Hey man, I feel your pain. My parents had the choice of car so obviously it had to be an auto. Still though, who says autos can't be fast? try this link, it costs alot, but it'd be about the same for labor and a new manual. http://www.tciauto.com/tci.htm
Also, be sure to change your transmission fluid when the time comes. I'm sure any name brand performance fluid would be ok, just swap out a quart every time you change your oil to avoid draining the whole thing and burning out the torque converter.
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