She actually got her license because Mom and Dad threatened to stop taking her places if she didn't. We lived in the country
(In all fairness, in the last, ah, 12 years or so she HAS improved- but she's still not what I'd call a great driver. On the other hand, lots of people don't like the way I drive, so maybe I just don't know.)
I learned standard before automatic by choice (like learning to ride a bike on a hilly/bumpy road..that wasn't by choice, but it made all other surfaces pretty easy). We had a standard Jetta and automatic station wagon, but got another standard Jetta and no more station wagon shortly after I got my permit anyway. And then my first car was a 1974 VW bug (standard transmission). But I didn't REALLY start driving until last year, on Boyfriend's car...which is a standard. I've practically never had the chance to drive an automatic =P
Journal on depression/anxiety
Currently trying to figure out WTF to eat (for IBS-C).
ETA: P.S. At least she has the mayor to look out for her best interests in the soda department!:P
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