Monday, July 4, 2016

DID YOU PASS YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE TEST ON THE 1ST TRY, AND PET MANIA

Ohio License - 1938
I won't give the actual date, but a zillion years ago, me and a friend, who was a professional model back then, wanted to hang out and dance the night away. Unfortunately, I was only 17, but she was 22.  Dang it!  At the time, her license had her age but no picture, so she let me use it.  She had another ID, and we were in.  After all that stealthy madness and the incessant grabbiness of the guys, we pretty much ran out of that club after about 20 minutes. That was our adventure for the evening.  After all that, the first time I tried to get my own license in ND, (nope, didn't try until I was 22) I failed miserably and was so embarrassed!
Chicago License - 1901

Fast forward to 2016, and while we gripe about it every time, we've pretty much resigned ourselves to posing for that dreadful obligatory photo required by the DMV to drive a vehicle in the United States.

Ironically, photos weren't always on driver's licenses in the United States.  In fact, California was first to require photographs in 1958. Michigan required them in 1964, Texas came on board in the 70's, Oregon in 1979 and Vermont in the 90's.  What really surprised me is that New York didn't add photos to licenses until 1984!

Did you get your license when you were 16, and did you pass the first time?  What's it like to get a license in your state these days?


Have you ever had the chance to watch The Animal Planet or National Geographic Channel?  This week I got caught up in all things veterinarians. I watched all the shows I could find.  Then I met Dr. Jeff - The Rocky Mountain Vet from Colorado, and boy am I hooked!  
This man is so busy that he has a staff of 30 people, and because his rates are so much more affordable than other doctors in the area, his clinic stays packed.  He provides FREE services to clients up in the mountains who can't get to him, and his focus is never been about the money. He's now moved to a much larger space for his crew, and carved a space for him to live in as well.  This is dedication, and you can tell that everyone there loves those animals. What's sad, is that Dr. Jeff recently passed on to his staff (and us) that he has cancer, and has been going to chemo sessions.  When he shaved his head at his clinic because his hair was falling out, there wasn't a dry eye there.  His words, "I'd rather lose my hair than my life" had me bawling. 

This lady is an expert at shooting tranquilizers from far distances!

Dr. Pol

Remember the Dog Whisperer?




Did you know there are 200 types of squirrels, and that they live everywhere except Australia? - Animal Planet
Even though I'm not a fan of barbecue, lots of people are. This style of cooking means something different to each person, but there are still 4 styles based on specific locations.  Memphis TN, North Carolina, Kansas City and of course, Texas.  Memphis is well known the world over for pulled pork-shoulder dripping in sweet tomato-based sauce (eaten right off your plate or as a sandwich). North Carolina smokes that whole succulent pig in a vinegar-based sauce. Kansas City natives prefer ribs cooked in a dry rub, and Texans like everything BIG and they love their beef!  Even though people are into this, it doesn't matter what state I visit or what culinary style of sauce you prepare, I still won't eat barbecue. (lol)





Source Links:
America on the Move
Evolution of the New York Driver’s License

1938 Ohio driver’s license from the National Museum of American History



18 comments:

  1. I didn't!!! I admit it. I was driving a stick shift and I wasn't allowed to get my learner's permit until 60 days before. (Not sure if that was the law or my parents, but I SWEAR it was the law.) So I didn't get nearly enough practice in. We stopped on a hill and I rolled back a little, so I failed. I practiced a little more, took it 30 days later, and passed, but it's SO embarrassing to have to tell your friends you failed. :-(

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    1. Don't get me started talking about a stick shift! (lol) 3 people tried to teach me and it was a disaster, so I can relate to what you're saying. The rollback happened, I almost stripped the gears, and one friend actually got out of the car and left me in the middle of the street because he was too through with me! (lol) I agree, the telling to everyone else is really the pits. Maybe I need to have you teach me how to drive a stick, huh? *heh*

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  2. I got my license when I was 16 but I didn't pass the test the first time. I was used to driving a rear wheel drive car and took the test in a front wheel drive and the backing up portion felt so different that I had a hard time staying straight. I did go back a week later and took it and passed but I was not happy about failing that first time! I'm a big Memphis BBQ fan though I like the North Carolina mustard based sauce too.

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    1. Girl, don't even get me started on backing up! (lol) I'm the world's worst. I could tell the instructor was doing everything he could not to laugh because I was like someone from a cartoon. No, no no to any barbecue for me. (lol) Hope your day was fab yesterday! Hugs...

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  3. It took me two tries. The examiner said I did "a rolling stop" at one of the stop signs. I'm still not sure if that was true. Word is that this guy never passed girls on their first try, but boys could fly right through the course.

    The law in Pennsylvania now is that you can get your permit when you're 16, but you have to wait at least 6 months to take the driver's test for your license.

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    1. Girl, I did a rolling stop AND ended up in someone else's lane during a turn. (crazy!) What a strange instructor, huh? How dare he fail you!(lol) At 16, I like being chauffeured around, and didn't get my license until I was about 22. Hope your day was great yesterday! Hugs...RO

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  4. I love bbq sauce but it has to be the right kind. I was watching Dr. Jeff and was sad to hear he had cancer. I've also been watching Dr.K. I did pass my driving test on the first try. I passed both the written test and the driving test with just 1 question wrong on each one. I was 24 years old when I finally got up the courage to go get my license. LOL My brother tried to teach me stick shift in his truck and it didn't work out so well. He said I scared him...wimp. So hubby taught me and he did a great job.

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    1. No, no, no to bbq sauce, and it sure is said about Dr. Jeff. Love that show. I didn't get my license until I was 22, so I can totally relate. Definitely would make a fool of myself with a stick shift. (lol) Hugs...

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  5. Ha. Definitely not. I took it three times before I got my license. Lol.

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    1. I didn't pass either the first time and was super embarrassed, but it's good to know we both eventually passed so we could travel to book and shoe stores, right? (lol) Hugs...

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  6. I so love your personal anecdotes, Ro!

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    1. LOL! That lifts my spirits today, Beautiful Braine!(lol) Hugs...

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  7. Whoa! How could they not have photos in the 90s! That's crazy. I got mine in 98 I think it was? Ergs. And photos were on that one. *sigh* lol That stinks about not passing it. Ours wasn't too bad thankfully. I'm glad we didn't have to parallel park in ours though.

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    1. Uhh...don't even mention parallel parking, girl!(lol) I totally suck at it, and will drive around the block, parking lot or neighborhood to avoid it! Hugs...

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  8. Well, I didn't take the test until I was 19 and I did pass my first time, but here's the thing... I specifically took my test at a location that didn't require parallel parking and if I had to drive standard shift like I did after five years, I would have failed spectacularly.
    I didn't realize each state was different about the licenses. I grew up in California and not only had my picture on it, but it was hologrammed and had the magnetic strip that could be read by the police or border patrol and then at college my friends still had paper licenses with no pictures because they got their's in Maine and Wisconsin. Wild. LOL

    Now you have me hungry over talk of Barbecue. But I get it being the gal who doesn't like something popular. I don't care for coffee or tea and get the frowny looks for it. :)

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    1. That's interesting about your license, and smart on your part! Lol Hugs...

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  9. Hmm when I was 17 we did not have photo drivers license as a matter a fact it was a tri-fold piece of paper! I didn't have a photo ID until sometime in my twenties.

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    1. Wow! You could have made it into a ton of clubs huh? lol Interesting how states differed. Hugs and hope you're feeling well.

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