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Finding my way home (depot)

Finding my way home (depot)

I took a 2005 Acura TSX out for a test-drive this weekend, and I got to really appreciate its navigation system. First, let me say that the TSX is a pretty sweet ride. It's not as sporty as the Acura RSX Type-S (review coming soon), but it's loaded with electronics, and the six-speed manual has a really nice feel. So on the way back in to San Francisco, I decided to stop at a Home Depot, the sign for which I had spotted from the freeway. I took the nearest off-ramp and ended up in a jumble of streets that comprises Emeryville, California. This little bayside town is notable mostly for its extended shopping area, anchored by IKEA and occupied by every chain store under the sun. I followed the Sunday traffic toward the Home Depot sign, which I glimpsed between buildings--and ended up on a road into a parking garage far short of my goal.

I pulled over and consulted the nav system's points-of-interest (POI) database. Hardware was among the many selections under the Shopping category. Under that heading, I ran a search for Home Depot and found the one I wanted (it listed them based on the distance from my current location). From there, the nav system guided me around the parking garage and to the store. I was very surprised and pleased that the POI database actually contained such mundane information as Home Depot addresses; it was an incredible help. But I wasn't so pleased when I asked it to guide me back to San Francisco, as it took me 3 miles south into Oakland. I was sure there were closer freeway entrances, but that's what happens when you put yourself at the mercy of strange roads and a navigation system.