What do Indiana Jones, Batman, James Bond, and the guy who drove the tractor in Aerosmith's "Crazy" video have in common? They all (presumably) know how to drive stick shift cars. And, that's hot. Very hot. I LOVE it when I'm driving with a guy and he's downshifting on turns and zooming through the gears to get to 65 mph.
However, when a guy picks me up and I see that his car is automatic, my heart sinks a little, like I've just learned that he has a hotmail email address or that he has never lived out-of-state. He probably likes Domino's Pizza and thinks that the Transformers movies are good, too. [Wow, that was a baseless, sweeping generalization. Sorry 'bout that.]
It takes initiative to learn stick shifts. And, once you learn it, you'll see that you have more control over the vehicle and it keeps your mind sharper as you drive. Stick shift guys know that the neutral gear is your friend. And, it's always fun to just jam it into second gear once your car is in motion. First gear? Don't need it! That's what I'm talkin' about.
Honestly, I think it freaks some guys out when they see that my car is stick shift. I feel like some part of their subconscious thinks it's unfeminine perhaps? I'm not even going to get into the Freudian implications of a woman jockeying a stick shift with skill (which I'm sure there must be.) I don't know and I don't care. I love my stick shift car and all the guys that can drive it. Vroom vroom, gear shifting straight to my heart.