Wordless Wednesday: Too Close For Comfort

Parked Cars
Location: Paris, France


February 24, 2020 at 9:22 am 4 comments

A Lesson Learned

I Pass

After receiving two consecutive five year extensions by mail, it was time to renew my driving license at the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

It was an experience that I wanted to avoid. It could be intimidating and stressful to a point because of the big crowd and the need to take both a vision test and written test.

My first day’s visit to the DMV was a total waste. I forgot to bring my Social Security Card and was asked to go back.

On my second visit, I was able to meet all the requirements: Social Security Card, passport, and two bills showing proof of my current residence. After being in line for sometime, I was given a number and waited for my turn.

It took a couple of hours before my number was called. After my papers were checked at the counter, I underwent the vision test to prove that I have at least 20/40 acuity with either one or both of my eyes. I was asked to look at the chart on the wall and read lines of numbers and letters on it. The result was inconclusive. I had to do it again by looking into a machine for the test. This time around, I passed.

Then I waited for my picture to be taken. When my turn came, I was asked to take my glasses off and smile. I didn’t think it would be of much help. I expected it to be worse than my high school graduation picture what with all the tension and anxiety building inside me.

Afterward I waited for my name to be called for the written test. After about an hour, I got the call. It required answering correctly 15 out of 18 questions on a touch screen terminal.

Since I considered myself as a good driver, I thought it would be a cinch and didn’t need the three chances given to pass it. I was sure I would breeze through it without any problem.

On my first attempt, however, I failed. It felt like a slap in the face.

When asked if I wanted a second chance, I said yes without hesitation. Big mistake. I failed again.

In desperation along with my bruised ego, I asked the administrator to allow me the last and final shot to pass. But she suggested that I better go home and study first.

I heeded her advice. I knew what was at stake. If I failed this time around, I had to start all over again. I didn’t want to do that because of the risk of failing another vision test which would require me buying a new pair of glasses.

I got a copy of the California Driver Handbook and spent two grueling days poring over it. I didn’t remember studying that hard since I prepared for the Microsoft Certified System Engineer exam.

When I went back to the DMV to take the test, I was ready more than I could ever be. Needless to say, I passed. After reaching the 17th question with only one wrong answer, I got the Congratulations Message on the screen and didn’t have to continue anymore. It felt like a heavy burden was lifted off my shoulders.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s not to underestimate any task on hand. Never take anything for granted. Like a Boy Scout, be always prepared.

February 23, 2020 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Lost Love

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 21 February 2020

 Dawn Miller
Photo Credit: Dawn Miller

It looked just like any other day, but not really. Fernando was leaving for America for what he thought was more than his village could offer.

When it was time to say goodbye, he leaned in to kiss Sara, who didn’t want him to go, but she pulled away.

“What’s wrong?” he asked, perplexed.

“Long distance relationship doesn’t work.”

“Are you breaking up with me?”

“It’ll be better for both of us.”

Many years later, Fernando came back to reclaim what he already had. By then, it was too late. Sara was married and had a family of her own.

February 19, 2020 at 2:05 pm 39 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant
Location: Wailua, Oahu, Hawaii


February 17, 2020 at 9:46 am 6 comments

A Friend Remembered

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 February 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was on these back steps that Tommy and I used to sit and share our dreams. We were the best of buddies. He had that engaging laughter I could still hear in my mind.

One day I rode my bike and Tommy followed me on his skateboard. As we were crossing the street, he was struck by a speeding car.

“Peter!” I remember him uttering my name before he passed out. He later died due to his injuries.

His death left an emptiness in my heart that could never be filled. After all these years, I still miss him.

February 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm 32 comments

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