Thursday, June 25, 2009

Second Nature

People will tell you that driving a stick shift is "easy" and that is because second nature... I was just wondering how many times on average I will have to stall in the middle of intersections with angry downtown rush hour drivers in 90 degree Minnesota humidity before that happens. My apologies to anyone who was trying to take a left turn from the Harmar parking lot onto Snelling on Tuesday evening... I know you all missed the light, it honestly was not intentional that I didn't get the car into gear until the light turned yellow, sometimes that is just the way things are.

Because I will just tell you that while I find it very funny for the car to violently shake and then stall, I don't think my fellow drivers find it as amusing. Not only do I look ridiculous when I stall the car but I have to talk to myself in order to make sure I am doing everything right...
"Ok, push the clutch... foot on the brake... put it in first.... foot off the brake... and give it gas while you release the clutch (Shake Shake, Stall) Ok... push the clutch... foot on the brake... put it in neutral... start the car.... first gear..." You get the idea:)

So far this has been the greatest adjustment to married life... I have to learn to drive Chuck's car. I don't get why people would want to intentionally give themselves work while they were driving... I like driving automatics because I don't have to think about what gear I am in, where my RPM's are, if the clutch is pushed in far enough... in fact my left foot gets a complete break. I can focus on listening to my music really loud, singing out the window, flying my hand like an airplane out the window and putting on lip gloss in the rear view mirror just like you are supposed to when you drive!

What is really funny about all of this is that when I was in high school I thought that it was cool to have a stick shift, but I did not... so I would PRETEND to be shifting so that people who saw me in my truck thought I was driving a stick.... NERD ALERT. Once again... thanks Chuck for marrying me!!!!!

I have never loved riding my bicycle so much as I do now.

2 comments:

Reuben said...

Bikes are WAY better than cars anyday.

And I agree... the benefits of manual transmissions are just slim anymore.. I would never buy a manual transmission... but yes.. it will eventually be second nature...

Karen said...

I'm going to have to let Juella read this as she is trying to learn to drive with my car. You know that I have a stick shift. I had to laugh as this because that is exactly what Juella would be saying if she got stuck. She's pretty funny. Anyway, she's about to get her license. She's been able to drive her friends cars around and they're automatics. She likes those for some reason...
Have a great day!