In the past 7.5 years, I've traveled well over 500,000 miles in my own cars and rental cars. For approximately 350,000 of those miles, I was lost. I kept piles of paper with directions scrawled across them. Napkins, paper bags, hotel receipts -- crumpled up in my purse -- containing all the information necessary to get me to the next venue.
When the "you can't miss it" directions left me missing it, I struggled to track down promoters. When those promoters didn't answer their phones, I desperately hunted coffee shops with wi-fi where I could google the directions. I drove with my laptop on my lap, open to the web page.
When Google Maps failed me, I gave them another chance. When they failed me 10, 11, 12 times, I renounced them and went back to Mapquest. Like it's 2002 or something.
But in November 2007, I gave all that up. That's when I met Lucille.
Lucille knows how to get everywhere, and she even knows where I am without my having to tell her. She remembers where I live, and she tells me exit numbers and street names, even if she does refer to the Tri-boro Bridge as "Tree Borough Branch" and an "expressway (Expwy)" as an "Ex-pwee".
She is small enough to fit in my purse and smart enough to route me around real-time traffic. With Lucille as my witness, I'll never go the wrong way again!
Behold, Lucille - the Navigon 2100.