Jan. 7th, 2008
It lives!  
This is a good sign. Maybe I will get my car back sometime this year after all. In another week, it'll have been 2 months since the accident, and my car is somewhere being "put back together."

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Subject: MobileGuardian Alert
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 15:23:50 +0000
From: system@mymobileguardian.com<system@mymobileguardian.com>
To: mgalert**@d********y.com

Your vehicle anti-theft alarm system has been activated (My G35)

I'm digging the Mini, but there's nothing pretty about me driving a stick in the rain. There are a lot of girly shrieks followed by cries of "OMG We're going to die!" and "I'm trying! I'm trying!" when I stall the damn thing, which fortunately isn't often now.

Seriously, what is the draw to manual transmissions? I cry now every time I see a STOP sign, and I've never done as many California Stops as I have in the past week.

The novelty of a manual transmission wears off after like 5 minutes. It's so NOT like Xbox at all (Xbox doesn't lunge). I can't ever change the radio station or even scratch an itch. Hands, both feet—it's like a full body workout.

Sadly, apparently my car's in the shop for yet another week. I asked the nice lady at the car rental place to please find me an automatic Mini. She was supposed to call me back but never did. We hate her now.

I guess at least the rain stopped.

And now a word from our Meme (Chris who?):
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86% Joe Biden
85% John Edwards
84% Hillary Clinton
78% Dennis Kucinich
78% Mike Gravel
74% Bill Richardson
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24% Tom Tancredo
22% Mitt Romney
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 7th, 2008 - 07:32 pm
i'd KILL to have a standard. (no car at all, since i don't need one here). but seriously: automatics are so boring, and they feel so pointless. sort of like the car is driving me, rather than the other way around.

it's odd that you mention the mini... i miss mine terribly. total maxed-out version, 5-speed... it was like a souped-up racecar that drove like a go-kart. :) LOL.

i feel so much more 'in control' of the car with a manual transmission. and really, once you get used to it, it's very hard to go back, and i also believe they force people to become better drivers. :D

that's my input.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 07:40 pm
but i have tiptronic to feel in control. and no pesky clutch after taste!
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 7th, 2008 - 07:45 pm

'tiptronic' is like... is like... electronic westminster chimes in clocks. people THINK they're a good idea, and it makes them look cool... but really, it's just tacky.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 07:49 pm
pish. we have the technology, we should use it!
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 7th, 2008 - 07:51 pm
you asked for our reasons, and i'm givin' 'em.
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hUcKiE: Carshuckie on January 7th, 2008 - 07:55 pm
I agree. A tiptronic is nothing more than a fancy interface slapped on the same old torque converter in every crappy automatic transmission. DSG is the only acceptable alternative to a manual.
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danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 09:25 pm
DSG is actually a *superior* transmission to a conventional manual, technology-wise. It is, however, just as boring and uninvolving as any other "slapshift" transmission.
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hUcKiE: Carshuckie on January 7th, 2008 - 09:36 pm
It's hard to beat an 8 ms shift time. I do tend to "feel" all of the control with the DSG that I normally feel in a manual with the DSG, and this is the chief complaint about automatics from those of us that grew up with a stick. And not having to deal with shifting in stop and go traffic creeping through the Bay Bridge metering lights is A+. Even in spirited driving, dropping it into S provides everything you could ever want.

But...I have to agree...there is something strangely satisfying about over-complicating the shift process.
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cutenyeboicutenyeboi on January 7th, 2008 - 08:28 pm
IAWTC Automatics aren't driving.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 7th, 2008 - 07:32 pm
danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 09:27 pm
Plus, cars with manual transmissions tend to get slightly better mileage than those with automatics.

I'm a 100% defender of manual transmission, but I believe this is officially no longer true.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 7th, 2008 - 09:32 pm
danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 09:43 pm
What I should have said was that it is not *universally* true. There are certainly cases where it is, but with the advent of things like 7-speed automatics, CVTs, DSGs, etc., there are a lot of cases where clutch-pedal-less vehicles outperform their three-pedaled counterparts. (I may have gotten a little carried away with the hyphens :))
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 10:39 pm
yeah I could feel the car more if I had manual windows, but I'm not doing that either. :-P
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danabnrml9 on January 7th, 2008 - 07:35 pm
You just aren't "one" with the car yet. Once you have the hang of a manual then you never go back. The only things I don't like about it are the inability to talk on the phone (unless I'm on the freeway, anyway) or do things along those lines. Beyond that, you do stop noticing the inconveniences rather quick, and in fact I always find that I forget how fast I'm going (or not going) whenever I drive an automatic. Less like I'm driving than, just, I don't know, "moving." It's not as much fun.
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jay dee 8chjdhorner on January 7th, 2008 - 07:46 pm
sounds like you need a BT headset.
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hUcKiE: Carshuckie on January 7th, 2008 - 07:40 pm
People having trouble with a manual is hours of lulz. srsly. What is so hard about it? All my cars were stick, even when living in SF where everyone was, OMG you drive a manual in the city, are you crazy??? I thought I would never consider getting rid of it, until I met the VW DSG. Most awesome transmission ever. Now I'm not sure I could ever buy anything else. :(
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 07:44 pm
it's too much to deal with. i can't even get the windows open cuz i'm always doing pressing or pushing or shifting something. it's not as if I get above 40 for any length of time. i often just drive in 2nd cuz i'm tired of shifting. i've gotten oddly good at starting from 2nd.

they better hurry with my car, or i'm returning a puddle of goo instead of a transmission and clutch.
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(no subject) - andrewshead on January 7th, 2008 - 09:03 pm
Fu Fu: ORLYcrazy_trekkie on January 7th, 2008 - 07:52 pm
You stay classy, San Diego.
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danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 09:38 pm
Manual transmissions are simply more involving. If you like driving, and you take pride in how skillfully you do so, driving a manual enhances the feeling of pleasure. There is actually more to driving a manual transmission than even most lifetime stick drivers realize. There are techniques derived from racing that actually involve pushing the gas pedal and brake pedal at the same time. Intentionally! It's actually possible to get your car moving on a level surface without touching the gas pedal. If you want to downshift without any lurching, it can be done. There's a lot of skills to be learned and honed, and for certain drivers, this equals fun. YMMV (and clearly does :)).

After writing all that, I'm now thinking your question was probably rhetorical :)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 10:37 pm
I can downshift without lurching with my tiptronic G35. The computer matches the revs perfectly so that it doesn't lurch. I dunno why I'd want to do that by hand!
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danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 10:54 pm
I'd want to do it by hand foot because I *can't* match revs perfectly. Only sometimes can I get it just right, and when I do, it's awesome. "Sports cars" and "sports sedans" are so named because they are supposed to make driving fun the way playing sports is fun. Having a machine do the rev-matching for me would be like having a machine shoot the basketball for me. I'm not interested in a perfect "swoosh" every time. Without challenge, there is no reward.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on January 7th, 2008 - 10:57 pm
really? I always wondered why we still had humans playing football. I'm sure the whole thing can be turned into a video game!
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danthmanes on January 7th, 2008 - 11:22 pm
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zedinbed on January 8th, 2008 - 01:48 am
We're political twins. That looks a lot like my results. :)
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Primus Dorrajimus: L.A. trafficgethenix on January 8th, 2008 - 04:00 am
Oh, you poor, poor thing. I feel so sorry for you. I hate the nice rental lady too.

I have dreams of driving stick and not being able to control the vehicle and then slam into something.

"xbox doesn't lunge."

best. comment. evar!
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