Sunday, January 17, 2010

I can drive, But...

Friday afternoon. Phone rings. I glance at it. Look at watch. 2 PM. I look at the phone again. It says Bill alright.

As long time readers know by now, we don't generally call each other before 8 as we do not have to decide who is picking up dinner until then. If one of us is calling the other at 2, one of two things is likely - a) someone died b) one of us is in labour. Neither of which are probable at this point in time. I am puzzled. I answer.



"Everything alright?"

"Of course everything is alright. In fact, its such a nice day, isn't it?"

"Do you live in the same country as I do?"

"Oh well, as far as this country can go, this is a great day no?"

"In Cambridge, it might be. Here, it is not"

"Well, I think its a great day"

"Good for you"


"So what's up?"

"Nothing really"

"You just called to say that its a great day?"

"Shouldn't I?"

"Okay, enough. What do you want?"

"Nothing. I don't lack for anything"

"I should know that. Since I fund everything"

"Ya ya"

"So what's going on?"

"Nothing. Can't I just call?"

"Are you alright?"

"I told you I am feeling great"


"Hey, I was thinking..."


"We should get out of town or something. Go somewhere North"

"Dude, where have you been living the last few weeks?"

"Lets not worry about the weather and such nonsense. Don't you think it would be really nice to get some fresh air?"

"Where are you thinking of going?"

"I don't know. Anywhere. Lets just go and see the country types"

"See the country"

"Yeah, won't it be great? Its been ages since we went on a roadtrip and got lost and all that jazz"

"Even if you disregard the weather and I don't know how you can, you know bloody well my American license exp...oh wait"


"Your driving test"

"I thought you'd never ask"

"You passed in your first attempt?"

"What do you think?"

"Dude, six attempts in Pittsburgh, one in London? I don't believe that"

"You can believe what you want. I got a piece of paper which says I can drive in this country. Which is more that what I can say for some other people"

"Ah, so you called to gloat"

"Nothing. I was just saying..."

"So when do we go on this trip?"

"What trip?"

"Roadtrip. Somewhere North you said"

"The weather sucks, doesn't it?"

"In this country you should just disregard the weather"

"Of course you can't. What if we get stuck somewhere?"

"But I thought you wanted to go"

"I do but I think we should be prudent and wait for the weather to improve"

"How long do you think that would take?"

"I don't know"

"Why do I have a feeling that would be about the time I manage to get my license renewed?"

"Darling, I've got to go. See you later"


Anoop said...

Congratulations Bill! Instant success was the least I was expecting of you... after all you have plenty of practice giving these tests! May you transport many more grooms to the altar with your renewed driving skills. :)

Fëanor said...

wahey! i'm totally inspired by bill.

??! said...

You do realise if you got BM to draw cartoons of these posts, Space to direct and edit it, and Falsie to provide background music, it would be the YT sensation of the year?

Veena said...

Anoop: Looks like you and the DMV in this country have something in common. I am just glad that we did not tell S about Bill's driving record until you got to the altar!

Feanor: Yes, yes, go get yours. The provisional one should be easy now that you are newly minted citizen with biometric uk passport. I've got send over indian passport to get mine which I am very reluctant to do - over at the nhs, they keep losing my blood test samples, who knows where my passport will turn up? Oh and let me know if you want those test DVDs.

??!: Not sure abt this. Falsie's music will start some mass suicide thing and I will be held responsible. Cartoons, we can just use Slacknerny. Think BM's drawing talents can be used elsewhere - I am thinking of specific materials on certain other blogs but more on that later.

Space Bar said...

dude. mail. you are clearly jobless and able to post about everything under the snow.

Cheshire Cat said...

isn't it supposed to be harder to get a UK license than a US one?

not that I would know... I don't know why anyone sensible would ever get a license anyway - so much easier to be driven than to drive

Cheshire Cat said...

Nice title, btw, though also a painful reminder of the screening I missed last week...

Veena said...

Cat: Getting a license only means one can drive say, under pain of death or sthng. Who said anything about actually driving?

You were in town then? Or are they screening them up north as well? I haven't been able to go see as many as I would like but nevertheless, its been a good month. And it goes on all of Feb. Cool no?

Space Bar said...

i hate you ozu watching types. bah.

Cheshire Cat said...

Screenings up north. Too lazy to walk a few hundred metres in this weather though...