Fasten your seatbelts because this week's Weekend Assignment (suggested by BeYankee) puts you behind the wheel:
Your Weekend Assignment #124: How did you learn how to drive? How many tries did it take? What was the first car that you bought?
Extra credit: Got a picture of that first car?
Learning to drive... ahhh the memories... the laughter... the tears... the skids...
My dad taught me how to drive.
Let me preface that by telling you that he was taught to drive by a girlfriend's dad that was a crusty NYC cab driver.
This NYC cabbie felt you needed to experience everything that may hit you when driving, and therefore deliberately put the car into skids unexpectedly for my dad, and made him learn to parallel park under extreme conditions as well.
Therefore, I learned to drive in much the same way, thus the tears... and the skids.
I am grateful that my dad did only induce the skids in a parking lot full of ice and snow when I was expecting them. Thanks to my dad I can handle a skid and it probably has saved me from a fender bender or two or three over the years.
I am now grateful that my dad taught me to parallel park in the rain and on the streets with real cars in a local city. I was not so grateful then. All my friends dads used broom sticks and buckets. They still can't parallel park, but I can, anywhere, anytime.
Thank you, Dad.
I passed my drivers license test on the morning of my 17th birthday with a perfect score, on the first try!
My first car was a gold 1970 Chevy Cutlass Supreme. She was a 2-door coupe and was very fast! The speedometer went to 180 mph! I did open her up once on Route 80 and got just over 100 mph and she got smoother as she got faster.... scared the heck out of me! lol I only drove that fast that once.
I don't have a picture available that I can put in my journal... I wish I did! I only kept her for 10 months because my Cutlass was a gas guzzler and I had to drive 15 miles to college and back 4 days a week.
I went from 8 cylinders of muscle car to a 4 cylinder toy hatchback, but I had money to spend on going out with friends instead of just gas, so it was worth it!
Thanks for reminding me, John Scalzi! This was fun!