I drove our Dodge Dakota in high school. I made that truck look good. I was originally supposed to learn to drive manual and use the Element, but since we had the truck I drove that instead and never learned to drive stick very well.
Well, now I have to learn.
Last Sunday I practiced driving in the parking lot of the middle school and around the neighborhood. I didn't stall out once. I was proud. I was getting the hang of it, so today I drove the Element to work. (Mind you, work is only a mile from home). Everything went well. I parked and started my shift at Subway. Less than five minutes later I heard some people in the C-store asking whose Element was in the parking lot. I said it was mine. They said it was rolling backwards.
I had used the parking break, but not enough. That's why it took so long for the car to inch backwards. By the time I found out it had creeped at least 10 feet out. That was embarrassing.
But I wasn't deterred. I was still confident, so I drove the stick out on the busier streets of Medina to get dinner. I only stalled out twice on the way there and once on the way home. I stalled out three times in the parking lot...
Though I faced hills, stop signs, and embarrassment, we got our delicious gyro sandwiches and made it home safely.
|Lily looking lovingly at her gyro.|