Learned how to drive on my dad's '61 Rambler wagon with three on the tree. My cars during high school and college were a mustang, a Camaro, a '75 VW Rabbit (first year of the model) and a Mazda pickup truck. All manual tranny. Then came a Toyota pickup truck in '81, my wife's Honda Accord and then our '79 528 Bimmer. All manual. Thirty-five years ago I started driving automatics in my company cars and trucks. Averaged 40-45K miles / year. Covered up to11 states and a couple of Canadian provinces at one time, with stop and go traffic in a lot of major cities. Retired in 2017. Driving a stick in stop and go traffic, especially in hilly cities like Seattle and SF, is brutal. Doing that for work led me to driving automatics.