Saturday, 21 January 2017

Driving In My Car


Buddy got off lightly, I didn't drive in Australia

This morning I drove 16 miles to my friend’s house for coffee.   Nothing unusual about this except it’s the first time I have driven for about three years.  Paul sat next to me in the passenger’s seat; I felt like I was taking my driving test. ( I actually passed my test when I was eighteen years old and can still remember the thrill of removing the L-plates from my mini and my new found freedom.)

When we retired and moved to France over ten years ago we bought a left hand drive car.  I was never entirely comfortable with it and so was quite happy to let Paul do most of the driving. Even when we reverted to an English right hand drive car I was happy to be chauffeured about.  After over thirty years’ of driving it is unlikely I’ll ever forget how to drive but today I just wanted to reassure myself I could still do it. We will be clocking up a lot of miles when we tour Spain so it would be nice to think that I could take over for some of the way.

The drive was uneventful and I was completely relaxed (even if Paul wasn’t).  What disturbs me though is the fact that my computer seemed to know what I had been doing today.  When I got home I checked my mailbox and saw there were two new e-mails.  One from my bank offering me a loan for a new car and the other from my insurance company offering me a special rate for safe drivers.   I think Big Brother is watching me.


8 comments:

  1. I sometimes get strange "signs" like that too. Spooky isn't it?! ;)
    Greetings Maria x

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  2. Well in a sense, big brother is watching you. I don't know how it all happens, but your internet searches are tracked and then you receive related advertisements. Perhaps you had been checking something about driving on the internet prior to going out for your drive? -Jenn

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    1. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision to drive so I just don't how my computer knew.

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  3. My wife has been having floods of unwanted Emails recently. Yesterday we returned from market to find another 20 in her in-box. I wonder what has happened? It takes more time to delete all the 'irresistible special offers' than it does to read her actual correspondence.

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    1. Most of my junk mail goes into a separate file that I can delete all at once. I usually get inundated with emails after maybe looking at holidays or hotels. The marketeers don't miss a trick these days.

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  4. Internet searches are often used to decide which advertisements to send you. If you were searching about something related to driving, it's quite possible that is why you got the email. Driving at an older age can often be an interesting experience. Consider other forms of transportation as well when planning your during your Spain tour.

    Jon Max @ Dicks Hillsboro Hyundai

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    1. Crikey I'm not that old! I'm still capable of driving (I retired early!), I'm just lazy. I prefer to be driven by my co-pilot so that I can just gaze at the scenery. Although I might take a donkey ride in Spain!

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