I. WANT. TO. LEARN. TO. DRIVE. SOON!!!
An Un-chic Confession
Yes, I dunno how to drive. It’s ridiculous, I know. I remember how my Toast Masters “idol” Ms. Betsie Kruger reacted when I told her that one of the reasons why I was skipping Toast Masters meetings was that I have no one to drive me…with her trademark surprised face and calm-yet-still-animated voice, she told me, “Oh my gosh Dewmaine! An independent woman like you doesn’t know how to drive?!?”
The Driving Force for me to Drive
Yeah, the thought that I can’t drive embarrasses me. How un-chic of me, right? My lack of driving skills has hindered me from doing so many things: go shopping on my own, visit friends who live in not-so-accessible areas, meet friends outside at night, and most important of all…ang layasan si Randy ‘pag magkaaway kami. Hehe. But yes, seriously. Being the drama queen that I am, it has been one of my fantasies (fantasies talaga!) to drive while crying my eyes out. Then I’ll look for an inn or hotel and spend the night there. And then Randy would get all worried, then try to call me all night (of course I’ll turn off my phone para mas kabahan ang asawa ko). Worried out of his wits, he will then call our bank to check my credit card activity, and then he will find out where I am staying. When he finds out where I am, he’d rush to the cozy inn where I’m staying at and beg for my forgiveness, and he’d swear to himself he’ll be at my beck and call just to make sure I’ll never leave him again. And we will live more happily ever after.
Anyway, it’s not as though I haven’t made any efforts to learn to drive. Last year, I took formal driving lessons. My teacher was able to make me drive to different towns and cities. On our last session, he said I just have to practice more and I’ll be OK, congratulations. And practice I did…under the tutelage of Randy. Off I went from being commended to being heavily criticized. From driving to different towns and cities to circling an empty lot. Hah. Randy and I are no exception to the “Husbands shouldn’t teach their wives how to drive” rule. Boy did we fight! And boy did I lose whatever little confidence I had. As you may have guessed, it marked the end of my driving career.
Car Buffet: Drive at Your Own Risk…I Won’t Risk!
Perhaps you’re thinking that I should have just went on and car-napped one of our vehicles. Well that just isn’t possible! See, the driving school car was a sedan, and these are the cars I could choose from:
- Nissan Navara pick-up truck – As Randy and I once upon a time agreed, our three-year old black pick-up truck will be my own when I learn to drive. Since it’s a pick-up, it’s a lot bigger than the sedan I was trained to drive at the driving school. But what really kept me from driving it is the fact that this three-year old pick-up truck is still often mistaken as brand new. My anal retentive husband takes very good care of his personal vehicles. He gets all riled up every time he sees even hairstrand gasgas on his car. Even if it becomes my car, I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time if I damage it (and I’m sure I will). And an even harder time if I shrug off the damage.
- Audi Q5 – Need I say more? This car is just about a year old. None of our drivers have driven this car. Randy’s philosophy when it comes to this car seems to be “So what watawat kung mapagod siya mag-drive buong araw, basta walang hahawak nito!” And ito pa ha, when we go to the mall, kesehodang mainitan kami sa paglalakad papasok sa mall, basta ipa-park niya ito sa pinakadulung-dulo! So asa pa ako ‘di ba? Imagine, he got me a new “engagement ring” because my old engagement ring’s
pebble(sige na nga) rock is protruding…you know, the typical engagement ring. It used to bump the interior of the Navara and scratched it. Since he doesn’t want me to stop wearing an engagement ring, he got me a new one whose peb–, er, rock is no longer protruding…nakalubog na…how sweet ‘no? 😉 How sweet he is to his car! So, asa pa ako!
- Mitsubishi L300 FB – Maawa naman kayo sa akin. My friends used to imagine me driving when we meet in some posh hotel for dinner. And they laughed and laughed and laughed. Magwa-wardrobe diary entry raw ako posed against this vehicle. 😛 No, seriously. I don’t want to drive this because it’s too big. Moreover, the stick shift is positioned at the far upper right side. I also can’t drive this with Raviv in tow because there’s no place for his car seat. Plus, this is more like our work vehicle. And yeah, sige na nga…ayoko talaga siyang i-drive. Period.
Hmmm…so I guess this means an additional car is needed… 😉
Part 2 tomorrow 🙂
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