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Old 08-01-05, 10:03 PM   #1
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Yeppers. Sure did. I think that was the first time for me behind the wheel in nearly a year.

I have my nephews for the week, and their parents left with like zero groceries. I already did one round of groceries by bike, but my nephews don't ride, and my brother said NO for bike riding when he's not around to supervise. I was not in the mood to drag two cranky, overactive kids, so I told them I was going to drive. These are the responses I got from them:

"I thought you couldn't drive?"
"Are we gonna make it all the way there... by ourselves?"
"You don't have a drivers license!"
"Are you sure you know how to drive a car?"
"I've never seen you drive... I don't wanna go!"

Stuff like that. When we got in the car, they were so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I had to laugh. They didn't want to distract me from my driving just in case.

We got all the groceries (about 10 bags worth), and I loaded up the car trunk. Forgetting I had to worry about keys, I slammed down the trunk door, not realizing I'd left the keys on the floor of the trunk. Hilarity insues (well really, more like panic) when I realize I may not be able to drive us home, and we'd have to let the car sit for a week until my brother got back. Then the youngest one remembers you can pop the trunk, so I'm pulling the cord, but I didn't realize that I was popping the hood, not the trunk. Doh! *slaps forehead* So I end up getting the kids to scrub around the front dashboard until they found the right button, and we get the keys out of the trunk. After, I drove home, and the kids were so serious. They couldn't believe I knew how to drive. My brother called and laughed the entire time I told him about it.

I don't think I'm ready to drive again too soon. I told the kids bikes were better for the environment. Next time, we're taking the bus.

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Old 08-01-05, 11:05 PM   #2
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I think it's good to drive at least once a year whether we need to or not, just to keep from getting too rusty.
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Old 08-01-05, 11:07 PM   #3
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Do you *have* a drivers license?
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Old 08-02-05, 10:51 AM   #4
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I think it's good to drive at least once a year whether we need to or not, just to keep from getting too rusty.
Says who? People who haven't ridden a bike for years don't get "rusty". They might have trouble with a bike that clearly doesn't fit them or have some physical problem.
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Old 08-02-05, 11:01 AM   #5
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Maybe platy meant that if you have a car, you should run it once a year. If I had a car, I'd try and turn it on once a month to make sure it was still capable of running.

I'm a bit rusty with driving... it's been about 2 years now. But I don't need to drive!

Koffee: SHAME ON YOU!!! j/k heheh well... maybe locking the keys in the trunk was a sign or something... STOP DRIVING. It's a good thing the kids found the trunk latch, tho... man, spoiled groceries in a trunk, during the summer... just imagine the stench when you open the trunk a week later. bleh.
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Old 08-02-05, 11:07 AM   #6
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Says who? People who haven't ridden a bike for years don't get "rusty". They might have trouble with a bike that clearly doesn't fit them or have some physical problem.
Yes, I said that. I'll elaborate. The rustiness I experienced was not so much that my driving skills had disappeared. It was more a hyperawareness of piloting a big piece of machinery through traffic at high speeds with clearances of only a couple of feet. It took about an hour for that feeling to wear off.
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Old 08-02-05, 11:17 AM   #7
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Haha. That's classic regarding the keys! I myself get all paranoid about the keys and where they are!
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The thing was, I put the keys in the trunk before I started putting the groceries in the trunk. I remember thinking "I better not forget the keys are in the trunk, or we are screwed!". Then after I put all the groceries in the car, I calmly slammed the trunk down, and as the trunk slammed, I thought "the keys!". Aaaugh, that was just crap.

I *do* have a license. I just use it for identification purposes. Sometimes, I get to drive too.

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Old 08-02-05, 03:54 PM   #9
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Good job koffee. Was it kind of fun to drive?

I drive once a month, when I'm up north visiting my dad, and I enjoy it for a change. I run errands for/with Pops, so the car works out better. I do agree that you get rusty if you don't drive once in a while. The road and the traffic look different over a dashboard.
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It was no fun to drive. The kids were like stone silent. That's about as quiet as I've ever seen 'em. I told their parents how quiet they were when I was driving, and their parents laughed a good long time about that one.

I prefer my bike.

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Old 08-02-05, 07:09 PM   #11
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Way to go Koffee --

Driving the kids somewhere, every now and then, just helps 'em get the point: you're not their crazy aunt who can't drive. You're their crazy aunt who drives perfectly well, but who also knows a better way to get around. ;-)

Hope they follow in your footsteps.

- Paul

PS: And I agree: once in a while I have to rent a car for some reason, and it's really no fun. Get caught in traffic and you have no way out. Even once you're at your destination, you're stuck with this ridiculous chunk of steel until you find or buy a place to park it. I guess back when I owned a car, I was a lot more patient than I am now.

PPS: Patience, in such cases, is no virtue...
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Old 08-02-05, 07:24 PM   #12
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You should have screeched the brakes and done a few quick starts/stops when you first started in the car, just to keep your nephews on their toes.
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Old 08-02-05, 07:34 PM   #13
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You should have screeched the brakes and done a few quick starts/stops when you first started in the car, just to keep your nephews on their toes.
That's funny. I might pick them up from school and do it a couple of times just to scare the heck out of 'em. Their school is at the top of this hill, and if I pick them up and coast down the hill, then tap the brakes a couple of times, then scream at them "you're breaking my concentration! Now look what you made me do!", I think it would be so quiet, you could hear a pin drop, and their eyes would be as wide as saucers. Then when we got to the bottom, I could turn and say "gotcha!". Now that would be funny.

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Old 08-02-05, 07:37 PM   #14
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Great story!!

next time tell the kids to ride bikes or starve
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The kids want to ride, but my brother and sister-in-law are freakishly overprotective of them. They don't want the kids out riding unless one of them are around. I tried real hard. I even bought everyone bikes for Christmas, but no dice. They will not let me bring those kids out on a bike ride.

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Next time you take the kids in the car............have some fun.

Pretend to lock your self completely out of the car, so that you can't even get the doors open.

You'll be the favorite aunt! Or, you won't get asked to watch the kids anymore.
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I'd do that, if it weren't so freakin' hot outside! The humidity is just terrible. I may have to pull that one in the fall the next time the parents go out of town.

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The kids want to ride, but my brother and sister-in-law are freakishly overprotective of them. They don't want the kids out riding unless one of them are around. I tried real hard. I even bought everyone bikes for Christmas, but no dice. They will not let me bring those kids out on a bike ride.

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next step... get them out of Chicago !!!! LOL
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They are. We all are. We live in Arlington, VA, where there is a ton of bike paths.

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somehow... someway.... eventually then.

meanwhile happy kid sitting!! and best of luck.
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This thread is cracking me up!
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You should have screeched the brakes and done a few quick starts/stops when you first started in the car, just to keep your nephews on their toes.
Well, today, I picked them up from school. It was funny. I turned the car around and told them we were having some slight brake problems, so make sure you're buckled up! Then I started down the hill, which is really twisty curvy. The kids start bickering back and forth (as usual).

About a third of the way down, I started screaming "the brakes! the brakes! I can't stop the car!" and as the car gained speed, we coasted, and I just acted like I was trying to madly control the wheel. Quiet insued. At the bottom, I stopped the car at the stop sign, and I turned and smiled. The oldest one said "what happened?", and I said, "I thought you were so scared I couldn't drive, so I thought this would teach you something. Were you scared?", and he says "yes, but it was a little fun too". Little devil.

I laughed all the way back home.

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Ahem....Who is the "little devil"?
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Ahem....Who is the "little devil"?

Well, I guess we all have a little Satan in us.

but it still was fun though!

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Well, today, I picked them up from school. It was funny. I turned the car around and told them we were having some slight brake problems, so make sure you're buckled up! Then I started down the hill, which is really twisty curvy. The kids start bickering back and forth (as usual).

About a third of the way down, I started screaming "the brakes! the brakes! I can't stop the car!" and as the car gained speed, we coasted, and I just acted like I was trying to madly control the wheel. Quiet insued. At the bottom, I stopped the car at the stop sign, and I turned and smiled. The oldest one said "what happened?", and I said, "I thought you were so scared I couldn't drive, so I thought this would teach you something. Were you scared?", and he says "yes, but it was a little fun too". Little devil.

I laughed all the way back home.

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Way to go!

Now they tell the parents you were scaring them and the parents get mad at you !! How old are they?
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