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. 2019 Goal: Continue Fixing old MG; building new barn--hoping to drive MG to new location instead of having it pulled there. (Knock on wood)
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 a full set of dishes in ceramics class, trying not to miss book club! (while sewing curtains, cushions and bedskirts for the cottages.) Hoping that the above barn (with art studio for me) is completed soon. Sold our farmhouse in 2018--so no more backbreaking gardening for me in 2019.
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.