Celestial navigation

For a while now, Steve’s been agitating for us to get a GPS for the car. Now, I’m notorious for getting lost. As Susan Cooper once said, “I don’t have a bump of direction, I have a dent.” So the idea does make some sense.

Yet, I’ve always resisted. Some weird robot voice telling me where to go? I’d want to mess with it, see if I could break it. Or, you know, I just wouldn’t believe what it was saying.

But I’ve recently realized that under very specific conditions, I would very much like to get in on the GPS action.

See, you know how there’s that thing at some hotels where you can get wake-up calls from celebrities?

Well, what I want is a GPS system voiced entirely by the cast of The Wire. I mean, if I had, say, Clarke Peters, Idris Elba, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, and Michael K. Williams telling me where to go?

I’d never get lost again.

If you could have a personalized GPS, who would the voices be?

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  • lori
    September 20, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    If Idris Elba was the voice of my GPS, I’d never leave my car. Ever.

    (I’m rewatching the series from the beginning. It’s demolishing me all over again!)

  • Jeff C.
    September 21, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    I would go with a robot theme:

    HAL from 2001
    That weird voice synthesizer from Wargames
    R2-D2 (sure I’d have to watch the screen to translate what he was saying, but I’d love to here him freaking out when I took a wrong turn).

    and maybe throw in a Dalek from Dr. Who just for the annoyance factor.

  • caleb
    September 21, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    what? no Andre Royo?

    ‘make a lebt, sara! no, the other lebt!’

  • Sara
    September 21, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Lori: I know, we are too! Just rewatched Dead Soldiers from Season 3, and cried. Again.

    Jeff: Ha! Yes, the R2D2 freakout would be priceless.

    Caleb: You know, I was also thinking of both Andre Royo and Robert Wisdom, but I was also wanting to have somewhat value-added links for everyone I cited and I wasn’t having good luck finding interviews with them. Or with Sonya Sohn.