I realized in talking to LandCruiserJunky yesterday and Dave West today [btw, big thanks to both!] that a few unfortunate rumours have started because of my silence about the closing of my shop. Though I am not quite ready to resume active participation on the board or re-open the shop just yet, I thought I should take a few minutes to try and dispel some of the rumours. First and formost, make no mistake, I WILL BE BACK! There is really not much of anything I can think of that could keep me away from something I enjoy so much for very long. I was totally unprepared for the shock of Sacha's death, and for how much it has affected me. The more I thought about it, the more upset I got. But as fortune would have it, I am blessed with a gift for words, and I started writing EVERYTHING down about Sacha and our relationship. Within a short time, I realized that this was one of the few things I could do for Sacha's family, was to tell them what I could about the last few months of this great man's life.So far I have written several dozen pages. I think we were very close, and that it would help his family, who lived very far away, to have some of my insights. The more I wrote about Sacha,the more I realized that in the telling, I was learning new things about myself as well. I also realized that I did not want to be distracted from such a noble and enlightening endeavor with the often coarse negotiations that go along with the day to day running of a business. I guess what I'm really trying to say here is that for the moment I have a passion for something else that is equal to my passion for landcruisers, which is the passion to capture this story while my heart is still bare, and my head is not clouded with a bunch of trivial things that will still be there in a little while. I understand if you cannot wait for my return to deal with your landcruiser needs. I will be back to my usual grumpy self soon, ready to rebuild your old tired carbs, steering boxes, transfer cases and whathaveyou, or to barter for unobtanium etc. Until then, Thank you for your patience, support, and continuing patronage.