Thursday, February 1, 2024

Always a Passenger

After a hemorrhagic stroke I realized early on that my driving days were probably over. 

Several years later I was still in rehab sessions. The day came when one of my therapists, occupational therapist I think, set me down in front of a computer. 

My challenge was to use the computer program that had me behind the wheel. Ten seconds into it and I was laughing hysterically.

I veered off interstate exit ramps on to grassy spaces, then into a downtown area. I ran red lights, ran up on sidewalks, scattered innocent pedestrians fleeing for their lives. I didn't hit anyone. Even the white-haired elderly woman with a walker made it to safety.

Zero body count. Hardly realistic. The computer program must have been set so that the handicapped computer operator would not be traumatized with scenes of bloodied bodies. 

Even though precise details have dimmed with time, what I remember most vividly is laughing til my sides hurt. I probably sounded deranged. But it was a good day!



  1. At least no one was injured. I once tried out the simulator that bus operators I trained on. It was beyond a challenge, but I was pleased I didn't crash the bus.

  2. At least you had a good laugh!! :)

  3. Oh my goodess! I think you will get the hang of it though, this was new to you.

  4. Hmmm, that's so funny. I can hear your laughs right now. I guess that was pretty convincing evidence that you were'nt ready to drive.
    So glad you can work on your computer now so we can be in touch with each other.

  5. Oh my, that is a funny memory. Good thing it was a virtual drive and no one got hurt.