Senior Turned Hobby Playing Bridge into a Dream Job

by Bob
(CA)

I have spent the majority of my adult life working for one company, Boeing Company, located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

For 36 years I have held various levels of responsibility within finance and budgeting departments.

After surviving two heart attacks and numerous cutbacks and layoffs, I finally would accept an early retirement package at 62.

Not so sure of what to do with myself after living within the structured confines of an eight-to-four job for so many years, I quickly found how slow time passed after my morning ritual of coffee and crosswords in the local paper.

My son suggested that I immerse myself in a couple of hobbies or go travel a bit. Previously having played bridge for a number of years and having progressed to a life master position, I decided to play more local and regional tournaments.

By chance, I made acquaintances with a number of persons "on the circuit" who were involved in the tourism industry; they recognized me playing a number of times and initiated some conversations.

Explaining that I was fortunate to be able to live comfortably in retirement after subjected to years confined to the same place, I had more time to get out more often and work on my bridge game. They offered me a way out of the monotony.

I was afforded an opportunity to do my son's two suggestions at one time: travel and involve myself in a hobby.

After some time and prodding, I took a position as an overseer, officiating players on bridge-themed vacation cruises throughout the country.

Although this is technically seasonal work, work is available year-round depending on my desirability to travel from coast to coast.

I have now been a "Bridge Director of the Seas" for the last five years, enjoying great weather, fantastic views, a few extra dollars in my pocket and a great deal of memories.

-- Bridge Player --
by: Barbara

Fantastic job! I'd love to work with tourists!

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Fantastic job! I'd love to work with tourists!

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