I was not a Garfield when I die I may not go to heaven shirt target. While there was merit in his criticism, his words went too far and into the realm of verbal assault and abuse. I stood up in the meeting, told him he was entirely off base, walked out with him screaming outrage picked up my stuff in the office and left. I sent notice that our contract was immediately cancelled ‘for cause’ and was threatened with legal action. Since I was willing to fight and he was unwilling to have his actions exposed discussed in court we settled in my favour. I disagreed though, because I reckon he washed off a lot of speed in that 2–3 seconds when he realised what his target was, and there was no way to avoid it now. I didn’t actually contact the airbag – the seatbelt pre-tensioners held me back. I watched my glasses fly off my face and into the airbag.
The feeling at impact is one I’ll never forget. Because of the closing speed, there was barely any way to distinguish the difference between the initial impact softened by the crumple zone, and the full brunt of it when the crumple zone was expended. I can only describe the impact as being like someone swinging a sledgehammer around in a full circle and straight into your chest. The gas and powder from the airbag made it hard to breath, and I recommend anyone tending to a crash victim with an airbag deployment offer them a (sealed) bottle of water – even if they don’t want to drink it, just to wash that crap out of their mouth & throat. That became a natural fusion over time, which lead to other issues, resulting in my first surgery 9 years later and further ongoing problems since.
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