it has not been a good start to the day.
i get to Chinatown for my hopefully last ever driving lesson, only to realise that i have forgotten to bring my wallet, which contained (1) the money required to pay the driving instructor and (2) the permit that allows me to be on the road behind the wheel of a car in the first place. thankfully, we're going to the test centre, which means that we make a detour back to BJ to collect said wallet. [that was the first time i'd been on a highway, it's scary as hell on a good day and today was not a good day] then we get to the test centre, and all hell breaks loose:
(1) i forget how to make a right turn;
(2) i forget how to make a left turn;
(3) i make a right turn when i mean to make a left turn [i am directionally-challenged, but generally not to THAT degree];
(4) i run stop signs and traffic lights...
the list goes on. let's just say if i were a driving instructor, i would've failed me, and told me never to try and get a licence ever again. it was a disaster.
then we get back onto the highway, and in the process of trying to speed up to highway speed, check my wing and rear mirrors for traffic and merge onto the highway simultaneously, i almost crash the car. woohoo. =)
let's all keep our fingers crossed that the test itself will go better: tuesday morning, 7.30 am, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed me will attempt for the first time to pass the road test portion of a driving licence. wish me luck!
perhaps things will improve: dinner plans tonight with leon and xinyi [leon's friend, now mine too] at The Medici at 57th street. it's the ol' standby, and we're pretty pleased to be going there!