Do You Really Know Your Way Around?

BY: - 9 Jan '13 | Reviews

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It’s confession time. We’ve been living in a new city for two years and I’m just really learning my way around, kinda. I can get to the main places that I go to around the city. These includes landmarks, sporting venues, shopping centers and movie theaters. But when someone wants me to come somewhere else, um, see, that’s where it gets dicey.

Last year I had an event to attend at Goggle’s Atlanta office. I left home with ample time and since the office was on one of the city’s main streets I had it covered. Well, I thought I had it covered but ended up with a colossal FAIL. I was late, got drenched in the rain after I parked in the wrong garage and crossed the street heading to the wrong building. Then when I figured out it was the wrong building, I discovered that I had lost my parking ticket so had to pay full price even though I was in the garage all of five minutes. The worst part of it all may have been finally getting into the office where I was supposed to speak prior to it beginning and telling that lame excuse LOL. As I rehashed the story, I kept thinking that they were thinking, that I was lying. The story had so many twists and turns it just sounded like a lie even though it was true.

Well those days are over. If I’m not sure where the building is I’m using the GPS. Now we all know that all GPS systems are not created equally, so I have my favorites. And luckily now  I think I’ve found a favorite amongst my favorites.

I was recently asked to try Verizon’s VZ Navigation app. The GPS worked great with nice graphics that allow you to easily find your way to your destination. The map display was also great for seeing upcoming turns before you approach them, which is a problem I have with some navigation systems. The navigation also features school zone and speeding alerts, natural language voice guidance, alternate route selector, and reliable real-time traffic.

Besides the navigation, I really loved all of the additional features that were included. Check them out below:

Movie Buff:

Ronnie and I love going to the movies. What I hate doing is looking up movie times though. With VZ Navigator, current releases are listed on one of the start screen pages. You can then click on a movie to get a description, showtimes and ultimately GPS directions to the theater. Slam dunk!

 Gas Prices:

This might seem like something simple but it was soooo big to me. I loved that another feature of the start screen was a listing of current gas prices based on your location. I normally frequent two or three different gas stations, so having the lowest prices in my palm would definitely pay dividends.

Good Eats:

I found at least three new places to eat that are within two miles of my house using the “Find a Place” feature. Through the app you have easy access to locate restaurants, bars, gas stations, airports, lodging, shopping, emergency services and more based on your location. When I listed all restaurants I found a few new choices for lunch today. Of course each listing appears with a green “Go” button that gives you quick navigation directions.

If you don’t believe me, now is a great time to try the VZ Navigator out for yourself. Currently the app is available for both iPhone and Android devices plus it’s free for the first 30 days when you sign up.

Disclaimer: I was provided compensation for time spent reviewing this product and writing this review. All thoughts are my own and were not influenced.

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2220 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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What Happens When You Have Car Problems on the Road?

BY: - 11 Jan '13 | Reviews

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Ronnie and I are officially road warriors. If we didn’t have the official membership card before, we definitely received it after we started producing our own films. We’ve criss-crossed from Atlanta to DC, Atlanta to Houston, Atlanta to Chicago, Atlanta to Florida and countless other cities in between. Thankfully, we’ve been blessed never to have any serious car issues along the way.

I have a good friend who recently ran into a dear in the middle of the night, traveling from Atlanta to DC along the same roads that we travel often. It was 2AM and he had to drive for 20 miles in middle-of-nowhere North Carolina to reach the nearest gas station. Stories like that make me glad that now I’m protected, because I recently picked up the Bluebird card.

Bluebird is a new checking and debit alternative from Walmart and American Express. One of the many features of Bluebird is that it comes with America Express Roadside Assistance. If you run into car problems, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call the good folks at Bluebird. According to their website, American Express Roadside Assistance may arrange for six (6) basic emergency roadside services to be provided to Bluebird Card Users:

  • Towing to the nearest available repair shop or preferred destination, depending on provider availability
  • Jump starting a battery
  • Delivery of up to two gallons of gas
  • Locksmith service, if keys are locked in the car
  • Changing of a flat tire, if the car has a workable spare
  • Winching

If you request it, the Roadside Assistance representative will also contact family, friends or place of business to let them know of the situation. All costs associated with these emergency roadside services are the responsibility of the Bluebird Card User. This service is available throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed Roadside Assistance?

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided for the time and effort that will go into this review but will not influence my findings. 

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2220 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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