Driving Myself Crazy!
DP, the Green Line is one of the many reasons I need to get the HECK out of Boston! But you'll appreciate this.
Lesson 1:On a Monday at 5:00 Pm instructor gives my no preparitory info, and has me drive down Harvard street, then turn on Beacon at Coolidge Corner!! A bunch of yahoos, seeing the "driving school" sign on the car, tried to run me off the road!
I managed to survive, even though the instructor was pretty much ignoring me while he flirted with the young high school girl in the back seat. By the time we get to the nice, quiet Brookline neighborhood, my hands where shaking so much from fear that I could barely control the wheel! A pretty white picket fence came close to suffering a bit of damage.
When I came home, I called the school and told them not to give me the same instructor. Mark took me out the next day, and we drove around the cemetary. He figured, people are already dead...ok, that's not funny...
This time a poor tree almost had a chance to not grow in Brookline. Seems that once I start turning the wheel, I keep turning, almost as if I'm trying to turn the skis up a hill.
Lesson 2: Much better instructor, but also a cowboy! Nobody believes in starting you out on "green trails" in the local driving schools. No wonder Boston has such lousy drivers! In a few lessons, I've driven through the Jamaica way, and Roxbury and Mattapan, which are the heavy crime areas of Boston. My instructor thinks this is funny.
'Watch out!! The car on the left looks like he's escaping from the POlice. YIKES!!!
But he is pretty safety conscious. As much as I tend to be a nervous wreck, whenever we hit a steep hill, I have this uncanny, inexplicable desire to put my foot on the excelerator!! Feels like I'm ripping down a black diamond. I do get yelled at for that. One time I yelled out "WHEEEE!!"
"I don't want to be hearing no "Whee" when we go down that hill! What yoiu gonna be doing when you go do on them icy mountains in Colorado with your foot on the excelerator like that?"
The thing, now that I've been behind the wheel, the one thing that i have learned is that its pretty easy to control speed at a moment's notice, should the need arise. Guess I'm grateful for small favors!