Hey guys, I have been kinda mute on the HAMB this year, largely because of getting well. The end game is this: I still have my HEAD and I am ALIVE. Either read on or skip to the 3rd paragraph. The short version is that my wife and I and a best-friend couple & their daughter were T-Boned in literally the first hour of 2012. Best outcome, their daughter suffered no physical injuries ... worst outcome, as the DESIGNATED DRIVER, I was targeted by an oxygen thief, POS, M/F D/H who decided to go 93 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. The wives suffered broken skulls & concussions aplenty. Because I was pushed in his direction, my buddy, who sat in the pass front seat, tore his diaphragm, had several broken ribs and a concussion. Me, I had seven broken teeth, chipped femur, tweaked shoulder & left knee, oh and a fractured acetabulum...all discovered after I was revived the scene (unlike VISA, non-responsive is NOT where you wanna be, believe me). After 6 months of rehab, I walked with a cane. What a fncking year this has been for me. But the MAIN point is this: things (good and bad) happen for a reason. Projects get done and projects do not get done - all for a reason. I know that the HAMB is THE place for the traditional online car experience, but on this Christmas Eve eve, may I submit to you who have read this far the following: - sh!t happens and if it's your time, brother, it's your time. Adios. - if you get in a jam like I did, while you are picking shards of tooth enamel out of your cheeks while you lay there unaware of the days and guests passing by your bedside, understand that there IS a higher power who/that is carrying you while you are at your lowest. - even if you have not gone thru a sh!tstorm like I have, if you're feeling alone, keep in mind that you are surrounded by a car culture that welcomes you and that fellowship, quite frankly, defines the community in which all of His children reside. Mods, feel free to delete this as off-topic or whatever, The point is, there is church in fellowship. There is fellowship in friendship. And from my experience, there is friendship among HAMB-ers. So, thanks. And Happy Birthday.