Friday, August 5, 2011

Thanks Mom. Thanks Alot.

Today, something very annoying happened. You see, here in the United States before you can get your license, you have to take a 5 hour pre-licensing course (usually just called the "5 hour").

I had called a few weeks ago and scheduled for a Saturday at 9 AM, but didn't go because I overslept (stupid cell phone alarm clock). Yesterday, I called again and was told by the man that they were holding another class today at 5 PM. Naturally, I was excited because I didn't have to get up early and could get it over with immediately.

Except I didn't. Turns out, there was a class today. I got there a half hour early to find out it was being held in another location 30 minutes away.

Of course, the man on the phone never told me this. I walk into the place, with my mom driving off, and told the lady at the front desk "I'm here for the 5 hour course," and she simply states "you better hurry and catch up with your ride, because there's no course today".

What the hell?!

So I quickly run outside, trying to catch up with my mom as she's driving away. Of course, she doesn't even notice me running and jumping and waving my arms like a lunatic. There's nothing worse than the sinking feeling in your chest as you hopelessly watch your mother drive away.

Now here's the question you're probably all thinking: why didn't you just call your mom on her cell phone? That's immediately what I did, except for one thing: her phone was off. HER PHONE WAS OFF. Typical Mother. She either leaves her phone at home, or it's off. I had no idea what to do. We don't really have public transportation where I live and it could be hours before she came home because it was likely she was also running errands.

I called my sister (who was at home), crying and sitting on a sidewalk bench. She told me to just go to the nearby drugstore and that she'd tell my mom if she came home. I wandered around the store, looking at birthday cards (and buying one, even though none of my friends' birthdays are coming up). About an hour later, my sister in law came and picked me up.

It's scary to think of myself just wandering that store for 4 hours had my sister in law not come. Hopefully that will teach my mom a lesson about always keeping her phone handy. Just thought I'd share a little (or big, seeing how long this post turned out) entertaining story.


  1. I can't believe the guy didn't tell you about it being held in another place! That's just hateful. I'm sorry you had to wait so long, that really stinks. Though on a positive, I'm sure its made you more determined to pass your test! :)

  2. I'm glad you didn't have to wait the full five hours by yourself. I wouldn't know what to do with myself! I can't believe the man didn't tell you it was in another place!

  3. Ah, I so know what you went through! My mother tends to forget her cell phone when she goes out and she doesn't always have it switched on either. Can be frustrating, especially in times of need!

    Too bad you missed the course though, that's really a bummer. Can you still take it though?

  4. Oh that sucks. It'll be all the sweeter when you do get your license. You'll love it!

  5. That stinks!! I hate being alone without a ride!! Thank God your sister in law picked you up!! I can't believe the dude on the phone didn't say it was being held somewhere else!!
    I hope you can take the course soon though!!

  6. wow! that sucks. at least you only had to wait an hour, but still. that guy on the phone sucks too!

    i remember way back after i took my license test and passed, i had to go back the next day with my birth certificate because my birthday was incorrect, so the worker told me 'oh yeah come back tomorrow'. my mom and i drove all the way there and the dmv was CLOSED. what the heck.

    also, since i can't comment on your post normally, this is who i am

  7. AHH THAT SUCKS. Totally something that would happen to me - I strongly believe that the whole "driving" thing is utter crap. (I'm also a little bitter. I could have gotten my license a year ago, but I'm far too lazy and incapable of driving.)

    If it makes you feel better, my parents never have their phone on either. My dad left me and my sister at school until 7pm one day cuz he forgot to pick us up. Everyone, except janitors, leave by 530. Goood times...


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