My dad use to say really weird things too. Like, "Son, the first cut is the deepest".A good side of having manual handles is when things get a bit icy, door handles tend to get frozen over sometimes. The tiny little solenoids used to pop out the auto handles probably won't be beefy enough to break the ice and eventually cook themselves. At least with manual handles you have the opportunity to clear the ice yourself. Like my Dad always says "it's less to go wrong".
He was a lovely man, terrible surgeon though.