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Old 01-06-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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Does your GPS have a name?

Hi, other than Tom Tom, Garmin, or Magellan, does your GPS have a name? My GPS is named Princess Georgette. She is a Gamin 1490 LTM. LTM stands for life time maps. We gave her this name because we bought her at a Costco in Prince George, Canada. For short, we just call her Georgette. She has a pretty nice female voice, but no Canadian accent. Georgette helped us through Canada and through Alaska too. And on every trip since. We were told that most GPS's won't lead you on the last road to Jackson Rancheria, but Georgette took us right up to the check-in office. My wife says Georgette is a keeper.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:05 AM   #2
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On most units you can go into tools an choose who you would like to tell you where to go. Our old Garmin lets you decide male or female and nationality and will tell you his or her name. We tried some English, German and French ladies but decided on an Australian lady named Sally.

Sally is pretty nice to us and not too condescending. She does have a little problem with abbreviations. She thinks Dr. for Drive is Doctor. It does catch your attention when she tells you to turn right on Pine Doctor. Also WA for Washington State Highway No. 104 comes out as Western Australia No. One Hundred and Four.

We don't mind her little idiosyncrasies because she is normally good to us and rarely gets us lost.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:34 AM   #3
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Sure, we've settled on the English Lady we have named Nigella. She came upon this name because we used to have an English Gentleman named Nigel. From time to time we need to tell her to take a nap.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:28 AM   #4
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Most of the names I call our gps are unprintable, usually right after she steers us into a place we shouldn't be. Garminia is my gps, and Thomasina is my wife's, at least when they are in our good graces.
And there is nithing like that slightly haughty "recalculating" when she thinks we missed our turn...
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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I now have four GPSs; a Garmin Nüvi 1450LTM portable, a Garmin built into the Kenwood DNX-7190 in the dashboard of my Interstate; a way cool Garmin Fenix wristwatch GPS; and the Honda navigation system in the dashboard of my new car.

None of them have names, though the Garmin Nüvi and the Garmin/Kenwood have both been called "Yes, dear," from time to time. Also, "No way, you stupid bit—" when they try to direct me off the highway and down a dirt road they think is a shortcut or tries to send me the wrong way down a one-way street.

The Fenix doesn't talk and will never need a name. But it has already kept me from getting lost on a poorly-marked hiking trail, by laying down a trail of electronic breadcrumbs so I could find my way back to camp.

However, I just may have to name my Honda Nav. It accepts voice commands (such as, "find gas stations"), and I believe that anything you can hold a conversation with needs a name. Since the car was built in Saitama, Japan, probably something like "Hitomi." That name means "eye" (or more precisely, the pupil of the eye). It's not only a common Japanese female given mane, it's also a good name for something that watches where I'm going.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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Mine is Nurse Ratched from the movie One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest because she is truly evil and wants to get me alone down a gravel road in the South Jersey Pine Barrens. Sal
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:36 AM   #7
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We have a Tom Tom, and it certanly has it's ideosyncracies (sp?), anyway, once She decides on a route, and I decide on a different route, boy the fight is on. Anyway, she usually figures out what I'm doing, but sometimes we are almost to our destination before she does.

I really don't have a name for the Tom Tom, but funny story, a friend of mine's wife calls theirs "The Bitch In The Box".
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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I had to stop using our GPS the wife likes to argue with the female voice, I just let her read road maps when she is in the truck now.

How many GPS units do I now have, 3 iPhones that are in use, 3 older iPhones I use to store music on for my bluetooth speakers on the boat they have a GPS, a Dual Blue Tooth GPS on the boat for my chart plotter iPad (Older wifi only iPad no GPS hence the Dual) on the boat, the Marine VHF has a GPS built in, a older Nuvi, a older handheld Garmin somewhere. That is 9 for 3 people and 2 dogs. I still feel like I am always lost.


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Old 01-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #10
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I guess I'm not creative enough to actually give them a name - my Garmins (3 of them) are referred to as the "Nuvi", "5", or "12". "Nuvi" is the ony one that speaks ..... and I'm afraid she disagreed with my travel choices one too many times ..... so she was somewhat aggressively toggled off (is Nuvi abuse a crime?) ..... what a peaceful environment in the car ever since ...... on occasion .... when in a strange city ..... she may get resurrected for a short period .... but we make it very clear to her that it is a temporary reprieve only.


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Our GPS is named "gippy"
....the ipod is named "ippy"
And the lighter is named "zippy"
So we never leave without "ippy," "gippy," and "zippy!"
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While I have several different GPSs, Wilma2 is the current Garmin we use in our TV. Wilma died, RIP. So Wilma2. I also have a portable Garmin I use when outdoors hiking, hunting, etc. A little word of warning. A couple of years ago while on my way to hunt in Missouri, we were passing through Kansas City. Needing to buy a hunting license along with some last minute camp supplies I searched for a Walmart on Wilma and chose the nearest one. After following directions for a few minutes we began to get into an industrial area. We questioned why they would put a store in this type area just as we drove up to a huge Walmart Distribution Center. But it was a Walmart. They just wouldn't sell us anything.
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Our TomTom is named B!tchin Betty....she is usually telling us to 'turn around when possible'

The iphones are usually in use at that point also
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #14
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Funny. Glad to see we are not alone. Ours is a Garmin and it just naturally seemed right to call it Carmen. Not real happy with the dead end road in a small neighborhood she took us to recently in Galveston ... but overall, she is pretty good.
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