It’s good to be a geek.

Driving to work today, I see the police blocking off my normal exit to Hwy 104. And up the road, a huge lineup of cars waiting to exit on the only alternate route I know, Ridge Road. Fortunately, I’m a geek, and a pilot. I reach back to my flight bag on the back seat and pull out my Garmin 296 GPS, fire it up in Automotive mode, and hit the “Waypoint” button, find the waypoint I set on Work, and select it. It immediately tells me to turn right on some road in 400 feet. I reach into my backpack and pull out the car kit, so I get voice directions for the rest of the trip. After a couple of turns, I was back on Hwy 104 and on my way, no muss, no fuss, no bother. Yeah, I probably could have figured out something, but I didn’t have to.