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Erica…and Friends

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Erica…and Friends

 

 

We are celebrating my Daughter Erica’s birthday at midnight tonight. Erica was born 12 minutes after midnight July 7th, 1988. A few friends are with us. They include:

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Evan, Dennis, Kyle, Kyla, Christina, Tiffany, Amanda, Kelsey, Chantal, Bobbi, Paul, Paul, Jake, Jesse, Denay, Deanne, Trent, Shawnee, Russ, Ryan, Dana, Beverly, Jim, Willie, Devon, Mary, Darrin, Dawn and Adam.

 

As we celebrated Erica’s life this weekend every time one of her friends would have a silent moment of reflection about our collective loss it was followed by a salute with one word “ERICA”, followed by everyone as one saying in support “ERICA”.

 

One of the most meaningful experiences we had, was when we all told about the first time that each of us encountered Erica. For some reason, everybody remembers when they first met Erica.

 

It is at times like these, that I know the friends that I have had and continue to have in my life, are truly amazing. There are times when the importance of friends, can come very clearly into focus. Our life forever changed in 2007. These don’t compare in importance, my Daughter, my career and where we live, it all changed in one year.

 

Building on a foundation of Rock, instead of sand, is how we survived. One of the ways, God has shown His Love for us has been thru our friends, like the ones at our house today. There is not a way possible to express what this means to me. I like to write about people that have affected my life, by direct effect or in the subtlest ways. Friends should make a difference. My friends simply are the difference.

 

One thing I have learned is the importance of just showing up being willing to say something or just to listen to my friends. Many people have done that for me, many times over the years. I can’t name you all, but I thought to give an example of someone who stands out to me, Denny Parker.

 

Back in the day, Denny was one of the toughest, meanest guys you could meet on a football field. He and I were on opposite sides of the local High School rivalry. We became acquaintances our junior year and by the end of school we were friends. We hung together from time to time. Denny and I later had kids in sports, and coached together. I have always considered him a friend. It wasn’t like we did holidays and vacationed together. More like mutual respect of a couple of aging warriors that made it through the fight.

 

At Erica’s funeral service, I was a mess. Denny Parker came up to me, embraced me, kissed me on the cheek and with tears in his eyes said, “I love you”.

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The next time you don’t know what to say or how to respond, take a lesson from a real man like Denny or from the thirty friends at our house; show up, be supportive, show love and be real. That is a friend. You might not want to consider having 30 or more friends over, but consider this; how can a man feel blessed, if not thru friends? I am simply amazed at all of the friends that I have.

 

I can say this without reservation, “I love you”.

 

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July 8, 2009 Posted by | erica prothro, friends, i love you | , , , | 2 Comments

Validation Thru Public Affirmation

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Life throws you hardballs at a speed of which mere mortals cannot even swing at. God grants you opportunities through loss to walk toward his light in this unjust world.

I don’t have the knowledge of why this happens…I only have the feelings that have resulted. I have decided to share with the help of the written word my life’s experience.

This blog is the result of of over 30 years of moments locked in my head about my life in the automotive business. Sometimes these tidbits will leave a smile, sometimes will make you think, and sometimes will open up your memories of your own life.

The reason you get an emotional response to my stories is simple. I write the truth from my heart of the human experience and that connects us all together. By connecting with you I am connecting you with me. With connection comes the hope of understanding…and this I need.    

Along life’s path, some of us pick up some very special friends.  Barry Kluger is one of mine, for we have experienced the same type of loss. Barry Kluger is Managing Partner of Kluger Media Group and was Senior Vice President of VH1 and Viacom. A piece of advice from a friend like Barry is worth its weight in gold. Barry suggested that I submit some of my short stories to be published.  Amazingly enough this Sage was right! I am now published.

There is no more validation than the public affirmation of one’s faith. MY BLOG with the help of a jolly old elf, Jim Greenleaf, who begin in auto sales the same day I did, at my side. {and is this day is my Finance Manager right here at Sierra Motors in Jamestown, Ca.,}

In 1983 we started on a quest to conquer and take over the sales floor of our home town GM Dealership in Southern California, it was a time when the Industry was experiencing the biggest down fall in sales and production. As you might remember, here’s one of the best examples of the creative genius of GM; the Chevy “CITATION”, chevrolet-citation-2doesn’t that sound like your getting a ticket?

 

 

 Sorry …I digress.  Where was I… oh yeah … I’m now published and not only published but I’m the lead story in this number one insiders Automotive publications in the Country.

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Auto Dealership Monthly goes out to every auto dealership in the country. The asked for a humorous story, on page 5. Now is the validation or what?

 

 

 

 

 

A even bigger affirmation for me is when a friend, family member, a peer or even just a reader is so moved by a story to leave a comment. Wow! It makes it all so worth it.

Here now are some of those comments:

Patricia Mansel

Eric, Great story. Sorry I don’t remember the trip. You did a great job with it and we look forward to any more stories you want to share. Love, Aunt Patricia

  KANSAS TO CALIFORNIA
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J & K

Eric, I can see how easy it would be to get hooked on hocky. I realy enjoyed the game we went to about three years ago. A good story. now lets go fishing. jp

J & K
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AT THE STANLEY CUP
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aunt bonita

enjoyed reliving our trip to ca. painted desert is still beautiful!!!! thank you, you did a great job.
love, auntie bon

aunt bonita
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KANSAS TO CALIFORNIA
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Kim Moser Johnson

Eric, what a beautiful story – I knew Mike from grade school, actually from church. Terrific family and great friend. Glad to hear he’s “down south” with me – I’ll try and look him up. Thank you for these stories, Goose! Much love to your family, Kim

Kim Moser Johnson
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RUNNING, READING AND NEIGHBORS
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J & K

Eric
Great story and we remember those days well, why do you think we moved? The wind is still there, so we hear. J&K

J & K
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SEARS FOR ENTERTAINMENT
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Brenda Robinson

Hello Eric,
That was quite an interesting story about our arrival into
the neighborhood. Yes one should not be judged by the color of one’s skin.
Mike, my cousin,lives in Temecula with his wife and 3 kids. He is a criminal defense lawyer for San Diego County.
Best wishes to you and your family,
Brenda

Brenda Robinson
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RUNNING, READING AND NEIGHBORS
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centerforrespitecare

Greg is pretty amazing. I wonder if he could get a break on being a bit late on Wednesdays from an understanding boss? And if not, maybe Greg’s calling is in the nonprofit sector, or somewhere other than where he is now

centerforrespitecare

http://centerforrespitecare.wordpress.com

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LATE FOR WORK
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J & K

We do need more souls out working like Greg and his familly so that others may have life. What a blessing to have worked with and known someone like Greg. J&K

J & K
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LATE FOR WORK
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J & K

Hi ya son, this turned out to be a story to remember and you did a great job telling it. Think of how many people came out to Calif. on Route 66. Anyway, keep up the great work, we are proud of you. Dad and Kay

J & K
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KANSAS TO CALIFORNIA
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ericprothro
sierramotors.net
efpro@msn.com
209.78.161.37

Thank you and yes I met Brenda in the sixties at Mikes home. Where is Mike?

ericprothro

http://www.sierramotors.net

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RUNNING, READING AND NEIGHBORS
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Dee Robinson

Bless your heart. That was an absolutely beautiful story, Eric. Thank you so much for sharing that. Much love, from my family to yours. P.S. You do know that Michael and Brenda are cousins, right? (small world)

Dee Robinson
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RUNNING, READING AND NEIGHBORS
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Anonymous

So Eric I remember a Trip we took in the Ranchero to a Beach Boys concert. You, Charlene Jordan, me and Don Boyer. I remember waking up in the back just in time to wake you up while driving off the side of the road. Crazy stuff. As I recall it was a long hot day at Angel’s Stadium. Fun times. Pa

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PINSTRIPING
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Anonymous

Yes those were the good old days!!!! Who knew we had espionage training while selling vehicles for a living.
Long live Linda .

Your friend,
Rick

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THE GLASS IN THE OFFICE
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Rick Abercrombie

Eric,

I forgot about Mike, that was great remembering him .

Your Bud,

Rick

Rick Abercrombie
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INDEPENDENT LIVING
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Carla Leopardo

GREAT story Eric! I think it may be a myth though! No teenager would do such a thing. Would they?

Carla Leopardo
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REWARD FOR JULIE
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Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat

Eric.

Jim and Betty were able to pull up web site,they really enjoyed the story…
Betty said it really touched Jim..

Keep up the good work..

P.S. We’re leaving for Reno Tuesday..

Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat.
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Chicken Kid
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Pamela Watson Gwin commented on your post
     
   

“Based on what I read you seem to be doing this in fine style. Keep up the good work. God is with you.”

 

 
Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat.

Eric I love this ..
Keep up the good “WORD’S ” and good Writting….

Love Aunt Pat.

P.S/ I will be checking in..

Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat.
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The Legacy of Jack
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Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat.

We both enjoyed your ride…
Our prayers our with you, and Mike..

With our love..

Aunt Pat.& Uncle Bill

Uncle Bill and Aunt Pat.
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FIVE DEER TRAIL
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ericprothro

Laugh, please laugh

 

Leah Alexander

Thanks, Eric. You’re da bomb!

 
Leah Alexander
 
HAPPY WE MOVED HERE
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Carla Leopardo

Congratulations on your move Eric. It sounds like you have exactly the right frame of mind to stay in business and thrive, and in such an amazing place. I think you made the right move and I hope you will be happy there for a really long time! Cheers and good luck! Carla Leopardo

 
Carla Leopardo
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Here also are some comments from my peeps on Facebook    http://www.facebook.com/home.php  

Craig P. Earl sent you a message on Facebook…

That will be interesting. It will be fun to hear what you have to say.
I had asked my question about the articles because they are all very professionally done, and I was thinking that maybe you were grabbing them from some publications. It’s obvious that you’ve developed a talent that I was unaware of. Keep up the good work.

Pamela made a comment about your link:

“You are a good friend Eric Prothro.”

Alene Cates sent you a message on Facebook…‏

“Debbie read me the story on the dealership, we tryed to figure out who it was, think we did.”

DeeDee Hanson made a comment about your link…‏

“Love that! I learned how to drive in that parking lot…”

Cynthia Shook-Hart made a comment about your link…‏

“I loved this one. Actually made me miss “home”. Yep, silly me, still missing Lancaster.”

Wayne Evan Foss made a comment about your link…

“Eric, the greasy guy with no shirt, he’s still here, in fact, I think he cloned himself many times.”

RE: ZR-1

That is a very cool and memorable sale!!!  You have quite a few great ones that I have heard…    Not to brag, but my two most memorable car sales day includes a 5-1/2 car sale sunday(non-tent sale, 2 appt’s, 1-2 car fresh up sale) and a two new corvette(nassau blue & silver) sale thursday at $18k over MSRP…  We were only paid 20% at that time w/%5 extra for over 12 cars in a month.  I don’t remember the exact voucher amount, the pack was only $2500 then, but the total voucher(s) was over $5k, I think Bill Penn was not happy…  Not long after and after leaving the floor a flat was paid for vette sales irrespective of profit(not good for motivation). 
Hope things are going well for you and yours, I still would like to visit in the not-so-distant future.  Really enjoy your writings and info, stay in touch…
Your Friend, Associate, & Biking partner Always,
Mitch

Michelle Prothro made a comment about your link on her Wall…‏

“Wow it is really cool to read about our family. I never really met any of my Papa Lloyds side of the family, I dont think anyways?well besides Corky and Jimmy. Have you written any others?”

Re: In the Forum‏

Excellent. Dave Atkins.

Pamela Watson Gwin made a comment about your link…‏

“Very thought provoking. Greg is a hero to so many. Thank you for sharing. Your reward will be in heaven Greg as well as on every face of the people you serve.”

July 1, 2009 Posted by | automotive, barry kluger, blogs, chevy, eric prothro, friends, gm, sierra motors | , , , , , , | 1 Comment