Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who just marked the fifth anniversary of the tragic auto accident that left him seriously injured and his driver a quadriplegic, is feeling more spry after back surgery earlier this summer. While he still needs his wheelchair, he’s walking short distances, he said, and spending more time out of it than he was before the operation. “I’ve been going crazy,” he said regarding the wheelchair. That hasn’t slowed down Patterson’s social life. He noted he’s back to his full speaking schedule, and is out most nights of the week at events. He’s looking forward to a $100/$500/$1,000 ticket fundraiser for county commissioners on Thursday, September 14, at The Townsend. “I’ve got a pretty busy schedule,” he chuckled. Can’t keep a good man down.