Today was a day of preparation for my travels tomorrow. I still haven't made up my mind where I'm going and probably won't until I put it into my GPS tomorrow morning.
Back in the day, before I had a GPS, I wouldn't even be 100% sure where I was going, or more likely, I would know where I was going, but didn't know how I was going to get there, and would make up my mind which road to take on the fly as I'm driving. Those days are gone and I'm now a slave to my Garmin GPS.
I will put my destination in my GPS sometimes in the afternoon before I leave or sometimes in the morning as I'm getting ready to leave, and once I do that I don't ever remember changing my destination or route, it's like the action of putting the information in the Garmin makes it official and therefore can't be changed.
I actually don't like that because it interferes with my freedom to go when and where I want, but I've become addicted to having a GPS telling me when to turn and now I'm not sure if I could find my way around without it.
A long time ago I found my way all over the place not only in America but Europe and Japan, using only giant paper maps which once unfolded could never be folded back again and had to be thrown away. But despite that I somehow managed to get to where I wanted to go, and more importantly, find my way home again. But now the GPS has become such an essential part of my travels that when people ask me what roads I used to get to certain places, I honestly can't tell them, I just go where my GPS tells me.
A similar thing is going on with my cell phone. Back in prehistoric times when telephones were actually tethered in one location I remembered dozens of phone numbers, work, friends, relatives, girls that prayed I had forgotten their numbers, but now I can barely remember my own number and I certainly can't remember anybody else's, and why should I? my phone does that automatically.
Now I can remember the interstate highways I travel, that's pretty easy, but once I get off the Interstate and on two-lane blacktop's I don't know where I'm going, and why should I? My GPS does. It of course has its moments when I would swear it was trying to kill me, so I always carry a map, in book form never folded, just to keep tabs on where it's taking me, but overall I do feel like I put too much trust in technology. Between my computer, my cell phone, and my GPS, there's not much left for my brain to do, which is a good thing because there's not much left my geezerly brain can do.