I bought a car a few days ago, a manual. I had to. This is Europe and virtually everyone drives a manual. Similarly to how almost everyone in the US and Australia drives an automatic. (Why do people do "manual" to themselves? It's like, to paraphrase Seinfeld, the Chinese persistance with the chopsticks after being shown the fork.) Anyway, I now have to learn to drive the freaking thing. Man, is this an exercise in frustration or what! Right now I suck pretty badly. It's kinda perplexing to see 18 year old airhead chicks wizzing around while I can barely go forward two meters without stalling the damn thing; am I ever going to get it right? Could I really be that uncoordinated?