Yesterday my Board computer/Navigation system was installed It has been christened Holly. This mainly because the voice in the system is female. Still coming to grips with Holly and Holly with me. Holly is mainly the navigation system and the board computer I mean the CD/radio part is well just that I guess.
See Holly and I got off on the wrong foot. We will work it out but there are some hurdles in our budding relationship.
First off Holly speaks to me in german. I nearly fell out of my car when I realised this, just as well it is a large car . The good thing about her accent is that I immediately knew what to call her.
The first function I found in Holly (apart form the radio and immediately locating Skyradio) was the home function That is the special shortcut where you fill out your home address. Holly and I completely agreed on that part. That was after my lunch break. Going home there was a traffic jam. Had been an accident and the A13 was full all the way between Rotterdam and Den Haag. Full and hardly moving. So Holly being equipped with traffic jam calculation software offered me an alternative route. Whee, I will follow!
Clearly I did not follow what she said in german (and she is most persistent as well, must be related to me) and drove past the exit she wanted me to take. In my defense it is not well marked. Anyway before I knew it I was in Rotterdam doing some interesting rounds on a large very busy roundabout trying to make sense of what Holly was trying to tell me. Me then throwing a hissy fit about her indications and driving back onto the A13 joining the traffic jam again, getting frustrated and trying again what Holly was suggesting Again missing the exit in the process, again getting onto this roundabout but instead of just listening also keeping an eye on Holly’s map and seeing what she was trying to tell me and following that instruction correctly. By this stage I am very tired and frustrated.
Holly then proceeds by guiding me through the back streets of Rotterdam towards the channel. There is a small road there. And I mean small. Imagine Opel Zafira. Car is 2m wide. Imagine road 2.5 to 3 m wide and a typical Dutch two way street. It was……tight.
Holly persisted and as I could see really no other way apart from through the water so did I.
In the end the road opened up a bit and I entered town in a different way than ever before and drove straight home.
This morning I had an early start. I had to be at our Zeeland branch at 8am and it is about a 90 minute drive from home.
So I decided to use Holly as I had never been there before. Holly clearly is not a morning person There was no way I could figure out how to load the new destination in, believe me I tried. She kept insisting to take me home. I switched her off when she started pleading with me to turn around as soon as I could. I just would not listen. Thankfully I had downloaded maps from google and knew where to go. I arrived on time.
On my way back I woke Holly again. After all I knew she loved getting me home, something I badly needed Holly insisted that I would take the same route I had taken down. This despite the fact that I was pretty sure I’d be stuck in Rotterdam again and my gut feeling told me to take another way. After some pondering I decided to give Holly the benefit of the doubt. I have to admit she was right. Sure I had a little bit of a delay, but no more than 10-15 minutes, which is about the same amount of time the alternative route would have added to my trip. I was impressed.
Upon my arrival home I decided to make use of my new found faith in Holly and see if I could enter more addresses and she let me! Now all my work addresses, my home and my parents are loaded. I will load more frequently used addresses over the next few weeks I think.
After a bad start Holly and I seem to be have come to an understanding. I guess the fact that I did trust her was an olive branch from me that was graciously reciprocated by Holly.
Now all I need to do to become best mates with Holly is get my hands on that Dutch CD to have her communicate in Dutch.