Kids typically start riding motorbikes at a very early age in…

IMG_1852…Thailand, frequently causing problems for everybody else.  They seem to think that if they’re on the shoulder of the road, then there’s no problem.  The problem is that drivers go both directions on that shoulder.  As if streets weren’t crowded and congested enough already, you have to weave through people coming at you from all directions.  Mississippi takes the award for early four-wheel driving, however.  In rural areas it wasn’t uncommon at all to see thirteen-year-olds driving on country roads.  The rules didn’t apply to farm machinery.

Little Teddie drove his tractor all over town long before driving age, gaining a reputation he still maintains to this day.  Surely the cops knew what he was doing, but never stopped it.  It’s all a matter of who you know.  Of course in Mississippi you could get a full driving license at fifteen, so it wasn’t so bad.  I got a learner’s permit to drive in class at fourteen, fine as long as a real driver was in the car.  We had a circular driveway, so I drove around that sucker endlessly.  Life was exciting in Brandon, Mississippi, famous because we had a Miss America once…

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