Are we nearly there yet?

21 Jun

When the lovely people at Three Mobile Buzz asked me if I’d like to test their in car MiFi on a family day out, I rather cheekily said, “yes, if we can go to Legoland”.  Well they came up trumps, and we had a really very extremely lovely day amongst the yellow people, with @peabee72 and her family, who aren’t actually orange, despite her avatar.  The MiFi was very easy to set up and use, even for someone who’s only pretending to know about the internet, and they also kindly lent us an iPod touch to make use of it.

Now I am genuinely grateful for our lovely trip to Legoland, and also pleased that we had the opportunity to try the MiFi out.  And I can see how the MiFi would be super useful if you had an iPad, or used your laptop when out and about on a regular basis.  I was able to blog from the park using it, which is undoubtedly a good thing.  But I can’t really see us getting one.  Partly, because our children are too young to need internet access when in the car and partly because I have an iPhone, so the adults already have it.

But mostly because car journeys in our family are complicated enough without adding another factor into the mix.

Bright and early on Sunday, we set off full of anticipation and car sick pills.  A minor altercation ensued, while the adults in the party disagreed about whether the South Circular then M3 was a better route than the M4.  The driving adult decided that the Heathrow way was the best one, but doesn’t know the name of the roads involved, so the other adult, directed them towards the M40, which is NOT the way to Heathrow.  After a swift, sweary, turnaround, they were back on the route to the M4, with the driving adult seething with anger and throwing barbed comments at the non-driving adult, who threw the map on the floor saying “well if you know where you’re going I don’t know why you need my help.”  So far, so normal for a family day out.

Once the adults had calmed down and made friends again, child one was handed the iPod touch to play with.  Thirty seconds later, child two whined “she’s having a long go, I want a go”.  “Everyone will have the same length go, please be patient”.   Sure enough, child two got a go, and so did child three.  Who couldn’t get the game to work, cue more whining and awkward twisting around by the non-driving adult who has a dodgy shoulder, to sort it out.  Game sorted, silence. “This isn’t so bad” said the adults to each other as they spend along the M4, “we’ll be there soon”. Two minutes later,  “I feel sick” wails child three from the back.  “Quick, give us the iPod, don’t be sick on it, it’s not ours”, said the ever sympathetic adults.  Child three moans gently for the remainder of the journey while the driving adult periodically says “close your eyes, it’ll make you feel better.”

“Try Spotify, says the driving adult to the non-driving adult, let’s make use of the MiFi.”  Now, the non-driving adult is somewhat gadgetally challenged.  Said adult has been known to struggle with that new-fangled thing called texting.  So trying to log into Spotify, with the driving adult trying to give instructions whilst keeping eyes on the road, was a challenge too far.  Old fashioned car radio and Magic FM came to the rescue, not for the first time.

So, for the journey home, we went low-tech.  Eye Spy, crisps, Magic FM, sharing the tin of sweets tucked in the MiFi box by the kind Michelle, and sleeping children.  Definitely the sign of a good day out.



6 Responses to “Are we nearly there yet?”

  1. Paula 21/06/2010 at 3:14 pm #

    I can’t believe you’ve ruined my cover! Now everyone will know I’m a pasty anglo-saxon woman with a penchant for theme parks! It was definitely a lovely day, and as I said to you at the time – you should have pushed for an ipad. xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/06/2010 at 3:24 pm #

      I have NOT ruined your cover. I never said what colour you actually are.

  2. TheMadHouse 21/06/2010 at 5:20 pm #

    I would love an iPad to test one with – how great would that be!!

  3. Vic 22/06/2010 at 3:16 pm #

    The M4’s a great route to legoland Until you get stuck in the inevitable traffic on the hottest day of the year and don’t actually reach the park until gone 12. Then of course you’ve always got to battle back again afterwards.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 22/06/2010 at 8:13 pm #

      Tell that to the OH 😉


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