November 10, 2010

Scoping It Out

Gunny, their dog, and Grandma Maudie about 1912.

Yesterday and Today

Carnival Splendor News: You can read the latest on the Carnival Splendor at Maritime Matters or our local Newspaper, The Union/Tribune's Sign on San Diego.

Himself: Just for the moment, everything worked as it was supposed to do.

Herself: Swam, rode with Lenora and took her to lunch, scanned pictures and worked on poetry submissions.

My Babylonian Captivity: Chapter November 8 through November 14: Do stop in and read Tugster's experience as a human shield. He writes that, “ i was captured in kuwait (where i was teaching in the kuwaiti air force)….”

It’s amazing how much better I feel about the upcoming drivers test now that I have done a ride-along with my daughter.

Left turn, another left turn and off we went following some poor candidate. The guy ahead of us drove way too slowly. No turn signals. You should have heard the two of us critiquing his techniques. Poor young man….we didn’t think he passed.

We went back and followed a second young man. He turned the same direction. Left, left, and a right into heavy traffic. Why they then had both men move to the left lane then move back into the right lane, I don’t know. The second man got stuck behind a bus with his rear into traffic, but he was able to easily move by the bus and back to the test. He had confidence behind the wheel where the first man didn’t.

We saw no parallel parking, but I can parallel park a pickup truck. They made both young men back up. I hadn’t seen that before, but it is something I do all the time to get out of the driveway. Lenora said that they don’t want you to use just your mirrors, that you also have to look over your shoulder. I can do this. Lastly, the examiner had to testee turn left from a stop sign onto one of San Diego’s busiest streets. That was a choice test.

Best of all, I took notes. In G’s company, Sunday I will drive a couple of times around the circuit. Although they announced that those being tested after an illness would take a more complicated test, I think I will keep it simple.

”First day of school, Monmouth.”


  1. I think you'll do better on the driving test than I could do. I am too short to look over my shoulder to back up. If I lean to look between the seats, I have a lovely view of the back seat. I am pretty good with the mirrors, but I doubt they would believe me.

    However, I am now 70. I gave up driving for a couple of years (until I had my eye surgery) and found that I really have lost the reflexes I had. I limit where I go, local streets only -- market, bank, post office... If I had to take a test, I would probably fail.

    Then I would say okay and sign up for the seniors' bus system. I feel experienced; we took away my husband's license some eight years ago:

  2. I'm sure you'll do fine. Anyone who can parallel park a truck is in fine shape and the practice runs are just the ticket.

  3. It will be so good to have that driving test behind you. Then you'll be off and running again doing good deeds.

  4. Good for you going out for practice rides. There are a lot of drivers out their that think blinkers means "after thought". When are you going to take the test? Good luck if it is soon.

  5. Challenges ... do not seem to get easier whether we are 16 or 60. Just take a deep breath and go for it.

  6. I'm excited about your test and can't wait to hear all the details. You'll do well.

    PS I can't parallel park to save my soul.


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