my car - ok, it's a mom car, a minivan - is in the shop for a checkup and i am driving mr. fastlane's car. i rarely drive it, not sure why, but when i do i have so much fun! no, it's nothing fancy or sporty, it a newer simple middle of the line honda civic, but....it's a manual. there is something about shifting that makes it seem faster and zippier. maybe i love it because it harkens back to my youth when i drove a stick, and it makes me feel young again - even with three go-go-gadget girls sitting in the back!