By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:26 PM EST
There you go. Car theft foiled by a manual transmission. And, I might add, a helpful owner. This is where Bean and I diverge. Bean told the guy to push in the clutch. My response would have been different - "I don't know, I was just trying to figure that out myself" perhaps, or "First, you have to sit on the gearshift."
Either way, this would probably lead to a point where Bean and I diverge again, because they took his wallet and house keys but left him alive and I don't think I would have gotten that "consideration." Granted, I would have died with a certain amount of satisfaction bred by defiance, but they still would mostly likely have killed me, and that's not in my plans at the moment.
Anyway, my point is reinforced: Chances are, most of today's car thieves can't drive a stick. Bad guys with a gun were stopped by a good guy with a manual transmission.
And because of this, I am really, really upset that the aforementioned manual transmission is disappearing from American automobiles.
Oh, sure, you can get one in Randolph Bean Model Chevrolet Mid-Life Crisis, but it's next to impossible to get a pickup with a manual transmission. Good grief. You'd think if the auto companies offered stick shifts in anything, it would be pickups. What could be more appropriate, especially since I'm truck shopping at the moment?
Oh well. For now, I'll take my victory in knowing that in this one instance, at least, logic won. A car with a manual transmission proved to be un-stealable.
I told you so.
© 2013 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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