Oooo, look at my little baby…
(note: the above was dripping with sarcasm. I may be the type of girl to name her first car, but I will never refer to it as my baby.) (Note number two: I like babies very much, but I don’t have any at this time or in the works.) (End Notes)
Well, here is my brand new rental car. It is not really new, only to me. You probably can’t see my sideview mirror that is taped to the car. But otherwise it works well. The only problem is me. I am a brand new driver in the U.S., let alone in Jo’burg, SA where they use kilometers, the left-hand side of the road, and stick shifts.
Thus far, I have driven three times here-once with friends/teachers and the last by myself. That was the first time I have ever driven alone as I wasn’t on my parents’ insurance and always had to have one of them with me. Boy, I prayed like crazy and came home safe but with a gigantic tension headache.
But I made it safely in time to get photos with the setting sun and to climb into pj’s for a night of skype, television, and cake. Ha, just what a tension headache needs, eh?
Speaking of skype, you should all set it up so we can chat for free and even have free phone conversations over the internet. If I can configure this modem with my personal laptop I can even add live camera to our conversations so you can feel like you’re hanging out in Africa with me. And best of all, it’s all free free free! Just what any grad student or intern or stay at home mom or youth group member or whoever you are, likes to hear! Check it out at http://skype.com/intl/en/welcomeback/ and if you want to add me as a contact and start chatting you can find me @ myfirstname.m.mylastname — fill in the blanks though my middle name does start with an M and make sure and add the periods!
So here’s my so far unnamed (and likely to stay that way unless it develops a personality above and beyond my poor driving and then deserves to be named) car:
If anyone has any tips on driving a manual transmission car, please let me know. Like, can I take my foot off the clutch when I don’t need it for a while (like on highways), how far back should I put my seat (so far, my left leg always holds weird angles to hit the clutch and it makes me very sore), etc, etc, etc?