Ok...here's my situation in a nutshell. I'm #7 or 8 (not sure which) on the list to order at my dealer in IL. I have requested an automatic simply because I have never driven a manual transmission...IN A CAR. I do however, ride a motorcycle...so I'm pretty sure I could pick it up rather easily. I actually wouldn't mind learning to drive stick...it's been on my life's list of things to do. Problem is, my husband is deadset against a manual trans. Says that he is lazy and prefers the car to do all the work for him...he just wants to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Since he is paying for the car, I sort of feel obligated to abide by his wishes. On the otherhand, I just know that if we changed our request to a manual trans, we might be able to get imaged a lot sooner than our scheduled date of late May or early June. I don't have a beater car that I could practice on...nor do I know any friends that do. I would literally be learning how to drive a 5-spd on my new Sky if I go through with this plan. Part of me thinks it would be fun and fairly easy to learn on the Sky....yet a part of me thinks it's a really stupid idea in the event that I blow a clutch or something. Any advice or comments?