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  • February 24th, 2009 | 11:23 AM
Tuesday memory challenge

Okay, I do know that it is Wednesday and I missed Tuesday and the memory challenge but here it is....that all important rite of passage...the driver's license.

I didn't get a lot of driving experience because the only car we had was the "company" car my mom got to drive because she worked for a car dealership. I wasn't allowed to drive that because I wasn't covered on their insurance. My grandmother had a car but I can't remember why I wasn't allowed to drive that. 

I took the driver's ed that was typical in high school back then. Some time in the simulators and the class car but I have very little memory of that.

I was actually a senior, or maybe it was the summer between junior and senior year,  before I took the driving test and then it was only because my mom was dating someone who had a car that I was able to use. I don't remember the test or the actual getting of the license. In fact, I remember more about getting my own car in my senior year than anything else. I remember calling my best friend Linda Belcher and she and I went for a ride. I don't remember where we went but we ended up back at her house eating an entire bag of Hershey's kisses to celebrate.

Okay...I guess I thought this was going to be about getting a driver's license but I guess I don't remember that much about that stage in my life.

How about you? What do you remember about learning to drive?
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February 25th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Driver's Ed was a requirement when I was in high school. We used simulators as well. Our instructor was an OLD geezer who kept falling asleep during the home movie parts.

I flunked my first attempt at getting my license. We had to go to the State Police to get them, and my guy was way harsh! I cried all the way home. But I passed the second time :)
February 26th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Yikes - the State Police! Of course I can remember when we had to go to the police department and pass a test to get a BICYLCE license. LOL
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February 26th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
A moped? Wow! Another piece to the puzzle that is Laura.
February 26th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
We didn't have simulators. That sounds cool. We just had a car that we drove with the driver's ed teacher pointing out various places where people had died in car accidents. I guess that was supposed to be inspiring. It didn't help my nerves much.

At any rate, I never got my license. And I still don't have one. Periodically dear friends would decide I really MUST drive and would make me go get my permit and drive their cars around until they got bored with the process, then I would go back to my happy nondriving ways.

Driving actually gives me chest pains in a "I'm about to have a panic attack and kill us all" kind of way. So, really, everyone is better off without me on the road.
February 26th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I would have been a mess if the teacher was pointing out where people died. Yikes!

While I have a license, I don't like to drive. I don't care about cars except that the go when I turn the key.

I get the chest pains whenever someone tries to push on me that I need to learn how to drive a stick.
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