Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I am bad with directions. In fact, I am comically bad with directions. It was hard enough in New York, where the streets are numbered and Subway signs tell you you're about to exit onto the Northeast corner of 78th St and Broadway. Now I'm in San Francisco, where streets and alleys are sometimes indistinguishable and most people drive to the grocery store. Not getting lost on my way to the freeway is a constant challenge for me.

You should see me on roadtrips. My husband, who we'll call the Trini, likes to drive, which means he has to navigate at the same time. I'll hold the map, sure, but relying on me for directions is like relying on Gwyneth Paltrow to name your kids.

So how have I survived? How am I back at home right now given that I have, in fact, left my house in the past week? The answer to these and so many other questions is TomTom.

In fact, here is a list of questions to which TomTom is the answer:

  • What is the GPS device on my dashboard that tells me exactly how to get places in a soothing British voice?

  • Which GPS device plays nicely with Google Maps and lets you download extra voices (celebrity voices, no less)?

  • What did I buy, on sale, before I even owned a car?

  • What did the Trini get for Christmas last year?

  • What did he recently try to take away from me in order to make me learn my way around my own city?

  • What did I have to steal from the Trini's dresser when he was asleep and hide in the Trivial Pursuit box in order to avoid learning my away around?

I love my husband, but I think I might love my TomTom more.

Seriously, though, I did the research, and the TomTom One 3rd Edition is the best entry-level GPS device out there. You don't need text-to-speech unless you're vision impaired.

Also, if you're vision impaired, you probably shouldn't be driving.

TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

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