Friday, March 31, 2017
A high school class mate has been living in Germany for almost three years, his dear wife is on assignment with the Department of Defense. He has grumped about round-abouts and speed cameras in Germany. Bill was recently back in the USA for a couple of weeks, his oldest brother died of cancer. He flew into the DC area and drove to and from Michigan. He commented on Facebook that the drivers on the autobahn in Germany were better drivers than the drivers on USA expressways. Oh, how right he is. If we drove the way the Germans do, we could have roads without speed limits and all be safe.
After living in Florida for about 15 years, I got a wild hair one summer and drove to Michigan. It was the first time I had driven in Michigan in about a decade. I was driving up the expressway, with the cruise control set about 4 miles per hour faster than the speed limit, and the drivers were aggressively passing me, honking and being quite rude. I thought to myself, where did these assholes learn how to drive, then it struck me, the same place I did.
I have a few vivid memories of learning to drive. The driving instructor pushing my foot to the floor on the gas pedal trying to get me to accelerate faster getting onto an expressway. And the parking test for my drivers license in Michigan. The driving examiner had me turn into an empty parking lot, with about 200 spaces in it, and said, "get it in to the lot and stopped without hitting anything and you passed." Good thing too, parking is not my thing. If only I could park like the Italians do, if the car fits, and you get it stopped without hurting anything important, it passes.
How is your parking?