Friday, February 27, 2009

Not Dead

Just a quick note -- I know I haven't posted for a while, but it's not because I've been hit by a no. 74 bus. I've just moved from Auckland to London (via a one week holiday in San Francisco).

Leah and I have started a travelling blog to update everybody -- this is also suffering from some neglect as we're using the internet at the library -- but the address is We'll update it when we can.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fully Licensed

I sat my full driver's licence test yesterday, and I'm pleased to report I passed. The test was much less stressful than I had anticipated; I was purposely trying to keep myself calm beforehand because last time I made a few mistakes solely due to nerves.

I had a lovely testing officer from Invercargill. He was relieving a Dunedin officer, who had to go up to Oamaru to train a new one there. He seemed to enjoy the change of scenery, and tried to chat a bit with me (I wasn't falling for that one -- if you chat you get distracted). He also helped me through the hazard identification section: after I did the first one, he told me how I should have said it rather than failing me on that one and moving on.

In terms of geekery -- and I'm sure that's what you, gentle reader, are interested in -- there is a website called Practice, which eventually send you out a CD-ROM. This CD has interactive exercises which simulate you driving and get you to click on the hazards. I used this, and I found it very useful when I had to do the real thing. I think it also made me use my side mirrors more.

I haven't driven anywhere that I couldn't on my restricted yet. Maybe I should make somebody sit in the back seat next time I drive.