By Bob Ferris
|Cruising in the old truck down to Florida a few years ago/.|
|This is basically what I had in that 1967 Mustang.|
So what could go wrong? The first thing is that it startles the crap out of me each time I start the car because instead of having it the radio off until asked to join in the driving experience it is always on when you turn the key. This is particularly weird when you have stopped and are starting again and the audio book CD that you have turned up because you were driving on a noisy freeway booms out of the speakers just as you are pulling out of a parking place and hoping to Hell that you do not hear a loud, scraping sound. I also suspect that I miss the super satisfying counter-clockwise click one got from the volume/power knob.
My second gripe are the presets. I guess I really long for the big, clunky mechanical buttons that you pulled out when you liked a station and it stayed right there until you wanted to change it. Now you need to pull off the road and grab the instruction manual in order to take a seminar in station changing and setting only to lose that station pre-set because your finger inadvertently hit the wrong button or combination of buttons when you encountered a bump while pulling into a parking lot or smacked a pot hole because the “new” method is maybe not as ergonomic as the designers think it is.
|Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob Smith|
Now I am all for progress that is progress and I am big time proud that my 94 year-old mother is on Facebook, but progress is not progress if it makes things worse for a large segment of the population. We had something that we could use and love only to have that replaced with an expensive item we often consider using as fishing weight.
|The navigator and co-driver in Florida.|