[LMB] OT: Missing the Tea Party, good news

J Woodruff profjenn12 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 13 22:09:01 GMT 2021

I *also *failed parallel parking while still passing my test, 30-odd years
ago. No one ever needs to parallel park in Central Illinois!


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light is it comes so early in the morning." (Albert Einstein)*
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gratify our curiosity, and to discharge a debt we owe our ancestors." (C.S.
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that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway.” (Robert Jordan)"The
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McMaster Bujold)************

On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 5:02 PM Mark Allums <mark at allums.email> wrote:

> On 12/13/2021 1:02 PM, Louann Miller wrote:
> > This has been a multi-stage process for us. He took the driving
> > rules-of-the-road written test through an online company, and he wasn't
> in
> > a huge hurry about it. When he completed that, we had a few weeks' wait
> to
> > get an appointment at the DPS (department of public safety) so he could
> > present all his paperwork and pay the fee for his learner's permit.
> Having
> > done that, he then had to drive 30 hours, with one of us as Texas
> licensed
> > drivers in good standing in the car with him. He had to do a range of
> > specific driving tasks, which we documented on a log paper. 10 hours of
> his
> > driving had to be after dark.
> > Then he was able to take the road test with a driving instructor. Instead
> > of waiting again for a DPS appointment, we worked with a local driving
> > school. They gave him more official 'you passed' paperwork. We will be
> > taking him to the DPS office on Friday, as he works Monday through
> Thursday
> > now. We have to pay a fee, get another picture taken of him, hand over
> all
> > the paperwork and he walks out with his full drivers' license. I'm sure
> > non-USAns on list also know that this amounts to official Adulthood
> Papers
> > here. He's really proud and happy. So are we. You folks have known me a
> > long time. You know that there were some tough times in his younger
> years.
> > I wasn't completely sure sometimes that he'd ever be able to cope with
> > adult life. But here he is, working full time and driving and talking
> about
> > how to invest his paychecks. There will probably be college or trade
> school
> > down the road, too. We have Parented to a successful completion, and it
> > feels great.
> >
> > Louann
> Things were a lot simpler 40 years ago when I got mine.  I went in, told
> them that both my parents worked, and took the road test.  Passed, and
> was given a license (at 15).
> At 15 1/2, I still had to take driver's ed, which was taught by the
> local high school to everybody.  I needed 45 hours of driving with the
> driver's ed teacher, who was the football coach, and two other students,
> and took the written at 16.  No need for a driving test, I had already
> passed it.  Was by no means ready to adult, yet.
> Mark Allums
> (Failed parallel parking, passed the test anyway.)

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