A Padre Island sunrise

Monday, July 17, 2017

Technology & The Golden Age

Technology,  I use a lot of it too! 

Hood Canal WA, it just looks good!

I have a smart phone (that's really a computer) in my pocket that can take pictures & I can call people with it too! 
It's my address book, my calendar, my calculator & a place to keep notes just to mention a few.

As a 'plus', it acts as my gps, it shows me a good map of where I am, it shows me where the gas stations are & what fuel costs there. I can find assorted campgrounds  and free places to park over night . The phone even has games if you want.

Gasbuddy app on an Android phone.
The blank station didn't have a report
in 48 hrs so the price went blank.

I have a Garmin GPS. It's a stand alone tool who's only job is to tell me how to get somewhere and what's around me when I ask it. 

Well, it's also an accurate speedometer too.
It doesn't need the internet, it just needs the sky & its memory card.

One of the most valuable features is finding a grocery store in a strange town. 

Before the gps days I'd have to stop & ask where the grocery store was... 
Walmarts & rest areas also at the touch of a button.  Good places to know about it you need a spot to stop for the night while you're traveling.

After a stop at the POI Factory  my gps can show me the places from "Diners, drive-ins & dives" that's along my route!

I have a Kindle Paperwhite to read books on. Not the same as a real book, but good enough.  I can read at night or in the day, I have a lot of books with me that take up no space and with the internet, Amazon & the Gutenberg Project  I can get almost any book I want to read!
Plus there are a lot of paperback exchanges all over the country.

I have a mifi to give me internet most of the time.  Being hooked to the internet is a big part of this being the "Golden Age."

I have a Rand McNally road atlas because sometimes you just need a map. 

Most of the time you need to check on where the gps is sending you, because me & the gps sometimes have different ideas about the "good route". If I don't check every so often I'm sometimes really not happy with the machine picks!

The best maps of the states are the ones they give you at the first rest area in a state if you come in on an interstate highway.

My computer  

I have my computer too. It does this writing, it stores the pictures I take (with digital camera & a phone I take a LOT of pictures), it keeps track of the places I want to go to and the assorted tips I've picked up along the way. The computer also plays movies & can do television.

I have a wonderful companion & wife, we have a camper that meets our needs, we have electronics/technology & the internet, we have reasonably good roads, plentiful gasoline. I can still walk, remember my name and I get money sent to my bank account every month!  With a credit union that does "shared branching" I'm almost never too far away from my bank no matter where I am in the country.

I am living in the "golden age" !!


  1. Replies
    1. When you have a need for it you'll get what yo need.

  2. For those on a lower budget, I think you are the one who pointed out that a working smart phone (even with no monthly plan -- IOW free) can be used with free WiFi to surf the net, send/receive Emails, etc. We often depend on Starbucks or McDonalds (Starbucks is better) for free WiFi.

    1. It's true, your smartphone is a computer. One than can get on-line at an open hotspot.
      I like my pocket computer to have easy access so I'm with Straighttalk on the Verizon towers for $45/month.

  3. I agree with you - we are living in the golden age of technology! I'm missing the internet so much here in Canada. Good thing our GPS still works! I remember the old days when finding anything took a lot of time and research. I like it better now!

    1. I do remember trying to find a grocery store in a strange town, this is better!

      I'd never thought of having internet problems in Canada, :-) , good luck!