Trials and Tribulations of the New World (and maybe even where you are too)

So a year ago I  finally broke down an bought myself a new vehicle (well – new to me anyway). I got a hell of a deal on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, so I bought it.

Fast forward to a year later and I’m trying to update the Garmin installed navigation maps and now –

Well sh*t! That can’t be right, the car is just 10 years old.

Let me email customer service and get help that way – –

And my rely back – apparently an automated response…

I can just cry… (not really, mind you)

I can’t get my maps updated for a car that’s only 10 years old?

What the frack?

By Kenneth T.

My blog, My way Welcome to a little piece of my life. Here you will find things concerning my everyday experiences and or my thoughts on everyday happenings. For instance you may find thoughts of my Farmstead, which is as my wife calls it, our Accidental Farming life. Perhaps on a whim, I might just jump on a soap box about what's going on with my crazy family (the immediate one, that is).~You don't need to put a penny in the coin slot for any commentary there~ You may find, new additions to what I call "Hobby-time". Ahh yes, my hobby... I make pinback buttons (some call them badges). Sorry for the shameful plug ;-) *** And then there is the outside the box or "Offtrack" thinking, part of me. Which can be anything else from aliens to the zoology of the Loch Ness monster, but will probably be more mundane as health concerns, for instance, to vaccinate or not. Is the Earth Flat or is it Hollow? Is there a dome? Is any of it real? Do you really want to know? Police brutality and the continuing corruption of established government, Big Business, Big Oil, Big Brother. Can we survive? Should we survive? The coming montrary collapse. There is so much going on, more then we see outside our windows.


  1. We seem to be in a planned obsolescence era on steroids. Everywhere new stuff breaks down or does not function as it should in contrast to earlier reliable long-lived items. And incompatibility with new upgrades appear to be built-in. Mum bought a modern oven. One plate stopped working. Found it couldn’t be replaced so had to replace the whole thing, which was so complicated she couldn’t figure out how it worked, (also expensive) so spent the last years of her life eating microwave food.

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    1. Likewise we’ve got an air fryer that the “basket” has seen better days – you think we can get a replacement? Nope!
      Bought another (superior) model. Couldn’t figure out all the stupid bells and whistles (and I didn’t want them). Gave the thing to my son. Went back to using the “older” model.
      I’m not “old school” (I do like some newer things) just sometimes I don’t want the blasted new fangled features. I want some “plain” things – yanno?

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      1. Dad was a mechanical/electrical genius. He shunned gadgets with all the extra “bells and whistles”. He pointed out the only point of any device was to carry out the wanted task. The more complications, the more stuff you added just increased the chances of things going wrong. His major gripe a device failing in its primary task because something went wrong with some inessential extra. He also suspected things designed this way was deliberate.
        Keep things simple – then less can go wrong.

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  2. Now now Kenneth, trust Tubularsock on this: you really don’t need a map at all because wherever you go you’ll always be there. Sure you can mark Tubularsock’s words.

    Happy travels.


    1. Well shu-wah…
      Even without the maps – I’m still somewhere. Even in the middle of nowhere (how would I know I’m in the middle?) Always going to be somewhere, even if it’s over a rainbow.

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      1. Well, what a great question: “how would I know I’m in the middle?”

        What Tubularsock does in those situations is count the number of bread crumbs in each direction and then deduct 18 for the crow’s consumption and multiply by 7 using Sunday as a day of rest.

        These calculations make Tubularsock tired.


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