haha, i had a 14 hour drive to pick mine up so i too had some practice on the way back (which is good, considering it's my first manual tranny). Anyway, now that your all talking about a hesitation to second, it makes me feel a little better about driving mine, as i do the same thing. I'm starting to get the hang of it though. As a hint of something that helps, when shifting into second, keep a LITTLE bit of gas on, the problem i've seen is the revs falling too quick.
If their falling too slow and it's causing the hesitation, well then, i guess i'm shifting too slow, lol. Just a newbie thought.