Write a bit about your drivers’ licence. How old were you, where did you get it? What kind of car did you drive?
Not applicable. I haven’t had a driver’s license since my unexpected move in Norfolk. Prior to that, I had one, but I hadn’t been behind the wheel since late 2012. I barely passed the vision test when I renewed my license in 2009, before I was diagnosed with MS.
I really stopped driving, though, sometime in the summer of 2012. I had a pickup truck drop its under-bed spare tire in front of me. This really screwed up my car, and I was very scared when I got it back out of the shop.
When I tried again between Christmas and New Year’s in late-2012, I realized that I couldn’t see a red stoplight with a green tree in the background.
Probably, if I wanted to, I would qualify as legally-blind at this point.
I was also having real trouble working the clutch without toeing the brake.
I never owned a car with an automatic transmission; I’m happy about that.
What does it mean to be a good friend? What type of friend are you?
I’m contemplating this one, and I really don’t know.
I’m still on good terms with a few friends. There’s others with whom I’d just never speak again. Some of those are due to adoption of beliefs I find insane. No, none of them has become a Scientologist, at least. Those who are fascinated with politicians who are disguised bigots I don’t worry too much about.
A couple folks might avoid me because of something I did, but I think the vast majority probably don’t know how to deal with me. No, I don’t have nearly the energy I used to. I also don’t have the money to blow on frivolity. I made mistakes trying to live a life I couldn’t afford, then they figured out WTF was wrong with me.
Maybe there’s never any reward, but at least I can still live with myself.