Fifty Dangerous things 3

Driving a car.

This is the first one Sid wanted to do.  Forget making baking soda bombs, smashing glass or gluing fingers, this is the one she had no fear, it was all excitement.

Before we went for a drive we talked about how tools can be dangerous when you don’t use them properly, and how a car was a tool.  Then we headed over to the church parking lot and let her loose.  Wyatt took a turn, but with his short legs all he did was steer while I pushed on the gas.

Brother Driving

Brother driving

Brother driving


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  1. #1 by Josh on April 18, 2010 - 7:48 pm

    Is mom having a heart attack watching this?

  2. #2 by Jeremy on April 19, 2010 - 6:04 am


  3. #3 by Gever on April 19, 2010 - 11:36 am

    I’m the Johnsen Clan’s biggest fan!

  4. #4 by Jessica on April 19, 2010 - 1:17 pm

    Very useful if she’s ever in a car when the driver has a heart attack. Good idea to have her say that kids shouldn’t drive without permission from their parents.

  5. #5 by Josh on April 20, 2010 - 11:41 am

    Do famous authors google themselves like everyone else? Is this how he found you?

  6. #6 by Jeremy on April 20, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    I believe he found me on Flickr first using a Google alert.

  7. #7 by Gever on April 20, 2010 - 2:39 pm

    Actually, Josh, “famous authors” have PR people who google for them. 🙂

    As Jeremy mentioned, I have Google Alerts that send me daily reports of new sightings of “Fifty Dangerous Things”, “Gever Tulley”, “Tinkering School”, and so forth. As a first-time author, it’s incredibly useful to see when and how people talk about the book.

  8. #8 by Josh on April 21, 2010 - 9:23 am

    I watched the Gever TED talk a few months ago and couldn’t wait for my kids to be at a reasonable age to do this kind of stuff.

  9. #9 by Susan M on April 21, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    My husband grew up in Idaho where you can drive if you’re 14 or something like that. He’s had our kids in front of the steering wheel at young ages more than once. The coolest for my son probably being when he was in the 4×4 truck out in the desert.

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