I can drive now
For the past three days, I have been busy with something else. I was busy driving.
Eventhough I was in North Carolina for three years, I never got my US driving license there. I lived so near to my workplace, and with my economical situation, I don't think it is worth it to drive a car.
However, for the final few months I was there, when I finally decided to take the driving test, my visa status in US did not allow me to do so.
The only way was to take the driving test after I have moved to CA.
So, on Oct 19th, after my writing test, which I marginally passed, I started my first driving lesson with a driving school on Oct 23rd.
Three 2-hr classes, plus one time to the driving test, cost around US$350. It was expensive for me, but The Hubby thought it worthed the price if that will make me become a good defensive driver in the future.
I was so hoping to get the license ASAP, but the earliest driving test schedule was on Nov 10th.
So, every Sunday, I have been a Sunday driver, with The Hubby sitting beside me while I maneuvered his stick shift Toyota SUV on the freeway. Then, Monday was my 2-hr driving classes with the school.
Finally, today was the time for me to take the behind-the-wheel test.
Despite driving since the age of 17, got my license both in Malaysia and Japan, I was actually very nervous. I was so worried if I failed, I will have to reschedule the test again, which might be another 1 month later. I couldn't wait that long because I need the license to start to find myself a job.
I was so relieved when the examiner said, "Go to take your driving license in the counter, you passed."
"Sir, could you please tell me how many errors did I make?"
"2 errors." The short answers from him really made me so happy. Then later I found out he commented in my result, "Good job."
I made only 2 errors out of the 15 maximum errors allowed. I am proud of myself this time. Not only because I passed it, but I passed it with a good result I did not expect.
I did not call The Hubby to tell him. Instead, I printed out the route to go to his workplace, and drove there to tell him. I wanted to thank him in person.
I am now excited for my first road trip to San Francisco this Thanksgiving.
Going around in US is so much more flexible for me now. ^_^