The fun aspects of exploring with GPS come in many varied
Today at the O&M conference
here in Richmond, Katie
and I did 2 lectures in the hotel and two walk-about sessions with the O&M
instructors. The fun part is seeing how the folks start to have the lights go
on and picturing how this GPS
would work for their students.
My last group was a bit wild, quite chatty and not really
into following the plan I outlined for them. Instead, we went in search of a
folklore Center, quite a ways away. It turned out to be closed but the GPS
guided us right to the door. I'd warned them not to expect this. Fun when it
On the way back to the hotel, we came across a bunch of
people on the sidewalk and I was informed this was an Obama
campaign center. We
stopped and chatted with the folks who wanted us to take lawn
signs, not too practical to post at our hotel
rooms or to carry on an airplane.
One gal was trying to get by us but she was afraid of my
Seeing Eye dog
. Her colleagues teased her saying it's a Service dog, don't be a
She finally slipped by and next thing I know, she is
asking me if she can touch the dog. Very tentatively, she touches Tank
the chick magnet he is, he gives her a lean and now she is in love.
She asks if she can get a camera from her car to take a
picture. I agree to wait and she returns in 5 minutes to snap photos of Tank
Perhaps she didn't want me to feel left out because then
she says, would you mind if I gave you a hug. Sure, why not.
So, a coincidental stop while out exploring with GPS
ended up with a fun social interaction with a bunch of like-minded Obama
supporters and one serious dog convert. One of my other sayings besides "Its
Better to Travel Hopefully than to arrive" is "The People Make the Places".