Good morning, Sunday Morning!
I did something very special this week. I conquered one of my biggest fears. It may seem like nothing to you but it’s a huge deal to me. Driving a car.
You see, here in The Netherlands, driving a car is a lot of a bigger deal than it is in the US. We’re not allowed to start taking lessons before we’re 18 years of age and we generally drive stick shifts. Also, our country is about the size of Rhode Island. We live here with 16 (almost 17 by now?) million people. This obviously makes for a lot of cars, which means that it’s much harder to navigate. Plus, our roads are much less wide (although we do drive smaller cars ;p).
Anyway, here, you have to take at least 40 hours of private driving lessons – you can’t just be taught by someone you know that has a license. Those lessons cost around E50 per hour. The exams cost E300 each. Plus you have to pass a theoretic exam, too, so they know you know all the rules.
I think I had driven for 60 hours with an instructor. I failed my exam twice. I had two instructors – the first was burnt out and started shouting at me whenever I made a mistake, the second told me just before my second exam that she thought I wouldn’t pass anyway.
Last Tuesday, my younger brother of 19 years old got his license, he passed his very first exam (which is kind of a rarity in NL). Around me, more and more people were passing their exams and it made me feel more and more like a failure… So I decided I could no longer cower and sit back!
Last Friday I had my first driving lesson in two years. I decided to go to a different driving school – the same one my brother took lessons at – and the instructor was quite amazed at my skills. Apparently I can still drive a car, I just have trouble overseeing the road. Well, that we can work on. I have to admit though I was quite scared when I first got on the road again, but I quickly remembered how much I like driving.
If everything goes well, I might have my license quite soon… Finally.
Next Friday is my next lesson and I’m actually honestly looking forward to it (although not so much to the exam yet… I don’t want to do the exam luckily I’ll *have* to).
And now, it’s time for another blog mashup
Funny & Interesting stuff
Shit My Students Write – Where teachers copy/paste the ridiculous stuff students write in their essays. This really made me laugh!
America’s Most Isolated Federal Prisoner Describes 10,220 Days in Extreme Solitary Confinement @ Solitary Watch – if you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I care about prisoners, however odd that may sound. I feel so sorry for this guy, who has lived in solitary for 28 years… It makes me very angry reading this.
The kingdom was hewn from rocks that floated in air, joined only by the steel of bridges @ io9.com – this is amazing Concept Art. If that artist would make my future book cover I’d be in heaven!
The 6 stages of movie geek evolution @ Blastr.com – This is too true. Which stage of evolution are you in?
Read Quentin Tarantino’s adorable letter to a 13-year-old From Dusk Till Dawn fan @ io9.com – this made me love Tarantino just a bit more.
The End Is Nigh — For Computers, at Least [INFOGRAPHIC] @ Mashable.com
Thoughts of death increase the appeal of Intelligent Design @ BPS Research Digest – wow, that’s a fabulous study.
Writing, Publishing, Social Media… All that
Plotting the Iceman @ Gene Lempp – This was a very interesting read.
TweetDeck Learning Guide @ Patrick Thunstrom – Learn everything you need to know about working with Tweetdeck here!
The Relic: Part Two @ Jen Kirchner – participate on this great “vote your adventure” adventure! I think this is a great initiative and from what I’ve seen… That Jen is a great writer.
On Giving Readings @ Mystery Writing is Murder – I thought this was a great post. If I publish a book and would have to do readings… I’d probably be too shy and too scared that people would laugh at me for my funny accent.
Little Darlings & Why They Must Die..for Real @ Kristen Lamb – some more brilliant writing advice!
That’s all for this week! Tomorrow I will post the very first Flash Fiction Challenge Winner’s work! Stay tuned!