Long time, no see.
More like, long time, all work. I’m practically burnt out. Someone, take me to the Bahamas ;let me check that on the list.
So,, I know I said I wasn’t going to buy a car because of the maintenance costs and also because I don’t like to drive ;I have gone against my words. Lol at me for all you care, the stress was about to kill me. Especially with the fact that I sometimes have clients where PT never get to.
I got a car eventually and I’ll be sharing with you guys(to laugh at me) my experience as a first time driver.
Prior to now, I had never driven a car. I was just indifferent about it, even when my folks tried to teach me. Lol. So when I was about to get one, I wasn’t really bothered until I got it. Let me mention that I didn’t know roads too. Whenever I entered PT, my own is for the driver to take me to where we’re going to. I really didn’t care what route he took. Well, until now. So, basically, I had two issues -I couldn’t drive and I didn’t know routes.
Week 1- I parked the car at a client’s site for about 2 weeks. The FD is a close friend of mine so, I had a free pass.
Week 3- I told my friend -Ibk to drive the car to the office for me. It spent another two weeks there.
Week 5- I started training with Tochukwu. Did this every Saturday. Three Saturdays in all sha. He’s such a sweet person. Totally patient with me.
Week 9- I took ibk to the office in order to move the car. When we got there, he asked me to drive and that he’ll direct me. Only problem here is that I didn’t know Lagos routes. I’d get to a turn then ask if I should turn right or keep straight. Another problem was the fact that I couldn’t drive straight -couldn’t maintain my lane. I had successfully alighted the 3rd mainland bridge when someone hit/bashed my car. The front bumper practically split into two. I think I was in denial at this point. I kept on asking ibk if that was my car. Immediately he said yes, I just parked at the middle of the road and was like -I’m done. Nah.
He was bent on me driving the car so I still drove home then got a neighbor’s panel beater to fix it. The guy told me 22k and I was like -is that how you used to do?? Small play. Remember what I said about maintenance costs for cars? I was just about to start, for real. He eventually beat the cost to 13k.
Week 10- The car was parked in my compound throughout.
Week 11- I mustered some courage to start driving to work. I got an instructor for 2weeks for 20k.
Monday morning, my cuss level had gone from 0 to 100 and the Yoruba girl in me was fully unleashed. I was quick to give any driver a piece of my mind. Bad thing, I had learner on my car which made it easier for me to be walked upon.
Monday evening, my side mirror was run into by someone. I cussed out sooooo much but my instructor said I was just getting initiated. Every other day of the week went well.
Some other days went well, making me feel like a pro. Some other days were just totally crazy. I’m still not good at reversing cars at all. How do you explain running into a car that was on its own oo? Just because I was trying to reverse. I dropped my number on the person’s car for him to call me so I can fix his car. He hasn’t called till date so, I’ll assume he’s forgiven me.
The gate to my house is also very small. Another time, I hit the back of my car against it and I think I broke something sef. So annoying.
Well, I’m enjoying the comfort but I must confess that it’s more comfortable if you had a driver, which I really can’t afford,considering my cashflow. Lol. I like good things sha. We’ll surely get there.
That’s about that for now. Hopefully, I don’t spoil the car when next I gist you guys.
Love and light always.