Comments: Little Red Chevette

I've never been to a funeral even though I've had many "opportunities" (mad choice of words I suppose)

As for stick, my mom tried to teach me in their Ford Ranger pickup. We did this once. Never again.

It urks me still to this day that I don't know how. I understand the concept, just need to get in there and do it.

Posted by Sissy at July 22, 2007 11:56 PM

Daughter just got a car with manual transmission. Adapted quickly and now loves her little red car. I will send you a pic with a story later.

Posted by Peggy U at July 23, 2007 02:02 AM

Did you ever see my little pile of sh.t? A sh.t brown vw bug? Manual? I got pictures and stories... one day.

Posted by vw bug at July 23, 2007 05:52 AM

Come to think of it, I think when you came over for dinner and I retrieved you from your hotel you were surprised to see me driving a stick.

I had to wait for them to find my orange Element in a five-speed. Standard transmissions are not the norm anymore. The sales guy kept insisting I get an automatic. It must have been easier for them to sell me a car from the lot than search for the car I actually wanted.

Posted by wRitErsbLock at July 23, 2007 07:22 AM

Sissy- Its just practice and getting the feel. And every car is different, or so it has felt to me, getting the right finesse as to when to engage the clutch. i think littler cars are easier to learn with as there is not so much 'car' to worry about, although I think that shouldn't probably matter.

Peggy- Holy crap. That is a hysterical story! The car fits her too. I wonder if she will teach him? Heh. If he will allow it?

VW- that is not what we drove when we were in college, I don't think...

Writersblock- I was shocked. I was thinking, "She got this on a lot, stick?" You just don't see them anymore, unless its a little car, and even then, you don't much anymore. Not down here, in S. FL. For sure.

Posted by Bou at July 23, 2007 07:35 AM

Was Prince blaring on the radio??

Posted by Christina at July 23, 2007 09:16 AM

First car I ever bought was a 91 Ford Ranger, 5 speed. Didn't know how to drive a stick when I bought it, but it was $1000 cheaper and all I could afford.

Now that I can afford automatic trans I will never drive another stick. My knees couldn't handle a stick anymore and after getting stuck in a snowstorm on a hwy for 3 hours in very very slow moving traffic with my stupid stick I voided never to own a stick again.

I couldn't walk for days.

Posted by Quality Weenie at July 23, 2007 11:23 AM

Like you, I preferred driving a stick, until my accident. I can still do it, but my left leg is not so reliable and occasionally gets part of the brake pedal. Not too much fun when trying to do a power shift on entering the freeway.

You nailed it! Funerals are for the living. I am so sorry that I missed my godfather's funeral earlier this year.

Posted by Denny at July 23, 2007 09:24 PM

I prefer a stick because

1) control

2) better gas mileage

3) a new clutch is cheaper than a new transmission

Posted by Harvey at July 24, 2007 08:49 AM

The only place I prefer automatic is the stop and go line up at the Canadian border crossing. Clutch gets a real workout there.

Posted by Peggy U at July 24, 2007 01:29 PM

My car is a stick - Audi A4 - I love it. There are hills in MA so it's not like Chicago where it's flat and I have no trouble driving it. It's so much more fun than an automatic.

Posted by Teresa at July 24, 2007 04:22 PM

You have much greater mental strength than I do. I do not even want to go to my funeral. Cremate me and throw my ashes on some nice lake.

As for the stick shift, be glad you can drive one. Us seniors don't have the legs or knees.

nice article. Enjoyed.

Posted by nickel1942 at July 24, 2007 04:23 PM

So you quilt? Do you knit, by any chance?

Posted by Peggy U at July 25, 2007 02:44 AM