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Driving Woes

Things that were not good:

1. "Remember I said to keep your foot over the clutch unless you're in fourth gear." No, actually. You said to keep my foot over the clutch in built up areas. Also, ow.

2. Stupidest woman alive, who probably won't be alive for much longer if she keeps going the way she is. I'm in Farnham at the crossroads that aren't really crossroads cos it's a one way system so you can either come from a road or go down it, but not both. The pedestrian light has turned red and our light is now green, so what does this woman do? Walk out in front of me. But she can't actually cross the road cos the person next to me is not a dithering learner like myself and has actually begun driving away. So what does stupid woman do? She stands right in front of me in the middle of the road and looks around like she can't work out what to do now. She only moves when someone else calls her back to the side of the road.

3. Guy who beeped his horn at me. I have no idea why you did that, but my instructor swore at you so I guess I didn't actually do anything wrong and you were just being a jerk. Thanks so much.

4. Roads that don't go anywhere. With cats that look terrified and make you paranoid that you're going to hit them even as you move agonisingly slowly to turn the car around.

5. Reversing round a corner. Leaning around to see out the back makes me dizzy. I think it's a low blood pressure thing since it happens even when I'm not driving. But knowing that doesn't really make it any better.

Things that were not so bad:

1. I got up to fifth gear.

2. A car drove past me playing Christmas music.

In other, but still driving related news, I have important information for people coming to my house in the dark. For years my house has been easily identified by the lone white light out front in a row of orange. But alas, the light has been struck down and is now lying broken on the pavement. I really hope that when it's fixed they use another white light so we'll still be easily identifiable. But the point is that for the moment, our house is now the one next to the gap in the lights.


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Dec. 16th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)

Also, I am very much keeping up with how you're doing, sounds like really your driving is going fine but you ran into some rather inconvenient characters.

Fancy visiting Canterbury at any point? Probably going to have to be sometime in January, or if you're free sometime in the next week before Christmas you could visit me at my parents' house for a bit if you'd rather. Not seen or talked to you in ages, it'd be great to meet and catch up and drink some.
Dec. 16th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oooh, so that's what that noise in the roof was last night.

Drink you say? Well in that case count me in! January would probably be best. It'll be good to see you again.
Dec. 16th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Okay, great. Well should we set dates now or talk about it nearer the time?
Dec. 17th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
We can set dates now. I have a few things tentatively scheduled for "sometime in January" but not much actually set (just one driving lesson on the 4th), so whenever would be convenient for you.
Dec. 18th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
Weekend starting on the 20th suit you? Could stay for that weekend or hang about a bit longer if you like.
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds fine. We should probably talk about it nearer the date as well so I don't forget!
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Okay, make a note to remember to talk to me. :-P
Dec. 16th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
If I had my way car horns would be abolished. And pedestrians kept of leashes.

Looking forward to Wednesday!
Dec. 16th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Farnham is the worse place for pedestrians I've found. They're everywhere and seem to have no regard for the fact that cars are big and cause bad ouchies when they hit you.

I'm really looking forward to Wednesday too. It's gonna be so much fun! *fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong to spoil it*
Dec. 16th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Aaah, you too are having driving woes.

I went a-driving today as well. My driving instructor kept grabbing my hand because I keep changing gear too early.

I also apologise for getting back to you so late about the invitation to your place on wednesday, I shall more than likely decline as me and strange places for sleeping do not mix very well. Not that I'm saying it isn't a good idea, but I'm kinda hoping you understand what I mean.

Have a brilliant time anyway, and I certainly hope to see you and stark again before the end of the year. I demand it!
Dec. 17th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I understand, my house is a very strange place.

But I do hope we meet up again some time soon. As you said, before the end of the year.
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