781 Days

7 09 2019


Today, for the first time in that many days, I drove an automobile.

Even though it was supervised and in an empty lot, it was still a big psychological hurdle for me and my long recovery.  You can probably figure that 781 days ago was that day.

I’ve been expecting and anticipating this day coming ever since late May when I was able to stay upright on two feet consistently, and therefore knew I would soon be able to start in on physical rehab.  But over this past week, and last night, and this morning, the closer I got to that moment of getting behind the wheel, the more nervous and anxious I got.

Needless to say, it took me awhile to get things actually started after I actually did sit down in the drivers’ seat with the therapist in tow with me in the passenger.  Of course he knew the wherefore of my delay and anxiety, and was duly the patient the whole time.

What was running through my head in that indeterminate amount of time that I was just sitting there is that this was it, and that how much has happened relating to me in those 781 days and how much has changed in my life, all that I lost and gave up, all that I gained.  While that seems like a long time, it really isn’t, just two years one month and change.  I don’t think I can come up with another continuous 781-day period in my life before then that has anywhere close to the same kind of critical impact and action and ground shifting under my feet.  And it all happened without me doing as much as driving a car.

But then I snapped back into reality and realized that I was going to have to hit that start engine button and get it in gear if I wanted to continue making more progress in my recovery and actually getting to what I think could be some even better and interesting days in the near future.

And just judging from this morning, and the empty lot, I don’t think it’s going to take that much to get me back into a normal sort of driving shape.  Of course, since I won’t ever have the coordination to play golf ever again, I can also forget about Gran Prix.  But getting back to normal day to day driving ability probably won’t take but a few sessions of this.  Ironically, since I mentioned golf, the car itself we used was a late model WV Golf, my girlfriend owns one.  But none of that is surprising, because the Golf is by far the best selling car in Germany, even though over the last four years, its total sales numbers and multiple times edge over the second best selling car are declining, the second place car all those years has been VW’s own small SUV/CUV, the Tiguan.

This coming week, I’m going to cram for the German written drivers test, so I can officially become a licensed driver in this country, so we can soon take these lessons off the empty lot and out on the real roads.  Like I wrote here earlier this summer, because Germany and the United States have a reciprocity agreement for driver licensure that allows Germany to examine each American state and regulate accordingly, I legally only need to take the written test, with the Germany-Missouri reciprocity.

I still have a little more than three months to go of needing no further setbacks before I get to Freiheitstag, Freedom Day, which will mean being able to drive a car on my own, and also not needing my wheelchair in relatively close proximity everywhere I go in case of a setback.


Some time last year, I noted that, since the soccer team Juventus is based in Torino, where Fiat is substantively based, and Fiat owns Chrysler, Fiat used its Juventus sponsorship rights to plaster Jeep on its soccer jerseys.  Which is why one of the most famous soccer players on the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus before last season, is running around with “Jeep” on his shirt.  I noted at the time that, while I could understand Fiat using the opportunity to advertise the most single valuable marquee, it was strange because you really don’t see Jeeps in Europe.

Well, come to find out, the fastest growing automobile brand in Germany, 2018 over 2017, of all brands that had at least 10,000 unit sales in both years, is Jeep.  Surprising considering the high gas prices.  But just within the last week and a half, I’ve read two stories about bad wrecks involving Jeeps, so the numbers aren’t lying.  Yet and still, 17k sales of all Jeeps compared to 211k VW Golfs and 74k VW Tiguans, last year.



11 responses

7 09 2019
9 09 2019
Hard Right

Another crash at the intersection….

FemDrag the Trannies. Camp it Up. Tranny Impersonation.

That TERF won’t have a difficult time impersonating one….

10 09 2019

256 seconds of my life I’ll never get back.

10 09 2019
Hard Right

You watched the whole thing? 30 seconds was plenty.

10 09 2019
Hard Right

Oh shit! They’re in our lane now….

At least he’s not hanging around libraries with little kids….

11 09 2019
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11 09 2019
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11 09 2019
Hard Right

Uber Driver Encounters Bellcurvia africana criminalis in the Wild.

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12 09 2019

Jeeps and Golfs jockeying by the Rhine, Panthers and Tigers, oh my.

I have long felt that one of the reasons the Steam engine and the First Industrial Revolution gets so much coverage in the English-speaking world is that the Second Industrial Revolution (Diesel engine being part) wasnt going so well for Great Britian and they really didn’t want to advertise how badly.

Even with Great Britian’s immense Hard and Soft power advantage, all of that power didn’t seem to be “trickling down” very well. But they still could tell schoolchildren “Whatever happens, we have the F-35 and they do not”.

12 09 2019

Side note, because this the second phase of rehab is much more involved and gives me less free time, I won’t be going very far out of Wiesbaden until I head to Erfurt next month. However, after my driving lesson on Saturday, ironically enough, I’m going to take in the Frankfurt Auto Show.

24 09 2019

Yesterday (the 23rd) I took and passed the written tests (both English and German), so I became an officially licensed driver in this country and the EU as of yesterday. For now, all it means is that, starting with today’s, we’re taking the remainder of my driving lessons onto public roads. Which means, this afternoon, for the first time in 797 days, I drove a car on public roads.

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