I’m Bob. (I’m Robert J. Olsson, if you’re being formal.)
I’m thoroughly enjoying the third chapter of my life.
Chapter one was serving in the Navy. I did a bit over seven and a half years of active duty time; I went from seaman recruit (E-1) to Lieutenant jg (O-2). I followed with twelve and a half years in the Naval Reserve. I retired from the reserves as a Lieutenant Commander (O-4, equivalent to a Major).
I’ve been a student, an electronics technician working for Naval Security Group, a supply officer on a fast-attack submarine, a general supply officer in a Reserve Seabee unit, an operations and a training officer in a Cargo Handling Battalion, and a logistics officer with a Military Sealift Command unit. I retired from the Navy after 20 years and 17 days of combined active duty and reserve service. (But who’s counting?)
In chapter two of my life I was an audiologist, a profession I practiced for close to 30 years. (Audiologist is to ears as optometrist is to eyes.) I have worked for myself, for a couple of small (and very excellent) practices, and for a corporate outfit. I’m proud to have had the opportunity to work for over five years at Naval Medical Center San Diego. I consider those five+ years the highlight of my career.
If you’re doing the arithmetic of these two chapters, there was some overlap. Navy Reserve time was also audiology time.
Over the years I’ve collected a Bachelor’s degree, two Masters’ degrees (Education, USC; Audiology, SDSU) and a Doctorate of Audiology degree (Western Michigan University). At times it seems like “student” might merit its own chapter heading.
After finishing chapter two, I looked at what I wanted to do (photography and writing) and at what my skills were in these areas (not much). So I’ve spent the past few years seriously studying photography as a profession, honing my skills, and pinning down writing and photography areas to specialize in. After considerable study, matching opportunities, skills and interests, I have decided to concentrate on travel blogging and blogging.
I also spend some time volunteering for my parish and helping out with the homecoming welcoming committee of the local chapter of the United States Navy League.
I am now ready to seriously delve into an adventurous, fun-filled and useful chapter three.