"row, row, row the boat..." if you get off shifting through all those gears all the time, go for it.... not everyone runs a road course or a drag race every time they drive.I like it how it safes fuel and evey thing runs quieter in an OD. But since you are pissed off by shifting one more gear perhaps an automatic might be a good thing for you.
ok then, why did i swap to a 5spd? because i thought it would be cool... well the "cool" wore off real quick in everyday driving. just another one of those things i've learned the hard way...
and, yeh, my Solstice is an automatic (as is my Enclave, Sebring, Smart, Caravan, Sierra, and motorhome). i drove a stick solstice before buying the automatic and my apparently improper grip on the shifter knob made it possible to inadvertently tune the radio when shifting to 3rd and 5th.