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28th-Feb-2007 12:28 am
I want to shout it from the mountaintops until it echoes from every abyss! I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST! AT LONG LAST! Okay, well, I just passed it on the second go, but it seemed like FOREVER to me. *griiin*

So now, I am legally qualified to drive you all crazy. ♥

(I kind of love that upon hearing that, two of my dearest friends in all the world told me, 'We were already crazy.' XD I told them so, and both of them then said something along the lines of how birds of a feather flock together, though they expressed it differently. Damn, no wonder I love them so much)

XD That aside, Kimi, the next time you come to visit, NO WAITING FOR BUSES FOR US XD I will be able to drive you WHEREVER! XDDD One of the biggest things that makes me really excited about driving is being able to drive people around and home! (Okay okay, one step at a time) It makes my mom happy because both my brothers are presently in the army and in camps on the OPPOSITE sides of the country, so it means that I can share the work of ferrying to and from camp. Man, I don't mind. ;)

The first time I flunked the test, I promised myself before the test that if I passed, I'd make an all-Asch LJ post, and then I WENT AND FAILED THE TEST, not intentionally, mind.

But yeah, I still can't believe I passed! (Two of my friends expressed variants of the "OH NOES TIME TO GET OFF THE ROAD" opinion. Thank you for your faith in me) Especially when I struck a kerb and got myself ten points in the first ten minutes of the test. Explanation's in order: the way tests are taken in this country is that you are given demerit points for every driving error you commit, and certain errors are immediate failures. You may not get a single immediate failure, but you can fail by racking up too many points.

You get 20 demerit points, and you fail.

In the first 10 minutes of the test, I was reversing on my directional change, and ... struck the kerb behind me. The tester noticed, and went, "You struck the kerb." Pointed at the rearview mirror. "See, you agree you struck the kerb?" (he's not doing this to be mean, it's just that usually this is quite hotly contested by the testee)

"Oh," I said. "Have I failed?"

"No," he answered. "Just 10 points."

... this is like being told, 10 minutes into a one-hour exam, that you've lost 40% of the marks. You can still pass, but your margin of error is shockingly narrow.

I think when he told me that, my mind's first instinct was to think, "Okay, that means no more mistakes," and then it flailed in panic, and then it said, "None of this nonsense." I did the next three items with a sense of OH CRAP OH CRAP, but after that a switch just went off in my head and I thought Well, if he's gonna fail me, he's gonna fail me and I went on and did the rest of the test in what I now realise was probably a state of preternatural calm.

And I passed.

Despite all attempts of the most EVIL and FEARLESS pedestrians to thwart me! I thought the young man strolling across the four-lane road with not a care in the world as to the traffic was bad enough, but after him came this caretaker pushing along an elderly lady in a wheelchair: across a four-lane road, DESPITE the fact that the lights were all GREEN and traffic was GO and ...

Basically, I'd say what my aunt says when her newly-adopted three-week old kitten deliberately lurks at the kitchen step to pounce on her two-year-old corgi.


After I passed, I had to sit through this educational video for newly qualified drivers. My heavens was that a trip. It began innocently enough, with this fresh-faced young driving instructor saying, "Now that you have finally obtained that coveted driving license, there are a few things you should know..."

And then we get this five/ten-minute montage of shocking traffic accidents, accident victims bleeding on the road, and traffic accident survivor accounts telling of how they lost their licenses, lost their loved ones, lost partial speech and mobility. They show us this video (on headphones) in the same room as they let people take a trial driving theory test, and I only hope I didn't startle the person next to me too much when the odd gruesome image or particularly tragic story made me react unconsciously.

BUT YEAH. It made me happy enough to go for my Evidence lecture (don't get me wrong, I love evidence, I just need to be working on my assignment now and I'd sooner throw over Evidence for it). Some students (like me) were disagreeing with the lecturer on what was more prejudicial, evidence of disposition or reputation, and when the teacher asked, quite clearly not intending that anyone should agree with him, "Who thinks it's disposition evidence?" I raised my hand and looked him in the eye, quite ready to argue with him.

"Oh," he said, looking at me in a way that I can only describe as affectionate or indulgent, and then he smiled, and said cheerfully to the class, "She's always doing that."

D: But I REALLY disagree with you D: and it PAINS me when you won't test your argument against MINE... sometimes there is nothing more annoying than when you WANT an argument and people don't GIVE you one. D: [But it was just as well, we barely ended on time as it was]

ALSO, today, I got to see risax again. *griiin* BEYOND HAPPY. Like #7. Because there are friends you'd die for.

Also, I think I've found out before that the harder I work the more the series I'm into rewards me for it (or maybe it's just that when I'm working I can't check LJ for rather longer periods of time): some pretty darn good Abyss fanfiction has turned up lately, so just a shout-out if you haven't discovered it yet! (You writers, you make me so happy! But argh, I need more time to leave you GOOD and DECENT comments that are truly commensurate with the level of HAPPY I get from the fic!) xD

fontech's writing some pretty darn good young!Luke and Guy: (in order) Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. My personal favourite is Guy teaching Luke to walk. (Spoilers for Guy's past, incidentally).

I'm really looking forward to her upcoming work! *grin* And I think you just might, too. >D

kimivalkyrie wrote Little Indulgences, a Dist/Guy fic. ♥ Anything involving Dist makes me happy, and anything involving Dist with anyone other than Jade makes me happier still. ♥

meimi wrote the fascinating Regained Chances, an AU Guy/Asch fic. The ending makes me grin from ear to ear. Damn, but I love Asch like that! There's also an equally intriguing explanation for events in Regained Chances.
27th-Feb-2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

I'm 21 and I still haven't gotten my license. It's kind of pathetic but I'm really scared of driving. I had a permit but every time I tried driving I was like "AAAAH" and I still haven't practiced enough to attempt my test... and then the permit ran out and I haven't gotten a new one (since I'd have to take the written test again). I know I have to get it eventually but the bus works for now. orz
27th-Feb-2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *beams*

It's perfectly okay! *beams* Man, when I came of age to learn driving I didn't want to learn how to drive because I saw no use for it! ... right up until a friend drove me somewhere, and then I wanted to drive like nothing on earth.

It's not pathetic at all! It's pretty amazing that you still tried even though you were afraid of driving, if I'd been afraid I think I might never have tried at all. But if you're really scared I'd say don't push yourself too hard? It's not an easy thing, driving, and being responsible on the road is even harder than the actual technical difficulty of driving.

D: Oh my heavens I did the same thing! University disrupted my driving lessons, and finally when there was time again to take them my test had expired and I had to retake it! *grin*

(And heh, though I have my license now, I think I'll still be getting around by public transport a whole lot yet. XD)
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27th-Feb-2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much! *griiin* xD It makes me so happy! ;)

(I HATE ON IT TOO D: There are some times I wish lecturers wouldn''t pull intellectual punches. D:

Your icon's perfect for that lecture, actually! Said lecturer was using an example of a child molester to explain bad character. And the Abyss part of my mind was saying I AM NOT PLEASED WITH YOU VANDESDELCA.)

[Although for some odd reason I remember the Japanese version as being Vandelesca, which sounded much, much nicer]

27th-Feb-2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
.... hehehehehe, last time my mother let me drive the Citroën, I drove it into a bush. ^^; The day I get my license, it will be time for your friends to get off the road. xD Even though they are on the other side of the world, I'll STILL be a danger to them! *g*

xD I got your text at 5:30am, and I thought I dreamed it! I didn't realise until later when I was on my way to school, so sorry for the slow reply. ^^;

Congrats! ♥ I'm so jealous of you now!
27th-Feb-2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
.... HAHAHAHA - uh, oops! I hope the bush survived!

Well, I guess the most important thing is you did. ;)

XD Nah, by the time you get your license, you'll be okay at it! ;)

I can't really imagine you driving OFF your country and onto mine >D You can't be THAT bad, can you? xD

*laughing* Man, that'd be ONE MUNDANE DREAM XDD Don't apologise! XD It's all good! I really did shout it from the mountaintops in all ways I could when I passed. XD

Don't be jealous! one day you'll be licensed too! XD

I got you something today! XD
27th-Feb-2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats on you passing the driving licence! ^_^ I hope I'll get it too (... on the first try? v_v), I should take it in march... uh!
27th-Feb-2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much! *hearts* And I hope you get it on the first try too! *cheers you on!* Several of my friends and relatives passed on the first try (making my needing a second attempt even more D:) - and I hope you do too! *grin*

! March is up soon! ;) All the very best to you! ♥ May the neighbouring drivers be kind and let you change lanes, and may pedestrians behave themselves and respect traffic routes! OH, and may you get a VERY VERY KIND and wonderful driving tester/inspector!
27th-Feb-2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! Isn't the freedom driving offers wonderful?
28th-Feb-2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *griiin* Why yes! *beams* It is, it is! *griin* And I can't wait to go revel in it! XD

(When I am trusted with a car. XD)
27th-Feb-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! ^_^ I could imagine your expression being like Luke's in your icon XD
28th-Feb-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
*GRIIN* Thank you! And, yes, most certainly, my icon is quite an accurate portrayal of my expression at the moment! XDDD Luke's the best way of expressing JOY. xD
27th-Feb-2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
I failed my first driving test (the written portion), too and I think a lot of people have, to be honest. :D
I actually didn't get my license till I was 18 and I was so excited to be able to drive~
Except my parents forbade me to use my car for things other than school. XD;;;
Being older now, well, I obviously don't have to worry about restrictions, but I just remember being like, "OMG I CAN DRIVE YAY! I'M GUNNA GO TO THE STORE!" and my mom being like, "WRONG! Now go pick your sister up from school." D:
Such a bummer. XD

I love driving, though, even now~
I find it really relaxing (that is...when I'm not dealing with jackasses on the road). XD;;

I remember my father coaching me on driving and he would fill my head with all sorts of crazy and highly unlikely situations like the old lady with the out-of-control walker suddenly emerging from the bushes and flying across the street... o.O;;
This reminded me of my dad's stories:
>> Despite all attempts of the most EVIL and FEARLESS pedestrians to thwart me! I thought the young man strolling across the four-lane road with not a care in the world as to the traffic was bad enough, but after him came this caretaker pushing along an elderly lady in a wheelchair: across a four-lane road, DESPITE the fact that the lights were all GREEN and traffic was GO and ...
So I guess it IS true! XDD
I was laughing so hard at that and I completely agree with this line:


Where I live, in my state, it is very, VERY common to see people just walk RIGHT in front of cars without a care in the world. Walk, not run. And when they do suddenly walk in front of your car they've a habit of not looking at your car...almost as if they think it will disappear should they ignore it. XD

Your driving test sounds quite difficult, though. In my state our driving test LITERALLY consisted of driving AROUND a parking lot. Yes. A parking lot. How does that teach one to drive? o.O
It doesn't. And it would certainly explain why NO ONE can drive in this state.

So you should feel REALLY proud of yourself for accomplishing this~ *hugs*
Congratulations once again and make sure to drive safely, now! :D

And thank you for the fanfic updates, I actually missed a couple of those! o.O;

*returns to scanning*
I've been slacking! XD;;
28th-Feb-2007 04:06 am (UTC) - every horror story is all true! XD
*grin* Heh, as far as I know it is quite uncommon to pass everything on the first go. It's just that several people I know did, which makes it annoying when I don't, but they're still only about 15% of all the people I know who took driving.

D: With great POWER comes EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY - and ferrying siblings to and from school. But gee! I'm glad you get to have fun with being able to drive, now! *grin*

all sorts of crazy and highly unlikely situations like the old lady with the out-of-control walker suddenly emerging from the bushes and flying across the street... o.O;;
0___0 Your father was a psychic! Because it's all true! I never would have thought that lady with the wheelchair would ever have happened until... it did! Truth is stranger than imagination!

Heh, I'm so amused that your dad thought up worst-case scenarios for you to react to! xD

For me, the instructors never had to think them up - it just HAPPENED all the time. XD

! Just a parking lot? *envies, so much* XD Maybe it was a very... creative parking lot? Ours is pretty extensive: we have a driving course component: we drive in a mockup of a real environment and have to park, go up and stop on slopes, emergency braking, S and Crank courses (to teach us how to navigate parking), and then we have the road test. I think in my session of four testees I was the only one who passed (and I was doing it for the second time).

hey've a habit of not looking at your car...almost as if they think it will disappear should they ignore it. XD
I see this happen so many times, but the shock value doesn't diminish appreciably! Heh. A classmate in university had a very peculiar road-crossing tactic: he would just CROSS, regardless of traffic. When I expressed my horror, he said, "But the cars WILL stop for me!" with absolute certainty.

THESE are the people that give US all the problems.

*hugs back and beams!* XDDD I'm really really happy! XD And incredibly relieved, too. xDDD
I WILL DO MY BEST to make the roads safe! XDD

!! I'm so glad! *grin* Sometimes I can miss fanfic updates too, or so many turn up on talesoftheabyss that I have no time to follow them all! ;) So when I find ones I really like, I must share them with the world! XD

!!! No you haven't been slacking! You're the most industrious scanning-individual I know! ;) seriously, take it easy, only do it if you have time! ;) You're amazing. ♥ Man, I only wish I could give/share back half of what you do! *beams* So if there's ever anything of mine you need scanned or anything, all you have to do is ask! ♥
27th-Feb-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Good for you! I still have to retake my driving test (failed the first time XD) and personally I always have trouble getting my composure back after making a mistake in driving. So I admire you for your detemination! Congratulations~

I think the system here is fairly similar (they have a checklist of skills to test and if you fail a certain number you're out). Also Montreal has plenty of crazy pedestrians too... :/
28th-Feb-2007 04:14 am (UTC)
*beams* Thank you! ♥ Man, there was many a time I just wanted to stop trying, but I'm glad I did it in the end. ;)

It's okay! Just a day ago I was in the same position! And I still do have trouble with composure, too - especially when someone on the road does something spectacularly stupid/mean/just plain evil.

! Sounds like we do have similar systems! ;) And we share the same crazy pedestrians. The road, it is a wild and untamed land. Full of maniacs intent on being run down.
27th-Feb-2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
congratulations! *beams at you* yay for getting your license! *hugs*
28th-Feb-2007 04:15 am (UTC)
*beams* Thank you so much! :)))) I'm so thrilled! XDD *hugs back*

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28th-Feb-2007 04:17 am (UTC)
It's all good! Two days ago I couldn't legally drive! And your time will come! IT WILL ♥

*DRIVES so as to be worthy of the name* XD

Now I can get stuck behind vans in traffic *dreamy sigh*
27th-Feb-2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
yay ! congrats on passing !

the last time i tried driving something, i drove a golf buggy, with me and daddy inside, into a tree. luckily no one was hurt, except the front bit of the buggy and maybe the tree.
28th-Feb-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
*hearts* Thank you so much! *griiin*

*bursts out laughing* I love this story! Especially except the front bit of the buggy and maybe the tree! XD Glad no one important got hurt ; )

(Don't worry, tree, it'll grow back)
27th-Feb-2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
YAY CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28th-Feb-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
27th-Feb-2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Congrats! L:et's go celebrate with Abyss doujinshi. And ramen. I do'nt plan to be your passenger anytime, though... XD

As my sister has caught on and applies in cantonese what my parents always say when some stupid pedestrian decides to wear all black at night and crosses a road slowly...

HOOOON GUAI HOY (horn the bugger)
27th-Feb-2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm keeping myself from learning how to drive
because knowing how I game and do everything else
plus the fact I fall asleep on moving things, I'll save alot more lives if I simply dont get on a 4-wheeler on the road lol.
28th-Feb-2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! *beams* XDDDD

Driving will be different from gaming! ;) So I don't think you need to worry about falling asleep on the road... I think. xD But it's all good! ;)

Less driving = save the earth. ;)
27th-Feb-2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
Haha, congratulations! It took me two tries to pass my driving test too...I suck so much at parallel parking...
28th-Feb-2007 04:52 am (UTC)

SAME HERE! XD WE SHARE THE SAME BRAIN! ... Or something. XDDDD Man, the first time I did my test I lost points because I delayed TOO MUCH on parking! D: I FEEL YOUR PAIN.
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