Jun. 30th, 2013

avanta7: (Dharma Knit)
Way back in April, during Knit and Crochet Blog Week, I wrote about the challenge my friend Alice had issued: to make her very own Avatars of They, "they" being They Might Be Giants and "avatars" being, well, The Avatars.
Avatars recumbent.
So, one fine Saturday in late May, Alice and I went yarn shopping. We put the top down on the convertible, plugged Imagine Dragons into the CD player, and set the GPS to take us to Lovin'Knit Yarn Studio in Marietta.

So, here we are, starting from Clarkston on the east side of Atlanta. Where we need to go is on the northwest side. Sprint GPS sends us south (?) on I-285 and then west on I-20. Okay, not necessarily out of the ordinary, because I know some major construction is happening on the 285 loop north of Atlanta, and I have the GPS set to avoid traffic. I figure we'll catch I-75 in the downtown area and... wait, there goes the exit for 75. Hmm. Okay, traffic's often backed up on 75 as well. Maybe we're catching 285 north on the other side of the metro area... wait, there goes the exit for 285! Where on earth is GPS taking us? But, you know, it's a beautiful day, it's barely 10 AM and we've got nothing but time, so what the heck, right? Let's allow the adventure to continue. Never know what we might find!

I stopped and filled the car with gasoline because I was under a quarter tank, bought a bottle of water, and got back on the interstate. Road Less Traveled Alice tweets, "This is turning into an epic road trip!" And then we're past Douglasville -- which means Marietta and any way I know to get to Marietta is way to the northeast behind us -- and we're taking an exit out in the middle of the country somewhere and GPS wants us to keep going west? No, no, no. There's no way this can be right. This is not where we are supposed to be. So I pull over and look at the phone.

Somehow Sprint GPS thought Lovin'Knit in Marietta (which, I swear on my mother's life, is what I typed) was actually some other store (the name of which I don't recall right now) in Villa Rica.

Oy.

Robot OverlordsClassic example of the GIGO concept. As sophisticated as they may be in and of themselves, electronics are truly only as smart as their operators.

Aaaaand, let's leave it on that note, 'mmm kay?

Reset GPS, get back on I-20 going east this time, and look! GPS tells us to take 285 north. We take 285 north and follow the rest of the directions right to the front door of our preferred yarn store.

The rest of the story, with more pics )

(Originally posted on my Wordpress blog, which is mostly where I hang out these days...)

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