First of all, I want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the good dads out there!
I know it's really another Hallmark holiday, but it is nice to take a moment to appreciate our dads. I had a wonderful dad and can't imagine growing up without him, but I know that's not the case for everyone.
And my years spent working in a hotel restaurant demonstrated the contrast between Mother's Day and Father's Day. Mother's Day brunch was a huge affair while Father's Day consisted of our manager saying "Happy Father's Day!" over the PA system, then handing out cigars to the guys quietly drinking coffee. So a shout out to good dads!
On another note, y'all know I've been teaching Meego to drive, and we got a gently used manual transmission civic for that purpose a couple of months ago. He's been doing well, and yesterday, he completed the Master Drive skills course.
This is really a great program, and I recommend it or something like it to anyone who has a new driver in the family. Chaco and Wolfgang also completed it, and I immediately noticed improvements in their skills and confidence behind the wheel.
The skills course teaches how to deal with unexpected conditions - obstacles, accidents, bad road conditions, etc. They learn responsive techniques for steering, braking, and getting out of slides. They experience what it feels like to lose control of the car during hydroplaning or sliding on ice, and what it feels like when the ABS engages, all under the watchful eyes of knowledgeable, friendly coaches.
The class lasts all day - most of it spent behind the wheel - and culminates in an afternoon "graduation". Just prior to receiving their certificates, the new drivers take parents for a demo drive.
I made a short video to summarize our ride with Meego. You can't really see them in the video, but there are lights along the course that flash suddenly and randomly to simulate some sort of unexpected situation, and the drivers are to respond accordingly. As a passenger, it feels a lot like a carnival ride.
On a side note, Wolfgang and Meego commented that my video editing resembles "an elementary school video project". Well, I reminded them that I didn't have video projects in elementary school, so I'm making up for lost time.