I guess I'm a bit different in that I much prefer shifting gears. I drive off road quite a bit and my thinking is that I am less likely to get stuck with manual. I also prefer manual transmission in more high performance vehicles. I grew up with mostly automatics and there is just something about shifting gears that I like better. I can understand your point though. My favorite saying is "Thats why they make chocolate and vanilla" we get to choose what we want.