At First You Don’t Succeed

Funny story, I’ll be 27 next month and got carded at two different casinos. I mean come on. Almost thirty and still getting carded!

Anyway, I went to the casino on Saturday and came back with $174! Yay. The first time I went gambling I lost my money in about an hour. Sad right? Needless to say, I was not interested in doing it again. But I tried it again and enjoyed myself- winning had a little something to do with it. I had fun even when I wasn’t winning. Glad I went.

Another thing I’m trying again… driving. I was in a car accident at 19. Totaled the car. No serious injuries. Three years later, I get a subpoena from the guy who hit me claiming the accident was my fault and I should give him $40,000 for mental anguish. Mental anguish. Fun. Fortunately, I was driving under my parents’ car insurance which had a kind of safety net.

The whole thing turned into a circus. The guy pulled witnesses out of thin air who claimed I ran a red light and was speeding. I’ll tell you a secret. It was a lie.

To make things even more entertaining- I had been commuting from Washington, DC to Jersey City, NJ twice a week by train taking my last undergraduate class. (How I got into that mess deserves a post all it’s own.) And then the lawyer postpone the trial so my brother, who had been in the car with me, could testify. I was done. Like I. had. checked. out.

I no longer wanted to go to court which translated into me pleading guilty. My parents were behind me and more importantly, none of the money came out of pocket. I hated driving ever since.

Now, I need to start driving again. (Another long story). Whenever I get behind the wheel I’m like white-knuckling it. Seriously, thirty minutes and my fingers were cramping. My palms were sweating and I was terrified of looking anywhere but in front of me. But, as it turns out, the more I drive the more I enjoy it. I might actually like driving.

Who’d have thought.


  • Nicole Pyles

    Woo! You go lady! If it makes you feel better, I don't have my license either. I don't have a story attached to it, except I don't have money for a car and for the past few years and longer I've made such a low income I can't afford car insurance. I missed the whole window of 15 and 16 year old with a license.

    Anyways…try and try again I say!

  • Nicole Pyles

    Oh! I realized you have your license, but just don't drive. Oh well, minor detail. Very cool you are going after it again!!

  • Kelly Hashway

    I still don't like driving. Before I got my license, a friend of mine was driving a bunch of kids in our grade and they slipped on black ice. Two girls in my class were killed. It was devastating. I didn't even want to get my license after that, but my parents made me.

  • Unknown

    I don't mind driving around town, but if I have to get on the interstate, I'm a nervous wreck (no pun intended).

    Gambling is something I don't enjoy as much as my husband. I once dropped $750.00 into a video poker game. I finally won back $500.00. But goodness me, I was sick to my stomach after that!

  • William Kendall

    I've got a motorbike license, though I haven't used one in awhile now. I've not gotten a car driver's license at this point, oddly, and I should.

    I got into an accident myself a couple of weeks before my driver's test at the time, and that kind of threw me. It never translated over to the motorbikes, which I'm perfectly comfortable with.

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