I hope I continue to like my work…

Tomorrow is my first full day at work. I’m going to arrive at 8 am and leave at 6 pm and I work 9-11am, 2-4pm, & 5-6pm. I’m really going to hate Tuesdays soon… I also work 2-5pm on Thursdays at the middle school and 10-11am & 2-4pm on Fridays at the high school. It’s actually a decent work schedule (compared to working 5 days a week like last year), but the problem is the train schedule. I have to arrive at 11:40am on Thursdays, and I cannot leave until 5:43pm on Friday. I won’t get home until 7 pm all three days.

David started teaching me how to drive a manual car this weekend. I hate it so much. I’m mad at the fact that these cars still exist and automatic cars are so expensive here. By the time I feel comfortable driving the car, it will be winter and I won’t want to drive in snow. ::sigh::

Time for bed already since I have to leave at 6:30 am tomorrow morning!

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  • Samantha

    Why are you mad they still exist? They’re actually more fuel efficient and better than the environment than our gas-guzzling automatics!And at least here in Bretagne, most of the time, automatics are often cheaper than manuals because no one wants them (same as why manuals are usually cheaper in the US). Of course, if you’re looking for a brand-new one though, they’re still expensive!

  • Samantha

    Why are you mad they still exist? They’re actually more fuel efficient and better than the environment than our gas-guzzling automatics!

    And at least here in Bretagne, most of the time, automatics are often cheaper than manuals because no one wants them (same as why manuals are usually cheaper in the US). Of course, if you’re looking for a brand-new one though, they’re still expensive!

  • Destination Metz

    I hate manual cars too, they are so difficult and I just can’t co-ordinate myself when I’m using them. There’s enough shit to deal with in terms of traffic and stuff on the road let alone worrying about gearsticks and pedals. Maybe buying a car from Bretagne is a good idea. Also, apparently cars in Luxembourg are cheaper too.

  • Destination Metz

    I hate manual cars too, they are so difficult and I just can’t co-ordinate myself when I’m using them. There’s enough shit to deal with in terms of traffic and stuff on the road let alone worrying about gearsticks and pedals. Maybe buying a car from Bretagne is a good idea. Also, apparently cars in Luxembourg are cheaper too.

  • joy suzanne

    Jennie, don’t sweat it. You’ll learn on the manual. I had two manuals at home–a little WV and a Saturn, too. You’re going to get the hang of it. It’s all about getting coordinated, IMO. Just about being smooth with the clutch. Once you’ve got that, it’s easy!I think your schedule would be soooo much better if you drove yourself…(And Samantha’s right about the mileage–manuals are way better on gas).

  • joy suzanne

    Jennie, don’t sweat it. You’ll learn on the manual. I had two manuals at home–a little WV and a Saturn, too. You’re going to get the hang of it.

    It’s all about getting coordinated, IMO. Just about being smooth with the clutch. Once you’ve got that, it’s easy!

    I think your schedule would be soooo much better if you drove yourself…

    (And Samantha’s right about the mileage–manuals are way better on gas).

  • Matthew Sephton-Pike

    Wow. I never realised that adults found it so difficult to drive a manual. It’s really not THAT difficult to cope with the co-ordination thing, but mainly because we learn it here when we’re 17 and have about 50 more years to practice. Autos are buggers on the brakes and tyres, too!

  • Matthew Sephton-Pike

    Wow. I never realised that adults found it so difficult to drive a manual. It’s really not THAT difficult to cope with the co-ordination thing, but mainly because we learn it here when we’re 17 and have about 50 more years to practice.

    Autos are buggers on the brakes and tyres, too!

  • Penny

    Manuals are great once you get the hang of them but they are tricky to learn. I remember when my mum was teaching me at 16 and she said “change down into second as you go around the corner”. I was like, “What? I can either change into second or I can go around the corner, but I cant do both!”But it will become easy with a bit of practice. Bummer about the trains. Hope you enjoy your classes

  • Penny

    Manuals are great once you get the hang of them but they are tricky to learn. I remember when my mum was teaching me at 16 and she said “change down into second as you go around the corner”. I was like, “What? I can either change into second or I can go around the corner, but I cant do both!”

    But it will become easy with a bit of practice. Bummer about the trains. Hope you enjoy your classes

  • Crystal

    don’t feel like you have to give in to the manual car!!! I’ve lived in France for two years, and have been happily driving an automatic car that I found for under 1000 euros and with which I’ve had few problems. French people are always nagging me to learn to drive manual, but I say if cheap, automatic cars exist in France, why not just stick to what I know and what Im comfortable with? Driving in France isnt always synonymous with driving manual!!!

  • Crystal

    don’t feel like you have to give in to the manual car!!! I’ve lived in France for two years, and have been happily driving an automatic car that I found for under 1000 euros and with which I’ve had few problems. French people are always nagging me to learn to drive manual, but I say if cheap, automatic cars exist in France, why not just stick to what I know and what Im comfortable with? Driving in France isnt always synonymous with driving manual!!!

  • dadwag

    Jennwhen you come home for the wedding I’ll let you drive my tractor is has a clutch so you can practice without running over anyone

  • dadwag

    Jenn
    when you come home for the wedding I’ll let you drive my tractor is has a clutch so you can practice without running over anyone

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