What I don't know how to do, though, is drive a manual transmission. Just never got around to learning. And in the past 3 or 4 years I'd been starting to tell myself, "Ya know, you really oughta learn to drive a stick shift one of these days."
So today was the day I finally got around to calling the local driving schools, and guess what? There is now NOT ONE SINGLE driving school that will teach stick. None of 'em even own a stick shift. Turns out it is easier to take blacksmithing lessons in Portland than to take stick-shift driving lessons.
Oh well, I guess I can prevail upon some manual-driving friend to teach me. I just don't want to risk ruining a good friendship - or a good transmission.