May 26, 2010

Drivers' Ed

I felt like I was in one of those goofy Driver's Ed videos this morning- progressing from foggy residential with kids, squirrels, and old ladies in Cadillacs popping out in front of me all over the place!  Then I went through a construction zone, heavy commercial and a school zone, with various people trying to get me to run them over.  I didn't.  Maybe if I had made it to the cow hazard in the rural zone. . .

Do y'all remember those videos?  We had to watch them in a trailer where the "simulator" was located.  My fifteen year old brain had grand visions of some sort of awesome virtual reality, when instead the graphics and technology were dwarfed by my old school Sega Genesis.

Due to my super late birthday, when I finally got into the actual car, it was a bit of a nightmare.  my best friend Ella and I giggled into Drivers Ed, after having barely passed our permit exams.  Her June birthday and my August one meant that although it was spring, neither of us had a bit of driving experience under our belts.  Driving experience would involve riding with our parents.  Sophomore year of high school?  No way.

So lo and behold, Ella and I magically land in the same group.  Our poor teacher, Coach H, practically had a melt-down when either one of us was forced to get on the interstate, which invariably induced Clueless like screaming from the back seat. 

Luckily Coach H was of a good natured sort (and I had dated and was good buddies with his son, who also tried to teach me to drive- his jeep around my parents' property), and Ella and I made it through Driver's Ed unscathed.

Well, until we got into a wreck coming out of Chick-fil-a right after I got my license, but that's a story for a different time. . .

Also, today is Virge's birthday!!!!  Happy Birthday dear friend- best inventor of useless impossible inventions (silent blender anyone?),  most entertaining roommate, longest armed (seriously- the girl never needs help with a zipper), favorite person to laugh with, have a fabulous birthday my love!


  1. I love it - Clueless like screaming from the back seat. "Oh my God, you're getting on the freeway!"

    The Chick-fil-a accident sounds like a good story too. Look forward to hearing about that one of these days. :)

  2. Ha! I went to college in a small town and whenever I would come back to the "big city" I always felt like I was driving in a video game with people throwing obstacles in my way and trying to run me over. :) I can totally relate.

    Seconding the Chick-fil-a story request....

  3. Ummm, is that pic from halloween in Athens?! explanation, please!

  4. Sweet birthday note to your friend.

    Also? The Chick Fil A thing? Sounds like something I would have done.

    I always got harrassed at the drive thru windows because I looked 12 and they would ALWAYS ask if I had stoled my sister's car or something. And if I had, like I'm going to tell you. And what are you now, the police? Give me my McNuggets!!

    Also? I lived in a town of 2,500 people. Most of which knew that I did not have an older sister. Or brother.


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