There is a new school of thought, where spending your entire career with one company has become rare.  Our classmate Bob Guldner is an exception, starting right out of his college years with Chevron, traveling the world and then eventually, 40 years later, turning out the lights in his office, for good!  From here, Bob will pick up the story in his own words: 

What a long, strange trip it’s been…Meg, my partner for over 45 years, and I often think, how did we get here?   If it wasn’t for photo albums to jog our memory, I don’t think we would be able to remember it all.  I imagine many of us have the same issue.

It started with my first job out of college, the only company, as it turns out, I would ever work for.  San Francisco based Chevron offered everything my upstate NY school didn’t have, including golf in February (I played on my recruiting trip) and a whole new set of places to explore.  Over the next 40 years, there were 16 family house moves, 21 different assignments, and then at the 40-year mark, I retired, having spent only a handful of those years actually in California.   Meg said rightfully I had occupational ADD, and after 18 months I would regularly start looking for a new role.   Along the way we lived in:

·        Kazakhstan (eating horse),

·        Thailand (eating crickets),

·        Singapore (eating live octopus – warning, they stick to your teeth on the way down), and

·        London (where we simply drank the local cask).  Other juicy bits we found along the way:

·        Cambodia with live snakes on the menu,

·        Vietnam had red ants,

·        Malaysia durian,

·        Argentina meat – lots of it, 

·        Alaska sushi from the fish to your tummy in 2 minutes.   

We ate our way around the world, visiting and working in over 80 countries, getting to many places before they got on the tourist circuit and seeing them from a local’s perspective; I had employees in almost every country.  But that is all behind us.

Today, we are Houston based for the winter months, enjoying the mild weather, restaurants, theaters, and museums Houston has to offer.  I docent at the Houston Museum of Natural History giving tours of the Energy, Physics & Chemistry and Paleontology Halls and the Butterfly Center and support the 4th grade “Visit to the Museum Day” when every 4th grader in the Houston School District, all 15,000 of them, gets to enjoy a museum visit and learning expedition.   

We spend the summers on Cape Cod where I docent at the Chatham Windmill and enjoy sharing the windmill’s history with visitors from all over the world.   It’s amazing how many of the visitors I exchange stories with where we have both been to a restaurant or site in their home country – small world.   It’s our 32nd summer on the Cape.  It beats the Houston heat, and is a wonderful change of venue, menu, and activities. 

I keep active playing pickleball (the most workout), disc golfing (the most fun), kayaking (the most serene), blue water sailing (the most exciting), clamming (the most delicious) and golfing (the most economical – my per stroke cost is extremely low).  Learning new docent histories and exploring the skies with my telescope keeps me thinking, as did reaching some level of fluency in Thai, Russian and Spanish during the years overseas.  The Spanish gets reinforced twice a year with regular trips to Mexico split between the beach and colonial towns. 

The cape is also a magnet for our three adult boys Brennan (in Boston), Owen (in Raliegh) and Sutton (in Seattle).  They give us crash pads in all 3 corners of the country and we visit them on a regular basis.  My brothers and sisters (Donnie, Kenny, Billy, Dianne, and Debbie) are all LHS graduates and all still in NJ!  Some of your siblings may know some of them.  If ever you are planning a visit to Houston or Cape Cod, please feel free to reach out.  But in the meantime, stay active, both mentally and physically.  Getting old can be painful, but it is better than the alternative.