Soon after I wrote the previous article about how thieves will do a ‘smash and grab’ if they see any evidence of having a GPS, or anything valuable for that matter, in your car I stayed at a hotel in Pennsylvania for a week. During that time, with my weighted friction mount GPS holder well hidden and my GPS safely in my hotel room, I heard of just such activity having occurred overnight in our hotel. Wow, three different cars had windows smashed and stuff grabbed out of them during the night. I was one of the lucky ones and have to wonder how much of that luck I can credit to not leaving anything of value in my car, or any evidence of having mounted my GPS in my vehicle. It was so easy to do, too! I just remove my GPS from the friction mount, tuck it into my purse, and hide the mount under the front seat out of sight. How much simpler can you get?
On a lighter note, the thieves actually spent the time to riffle through a CD case, tossing those they weren’t interested in and only taking a few. I sure wouldn’t expect someone doing a ‘smash and grab’ to take the time to bother doing that! The teenage girl was relieved not to lose very much of her collection, though, since we obviously had picky thieves! It sure did put a damper on their plans, though, as they needed to get the window replaced in their car while they were still on vacation. Bummer.
I will continue to use my friction mount and have recommended the same to several of my friends who have those telltale suction cup marks on their windshields. Besides, mine is more convenient because I don’t have to work to get it to stick or stay, just set it on the dash and go!
Don’t fall into the Christmas rush; shop early while the selection is still good. Well, that is my goal this year. I know it is still early, but I get so frustrated with myself when sometimes I over analyze each gift, then waiting for the very best sale, only to find that by the time that special sale came along there were only a limited number of whatever it was I wanted to buy. Actually, only a handful of the folks who were at the store waiting for the doors to be unlocked, often pushing and shoving to get to the prize first, were the only ones who actually got the “bargain”. In my book, that is no bargain. Then you find yourself in a shopping frenzy, grabbing other things that are on the “special sale” that perhaps you weren’t even considering in the first place, costing much more in time, money and frustration than the actual gift was worth.
Well, I have decided to shop at the stores I already trust who give reasonable prices and excellent service; although, I still look for their sales while I am there. At one GPS Store in particular I recently heard a customer say “Thanks John! You guys are great to work with…I’ll let my friends know.” Now, I already liked that particular GPS store, but it really felt good to hear someone else express the same sentiment. Many of my friends just need or would appreciate GPS accessories like a case, GPS mounts, handheld GPS accessories, maybe even a new charger cable. Well, I know where I will be shopping for those items this year, and I am planning to get ahead of the crowds this time.
In the last few years I noticed that I’d been putting on a few extra pounds, so I decided to do something about it. I’ve never lived a sedentary lifestyle or anything like that, but if I don’t have a tangible fitness goal in mind it’s tough to stay motivated. That’s when a friend told me about a personal bicycling milestone known as the century race. Just as you might assume from the name, it consists of a 100-mile-long cycling course.
This isn’t the sort of event you can jump into without doing some diligent training. I found some bicycle GPS mounts online and set up a tracking receiver for my Schwinn road bike. It allows me to plot out my practice routes well in advance so that I can time myself along the way and get an idea for how I’ll do once the real century rolls around. In just a few months I’ve cycled my way into shape.
Have you broken your GPS antennas on your navigation systems, or is it just not strong enough? Having trouble keeping track of your GPS receiver? Need a second mount so that you can move your automotive GPS units from one vehicle to another, or need to replace the holder that you used to use? Need to recharge your batteries, but still love your GPS device? It is time to consider replacing those lost or broken parts and save the hassles of replacing your trusted GPS receiver that has become like an old friend, one of your all-time favorite traveling companions.
There are lots of options. Perhaps you need a case, a holster or lanyard to protect your handheld GPS units, but help you remain primarily hands free on your adventure. Or you might just want to spruce it up and individualize it. With the right GPS accessories you can fix it up, protect it or update it without a great deal of trouble, and probably save yourself some serious cash while you are at it by breathing some new life into an old friend.