My day at the local license facility. I survived but I wonder how? A fun account of that day.

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The license lady was in shock when I turned the washer and wipers on instead of the signal lights.

I really pondered for days, should I write about this most embarrassing account of my day at the local license facility. To say that I was embarrassed is an understatement of the decade.

When I arrived I first took the test on the computer and did well, a score of 93. Then all hell broke lose! This sweet lady said that we would go out to my car and check a few things. She said that she would stand behind my car and check my brake lights. She said to pump my brakes twice and it was good. Then she stood in front of my car and said, " Turn on your left and right signal lights. I don't know what happened. I completely lost all sense of reality. I turned on my wipers and washer, I could hardly see her face when I did it was a look of total disbelief. She then cautiously entered my car telling me to drive ' carefully '. I did everything she asked. When we got back to the facility, I asked in a pleading voice, did I pass? She reluctantly said, " Yes " I then took the vision test and passed with no glasses. She then took my picture, I looked like a deer in floodlights. She said, " Just relax " and took another picture which was better, but would never win any beauty contest. The main thing is that I passed and the next time I will take it again is 2019. I refuse to think that far ahead, but I must say that I have washed my window several times as a reminder that the signals are on the left side.

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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

Haha Ruby, thank you for sharing this rather embarrassing situation...but at least you passed and I'm sure the lady tester has experienced worse things than the wipers and washer activated instead of the left and right indicators.


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marcoujor 11 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ruby the Roadster,

This story drives me crazy with the giggles.

You get an 'A' for adorable...

Merry, peaceful Christmas. Love, mar


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billybuc 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

A great laugh on this Christmas morn. Merry Christmas, Ruby!


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clivewilliams 11 months ago from Nibiru

lol....all i can say ruby is lol


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manatita44 11 months ago from london

A humorous one. Anxious, perhaps? What were you anticipating? So glad you passed. Happy Christmas once again. Much Peace.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello John. It's a true story, slightly exaggerated concerning the look on the face of the driver tester, in fact she smiled and said, " You were nervous. " I was really afraid I wouldn't pass the computer test and that's the one I did well on. A fun write. My friend Tammy wanted me to write about it. It cracked her up. lol. Thank you..


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar. Thank you for the A. I needed that. Glad you got the giggles. I was hoping people would think it was funny. After it was over I lol all the way home. Hee. Hugs...


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mckbirdbks 11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby - We have to laugh at ourselves. Just remember we are all experincing the same type of 'senior moments'

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, I'm so glad you got a good laugh. Mission accomplished!


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drbj 11 months ago from south Florida

Do not feel sad for a moment, Ruby,

Nor depressed, despondent and bereft.

Half the drivers on the streets today

Do not know their right side from their left!


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bravewarrior 11 months ago from Central Florida

Too funny, Ruby. It could have been worse. At least she didn't ask you to parallel park!


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Clive. You said enough. Hee.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Manatita. It was just a crazy mistake and yes, I was nervous. Thank you. Peace.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Mike, is that what you call it? I'm so glad. I thought I was nuts! lol. Hugs.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

drbj, I got another fun poem from you! Thank you.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Shana, I'm sure if she'd asked me to parallel you'd be sending flows to my funeral. lol. Thank you.


Tammy 11 months ago

Thank you Ruby for writing this story. I thought it was funny, and worth sharing.


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hazeltos 11 months ago from Summerfield, Florida

When we get nervous often we can even forget our own name. What a funny, embarrassing happening. I am sure the tester is laughing to herself about the woman who lost her mind when she had to take a test that was so important. You'd be surprised at how many people react the way you did.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tammy. I'm glad you thought this was funny, And thank you for asking me to write it..Hugs my sweet hometown friend.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello hazeltos. Nice to meet you. I'm glad to know that other people might have acted this way. I felt like I was so incompetent and wondered if I should still be driving? Thank you for coming by.


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gerimcclym 11 months ago from Colorado

Hi Ruby and above all, congratulations for passing your test! I am one to get nervous when I test too, so I understand how you may have felt during the test as well as your relief when it was over. The tester could likely tell you were nervous which may have actually worked in your favor. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello gerimcclym. I'm finding out that more people do crazy things when nervous so maybe I'm not a basket case. Ha. Thanks for coming by.


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Frank Atanacio 11 months ago from Shelton

Thank you for sharing a bit of you.. I failed because of nerves..LOL and failed again because of nerves.. and yet again.. finally got it on my 16th birthday.. great little piece :) Happy Holidays..


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DDE 11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Good job for passing your test. It is normal to be nervous in such situations. I too felt that way. You shared an interesting hub, with some laughter too. A Happy New Year to you.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Frank. That must have devastating at that young age. Bless you. Thank you for coming by.


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DDE. Good to see you again. I'm glad this made you laugh. It really was funny after it was all over. lol.


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PegCole17 11 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Funny story told well, Ruby. I had a good laugh about the window washers and the deer in the headlights photo. Goodness gracious, thankfully, you passed! BTW, I love your profile photo. Very beautiful!


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Peg. This was a fun write, so happy you enjoyed. I have trying to put a picture of me as I look now, but I had a terrible time getting it done. I have a new laptop with a camera and each time I took a picture it wouldn't let me crop the whole picture. These new gadgets blow my mind. Thank you..


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Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Lol. Hi Ruby. First of all, I like your new photo. Your very funny story reminds me of how many times I flunked driver's ed. I don't test well. At all. I know that I would probably drive the car up on the curve or some such silliness if I ever had a license examiner sitting next to me in the car, or within 5 feet of me with clipboard in hand, marking off test scores. I still find parallel parking challenging...true story. So you are not alone. Hugs, and Happy New Year, my friend. :-)


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always exploring 11 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hi Genna. What a hoot this was, I'm still laughing when I think about how nervous I was. Thank goodness she did not ask me to parallel park. I'm sure I would've passed out. Hee. I thought it was time to show me as I look now. The picture of me in the braid was taken when I was 47, many moons ago. Thank you for coming to read and I see that you get nervous too, somehow that makes me feel better. lol. Hugs galore and have a Happy New Year Dear Genna.


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Au fait 10 months ago from North Texas

You shouldn't have to go through the driving test at the DMV (dept. of motor vehicles) again unless you lose your license for some reason. Lose as in having it taken from you for a major violation. Not lose as in misplace. You may have to take an eye exam from time to time, but otherwise you can renew your driver's license easily online or though the mail.

I think most people are a little nervous when there is a safety officer (cop) riding beside them and grading their performance as they drive, and in the end determining whether to pass you and give you a license. Some people make more mistakes by far than you did and fail the test. They do not get a license. So while it was funny that you accidentally turned on the wipers and washers, some people do far worse things. Glad for you that in the end all was well.

Cute story!


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Au fait. I did not know that you could get your license on line. I am thrilled to learn that. I was so nervous it's a wonder I didn't run over her.lol. Thank you for telling me about getting my license on line and thank you for coming to read and for ' the cute story comment.

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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