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Many things to be thankful for


At this time of year I reflect on what I have to be thankful for. In 2010 I was involved in a single vehicle accident. I spent two months in a coma and a month in a rehab center. I had a severe brain injury lost a leg and was destined to be a welfare case. I refused to give up and reflecting back on this year I truly realize how much I have achieved. I drive a snow cat at Kirkwood ski resort and take people on sunset tours in a snow cat. Every sunset I’m privileged to witness from the top of the mountain makes me realize how lucky I am just to be alive. The day before mothers day I put on a car show for the meals on wheels program for the Douglas county senior center we raised 12,600.00 which equals 6,300 meals delivered to people less fortunate than me. I also put on a one night show and shine called The Big Mamas car show. The promoter cancelled 1 week before the event and I was able to at least have a one night show and shine and did not have a complaint from a single person only praise for pulling it off. This was big for all the local vendors in downtown Minden as in this economy all the restaurants were full to the brim.

I have been fortunate to be extremely busy at my automotive shop. This year has been an extremely rewarding year starting with winning best shop of the year by the Record Courier for like the 16th time. We then won the Talk of The Town award for the 4th year with a 5 star rating. We received an accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, and won the Madison Who’s Who award for distinguished business nationwide and got the lifetime achievement award. All of this has pushed us up on all the search engines however we are dedicated to our local customers first.

My racing career has been impressive this year with a third place finish, a second place finish and one weathered out race, I feel poised to win another world championship next year and have set that as a goal. I stepped up a class and run my blown alcohol in 1000’ in a six second bracket at about 150 mph. I’m almost 60 and I watched John Force win another championship after his wreck and I want to do that also.

I am a Lector at St Gall’s parish and enjoy reading God’s word to the parish and the support I get from everyone in my parish is great for me. I’m also grateful to live in Douglas County our community is the best place I have ever been. Writing articles on car care has really helped all the shops in our community and have given people information on vehicles that is applicable to our area. I truly am thankful for all I have and a very successful second chance on life.

Mike Schiller