So most of you may have noticed I am logged on quite a bit, and at odd times. I was involved in a bad accident on 9-13-06. I was headed to work @ 6 am on a very dark and rainy morning. Everything seemed normal. Out of nowhere a school bus came through an intersection and I t-boned it doing @ 60 mph. I can't begin to tell you how horrific the experience was, probably the worst was a stranger dialing my cell phone so I could call my wife and son and tell them I loved them and good bye! As you can guess I am alive. I suffered a crushed and lacerated nose (nearly torn off), skull fracture,bruised front lobe of my brain, 11 herniated discs in 6 of 7 in my neck and 5 of 7 in my lower back, and other vertebral traumas, cuts, and lesions. I have had 4 surgeries to date and have at least 4 more to go.I hurt everyday from the multiple sites of nerve damage. I have had many close calls I was able to avoid somehow, this time there was nothing that I could have done. Its scary to know that it can happen that quickly. It took me till December the 23rd to be able to get back into a car and drive. I about had a panic attack and drove slow and all the way on the shoulder, flinching at every passing car, but I had to get a Christmas present for my son.There's a whole lot we are dealing with at the time as a direct result of this accident, too much to list here anyways. The story boils down to this, I am hurt even considered handicapped, but I am alive. My seat belt saved me. With the impact of the crash I am lucky to be here, even with wearing a seat belt, and I have a higher power to thank for that. The bottom line is that no matter where I go I and my family will always have their seat belts on. That 3 seconds it takes to buckle up gave me an second chance at life to spend more time with my son, my wife, and my car That truck btw was purchased from the state and had a heavy duty k member in the front which prevented the trcuk from completely folding over on me. It was 98% restored and modded with a brand new 383 SFI 4spd 4.56 all the goodies. It was due to have the paint and interior done one week from the date of the wreck. That truck is and always will be affectionately known as Big ORANGE!