I was actually getting OK at driving his car (at least I remember it that way...no tires squealing or pedestrian lives in danger), and then for some reason I just stopped driving his car. Now that I think more about it, though, that same year was when the September 11 attacks occurred leading to the activation of multiple National Guard Units across the nation - including Brandon's local Air National Guard unit. Within a couple weeks of the attacks, he had swiftly withdrawn from PSU and was then stationed in Rome, NY, at NEADS (now EADS) for what turned out to be two years. I stayed at PSU during that time (and pretty much up until now)...lived a lot, learned a little...and eventually here we are in 2010. And, sadly, I never drove his car again....until today!
For years, literally, Brandon and I joked about me driving his car and how I always had a lame excuse. Some examples of our brief conversations:
Bran: "you wanna drive?"
Me: "oh, I can't. I'm wearing heels" or "I can't. I just showered" or "Nope. I broke my ankle."
I think you get it...lame!
So, yes, I had my first practice session since 2001 today. I was inspired to learn again, after reading Miss Melly's gals guide blog (see here: Gals Guide). I honestly did want to drive his car all these years, but I was truly uncomfortable with the thought of not really being in control of the car since I was so out of practice. Reading Melly's blog, though, got me thinking that it's silly that I don't know how to drive a manual transmission. I know how to change wiper blades (seriously cake!) and perform other deceivingly easy tasks, I should know how to drive a car with a manual transmission! Therefore, I will be spending some quality time with Brandon to re-learn how to drive a car with a manual transmission.
We only had an hour or so to practice today, but I feel some of it coming back to me. I must say, I remember from before and I am realizing again today - Brandon's pretty damn patient (lucky me!). Even with all the jerky, screeching and stalling moments, he still smiles at me and encourages me to keep trying. :)