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Road Trip Blues…

Posted By on October 7, 2010

I’ve just returned from two and a half weeks on the road, putting on over 5500kms on my truck between Summerland, BC and Winnipeg, Manitoba as I visited bookstores, gift shops, and libraries across Western Canada. I’d forgotten how big this country can be!

I also stopped in many, many automotive shops along the way, where I got to meet a lot of folks who are regular readers of Canadian Technician magazine, and along with it, The Car Side column. Some of the shop owners and technicians even insisted on getting their picture taken with me at their shop…all I can say is I hope there was no permenant damage to your cameras, guys.

I especially want to say thanks to Murray from Thunder and Lightening Automotive in Yorkton, Saskatchewan – my new green Rider Pride flag looks great in my office!

Thanks also to Todd Green (Automotive Instructor at SAIT) and Allan Haberman (Technical Instructor for Blue Streak Motor Products) for arranging a few speaking engagements in automotive apprenticeship classes, both in Calgary, AB and in Brandon, MB. Those were great experiences, and I hope to do more of that in the days ahead.

Upon returning home, I’ve arranged to have my books distributed through Red Tuque Books Inc, a book distribution company based in Penticton, BC. Hopefully this will mean fewer road trips for me and more time to continue working on Book 2 (Yes, the trials and tribulations of Slim Shambles will continue, so be patient, folks…I hope to have Slim’s next book out sometime in 2011).

So thanks to all who have purchased their own copies of A FINE DAY FOR A DRIVE, and a gentle reminder that Christmas is coming; what a great time to pick up a few more copies for Christmas presents, especially for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list!

AS A SPECIAL OFFER, from now until Christmas, we are offering to pay all the shipping costs on any book orders – that’s a savings of $3.00 per book! -  so why not visit Slim’s Bookstore right now and get your Christmas shopping done early.

Have a great fall!

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2 Responses to “Road Trip Blues…”

  1. Jaime Stith says:

    Hello Rick,
    I want to say “Thank You” for Slim Shambles and his crew. I read your stories to my high school senior automotive service students and use them as teaching aids. The unique manner in which you write grabs the students attention while giving them certain things about the auto service business to mull over. I am here in the US, in northern Indiana to be specific, and want a copy of your book for my class. Where can I find one here? Also, I would like to extend to you an invitation to spend whatever time you have available with us any time you like. It would be an honor and our pleasure to host you. Thank you again!

  2. Slim Shambles says:

    Thanks for the kind comments, Jaime. Haven’t been to Indiana before…would love to see it! To order a copy of the book, just use the US PayPal button on the Slim’s Bookstore page.

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