The sun again shines on my humble Florida abode.
Yesterday was not only sunny, but the temperatures were just slightly shy of 80 degrees.
Today’s weather is expected to repeat of yesterday’s offering.
At this moment it’s 7 o’clock, and already 62 degrees.
Plus the sky is clear, birds are chirping as they pass through on their way north, and the pine pollen is painting the outdoors a baby’s diarrhea hued yellow.
These conditions can only mean one thing:
Love Bug season Is Almost Here!
Yup, those hordes of pesky insects, that mate on the fly, should be invading us before the month is out.
When they come, they’re pretty much airborne everywhere, but seem to congregate around the highways (suspect the heat & asphalt smell has something to do with that).
Anyway, they can leave a nasty mess on the front of your car as you’re forced to drive into the midst of their relentless amorous adventures.
Speaking of driving…
I’m Gonna Take A Driver Safety Course!
Driver’s Ed for high school students was decades away when I got my license at the ripe old age of 16.
At the time, my driving experience was limited to some tractor driving, and my older, and mostly drunk cousin, letting me drive when he got too cross-eyed.
Because I was a really horrible driver when I got my license, it was a good thing there wasn’t much road traffic in Lee County, Kentucky.
Despite the odds, I survived those early days, and with each mile of experience, my driving skills improved.
Over the 53 years since, I’ve turned myself into a darn good driver.
And, until last week, discounting cleaning out a few Lee County ditches when I started my driving career, I don’t recall having a driving accident.
With the massive number of miles I’ve logged, I’ve had lots, and lots, of close calls.
Some of which were narrowly avoided because of my hyper attentiveness and my, ahem, spectacular driving skills. OK, I’m probably more lucky than actually good. Thank you very much…
Sadly, and much like the hair on my head, my accident free record is now but a memory.
Although I had the legal ‘right-of-way’, and my accident was a minor mishap, it could have been avoided.
But, after thinking about the overall circumstances, I’ve decided it wouldn’t hurt me to finally get some formal driver education.
Driver Safety Courses Make Better Drivers:
Ongoing driver training is especially helpful for us older drivers!
…a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.
You’ll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time…” Source
The course I’m planning to take is offered online by AARP and costs $18 to $22, depending on whether you’re an AARP member, or not.
Seems like a reasonable price and you don’t have to sit in a stuffy room for 6 hours when you take it online.
If you’re interested, you can register by clicking on the following blue link: Online Driver safety Course
BTW: some insurance companies give discounts to people who take the course.
Like many of us kids on the far side of 55, I’m reluctant to admit many of the effects aging is having upon me.
Because of last week’s little fender bender, I’ve had to wonder if aging has effected my driving skills.
I really don’t think so. And, Treasa, a terrific driver, supports that.
But, I can’t take the chance we’re wrong. If my driving is impaired in any way, I want to know so I can do the right thing and turn in my keys.
The course should be helpful, but I’ll have to get my MD to check me out for any problems when I get my annual physical next month.
Not driving would be a major setback for me because I love the freedom, and often just drive about gawking, for the pure fun of it.
Within reason, I support older drivers. And, don’t expect any problems.
But, if there’s any indication I could be unsafe behind the wheel, I feel it’s my citizen’s duty to ground myself.
After all, it was a driver, who shouldn’t have been on the road, who caused the accident that took away our beautiful 23 year old son 9 years ago this month.
I’ll be damned if I’ll let something like that happen because of me…
That’s it for me. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always welcome.