You might be wondering, “Who is Robert J. Richey?” Great question!
Many of us, especially in the West, define ourselves by our job titles. If we are what we do, than the majority of the time Richey is an analyst. He works and worked in engineering, management, and government researching options, trends, and occasionally threats, to forecast opportunities, inform policymakers, and make recommendations. Lots of info massaged into quantitative and qualitative analysis, synthesized into hundreds of reports read by precious few people—probably for the best.
Perhaps who we are is less what we do than who and what we love. RJ loves his wife, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and friends. He’s had fun acting, modeling, sailing, brewing, and speaking before large crowds, usually without vomiting beforehand. RJ enjoys travel, hiking, mountain biking, photography, writing, playing guitar, and solving problems—he’s even pretty good at a couple of those.
Another school of thought holds that we are what we eat. Most days Robert J. is oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and feta chicken salad for dinner. Occasionally, he’s a dozen oysters (Wellfleets and Malpeques are nice) with a solid stout, his wife’s famous Greek salad and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, lasagna with Arrabbiata and a Malbec, Italian sausage with peppers, onions and a bold Super Tuscan, fruit and stinky cheese with espresso and grappa, and a bourbon with his wife on a bearskin rug in front of a roaring, natural fire. Yum.
We effort to define ourselves, our place in society and history, summing the tiny bits to make something greater than the whole. Rob is a husband, father, grandfather, coworker, confident, loner and loving companion, analyst and musician, serious professional and sarcastic amateur, entertaining presenter and unassuming personality, prolific storyteller and devoted listener. He is imperfect, looking for ways to be better, to improve upon the model, occasionally coming up short—but not for lack of trying.
Robert has been published in Good Old Boat, the Seven Seas Cruising Association, Medium, and best of all, Peace Nepal Academy’s annual magazine. His soon-to-be released book, Two Monkeys, One Tale, will make you cry out in pain. To hear from Robert, discuss opportunities, or collaborate, send him an email.