In-car internet – killing road trip conversations

In-car internet – killing road trip conversations

I had a road trip from Auckland to Hamilton on Saturday. Four of us headed down as part of the larger AKSamba group to run a couple of workshops and do a gig in the ‘Tron. Lots of conversation topics were covered. We discovered that one of us had met Sean Connery, another had had an interesting evening with a sailor on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, and another had had a fairly intimate experience with a very famous rugby player. One of the less x-rated conversation topics was what’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable (don’t ask how we got there). This kept us entertained with various crackpot theories for, oooh, at least 20km. That’s fully one-seventh of the journey!

We happened to be driving in the VW Tiguan, but if we’d had one of BMW’s new offerings in Germany we would have been able to access the answer on the in-car internet by searching Google within several hundred metres. Then what would we have talked about for the missing 19.5km? More sordid stories of sexual liaisons? Perhaps, but maybe we don’t have that many stories to share! So, the moral of the story is: in-car internet will kill road trip conversations.

I had a road trip from Auckland to Hamilton on Saturday. Four of us headed down as part of the larger AKSamba group to run a couple of workshops and do a gig in the ‘Tron. Lots of conversation topics were covered. We discovered that one of us had met Sean Connery, another had had an interesting evening with a sailor on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, and another had had a fairly intimate experience with a very famous rugby player. One of the less x-rated conversation topics was what’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable (don’t ask how we got there). This kept us entertained with various crackpot theories for, oooh, at least 20km. That’s fully one-seventh of the journey!

We happened to be driving in the VW Tiguan, but if we’d had one of BMW’s new offerings in Germany we would have been able to access the answer on the in-car internet by searching Google within several hundred metres. Then what would we have talked about for the missing 19.5km? More sordid stories of sexual liaisons? Perhaps, but maybe we don’t have that many stories to share! So, the moral of the story is: in-car internet will kill road trip conversations.

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