Overheard at . . . the DMV
“I got all the hardest ones.”
I suppose we probably all feel this way after cramming for half an hour and then taking the written part of the driver’s exam. But, in this case, when I heard some of the questions the young girl had faced I had to cringe. I know I couldn’t have answered them. For example she got what she called the horse question.
If you see someone riding a horse with their hand raised in the air what should you do?
I’m not sure what the multiple choice answers were- but I imagine they went something like:
a. Wave back
b. Signal your passing direction with your turn blinker
c. Stop and wait for them to pass
d. continue to drive slowly, the rider was just letting you know they saw you.
If you answered ‘c’ you would have been correct. If you shrugged and said ‘who cares’, you should probably stay away from roads in Montana, Wyoming and most of the middle of the country.
So, since I had no idea on this one I decided to look up a few more and test my readers knowledge of such things. I also went out to look up some of the weirdest driving rules around the world. Let me know your score after you’ve finished taking…
DEANNE’S DRIVING TEST
1. In addition to cushions ahead, to the side, and behind, there are some drivers to whom you should give lots of room. These include? a. Drivers with their windows fogged up.
b. Near driveways
c. Anyone from Boston
d. All of the above.
2. You have a disabled parking permit but all of the spaces are occupied. Do you . . . a. Wait for the next available spot.
b. Park in the yellow striped area next to the disabled parking spaces.
c. Park in the open spot next to the disabled parking space.
d. Start yelling obscenities at the huge Cadillac SUV without a disabled parking permit showing who has taken up two of the spaces.
3. Brown road signs point to? a. A very muddy road.
b. Safety corridors
c. Historical, cultural or recreational areas
d. A horse crossing.
Answers: 1. = d 2. = Not sure, I made all of them up and 3. = c Sooooo, how did you do? Ready for part two? Here are some interesting International rules of the road, courtesy of Smartertravel.com.
- As long as you don’t get drunk, you can sip a beer while you are driving in Costa Rica (wh-a-a-a-t?)
- On the other hand, eating or drinking anything, even water, while driving in Cyprus is a big no-no
- People in Crimea better watch out. You can be fined for driving a dirty car in Russia. (I hear they are looking for new sources of revenue, so expect a crack-down on this rule.) There're more… so check out the full article.
But of course the number one rule on Deanne’s Driving Test is
Stay safe and enjoy every Journey Inspired by Love. Cheers,
p.s. Don't forget to check out my free story on Free Reads from the Genre-istas. (Link Here).
Part 1 of THE BIRTHDAY PROMISE is available now and Part 2 will be posted this Friday. Enjoy the Journey!
"We filmed it in the old, abandoned, part of a hospital. Very creepy."
I was volunteering in the IP lounge at the conference and so was privy to some interesting conversations taking place. Aside from the expected discussions of publishing, the Willamette Writers Conference adds a unique perspective in that it also includes screenwriters. It was clear, by simply observing the two two distinct groups, that film and print are very different worlds indeed.
Visual by nature, the film agents and producers represented this in how they dressed and spoke. Networking in a way that could only come from a world of celebrity interactions.
As usual when I attend a conference, I was primarily there to study craft. But even still, it is impossible to avoid the business end of things. And this, is something that draws energy from me faster than a wormhole. And yet, the energy of the film group was extremely contagious, so that I found myself drawn to them like a baby toward an open electrical outlet.
I went to sleep dreaming about the settings of my books, about re-creating the scene in Untangling the Knot where Gabriella discovers the Statue of Mary in Pienza, Italy, or where Jessica walks along the esplanade in Boston.
Lucky for me... it s not entirely a dream. In fact, just a couple of weeks from now I will be on the East coast. I will get to visit the Patriot's stadium and visualize Ryan doing his field goal kicks there. I will get to write in the sand at the cape, just as Gabriella and Chloe did, and I will get to go back to the church where Mandy and Ryan plan to get married.
It's not quite the same as re-creating it for film, but whatever is left out my imagination will cover for me and I will appreciate the chance, for a moment, to dream of the film adaptation.
Do you have a favorite book that's been adapted for film? I'd love to hear what it is (the classic and best, being, of course Pride and Prejudice:>) Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. I always love hearing from my readers.
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