The Woman in Purple (rainbow_goddess) wrote,
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GPS and maps

A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to take up geocaching, so I spent part of my tax refund that year on a GPS unit. Only it turned out that this particular GPS wasn't any good for geocaching, because it didn't show latitude and longitude, just street addresses. I couldn't return it because the store where I got it from didn't do refunds or exchanges unless the unit was defective, so I put it in a drawer and kept it until I could figure out what to do with it. This unit has an internal, rechargeable battery.

I then used more of the tax refund to purchase another GPS that did latitude and longitude as well as street addresses. This one takes normal AA batteries. I tried geocaching a couple of times and didn't do at all well. I didn't find the cache I was looking for. I had intentions of taking a GPS-geocaching class but the only one I could find was out at Royal Roads University in Colwood and I think when I found it they were done for the season or something. Last summer I didn't have the money for the class, so that GPS got stashed somewhere until I could afford to take a geocaching class.

Anyway, last night I thought: "Hey, I bet one of those GPS units would come in handy on my trip to Vancouver." I remembered seeing one in one of my storage bins when I was looking for something else, so I went and dug it out. Problem was, that one is the internal-battery one, and I can't find the damn charger anywhere. It's apparently not in the bin where the GPS was, and I can't find the box the GPS came in, though that might not help if the charger isn't in it.

No problem, thinks I. I will use the other one -- right?

Wrong. I can't find that one anywhere. It wasn't in the same bin with the first one. I didn't find it in any of the bins I searched through while looking for something else a few weeks ago. I can't find it in any of my desk drawers.

I didn't have much time to look for it last night (since it only occurred to me to look for it at nearly midnight,) and I have even less time this morning even if I had any clue where to look for it, which I don't.

Someone on Twitter suggested buying a third one, but that is getting to be rather ridiculous in terms of money spent. It was bad enough buying two just for a potential hobby. I think (I hope!) he was joking.

The only problem I have now is that I can't find my Vancouver map book either. I hope I can get one in the gift shop on the ferry when I go to buy my Vancouver bus pass (day pass.)
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