Saturday, 7 February 2009

Technology!!!

I am all for technology - I use it every day. I am using it right now. I mean, really I love how I just sit down, turn on the screen and in a second or two, depending on my technology, I am connected with the WWW! I can search out all sorts of ideas from cheapest airline ticket prices to the names of CAF Hercules planes (which I had to do today for a layout)

Amazing!

I am also all for the technology that is in my Mazda Tribute - heated seats for one!
And remote start. Lets talk about THAT technology a little today. I posted only a few weeks ago about this wonderful technology. And you all know those fancy remote starts come with a full proof security system. ANYONE touch my Mazda and I WILL KNOW about it when I return to my car. It gives me a series of little beeps to tell me what part of the car has been violated.

As if I care - if there are no dents anywhere and they didn't get in, well I really don't care. So I have not bothered to open the manual and check out the secret code of beeps.

Only once has my car told me it had an intruder. It looked fine to me and so I put it down to a very windy day at work which kept setting the alarm off. And since my office is on the other side of the building I could ignore the incessant honking when it went off several times that day.

NOT THIS MORNING!!

I left the gym after a wonderful "Group Ride" class and workout.
My remote key pad would NOT open my car. Wouldn't lock it, wouldn't unlock it, remote start - nadda.

So...smart that I am I tried the old fashioned, untechnological entrance (which took a little thought - it's been years since I did this)

I put the key in the door and turned it. Opened the door and

HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!



You get the idea?
It finally stopped after about what seemed like 15 min.

Technologically savvy that I am, I know that when the car alarm system has been offended, I have to start the engine to clear it. I put the key in the ignition and...

HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!

The gym parking lot is VERY busy this time of day!!


The honking (also accompanied by a fireworks display of lights), FINALLY stops and I phone Mazda for instructions because the manual which is somewhere in my car will take way too long to find, let alone read and Mazda's phone # happens to be in my cell phone.


The service department is CLOSED!!


So what next - phone your husband!! So glad I have one to call.

At this point I am afraid to move - that dang thing will start blaring again!!


David looks up Audio Warehouse and phones the guy. I am freezing so I decide to wait for his call back in the gym.

I open the car door very carefully.


HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!! HONK!!!

Did I get annoying looks or what!!



I walk away from the car. Isn't mine. So sorry, can't do anything about it. I would explain it to you but you can't hear me over the incessant honking!

I wait inside and meanwhile phone my daughter to get her up (It is almost 11am!!) to bring me the other set of keys for my Tribute. I have a feeling something is wrong with my remote start key pad that perhaps, just maybe, the other set will work????

Dear husband calls with a few instructions that I know won't work and will just set the alarm off again so he wisely suggest that I talk to Scott at Audio warehouse. I do!

What a nice guy!! Explains the whole thing to me - my key is wiped out - caput, deprogrammed!! And every time I use it, my car thinks it is getting broken in to. The car is so smart (read technological!!!) that it won't even recognize the key I am putting into the ignition - thinks it is an intruder.

Dang technology!!!!

Since when can't I start my car with the key! You know, the old fashioned way. The way we did it for 40 years!

Just then my daughter pulls up with my spare key.

It starts the car... remotely - I am doing this from inside the gym because if that alarm goes off again I am hiding!!!!!

No alarm... I approach carefully with Scott on the cell phone. It opens the door, lets me in and lets me put the key in the ignition and voila - lets me drive home which is where I am going with this baby right now - forget the 8 errands I should be running.

I test it again at home - the first key is useless the spare works.

Scott explains - " ....those were remotes that Mazda used from 2004-2006 but they had so many problems with them that they discontinued them" Thanks Mazda - we will have a chat on Monday!!

So when I have time???? next week I will see if Mazda can reprogram my key. Until then I am really afraid to drive my car. And if you hear some incessant car alarm going off, it just might be mine!

But I do want to make a plug for the guys (especially Scott) at Audio Warehouse. Talk about customer service - and they didn't even put my remote in!! They did however put my husbands and two of my son's remotes in their cars and for a whole lot less than I paid Mazda. And their remotes tell them if the car actually started and as Scot says has a key right in the car which it recognizes to allow it to start. hmmmm should I replace my remote start system?

So if you live in or near Saskatoon and want a remote starter system put in your car? Call Scott at Audio Warehouse. (664-8885)

Can you imagine if I was a few hours or more from home? This is worse than loosing your key!!

And a whole lot noisier!

3 comments:

Laurie Bearce said...

You crack me up! Sounds liek a Romans 8:28 moment to me! Love you!

Julie Cortens said...

Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

LOL Thanks for the reminder Laurie. A check on my pride? It may not have been my plan for the day but it was His.

Angie said...

His plan for today was for you to put a smile on someone else's face. Definitely happened on mine. And since I checked your blog first thing this morning, I think I'm going to have a good day.