I am old enough to know how to double de clutch while changing gears when driving a truck like vehicle. But I have never owned a manual geared car. I think they are stupid and even now buses and concrete mixer trucks have fully automatic gears. There was a weird period where pre selector gears were used, which I never understood.
In England 2008 R's ex brother in law hired a car for us with automatic gears, as he knew that is what Australians drive. There was no need. R once had a manual VW Beetle and we both know how to drive manual gear change cars.
My father and uncle used to call Mother's father lazy for buying automatic cars in the 60s and 70s, well two of them. The second car he bought was a manual, but he returned to the showroom to change it to an automatic, and he used to drive an old truck with manual gears to the market. I bought the car from my grandmother after my grandfather died.
The passionate gear changers have fallen though. A few years ago Bone Doctor replaced her 4WD with another, this time an automatic. Sister was passionately anti automatic gears, but the car she bought this year is an automatic.
Now Daniel Bowen has bought an automatic. I remember commenting to him years ago that the manual gear change car he had just bought might not be so easy to sell when he wanted the next new car. Cars of the age he just traded in are almost worthless, so it was a moot point.
I think driving a manual car is rather like whisking egg whites for a meringue manually or with an electric whisk. There is a lot of stirring with your hand, along with so much wearing out of your left foot with all that clutch activity.
I can't think of any usual blog mate in the UK, surely not you Marie, or the US who would drive a manual car. Surely not Gattina? Maybe Gosia? Walt and Ken in France, I think their newest car is automatic, if not their old one. I can only think of one person last standing who probably does drive a manual. Take a bow, Cro.