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In a word: happy. And I've no doubt I'll be able to manage that, as (a) I'm not expecting to be ecstatically happy all the time, and (b) I'm not entirely reliant on other people or any special circumstances to be reasonably happy most of the time, anyway.

Day 10 - Discuss your first love and first kiss.
Day 11 - Put your ipod on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop up.
Day 12 - Bullet your whole day.
Day 13 - Somewhere you’d like to move or visit
Day 14 - Your earliest memory
Day 15 - Your favorite tumblrs
Day 16 - Your views on mainstream music
Day 17 - Your highs and lows of this past year
Day 18 - Your beliefs
Day 19 - Disrespecting your parents
Day 20 - How important you think education is
Day 21 - One of your favorite shows
Day 22 - How have you changed in the past 2 years?
Day 23 - Give pictures of 5 guys who are famous and who you find attractive.
Day 24 - Your favorite movie and what it’s about
Day 25 - Someone who fascinates you and why
Day 26 - What kind of person attracts you?
Day 27 - A problem that you have had
Day 28 - Something that you miss
Day 29 - Goals for the next 30 days

I've just come back from my first driving lesson in nearly two decades, and boy! did I need it! Not that I was completely hopeless or should have my driving license revoked, but I had forgotten how much work's involved in driving responsibly and safely through the streets of a busy town. My instructor, Henk, suggested I started by just steering the car and he'd manage the controls, and 15 minutes later asked me to take over changing the gears, and another 15 minutes later let me operate the clutch, brakes and gas pedal as well; and I'm glad we did it this way because I'm sure I couldn't have managed it all directly from the off. I had so much to think about, to pay attention to -- honestly, I don't know how I used to do all this on automatic pilot before. All the while he kept wanting me to describe the situation on the road, where was I looking, what did I see, was I keeping enough distance from the kerb, other road users, the middle of the road; could I predict what was going on 100 yards in front of me, was I mindful of what was happening a 100 yards back? What did all the road signs that we encountered mean? What did the sound of the revolutions tell me, was it time to change gears, how fast was I driving, what was the speed limit on this stretch of road? It was exhausting...but I think very helpful, and I'm looking forward to my next lesson on Friday.

Willem called, and my heating will be fixed a week on Friday. Yay! Though it hardly seems to matter now, when spring can't be far away.


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Feb. 9th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
I took a lesson in about 2006 when I'd been carless for a few years and was about to embark on a holiday that would involve a rental car and much driving.

It was so worth it. I'd totally forgotten about blind spots! And cyclists. Of course here, they don't own the entire country have their own roadway, so if a car makes a right turn without specifically looking for a cyclist coming up from behind, tragedy ensues.

I found that just one or two lessons brought back all my confidence.
Feb. 10th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Yeah. I don't think I'll need many lessons, but for now I feel safer having someone who can keep a wary eye out while I get to grips with the mechanics of driving again sitting next to me.
( 2 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )