Here I am, only nine days later than I had planned for the first article of 2012.  My New Year’s resolution got abandoned before it even started.  I do hope to make 2012 better than 2011 which was a pretty rough year.  In early 2011 I was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.  However with blessings from the good Lord and lots of prayers, I am still here and active and making plans for the future.  I also want to mention that my wife Esther helped keep me going.  She was determined that she wasn’t finished with me as 47 years weren’t enough.  So here I am, feeling pretty good, looking forward to an interesting election year.  Of course, I have no guarantees the cancer will remain dormant, but I am going to put it on the back burner and try to forget about it. 

At one time we had considered completely quitting and getting rid of the business, but we decided we might as well end with a big splash if the end comes.  We are reorganizing the shop.  Our son David is back to help run the shop and the wrecker service.  He also is doing 24 hour road service-flat tire changes, fuel delivery and minor repairs.  Any major problems he can tow to the shop or another shop. As Esther says, “He is here to take up the slack for us.”  It is going to take some time to get everything figured out and decide on any permanent changes.  One under discussion is opening Saturday from 8 am until 4 pm. 

We have a new email address for Indian Trails Automotive.  It is indiantrailsauto64831@yahoo.com.  We are beginning a listing so we can send you the article direct as soon as it is ready and also may use it to notify you of any specials.  You will still want to visit the website to learn if we have received any input (comments, complaints, requests, etc) from the community. 

          As always, if you want to contact me, fax number is 417-845-8190, email me at eric@awfulstuff.com or at indiantrailsauto64831@yahoo.com  or call me at the shop at 417-845-7117.  Or if you want to contact Esther, her email is smudge_mom@yahoo.com.













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