I've been a long time lurker of the forum, but first time poster!
About three years ago I stepped into Honda (fresh out of college) and picked up an 09 Civic Sedan and my husband suggested (really made me) get a standard. I couldn't drive it at all and couldn't even drive it off the lot when I bought it.
Three years later I just drove off the lot in a TW SI Sedan, I am in love with this car! And thankfully my husband didn't let me buy the automatic the first time!