[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Wed Dec 15 17:49:25 GMT 2021


I had a stick shift when I was stationed at Upper Heyford RAF.

William A Wenrich

  *   A sinner dependent on God’s grace.

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Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Parallel parking

For the longest time after I got my driver's license I couldn't drive stick
shift, but I forced myself to learn almost trashing my mom's Pinto which
possibly had the worst stick and clutch system in auto history. Later on
when I lived in Big Sur I  bought a 74 Honda Civic stick shift which got me
up and down the coast. When my Dad  died I inherited his Toyota which had a
stick. And drove it from Missouri to Santa Cruz. Years later, I went and
and got a CDL (aka Commercial Drivers License) and learned how to drive a
18 wheeler truck, that brought on a whole new kettle of worms because, you
had to learn how to double clutch a truck when you shift gears all 9 to 15
gears. (Double clutch is, you push the clutch in shift gears, release the
clutch to synch the engine rpms and then engage the clutch to shift up or
down) extremely fun when you hit steep grades on the highway.
   If you really want to learn drive with a clutch, there are classes.
It'll come in handy if you have to steel a stick shift.. . Or an 18
wheeler.
My future bucket list is to drive a stick shift in Great Britain.

On Tue, Dec 14, 2021, 9:34 PM Richard G. Molpus <rgmolpus at flash.net> wrote:

> When I was in Qatar, all the company trucks were manual transmission. It
> took me a day to remember all the right reflexes, but I didn't have any
> trouble,
>
> A new guy was hired, he didn't know how to drive a stick. I took him into
> the HUGE safety space around the base, and started him practicing the basic
> actions - pressing the clutch, where the gears were, advancing the throttle
> a bit when releasing the clutch.
>
> We were doing fine - he was nervous during his early attempt, when two
> Hummvees boxed us in.
>
> The MP were wondering what the HELL we were doing. They had brought all
> the usual toys of their profession - M4 rifles, a light machine gun, etc.
>
> I explained that I was teaching my new worker how to drive a stick
> shift... The MPs said 'OK, but next time call us first.'
>
> We were very cautious driving on base for the next few weeks.
>
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> On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 07:27:45 PM CST, Howard Brazee <
> howard at brazee.net> wrote:
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> > On Dec 14, 2021, at 6:10 PM, Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
> <mailto:gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>> wrote:
> >
> > .... I can't....
> > ....I... I can't....
> > ....
> > ....I can't... drive a manual car. I can only drive automatic.
> >
> > Ohhhh the relief of saying it out loud at last! Yes, it's true.
> > I know, I know.... I should have made the effort to learn,
> > but... I've just always had automatics.
>
> So how do you know you can’t drive a manual transmission car?
>
>
> (I wish this List group would accept e-mail from howardbrazee at mac.com
> <mailto:howardbrazee at mac.com>)
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