Tuesday, June 29, 2010
GPS Henry? I Wish
We have a GPS, and for the longest time the automated voice that emitted from the device was that of a female. We call her Doris. We always joked that Doris was a bit bossy, at times impatient, even judgmental; especially if we took a different route than what she recommended. You could almost hear the disdain in her voice when stating, "Recalculating."
Then, this weekend's New York Times published an article called "Turn Right, My Love," asking if the GPS has become the new "other woman" in American relationships. I got a chuckle out of it.
Saturday morning, right after reading the article, Hubby called from North Carolina, where he was attending our niece's baptism. He proudly announced that he discovered a new set of voice options on the GPS, and that he now prefers that of the Australian female, whom he has dubbed "Olivia." The article talked about this option, also known as Australian Karen, a very attractive blond whose accent is apparently quite appealing to the male gender. In fact, the article mentions an unnamed actor whose wife caught him sitting in his car, just listening to GPS Karen giving driving directions. Hmm. You call her Olivia, do you?
I understand there is a GPS Charles who has a rather nice voice - perhaps I'll program his voice the next time we take a road trip. If only Henry Cavill from The Tudors would lend his voice to GPS. British Henry, yes, that would be quite nice. In fact, I may have to drive across country for that one.
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