The good news is I’m still alive. The bad news is I still can’t drive stick. It’s a long story (involving a rather fortuitous snafu with my mother’s rental car) but rather than bore you with the details of my continued ineptitude, I’d rather tell you about The Wedding Date’s reaction to it.
He reads my blog, as does my mother, and a while back she wrote the following comment:
If you do become a full-time expat, you will need to drive stick, as most of their cars are manual transmission. What if you and some hot guy are hiking, he sprains his ankle and you have to drive him to the hospital?
Guess what The Wedding Date and I have planned for Friday?
And guess who’s never been hiking before?
Guess whose car we’ll be taking?
And— for bonus points— guess what kind of car it is?
I’m not really good at describing cars. My dad always asks and I always say, “Oh, the guy I went out with tonight? The guy who drove me home? He drives a… ummm… he drives a gray car.”
It so happens that I’ve been in The Wedding Date’s car, on multiple occasions, but I never noticed the gear shift sitting just inches to my left.
Ordinarily I wouldn’t care—it’s his car, not my mine—but I am in fact going hiking with “some hot guy” on Friday. And considering the fact that he’s never been hiking before, I’d say there’s an above-average chance that one of us (by which I mean him) will sprain our ankle.
I had completely forgotten about my mother’s comment but I got a Facebook message from The Wedding Date just before heading out to teach my evening classes:
Apparently, your mother is an oracle….which doesn’t bode well for me or our date, lol!
I usually stop short of posting personal correspondence but this was just too funny to keep to myself. (Especially as my mother almost always dresses as a fortune teller for Halloween.) Here’s hoping it won’t come to that (or, at the very least, that The Wedding Date won’t mind a bumpy ride and a ruined transmission if it does).
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