Meet your hosts: Richard and Nanae Nagaoka Fralick
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.
36 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. 2021 Goal: Continue Fixing old MG; finishing new barn-- and organizing contents. Did drive the MG to new barn in 2020 (11 miles); goal in 2021 is to drive around the island (at least once).
Teacher, Attorney, Mediator, Quilter, Portrait Painter, Foodie, Ceramics Artist,
Cook (Lover of eating good food), 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 a full set of dishes in ceramics class, trying not to miss book club! (while sewing curtains, cushions and bedskirts for the cottages.) Art Studio part of above barn finally ready for me (with heat, even at the end of 2020 (just one year behind schedule). Arranging my miniature food collection. in shelves custom made for this (in stair case).
Our farmhouse with big garden sold in 2018 so no backbreaking gardening but hoping to get some flowers growing on our rocky waterfront. . . a challenge.
Tape shows how small. All food.
Met on an "arranged" (by mutual friends) BLIND Date (a first for both) in 2001, fell in love, married (2003) and the rest is still happening! Life is good and full. Richard is learning the fine art of sushi making and Nanae is learning to eat Southern Californian (Mexico-like) food.
Hoping to publish more (here) soon. Grandkids are growing up.