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Tech love small.jpegI was born without any sense of direction, and I mean that literally as I was born breech.  It was a defect easy to hide while growing up in rural Pennsylvania, but after college I moved to Los Angeles and found myself spending a large amount of time driving aimlessly around.  The freeways were easy enough, but once I exited, all bets were off.  Looking at a map was worthless to me.  Asking for directions rarely helped because Southern Californians like to describe everything as it relates to the proximity of the ocean.  For example: “drive towards the ocean” or “the water will be on your left.”  That’s great, except what if you can’t see the ocean?  MapQuest directions seemed like a savior at first, but it was difficult to drive while frantically flipping through sheets of paper, and once you veered off-course, good luck trying to find your way back.  Luckily, I worked for a luxury automotive company and had the opportunity to drive some of the most technologically-advanced cars available at the time— cars equipped with navigation systems.   Finally, I found myself on-time for events!  The ocean was where it was supposed to be! I was in the right lane at the right time!

dreamstime_xs_13199306 xsmall.jpgSeveral years and cross-country moves later, I still love GPS.   She is the best co-pilot. She doesn’t complain about my speed (parents), or make me listen to ESPN radio (husband) or screech excessively because a grape fell on the floor (kids).  On the rare occasion when she is wrong, you can curse her without feeling guilty.  If you take a wrong turn, she calmly guides you back on track.  From the bottom of my directionally-challenged heart, thank you Department of Defense.

Lana Smith works in content marketing at SAP. Do you have a story about your first tech love? Join SCN and post your story here on Customer Edge. Or, if it fits into 140 characters—send us a tweet and a pic @CustEdge on Twitter.

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