I will start of with Driving in America..I can not believe i paid 20$ for my driving permit! In Germany and England you pay an arm and a leg to learn how to drive. In Germany it costs around 2000euros and you have to take classes, do a written test and then do a certain amount of driving with an instructor before you are even allowed to take your driving test. They even make sure you do a certain amount of driving at night and in different weather conditions if possible. I took my test for my driving permit in Clarksville in Nov and i didnt even study much. I read the booklet and went to take the test as i figured most of it is just common sence. I was really nervous but everyone told me it would be easy as and that i had nothing to worry about. I got to the DMV pulled a ticket waited a while and then had to go into the testing room. There must have been 10 computers up against the wall so close to each other that i could have probably seen what the person next to me was answering if someone was sat there. All i had to do was answer 30 questions, and it even gave you options a,b,c or d!!!! WOW. After that i had my picture taken, i got handed my permit and was free to sit in a car and drive! Seriously i was gobsmacked lol. I had tried driving once or twice before but never on busy roads or anything. Just on the back roads on base where no one goes. It's is beyond me why this is even allowed but it makes life a whole lot easier for me that it is so simple to get a license. Jon had stopped the truck on the way home and told me to drive..I wasn't ready to sit in his big ass chevy truck with cars all over the place but i guess the best way to learn is to be thrown into the deep end. It was fun. I was actually better at driving then i thought. Im going to take my driving test hopefully in April which is only going to cost another 20$ and from everyone i have heard that took their test in Clarksville, you drive around the DMV and park your car and you have it lol. As much as i think it is great that its easy and gives people the opportunity to get their license even when they dont have a lot money it really is bad. People dont know what an INDICATOR is and as soon as there is a bit of snow the whole of Clarksville shuts down. What did i read in the papers...74accidents in 3 hours. I wonder why?
Now to a topic that makes my anxiety hit the roof every time i think about it. GUNS! Before i moved to America i was not aware how many people have a gun or 5. Wether it be on them or in there house this freaks me out. I have never lived in a place where this is ok. I remember when Jon said to me he wanted to get a gun for home protection. My answer was "You can get stuffed if you think a gun is coming anywhere near me or my house!!" The thought of having a gun around me scared the hell out of me. When we found the house we wanted to buy everything seemed ok. The house was in a cul-de-sac and the neighbourhood seemed queit. After we had finished the closing out and stuff we were driving down our road when we saw the neighbour who lives 4 doors down. We stopped to ask what it was like in the area. He went on telling us how our neighbour right next door JUST GOT OUT OF JAIL FOR SHOOTING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD!!!! From this day on i didn't feel safe at all (I never felt safe in the old townhouse but it wasn't as bad). The first thing we got installed in our new house was the security system. This super high tech awesome thing...but i still dont feel safe. Jon leaves for work at 0530 and i will not go back to sleep because im scared someone will break into the house and do something to me. Reading the local newspaper with a new story every week about another shooting or body found or break in probably doesnt help either. I have been to many places in America and i know not all places are as bad as Clarksville but no matter where i go in America it just feels different when it comes to feeling safe. I guess for Americans the whole gun thing is normal and may seem like im crazy but when you dont grow up with this kind of lifestyle it is pretty scary. I do try to come to terms with the fact that it is ok but it is very hard to accept it. When i found out Jon was deploying my first thought was, a knife under my pillow a baseball bat next to my bed and a gun. Yes i want a gun. Im scared to have one but i want one and god forbid i ever have to use it. And you know whats crazy...Jon took me to a gun shop to check out some guns and the lady at the store told me if someone breaks in and trys to go for me its better to SHOOT and KILL because you will get away with it as it was self defence but if you SHOOT and WOUND someone you will get charged for attempted murder?? How twisted is that! I got to shoot 2 guns. A pistol and a Revolver.