The day the tech died

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I had a good today, albeit an occasionally fraught one.
First, I realised I had forgotten to take any plug adapters with me. Thankfully, one of my hosts, Judy, was able to send me to Magellan’s Travel Goods in Santa Monica, who helped me out with that, thus avoiding the prospect of both my phone and tablet running out of juice.
Santa Monica is just a fifteen minute drive from here and was one of the places I’d planned on visiting anyway, so after visiting Magellan’s I set off with my shopping list to find the mall.
It was when I parked the car that things got a little more… testing.

I’ve been using the fabulous Sygic gps software on my mobile phone since arriving in the US. It is brilliant. A little online research before I left the UK showed me that the gps signal on your mobile phone costs nothing to access. What does cost is downloading Google maps ‘on-the-fly’ as you travel. With Sygic, you download the maps and keep them on your phone. Turn off roaming and data, leave gps switched on and you have an excellent sat nav for 22 quid, the price of the Californian road maps. And problem free it is.. unlike my shiny new Sony Z1 phone which, as I exited the car and stored the location of the car park I’d just entered, flickered rather dramatically and then died. A pathetic orange light showed there was still some life there but that was it.
The bloody thing had overheated.
Given that sometime next week I shall be heading out into the Mojave desert and had hired a four-wheel drive specially so I could go good and deep therin, the prospect of an overheating compass hardly filled me with joy. I have a completely useless sense of direction and need a sat nav to get me out of bed and into the bathroom in the mornings.
So I went and bought a watch at Chilli Beans.

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This is not as stupid as it sounds. I lost my watch two days before heading to the US so it was on my shopping list. The staff there were immensely helpful and directed me to Sears for a sat nav. The fact I kept calling it this caused much confusion, as over here they call it a gps. Oh, how we laughed. After this, lunch at Johnny Rockets beckoned, as did the sunshine and calm was restored.

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Santa Monica Pier was next and it was lovely.

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A little bit more shopping and I returned home. Jet lag struck again around 8 o’clock and as I type this, I’m eating a light supper and am off to bed.
I will tell you the secret to an instant social life, I promise, just as soon as I recover enough energy to have one. Night all…

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