You would think, given my background growing up in the outdoor lifestyle of Alaska, that my employment choices would have been far more exciting. An outdoor guide! A marine fisheries biologist! A bush pilot! Although, my work history does have some familiar twists and turns.
Other than temporary summer jobs, my first serious job was as a Dental Assistant in Juneau. There was an element of adventure to it, as the oral surgeon I worked for likely wanted some tax benefits for his yacht purchase. Therefore, several months out of the year, we island-hopped to small communities and welcomed patients onboard for treatment. In retrospect, it was pretty exciting. One time the dentist and his wife wanted to stay on the water longer to host out-of-town friends. To get me home, they hired a float plane pilot. It wasn't the best weather day, and forty-five minutes later, it was great relief to feel the pontoons hit the water. Glad I didn't choose bush pilot as a career.
The next memorable career change came about four years later, following a divorce. Feeling the need for a fresh start, we (me and my two little boys), headed to Kodiak, Alaska to help run a radio station. It turned out to be a very good move financially and professionally. The station was well-received and plenty of local advertisers were willing to support our venture. Kodiak is an island in the Aleutian chain and is known for its commercial fishing. It’s a mainstay of the local economy. So, it makes sense that one of our most popular on-air programs sent messages to the fishermen/crabbers from friends and family members. We told them, first, about births, deaths, and other pertinent, personal information.
Radio got in my blood. After Kodiak, the next major stop was Portland, Oregon, where most of my family members were now living. Fortunately, I managed to do very well in the industry and am thankful for the opportunities it gave me. For example, there were working trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, with my kids, now numbering three, in tow. More travel for listener promotions, and numerous car shows, helicopter reports, frequent speaking engagements, and T.V. appearances kept me busy. It forced me out from behind the microphone and onto the stage. While it didn’t transform me into a lover of large parties and events, I did perfect the art of being an extroverted introvert.
In Portland, I met Bernie. We got married the next year on my son’s boat in Juneau because low clouds nixed our plans for a glacier-top wedding. The weather did clear, and the next morning we celebrated on the ice. Since we met later in life, in 2001, we wanted to find work to do together. Doing live broadcasts from Street of Dreams events had piqued my interest in real estate. And Bernie had a background in law, start ups, and developing investment properties. Voila! Our career in real estate was born. Although, the real estate industry didn’t ring true for either of us until we found our niche, Nature As Neighbors. Thanks Ron and Alexandra.
As most of us have discovered, if you don't love what you do, you’d be wise to find something else to do.
Great thanks to Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker for this month's challenge, Part 2 of the February 2022 Challenge, What's Your Story?