I might have died a little today. I was notified by New York State that I need to renew my driver’s license. I’ve been in denial that I needed to renew since I couldn’t when I was in New York a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve lived in California now for nearly 7 months, providing proof of my residence in New York will be difficult and I’m really not ready to call myself a California resident.
It should be noted that my current driver’s license has been little more than my identification for an excessively long time. I only learned to drive after college and I’ve had to to take driving lessons two different times because I never used the skill when I passed my test.
In New York, my husband and I only had a car for a short time. We wound up giving it up because parking in our Brooklyn neighborhood was a nightmare. We then used Zipcar (an amazing car collective) but I never drove.
My current NY license picture is from when I was 26 years old and until I moved to California, it is the honest truth that I had only driven maybe a dozen times in my entire life. Living in California, I now drive everywhere and sometimes wonder what kept me from driving before.
It could be the NYC MTA Subway system. It’s extensive, easy and I lived across the street and down the block from 2 of the major subway lines for the last 15 years of my life.
The subway is far from perfect but I miss it. It was wonderful to ride the Q train and see the Brooklyn and 59th St Bridges when I was back a few weeks ago. I even got a 7am and a 5pm prosthelytizer on my subway car just to make me feel like I was back home again. It was both annoying and comforting at the same time.
I really do love my new home and I’m very happy that my family and I made this move to California but there are days like today when I feel like my heart is in New York and my body is in CA. Sing it for me Janis…