“I was born a poor black child” (the start of “The Jerk”). Actually, I was born & raised 20 minutes north of Mexicali, MX in Brawley, CA and attended my first school shooting in 1975; along with too many stabbings to count. My wife of 36 years (come next month) says I am more “Mexican” than she is and her last name is Gutierrez and mine is Skillman. She was a Brannerite that I asked to marry me after dating for one whole week. I’m not stupid! I lived in Lagunita (Granada), the trailers and then the rest of my Stanford years at Kappa Sigma a year (or 4!) behind gpn38.
I picked up my first gig as a civil engineer/surveyor in Yuma, AZ (’84 – ’86), but have also lived in Desert Hot Springs, CA (’86 – ’87), Brawley, CA again (’87 – 03′), Paradise, CA (’03 – ’20) and finally, Wylie, TX in about 3 months (’20 – ). I’m a registered Civil Engineer in California (and formerly in Arizona) and a Licensed Land Surveyor in California too.
I have strong opinions against social programs having been surrounded by such most of my life. All are a waste of taxes and I happen to believe in helping people directly. I became a gun owner in 2016 and fell into the 2nd amendment rhetoric by default. The rest will come out over time.
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead." - Charles Bukowski