Seriously, Siri? December 5, 2016Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.
A few days before Thanksgiving, when the temps in Florida had dipped below 60 degrees, I decided to check the weather in the islands of the Caribbean.
Since one of my nieces is temporarily stationed in St. Maarten, I started there:
“Siri, what’s the weather in St. Maarten today?
“The weather in St. Maarten is 57 degrees.”
Glancing at the thermometer on my wall, I saw that the outside temperature was 56 degrees. Odd.
Certain that Siri was wrong, but giving her the benefit of the doubt, I asked:
“Where is St. Maarten?”
Siri pulled up a Google map showing the island of St. Maarten, with the capital city of Philipsburg. Great!
“Siri, what’s the weather in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.”
I watched Siri transcribe what she heard me say ~> an exact match for what I had said.
Satisfied that the failure in communication didn’t stem from my failure to enunciate, I waited for her response.
“OK. Here’s the weather for Philipsburg, Pennsylvania for today ~ 44 degrees.”
Exercising a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, Siri had changed my request from the island of St. Maarten to the State of Pennsylvania.
I decided to switch tactics.
“Siri, where is St. Maarten?”
Once again, Siri pulled up the Google map of the island of St. Maarten. But when I asked about the weather, Siri continued to insist that the weather in St. Maarten matched the weather outside my door.
I remained unconvinced.
“Siri, is there another St. Maarten?”
“OK, here’s what I found . . .”
With that, Siri pulled up a Google map of Saint Maarten Condominium.
I clicked the map. The map expanded to reveal that Saint Maarten Condominium is located just south of us in Naples, Florida. No wonder the temps there were just a few degrees off from the temps right outside my door.
I decided to confirm that Siri’s weather report for St. Maarten coincided with the weather in Naples, Florida.
“Siri, what’s the weather in Naples?”
“OK. The weather in Naples, Italy is 44 degrees.”
“What’s the weather in Naples, Florida.”
“The weather in Naples, Florida is 57 degrees.”
But I didn’t want a weather report for Saint Maarten Condominium in Naples, Florida . . . I still wanted the weather for the island of St. Maarten.
Instead of continuing the somewhat exhausting exchange with Siri, I went to weather.com and typed in “Philipsburg, St. Maarten.”
As expected, the temps there looked awesome!
Aah . . . that’s better!