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how the night's activities went

Short version:

Gig didn't happen - and to be honest I'm not upset about it.

Long version:

The bar says show up at 8pm and we get on at 9pm. That didn't happen. The other band that was supposed to play first showed up at 9pm and at 9:30pm wasn't even finished setting up. It was too late to play and we wouldn't have gotten on until 10pm. So we said 'screw it' and left.

My opinion on bars:

They haven't changed. Still the same no matter where you go.

Will we still gig?

Yeah I'm sure we will. Just have to find a place that is a tad more accurate with the info on when to show up.

Okay I'm going to bed. 🙂

gig tonight

Last night at practice the band decided we weren't going to gig that evening, but tonight we will be. There's a small place we called yesterday that looks promising, so tonight we'll be there.

Hopefully everything will turn out okay. As long as I come back in one piece with all my gear and the set goes decent, that's all that matters.

c580 is officially discontinued

In July 2007 I bought a Garmin StreetPilot c580. Today I checked the Garmin web site and the c580 is now officially a discontinued model.

Bleah.

Don't get me wrong, the c580 is an outstanding unit and the best I've ever owned to date - but the discontinued notice means that system updates will be fewer.

For a little while now I've been wanting one of the slim nüvi models. Yeah, the built-in speaker is tinny sounding compared to the larger c580 housing with better speakers, but I really dig the slim style. And there's a few features I like about the nüvi better than the c580.

There are a few things I've come to realize using GPS navigation over the years.

First, spoken street names sound like crap compared to the prerecorded voice. There has not been a single GPS unit ever made (no matter what manufacturer) that has a spoken-street voice that sounds good. All of them sound too "computery". Besides which, all you really want to hear is "turn right", "turn left" or "continue", take a quick glance at the screen and you've got all the info you need.

Second, GPS' primary function is to direct you where to go. My c580 has a bunch of whiz-bang features in it like Bluetooth connectivity to my cell phone and MSN Direct stuff (which I didn't renew), but I barely ever use these features. All I want the GPS unit to do is direct me. That's it. For any new unit I buy in the future, the nav features are my primary concern. Everything else is just fluff.

Third, size matters. My first unit (which I got back recently) was the little baseball-sized StreetPilot i3 - and I still use it from time to time. The c340 I had was a monster in a bad way. It had a horrible mount and the thing was just huge. The c580, while nice, is still bulky. These reasons are why I want to get a nüvi.

So anyway.. hopefully in the near future I can pick up a widescreen nüvi. I want widescreen specifically because you can switch to a QWERTY-style "keyboard" layout. This makes for "typing" easier.

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