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A 'normal' day in Glasgow Part 1

Updated on July 18, 2012

I thought I'd start a new, continuing series on Hubpages, citing my life in Glasgow. Now, before you read this, don't get me wrong, I love Glasgow. However, like most cities there's some excellent parts of it and then there's some truly atrocious parts. These are normally areas that if you look at a person the wrong way then you'll be in the nearest hospital soon after. I suppose I'm lucky that way really then since I live in a really nice part of Glasgow, with next to none crime, and an environment where the people are genuinely nice and won't stab you and steal your wallet.

Anyway, for this installment, I'll share two seperate events that happened on two different driving lessons. A few weeks ago, I was driving down this really narrow road, with cars parked on the other side meaning that space was in short supply. It's probably just as well I was going so slowly when I kept driving down the street. Never have I seen a guy just laying across the road, drinking and talking to some girl on the pavement.

I mean, what kind of simpleton thought it would be a great idea to do it? Anyway, as I was getting closer to him, he could clearly see me. At this point I'm going at like 2mph, and thinking I'm going to have to stop, which I did. You'd think that by now he'd be wanting to get off the road as soon as possible. But oh no. He took his fucking time picking his lazy arse off the road and dragging himself over the to the pavement so I could drive past. At this point, he then thinks it's cool to call me a wanker for disturbing his drinking session.

That's what I'm meaning about Glasgow, if you do something that people don't like, you end up putting yourself in harms way. Who's to say that he wouldn't have tried to get into the car or cause some amount of damage to it.

The second incident a week later is just as bizarre as the first. I was setting up the car to do a reverse park and across the road I noticed that a woman was pulling up at the side of the road. Nothing strange there. The next part is though. After she had parked at the side of the road, she reached over to the passenger side door and opened it up. It gets better, though. She then whips out her phone starts to reverse down the street and keeps the car in as straight a line as possible by using her elbows. That's right, her elbows. Not many people know that the elbow is a highly versatile joint that has the exact amount of dexterity to control a car going backwards.

In a way, it puts you off driving. However, it just made me realise that it's normal in Glasgow. I just wish I wasn't taken to such loony places on a driving test. That way I wouldn't have to go near them on a lesson.


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      SolveMyMaze 5 years ago

      Haha, cheers John! I've got a lot more stories lined up after what happened today on the bus. Let's just say it involved a lot of junkies. They're the downfall of Britain :(

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      "At this point, he then thinks it's cool to call me a wanker for disturbing his drinking session." You can't make this up! Some hilarious stories, and I'd love to read some more of them! This happens all over the world, especially here in Great Britain. It's not called "Great" for nothing, y'know.

      Great amount of loons here, I know that much. Anyway, voted up, funny, awesome and interesting! This made my night ^^