One time my brother Joey took me to show-and-tell.
His classmates asked me all kinds of questions about what I was able to do.
“Can you tie your shoes?” “Can you ride a bike?” And someone asked, “Can you drive a car?”
I remember thinking that was a dumb question. I don’t think I said it (I hope I didn’t!), but I thought, “How do you think I got here?”
I learned to drive just like everybody else I knew. I took driver’s ed, where I was called Roger most of the time because it turned-out my instructor was my uncle’s (and dad’s) gym teacher when they were my age. “No, Mr. Nording, it’s Ryan. Roger is my uncle,” I’d remind him. It also turned-out that my dad was living in Mr. Nording’s old house. Anyway…I digress.
My driving test was a piece of cake, other than the one point I got off for parallel parking too far away from the curb. It was the drive home I screwed-up. My mom was adamant she drive home, but somehow I convinced her to let me instead. We pulled into our driveway and saw smoke. I guess I was nervous because I was riding the brakes the whole time. Sorry, mom.
I’m happy to report that after nearly 20 years of driving experience, I’ve only caused one accident. And that was just a bump. Literally. I took a corner in the snow and just kept slowly sliding toward this person stopped at a red light. I could see them staring at me as I muttered, “Aw, crap.” There wasn’t any damage, but they called the police anyway. After that my memory gets hazy.
As I say in the video, I’ve never had to modify my vehicles in any way. Sometimes it’s a pain to pull the door shut because I have to reach across myself to do it, but it’s not a big deal. Also, going through the drive-thru is a challenge. If you want to try it yourself, the next time you go through one, only use your right hand. I dare you not to drop the change they hand you.
Ok…I’m going to go sit in my Buick Time Machine now and listen to some Spin Doctors.
Enjoy the video!