In November, Debbie and I resumed one of our favorite holiday traditions: Thanksgiving at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, Ga., about an hour’s drive from Atlanta. It starts the night before the holiday with the “Lighting of the Lodge” and the arrival of Santa Claus, accompanied by hotel employees dressed as Mrs. Claus, Santa’s elves and Elizabethan carolers. The Thanksgiving feast, complete with dueling chefs, is like nothing I’ve experienced anywhere else. And it’s a dog-friendly hotel, so we don’t have to leave Sadie at home. It’s a unique experience that really sets the stage for the holidays.
And let me tell you, the holidays couldn’t come fast enough. I had been burning the candle at both ends all year. I hit five million Delta miles. I traveled to more dealerships, association meetings, seminars and conferences in 2015 than in any year since the downturn. All the while, I’m following the industry news and keeping up with my network of dealers, executives, experts and insiders to stay informed and share the good, the bad and the ugly with you, my faithful readers, on a monthly basis.
It’s not getting any easier. Our industry is going through some rapid-fire changes. The car business is evolving and there’s something new coming at us almost every day. Sometimes it changes for the better, sometimes it’s worse, and sometimes you just can’t tell.
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