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Kellie_Cantrell
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The way that I am, and the way that I be. Isn't neccessarily always right, but I'm not always wrong. I've found that part of being an adult is that I have to make choices. Well duh right.... But not only do I make a choice but in that choice, I waive my right to its consequences. Whether wrong or right, a decision that is made, is my responisibility. So on the 7th, I decided to buy a car.... I bought a 2001 Ford Focus.... NOW I have to learn to drive it, and take responsibility for my choice to settle for a manual when I only know to drive an automatic.
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1 posted 02-10-2006 07:42 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

KellieGal~
You go girlie !

What fun learning something new !

I've been on automatic pilot for so many years, don't know if I even remember how to drive a standard shift~

Good for you~
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~*Marge*~

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Not A Poet
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Practice! It'll come to you pretty quick. Just remember you have to give it a little gas to let the clutch out from a stop.
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3 posted 02-10-2006 10:56 AM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

This brought up memories from soooo long ago.  I learned to drive in an old stick shift car with a 'rumble seat'.  How many remember what that is?  The clutch used to grab regardless of how slowly it was released and those who sat in the rumble seat, either got shut in or near whiplash. This took place on the 5 acres next to our home where we had a figure 8 track for practicing. 55 years ago there were no drivers permits, one just learned then went to the police station to get their drivers license.  

Good luck!
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I don't think the problem is that you bought a manual transmission (all but one of the 15 or so vehicles I've owned in my life were manuals) - the problem is that you bought a Ford.
Kellie_Cantrell
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5 posted 02-11-2006 04:32 AM       View Profile for Kellie_Cantrell   Email Kellie_Cantrell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellie_Cantrell

I got it on the 7th, and I've done fine sooo far. But yesterday I drove on a real road... not the K-Mart parking lot... and I couldnt get it to go at this stop sign... and I was getting frustrated.. tears in the eyes frustrated and a big huge van was coming forward at me pretty fast and I was rolling backwards... so I paniced put on my hazard lights and just sat there till it went by... when I realized, it was a very slight incline, not a hill... but a small incline that wasnt really all that visible to the eye... and yeah so ive got it pretty well, I can get it all the way to 3rd gear now! I assume I look like an idiot but at least I'm not giving up! and the more i practice the easier it seems to get... I have a feelings I will be rolling the windows down and blaring music in no time at all!
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Ah Kellie, thanks for the memories.  I first learned to drive in a 1969 Opel GT, rust-orange in color.  Brand new.  My ex bought it just before we were to be married.  He taught me to drive the stick-shift, and I was getting it down pretty good.

Then I left with my family for our last family vacation before the wedding.  Well, I can think of many reasons why my ex is just that. I should have seen so much, but I was indeed, blinded by the thought of loving him. While we were gone, he decided to work 36 hours straight, then partied with some guys who were seeing a friend out of the service.

You guessed it.  We got a call in South Dakota that he rolled the car. HE came out unscathed, as he had fallen asleep at the wheel [with a little help from a few drinks] so he just rolled with the car.  The new car, however, was totalled.

I paid on that car for three years as the insurance didn't cover the loan.

It was about a year later, though, when my knowledge of a stick shift came into play. I had a friend whose husband had parked his stick shift behind her automatic, and she had to go shopping for the baby's food. He was dead to the world asleep [railroad guy...work hard, sleep harder!] so she had to come to me to ask me to move his vehicle so she could get hers out of the garage.

  You'll come to find that you love driving a stick-shift!



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Kelly, my daughter Jan,loves a stick shift.  One: she feels she is in control and two: very few drive one now a days so she never has to lend it to anyone. The only people who were allowed to drive her car was her Dad and later when he was old enough her son.

I also learned on a stick shift and had the experience of being at a stop light on the top of a hill and being very frightened. I was thirty two when I learned to drive but as frightened as any younger than that. You can do it. martyjo
 
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