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18 May 2006 @ 01:43 pm
manual transmissions  
I quite enjoy teaching how to drive a stick shift. I don't think I'd want to do it for a living, but it's lots of fun and excitement.
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Jilljill_mbs on May 18th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
hehe... wanna teach me? :)
ashi: honda tohruashi on May 18th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Sure! When? Are you still in Santa Cruz?
Jilljill_mbs on May 18th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
For a couple more weeks, anyway. Wanna trade a stick-driving lesson for dinner at Saturn? We could do it after BayCon is over (also coincides with the end of my finals for school).
ashi: saturn cafeashi on May 18th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
Sure. :) Know a good emptyish parking lot, graveyard, or some such? We shan't start on 17...
Jilljill_mbs on May 18th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
How cute! You changed your icon for the occasion. :) I will have one in mind by the time we do it.
ashi: ai-khan!!!ashi on May 18th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I've been known to make an icon for a reply, heh. Especially if I'm at work on a Sunday...
_darkvictory_darkvictory on May 18th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Where did you go? I've been trying to learn, but gvdub and I seem to live in a zone where parking lots are considered so precious they are either roped off after hours or protected by extremely unpleasant "security" guards.
ashi: charyb-deskashi on May 18th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Two weeks ago, around 11am, we went to the upper level of the Oakridge mall parking lot, pretty empty at that time of day, though the pillars can be a bit scary. A few months ago, I was teaching another friend at a huge empty parking lot in Berkeley near the marina and race tracks, where there were sometimes a few others doing driving lessons.

I've also found a few graveyards that worked well.
_darkvictory_darkvictory on May 22nd, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Graveyards - perfect for us!
Blessed Holocaust of Tolerance7leaguebootdisk on May 18th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
I taught it 20 years ago for a living, it can by fun.
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on May 18th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Such nice friends to avoid the naughty responses this post opens to. ;)

I think the only problem with driving manual is the stigma associated with it, seeing vehicles abused by the newb driver in a film or verbaly degraded by people who've only known automatic. All things equal I'd prefer manual transmission, though things have never been equal in that regard.
You're aweful trusting of others with your transmission *makes ominous gesture*

just another strangerladyakumu on May 18th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: hehe
You know... I should feel insulted. However, I know I abuse Todd's car.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on May 18th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: hehe
It has had far worse abuse.
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on May 20th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: hehe
Less obscurely put, I don't think it's the actual driving of manual that is difficult.. rather the fear created.. kinda like foreigners and other countries, a FOXite afraid of the terrorist harboring destabilizing Venezuela or the evil 250k+ now dead Iraq civilians.. some people see Hugo Chavez come at them to shake their hand and they might trip over themselves and break their nose.. only, in a vehicle that kind of fear can cause more immediate damage ;)
I've never taught manual transmission, though I have taught automatic.. and a couple times I had to force the person to get out of my car and run a sprint in a parkinglot, spin in circles, then tickle them and tell them bad jokes before they got back in.. and they seriously did a better job at it when they weren't so tense and focused on the mechanics and more for the visual and feel of the drive.
ashi: bunny!ashi on May 18th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: hehe
Indeed. :D

*interprets ominous gesture as throwing it into reverse at 80mph on the freeway* nooo!

Well, my mechanic is cheap, and so is my car. It's good for the teaching.
Dr3Am3ndergesellschaftoi on May 20th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Re: hehe
"what does this do? >yank<" at high speeds or in a sharp turn.
Arielmadtom_o_bedlam on May 18th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'll remember that, my daughter wants to learn this summer.
ashi: charyb-deskashi on May 18th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, never imagined I might be teaching her to drive. Almost makes me feel old now. Nope, that faded quickly. :) Sure, no problem.
just another strangerladyakumu on May 18th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Shut up. Doing 30 mph with power steering works fine.
ashi: arrrr!ashi on May 18th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
I have no complaint. :)
Hein: azumangafub on May 19th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
Funny -- here in the Netherlands (and I guess in most of Europe), everybody learns how to drive stick-shift. If you took your driving lessons in an automatic, you may never drive a stick shift car!
Keris and dott and The Dogkeris on May 19th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's the same in the UK :). I've never driven an automatic and I'm a bit worried as the next time I'm in the US I'll probably be getting my first ever hire car, and that'll be automatic... :)
ashi: give wayashi on May 19th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it seems like a dying art here. I know plenty of people who can't drive a manual, though I have taught several people.

All of my rental cars here have been automatic. Put it in park to start it. There's generally a place to rest your left foot so it can remember not to do anything. You'll mostly use drive, reverse, and park.
Keris and dott and The Dogkeris on May 20th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That was really useful. I'll still be a bit confused when I get into the car, but actually the main problem is going to be managing to rent a model I can reach the pedals in :)
Bug New Leafmoonfroggy on May 19th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
so come give rob more lessons so he can take teh damn test and get his license
we will pay for gas and feed you, as always
Bug New Leafmoonfroggy on May 19th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
and p.s
i think you might be good doing it for a living, or just teaching how to drive in general for a living, might be somethingf or you to look into
ashi: give wayashi on May 19th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
I could teach Deaf people to drive...