After graduation from PGHS, went to MPC for a year. Ended up in the Navy for 4 years (not the Air Force as I had thought in high school). Spent much of my Navy time in the states with 1 1/2 years in the Phillipines and 3 days in Vietnam (love those short exciting trips).
Lived in Orange County (Huntington Beach) for 9 years, worked painting yachts, and as a diesel mechanic and then decided to get back in school. Went to Orange Coast College for a couple of years. Got married, moved to San Luis Obispo County (Los Osos) to attend Cal Poly SLO. Graduated with a degree in Biology, got divorced and stayed here.
Got a job with the local thieves (government) in 1984 and have been here ever since. I'm now an administrator with the County Public Works Department and work on legal issues related to our various water systems (as well as anything else they can throw at me).
Oh - picked up a Master's in Public Administration in 1987 - so now I feel like I'm fully educated - except where my grandsons are concerned (plus any bad spelling you may see here).
I remarried in 1987 and my wife has a son and daughter - who are now in their 30's. My step-daughter has triplet boys (my grandsons) now age 10. I'm teaching them how to boogie board (while trying to remember how myself).
My wife, Shirley McIntyre-Bird, is from the Bay area (Menlo Atherton, Lafayette) but moved to the central coast in 1980 with her son and daughter (Mike & Sue). Shirley has been working with the local county crisis line for the last 11 years as the Senior Coordinator and previously as the Long Term Care Ombudsman. She's the local expert on legal issues relating to seniors and elder issues and works with the various social services agencies as well as a number of law enforcement agencies and legal firms. In between all of that she manages to find time to be the best grandma around (per our grandsons) as well as the best wife and partner (per me) that you could ask for.
We now live in Atascadero and I work in the courthouse in San Luis Obispo - if you're ever going to be in the area be sure to give me a call. I'm only posting my work phone but will provide my home phone if you send an e-mail requesting it.
Best Wishes. Doug.