First in-traffic stall AHHHH
Alright, I'm not a total newbie at driving stick, but I really gotta double check my gear before launching. Today at a traffic light with cars behind me, I was accidentally in third and it died on me. ARRRGH. How embarrassing! Oh well. Now I know why my bro seems figgity playin' with the stick at a light - yes maybe it's compulsive, but it also makes sure you're in first gear! I am usually pretty good about it, so I must have just not shifted after stopping in the first place.
Live and learn. I'm still getting the hang of down-shifting - particularly practicing throttle blip so there's no jerkiness. Don't think I really learned that before because I used to drive my bro's old (87?) Jetta that didn't have a hydraulic clutch, so man was it stiff and made shifting a work out! That clutch and this one are like night and day.
Anyway, for those just learning stick, I feel your pain. I was there once before and now am back in it again. It's getting smoother, and I have to keep reminding myself it takes time. Just gotta "stick" with it patiently and keep practicing.