While I was under my car changing the oil today, I spotted my shifter cable end barely hanging on to the shift tower. When I touched it, the bushing just fell out. So all along, I thought my transmission was wearing out because 1st, 2nd, and reverse were a pain to shift into. For some reason, the play in the shifter didn't alarm me at all... So on a sunday, I was left to "ghetto-rig" a bushing. I'm actually quite pleased with what I came up with and I won't hesitate to leave it there forever..!
On the left is the rotten bushing, about 2/3 of it left. On the right is my "bushing." I used rubber hose, a plastic cap that fit right inside, a c-clip and a washer to make sure it doesnt fall out. It was a pretty snug fit so the washer and c-clip were more for my peace of mind. Hopefully this will help others in the future.