The Tom Tom... from Hell
My fella has been wanting one of those in-car navigational systems for ages (he reckons it'll reduce the number of arguments we have when driving by about 800%), so we got a Tom Tom today. We took it out for a test-run tonight. It was reasonably accurate (although it didn't warn me to get out of a bus lane at one point). It was, however, a bit distracting having a voice suddenly interrupt your conversation to say "Bear right at the roundabout!" When we turned it on, we had a choice of voices, so we picked "Tim", who has perfect diction and speaks in a slightly weary British accent. Tim would go silent for ages during long stretches of road with no turns, making me think he was sulking, and then he would suddenly get very chatty and bossy. He felt almost like a third passenger in the car, one who was very knowledgeable about road names, and a bit posh, but not a very good conversationalist otherwise. At one point my fella agreed with Tim over something and I felt they were ganging up on me.
Because I have an over-active imagination I started thinking about putting a Tom Tom in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. It would start with someone buying a Tom Tom and using it. But then the Tom Tom would start going a bit wrong, giving misdirections occasionally, but in a humorous way. But soon after that, the Tom Tom would start answering back and being bitchy and opinionated: "Look, I don't know why you want directions to go there anyway - she's got a new boyfriend now, why can't you get on with your life, loser!" The hapless owner car does a bit of research and finds out that his Tom Tom was in a fatal car accident 6 months ago, and the spirit of the guy who died is now living inside the Tom Tom. The episode ends, of course, with the embittered spirit causing the car to crash again. And right at the end, a new family inherit the Tom Tom, and an extra voice option appears on the options screen - belonging to the guy who had just died. Can you tell that I watched too much tv in the 70s and 80s?