PHD Physicist, Sailor, Pilot, Vollyball Player, Inventor, Cook, Handyman Extraordinaire--can make and fix just about everything; 4th Generation Californian, answered a want ad for "untamed physicist willing to work in the remote but accessible San Juan Islands;" surprised that the respond to address was in Washington State, not the Carribean.
Got the job. 37 years on Orcas Island (since 1982): School Board, Medical Board, Water Board, County Council, Fire Advisory Board, Innkeeper, Restaurant Owner, Public Health District Commissioner.
Tentatively retired. 2019 Goal: Continue Fixing old MG; 2019-2020 Project: Building Shop/Garage--hoping to drive MG to new location instead of having it pulled there. (Knock on wood)(Spring, 2020)
Teacher, Attorney, Mediator, Quilter, Portrait Painter, Foodie, Ceramics Artist, Cook, Decorator -- has an eye for putting "stuff" together. Lived in Japan (Hiroshima, Tokyo, Osaka), Hawaii (Honolulu, Kailua), Australia (Sydney), Washington D.C.(actually, Bethesda, MD) 4th Generation Washingtonian. Great-grandfather came to work on railroads in 1898; grandfather worked at dairy farming in Kent and father born on the farm in Kent.
On a return ferry from Victoria (Canada), saw an American flag in Friday Harbor (with no prior knowledge) said, "if this is America, I want to live here!" And, made it happen. On Orcas since 1999.
Assertively retired. Playing mahjong, drawing, painting, making dishes in ceramics class, sewing curtains and bedskirts for cottages and trying not to miss book club! Hoping that the above barn with art studio for me is completed soon. Since farmhouse sold in 2018 -- no more backbreaking gardening. Retirement means buying flowers. . .and curtains?