Better things / Cosas mejoras

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

YESTERDAY EVENING, MY DRIVING INSTRUCTOR confirmed what I already assumed. The cretin examiner failed me. I’m annoyed. I’m disappointed. But I’m not devastated. I know I’m a good driver and I know I drove well yesterday. I’ve always heard a big part of passing the exam here is the luck of the draw when it comes to the examiner you get. San Geraldo’s was charming, personable, and knew his instructor. My driving instructor said I’m obviously an excellent driver and did well (thank you, thank you) and shouldn’t be concerned.

The school will try and schedule another exam for me for next week (for which privilege, of course, I’ll have to make another payment to the department of motor vehicles). What a racket.

Anyway… and this is a big anyway: I’m done talking about this. I’ll let you know when I’ve again got a drivers license so you’ll know to stay off the streets. Meanwhile, enjoy today’s beautiful views.


AYER POR LA TARDE, MI instructor de conducción confirmó lo que ya asumí. La examinadora cretina me falló. Estoy molesto. Estoy decepcionado. Pero no estoy devastado. Sé que soy un buen piloto y sé que conduje bien ayer. Siempre he escuchado que una gran parte de aprobar el examen aquí es la suerte del sorteo cuando se trata del examinador que obtienes. San Geraldo’s era encantador, agradable y conocía a su instructor. Mi instructor de manejo dijo que obviamente soy un excelente conductor y lo hice bien (gracias, gracias) y que no debería preocuparme.

La escuela intentará programarme otro examen para la próxima semana (que, por supuesto, tendré que pagar al Dirección General de Tráfico por el privilegio). ¡Qué estafa!

De todos modos … y este es un gran de todos modos: He terminado de hablar de esto. Te avisaré cuando vuelva a obtener una licencia de conducir para que sepas debes alejarte de las calles. Mientras tanto, disfruta de las hermosas vistas de hoy.

• Some new palm trees. We’re still waiting for the ones in front of our building and directly across the street.
• Algunas palmeras nuevas. Todavía estamos esperando a los que están frente a nuestro edificio y directamente al otro lado de la calle.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

46 thoughts on “Better things / Cosas mejoras”

  1. Words fail me, you are amazing, you will master this. A pox on the cretin. Amazing views. I swear there was a big squid at the top of this when I first looked, now it a small town in SD, time for my nap.

    1. David:
      SG’s instructor said there was one examiner who was a nightmare and they always prayed they wouldn’t end up with her. I think I got her! Those giant squid move fast.

  2. Unfair things like that can be so frustrating, but you seem to be taking it in stride. It reminded me of when I took the practical exam to become a dental hygienist. That year “the powers that be” decided they had been passing too many people in the past, even though everyone knew their stuff and no one was having problems in our clinical settings. So, what did they do? They failed a straight 20% of our class and also the other school taking the test. And not only that, but they did it alphabetically! Everyone in our class in the afternoon test session whose name began with an “L” through “P” failed. And some were top students. How dumb and transparent. Hang in there. Hope you get a better examiner next time.

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      Makes you wonder what those powers-that-be were thinking… if anything at all!

  3. Hi Mitchell, I had same thing first test fail with stern looking examiner, who my instructor told me afterwards had just come back to work after losing his Son. Second test Got same examiner Fail for not using mirrors he said which i always did by glancing but not moving head enough for him to see, so my instructor moved mirror before third test which i passed but only after i had to do two emergency stops one for test and then a real one to stop an accident, Sorry it’s such a long tale, But I’m sure you’ll do it next time. big hugs to you both x

      1. Yes but it was worth it as i would have been stuck in a small village, so i need it to make my escape and would’nt have met Clive x

  4. How frustrating is that!? Maybe he gets a ‘cut’ of the profits!!
    Yes, those beautiful views will cure anything.

    1. Jim:
      They probably love having someone on staff who fails everyone. All that extra money.

  5. What a disappointing result. There’s absolutely no justification for the behaviour of that sadistic examiner — she sounds mentally unhinged. Let’s all hope that you get a professional examiner next time so you can pass with flying colours! Until then, enjoy the beach or treat yourself to a spa day….

  6. Whatttt!?? pffffffff
    Unbelievable… that’s all so odd!
    You know that we will all be calmly waiting for the day when the correct result happens… until then, thanks soooo much for these beautiful, sun-filled photos! It suddenly turned cold here (down to upper 50s F, from upper 80s!), so I’m glad to feel the sunshine coming at me from somewhere.

    1. Judy:
      Our temps have fluctuated but nothing like the extremes you’ve been having. I can’t even think about this stupid driving exam anymore.

  7. Did any of the folks pass, do you know?

    It is terribly unfair but quite normal for this to happen, I failed mine 3 times before I passed on the fourth attempt for such teeny tiny miniscule things I cannot even recall them now.

    1. Snoskred:
      I know the woman before me and the man after me did not pass. I don’t know about the first guy who took the test on a manual transmission.

    1. Debra:
      Can’t request an examiner, but I will decline my exam if she arrives next time.

  8. Oh, that sucks. Here’s hoping for a better examiner. At least where you live seems to have a lot of sidewalks.

    1. Kirk:
      Driving downtown Marbella can be nuts. Narrow streets, double-parkers everywhere. We don’t have as much of that here.

  9. Find that hard to believe, inconceivable. If you were in Quebec or here in PEI people would say, oh just drive anyway and to hell with this permit thing.

    1. Laurent:
      Plenty of people drive without licenses here… or licenses from other countries which are not valid after you’ve lived here six months. They also practice driving on their own, which is against the law. I had a friend who was moving north 2 years ago and he offered me his old car as a gift so I’d have something to practice on!

  10. I think France’s licensing system is also a “moneymaker.” The require hours of classroom instruction (ka-ching), and the tests and exams cost. My payment to the driving school included two tests. After that, I would have had to pay more, not to mention more instruction. I was lucky and passed both the written and the practical the first time. You’ll probably have no problem the second time and be able to rest in the knowledge that you contributed to the nation’s financial well-being. Yeah, right.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      It costs upwards of 1000 euros to get your license here. SG spent more because he went through four driving schools before he found one he was comfortable with.

  11. That’s got to be frustrating. I hope there was some explanation to allow you to learn from your mistakes? (Whatever they were, if there even were any!) It sounds to me like a money-making racket.

    1. Steve,
      Of the three of us in the car, she was the only one who noted the mistakes. Not much I can learn from that.

    1. Urspo:
      I’m finding at times I need more deep breaths than I have available. But I haven’t given up yet.

  12. Hi there… I am a blast from the past … Tim in France.

    Your blog is like re-runs of “I love Lucy” ..I love and enjoy them and just take for granted they shall always be there

    … if this is any consolation .. you have provided me with …consolation.

    The Scam in france is really really bad because 13 or so US states have reciprocal exchanges with France ..and they will switch the licenses to those ex pats (almost for free) and without so much as an eye exam … of our friends here, almost all of us operate on ONE permit … which can be intimidating living out in the country at our ages.. My best french pal speaks 4 languages and is a medical doctor (who failed the test more than once)..described it as a logic test design to make folk fail it …

    It truly is a shame.

    But have a lovely car and driver —-so chin up and get that– check book out!!

    Good Luck too..and thanks again..

    1. Bob:
      I’m sure it is. It’s a huge racket. Can you imagine being required to pay more than a $1,000 for a drivers license?!?

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