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Boring and Sucky

So this comic thing is sort of fun. If you've been reading my blog for a while, and you probably have been, then you know that I've tried, and failed, at making comics a few times. We'll see how long this latest attempt lasts. As you can probably guess I'm just transcribing bits of real life conversation in comic form. I'll just post them here as I make them above the blog posts.

So my first experience driving in the UK has been fun. Last Sunday I got behind the wheel for the first time in almost a year. As if that wasn't bad enough, the wheel was on the wrong side of the car. Turns out that driving on the wrong side of the car is actually more disconcerting than driving on the wrong side of the road. I've been watching cars and walking on busy streets a lot since we got to Scotland, so I've gotten used to the driving on the left thing. However, nothing prepares you to control the car from what to normal red-blooded Americans is the passenger seat. It takes a little while to judge the size and position of the car from the side you're not used to sitting in. On top of that the car we've borrowed pulls pretty hard to the left and the roads over here are no wider than the absolutely need to be (actually, often not even that wide). The end result was a couple of close calls and raised heartbeats, but no accidents. The worst I've done is squeak my tires along the curb on a few particularly hairy passages.

Driving in the UK is different than driving in the States. In the States you usually have different parts of the street set aside for driving and parking. On many of the streets here there is no such distinction. This means that on a two lane road just barely wide enough for two cars to pass each other, one lane is usually filled with parked cars. If they happen to be parked on your side you just drive on the other side of the road for a while and hope you'll be able to get out of the way if someone else comes along.

Wow, this is a boring and sucky post.

The end.

4 Responses to “Boring and Sucky”

  1. # Blogger Bianca

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  2. # Blogger Bianca

    Driving in South Africa is just about the scariest thing ever for the same reason. It's hard not to repeatedly turn on the wipers. And then there's the whole stripe color issue (white in the center, yellow on the outside), which freaks me out the most, because I can never tell if I'm accidentally driving into oncoming traffic.

    San Francisco is also anti-driving-vs.-parking-lane-distinctions. Life is entertaining. And my space-around-my-car bubble has shrunk quite significantly!  

  3. # Blogger Mariquita

    I would call it informative and just the proper amount of amusing for a rainy April day, rather than boring and sucky.

    miss you two. could use a margarita the size of 4th period's apathy.  

  4. # Anonymous Anonymous

    in making plans for our trip this summer, my family kindly pointed out that my knowledge of Great Britain consisted on Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Bridget Jones.... and the PRICES!!!! hooray! You are my something non-fiction that i know about Great Britain, so I will be using your blogs to study up before the big trip! Hoping to say hi where we're there (looks like it'll be after you're back, i'll let you know). so keep up the comics, they are very informative!  

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