So, this is a damn hard episode for me, for a few reasons. Hopefully there's still a few people reading these recaps, so here's a bit of the history.
Every 2 years, there is a reunion of Skippers and Westside CMs from the 80's and 90's in Anaheim. This was the first year I went, even though I wasn't part of the demographic, so I could take a few minutes and interview people for the podcast. I got to meet and interview some amazing new friends at the event, including Skipper Laura Huff, Skipper Phil Pierce, and Skipper Cisco Maldonado. It was my first time meeting Skipper Father Joe Baca, as well as Joe Ribble. Lots of amazing times.
I also got to meet a crazy cat named Chiefie, who will play a lot into the next episode. He was a larger than life guy who passed away the following year. The very strange thing is that this was published on the day we lost another Skip, Skipper Mark "Sumo" Sagato. It's bizarre that it's been 4 and a half years since we lost him, and it's still a huge wound for me. Mark was my trainer at Maliboomer in 2001, and a close friend to myself, as well as many in the Knotts Haunt community. Every time I talk about this episode, it's hard not to have those two gentlemen in my mind.
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