Driving Through The Airport or My New Phone

May 10, 2011

After Nationals, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed a phone that would direct me (vocally) to drive through the airport three times to locate a restaurant.  My Verizon “2-years with the Palm Centro” was up so, after much angst, I ordered an iPhone.  It arrived yesterday and I charged it overnight.  So, today I will take it to the office and synchronize it with my computer to pick up my contacts and calendar from Outlook.  That is really the main reason I need a SmartPhone.  THEN I’ll look at all the other fun things it can do.  I ordered a copy of  The iPhone 4: The Missing Manual which I intend to commit to memory — or carry wherever I go.  I really must download the Maps App.

Why do I need the Maps App?  When we were in Houston, Cheryl and Susan decided they needed some TexMex for dinner.  We asked at the front desk for a recommendation.  They said Papacitos and told us there were several nearby.  We climbed into the rented car, Cheryl turned on her SmartPhone and asked it to find Papacitos.  It told us to turn right from the Sheraton.  I dutifully followed the instructions emanating from the back seat.  It told us to drive 1.something miles.  I realized we were entering Bush Intercontinental Airport.  “Hey, guys, we are going into the airport.”  Answer:  “That’s what it says to do.”  Alrighty then.  So we drive, we make a left curve toward the international terminal — all I see are airport terminals.  SmartPhone says “Destination is on your right.”  I see NOTHING that resembles a restaurant, I am driving.  SmartPhone says, “Recalculating [you idiot].”  It took us three passes on the same route to realize that in THAT terminal building was a Papacitos.  By the third pass, we were laughing so hard that we couldn’t even talk.

Reset SmartPhone to second closest Papacitos.  We drove away from the airport — I felt as if I had spent part of my life on the MTA.  “Will  he ever return, no, he’ll never return . . .”  We eventually found Papacitos, but the line was out the door and into the parking lot — and it was a week night.  That’s when I realized that people in Houston do not have stoves in their homes because the weather is too hot and muggy.  They eat out every night.  We ended up at a Chili’s, had a very nice dinner, complete with a good looking young server.  By then we knew our way back to the hotel.  We made a wine run through Walmart — oh, and I bought some new jammies because mine had disappeared.

That is the long version of why I need this iPhone.


  1. Cheryl says:

    It was absolutely HYSTERICAL! Some of the most fun I had at the Nationals! Can’t blame the phone, it was TRYING to tell us the restaurant was in the terminal–we just couldn’t figure it out–dumb humans! You will love your SmartPhone–

  2. Taryn says:

    FUNNY story 🙂 I can appreciate it all the more because, although we don’t have a smart phone, we recently bought a Garmin (I call her Gretta)…She will do the same thing, tell you where to go, and then when you don’t take her advice, starts giving you directions to make a U-turn and go back. We laugh just imagining what she’s thinking….”You STUPID human, you missed the turn! Turn around and go back! Oh, sheesh! Now you’ve missed the U-Turn spot! Turn around here! Oh, so that’s how it’s going to be….RECALCUTATING……”

  3. Taryn says:

    Of course, it helps if I could spell and proof read….RECALCULATING! Stupid human indeed 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    I had the best time! I think it took two passes for me to realize the phone had us positioned 200 feet behind where we actually were. I kept telling Penni to turn “back there”. By then we were giggling. We nearly died laughing when we realized it was INSIDE the terminal. We continued to giggle as we made our way to Papacitos. The hotel was obviously correct as the place was packed. Chili’s dinner was good and the company was the best!

  5. Kathy Gibson says:

    Kim and I just both got IPhones4 from Verizon. We love them. Now you will have to get on Facebook, so easy to do on the IPhone. I also downloaded the NPR app.