First time on skis: Winter of 1999. It was sort of a blind date . . . during which I borrowed the boys' mothers' ski clothes (she was about five inches shorter than I was). I hurled myself down the hill after my friends and blind date (all who could ski . . . well, to my never-ever eyes) and ended up getting a stern warning from ski patrol . . .
First time driving stick: Day after Thanksgiving 1990 on a landing strip in the Sonoran Desert - in a 1948 Willys with a "Go Devil" engine. I was 10.