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Saturday, September 09, 2006
Clear the Road Everyone and Pray
Today I took Jimmy to the DMV to get his learner's permit. I was quite surprised; not because Jimmy passed and walked out of there with an actual permit, but because we were in and out of the DMV on a Saturday in less than an hour!

Anyway, Jimmy now has a minimum of 50 hours of training ahead of him and the DMV doesn't even want to see him back there for at least 6 months. This will be real interesting.

So on the way home, I pull into the big parking lot behind Moe's (yes, it's Moe's of Springfield). I put the car in park, turn it off, take the keys, and tell Jimmy to get out of the car. I then walk around the car, hand him the keys and say, "Drive!"

Remember how your stomach was in knots the first time you turned the key in a car ignition and put the sucker into drive. Jimmy felt the same way. "It's a little different than Playstation, right Jimbo?" He agreed. He said he could feel the weight of the car and the power of the engine... it was scary.

Now for the first time out, I kept it really simple. Basically we drove around the perimeter of the parking lot (note to self, take Dramamine before next lesson). He actually did pretty good. I had to laugh when he stopped with the concern that he couldn't make it between a parked car and a concrete lamp post. I said, "Dude, you're driving a Ford Focus and you can fit 3 Mack trucks between those two objects, go for it!"

All in all, he did well for his first time out. I also had him park the car in a parking spot (the lot was empty) and he nailed it. We traded places, went home, and he told Michele the news.

Good job kiddo, we're both very proud of you!
posted by David Snyder @ 10:27 PM   RSS Feed
  • At 10:51 PM, Anonymous TW Moore said…

    The day I got my learner's permit, my Father took me out in our manual tranmission 1979 Chevy Chevette. His only instruction was "Drive." We drove around the streets near the house. I stalled the damn thing at almost every light.

    If you learn on a stick, you drive pretty much anything.

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Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States

I'm happily married to my high-school sweetheart and have two sons. I love relaxing down the Jersey Shore. I also enjoy sitting by the pool after dinner, talking to the wife, watching the kids, and smoking a cigar.

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