but my first car was a 1983 Datsun 200SX stick. i loved that car. beyond that, i regularly drove my brothers 1989 Toyota Celica manual and my moms truck (whatever that was) manual.
my friend had what i thought was an interesting approach to learning a stick. he had never driven one before, but when he went to buy a car he did some research and went to the Honda dealership to buy a new Honda Civic Si. it only comes in manual. his attitude was "well, i just bought it. i have to get it home somehow." and learned on the road. still has it, and hes pretty good at it.
The only cars I've ever owned, and 95% of the time I've driven in my life, are rear wheel drive. I thought it was going to change a few months back and I was going to also own a FWD, but that fell through.