I always thought it was really hard to learn stick because my peers and I all learned to drive on stick. So our experience was not just learning stick, but also learning to DRIVE.
A generally good driver will learn stick much faster because it's only one new thing to learn. Especially with these new cars that have hill assist and in some cases, clutch assist and auto blipping.
It's that plus an overreaction to bullying and the social stigma of being fat. Which I have a lot of sympathy for - our society can be horrible to fat people. But taking it so far to be in total denial of the ill effects of obesity is not helping either
Good question. Those mini pickups are surprisingly useful and give you a big piece of big truck functionality with very few of the drawbacks. Some of them even had crew cabs!
They're still pretty ubiquitous as work trucks, and had a very active modding scene when I was in California