have a talk with R.J.), I dearly love maps and have
> quite a collection of them. My jobs always seem to require finding
> remote places - whether I'm doing archaeology or working as an on-call
> nurse in the middle of the night. I find maps and GPS to be
> complementary but I don't rely solely on just one of those
> technologies. I have two GPS units - a Garmin handheld and a Garmin
> unit with a map display that rides in the car. They don't always do
> the job in rural areas, and a map isn't always totally accurate
> either. When doing the nursing job, I rely on whoever did the
> original recording to give good directions. That is often very
> frustrating when trying to locate a home in the middle of the night.
> Information such as "turn left at the red mailbox" or "turn in 1.6
> miles" are helpful. Both kinds of data are useful. Not useful (and
> I'm not making this up) are directions that say "black jeep in the
> driveway." So, was it up on blocks???!!!! No, it actually belonged
> to a visitor who was only there on the day of the original visit. If
> you are giving directions, be specific and throw in whatever landmarks
> that might be helpfpul. Also consider that not all odometers are
> exactly accurate - or even working!
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