Today my landlord Matt taught me how to drive a manual transmission using his car, a Honda Civic hatchback. We spent about an hour driving around a parking lot, and then I drove from the parking lot to the apartment and made it ok. I got the trick that the release of the clutch has to be very gradual right when the catch is engaged. After that, everything becomes smoother. Very Very cool to learn how to drive a stick shift, opening a lot of opportunities for different cars.
It was not nearly as hard I as thought it would be. So now time to go drive some cars and see what I want!!!