Monday, November 24, 2008

looking forward to...

Since last week I am the proud owner of a 'Learner Permit'. This means I can now start learning how to drive a car!
Unlike most states, New York State does not allow international drivers licenses to be exchanged. This means that all immigrants have to go through all the steps to get a new license. I was expecting to be surrounded by 16 year olds at the DMV center, but this is New York so that was not the case. I guess most New York City teenagers don't care too much about driving... It's a hassle to have a car in the city anyway. It's a little silly that all these adults who have had drivers licenses for years have to go through the whole procedure of getting a license as if they've never driven a car before. But I guess it makes sense to verify if these 'new' drivers know what the rules are and how to operate an American Car. After all, they are about twice the size of European Cars!
The next step is to go and watch a 5 (!) hour long movie on defensive driving. Sounds exciting doesn't it? I can't tell you how much I look forward to that! I'd rather go see Taxi, the French movie on how to properly drive a car, but I guess that would be too much to ask for.

But first it's Thanksgiving, the start of the 'eating too much season' also know as the Holiday Season. Like most New Yorkers we are leaving the city to eat Turkey with the family and say thanks for whatever we are thankful for.
In our case, leaving the city means going up to Vermont and that's always something to be thankful for! A couple of days off and a trip to Vermont, now that's worth looking forward to!

An even better future event is our trip to Belgium at the end of the year! I hope I still know my way around there! And more importantly: I hope I still know how to drive a European car in European traffic! I know haven't forgotten how to drink Belgian beer, that's for sure, and I'm pretty confident I still know my European languages: Flemish, French and most importantly Loois.

Ik zal grellig content zen azzik noggis bij os ma en pa in de keuken kan zitte veur een sjat kaffie en e stuk vlaai! en azzik nievjoar kan vieren mee de lanners uit looi.


Anonymous said...

en ich zal nog mear content zen da ich ullie nog es an men tuffel zal hemmen, happy thanksgiving mom

fred at thedrawingfarm said...

Koersels? da verstaan ekkik nie zalle! ;)

Anonymous said...

I once followed an online course about how to backup a car safely. I still remember rule number one: 'Try not to backup!'


Pazzoep as ge in Loewej komt. Da loewept hie vol boelekes...


fred at thedrawingfarm said...

Since I read somewhere that the worst accidents are 'frontal collisions' I always drive backwards!

I also thought that according to the laws of physics driving backwards would fill the tank instead of empty it, but that turns out to be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Very important, don't mistake a cruise control for an automatic pilot. It's been known to happen.

Spreken we trouwens mee den NYC-hoop van deze zomer es iet af?

fred at thedrawingfarm said...

turns out the learner permit actually affects my ability to drive a car properly. yesterday - after a few hours of driving on the highway in 5th gear - i actually forgot that i was driving a manual and stalled the car at an intersection! haha!

@ duan: keep an eye on your inbox

Anonymous said...

Lieve Fredje ik wacht met ongeduld op een volgende blog!!! nu heb je toch wel héél lang gewacht!!! Komaan zeg laat je nog eens horen!!!

fred at thedrawingfarm said...

ik ben druk bezig! email, website, facebook, ... ik probeer af en toe niet aan de computer te zitten!
trouwens... 'anonymous' heeft gemakkelijk praten! ;)
ik beloof snel een update wanneer ik 'uitgevierd' ben (nieuwe president, nieuw jaar, ... veel te vieren tegenwoordig)