I joined the U.S. Army out of CA, and during that time, my mother and father got a divorce. She was from Alabama, so after the divorce she moved back. When I got out of the service, I was accepted into the Police Academy in LA, and was going to drive from Ft Bragg, NC back to CA, and on the way stop and spend a month or so with my mom in Alabama.
While I was in Alabama, the U.S. EPA got a hold of me and wanted me to come work for them out of Atl, Ga. Somehow they talked me into going to Atlanta instead of Los Angeles. Which later turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.