Gearing Up …

January 26th, 2006

So I'm finally going to take my learner's permit test at the DMV tomorrow morning. For a middle-aged non-driver from New York, this feels akin to planning to sneak past the Wall during the Cold War. You could say I'm feeling extremely anxious about this test, and you'd be dead right.

I got a shiny new DMV booklet from the public library and am now making my way through its grim pages. So many terrible things that can happen when you're driving! So much to think about when you're entering a roundabout! (Not to mention getting Yes's cloying "Roundabout" song stuck in your head, which is almost as worrisome.) But I swear to Joan Borucki (DMV's director) and all my other fellow Californians that I will try my level best tomorrow.

And now ... back to the dang booklet. ...

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  • 1. stacy  |  January 26th, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Holy Moses, if you need a rec for a driving instructor who works with adults rather than apathetic teens all day, shoot me an email and I’ll give you my guy’s contact. Having a professional teach you makes all the difference in the world. :)

    Good luck!

  • 2. Jean  |  January 26th, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    good luck, Josh!

  • 3. Julie Bernstein  |  January 26th, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Best of luck Josh. Even though I have a driver’s license I’ve only driven once since getting it, and that was back in ’92. The Bay Area is a great place to live without a car, isn’t it? (I know, it pales in comparison to the NYC transit system, but still…)

  • 4. cassie d  |  January 30th, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    good luck on the learner’s test, josh – and remember to practice ‘the backing maneuver’ before you take your driving test! I believe that ‘maneuver’ is actually just backing up out of a parking space – but i failed it on my driver’s test – cause i used the mirrors instead of turning around.
    but i think that was because the gestapo woman officer didn’t appreciate my new ‘getting my driver’s liscense’ shirt i just bought.

    just kidding!
    i just found your blog, and i will really enjoy checking it out!

  • 5. Josh Kornbluth  |  January 30th, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Dear Stacy, Jean, Julie & Cassie: Thank you, all, for your supportive words! Stacy, I will indeed email you about an instructor for codgers like me; and Cassie, I will begin practicing the “backing maneuver” at the earliest opportunity — though clearly this test is biased against those of us with relatively immobile necks. …

  • 6. Margie  |  January 31st, 2006 at 2:19 pm

    Dang, now I’ve got “Roundabout” stuck in my head!
    Congratulations on passing the written test.

  • 7. Josh Kornbluth  |  February 1st, 2006 at 8:20 am

    Thanks, Margie! (And sorry about “Roundabout.”)

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