Shortly after we graduated I started working for the City of Lynnwood Public Works Dept. I recently began my 30th year of employment there and after 26 years in the Water and Sewer Division, I am currently the Foreman in the Street and Storm Water Maintenance Division. I have been witness to all of the immense changes Lynnwood has undergone since we were in school.
In 1986 I started operating my own part-time guiding business, Olsen's Guide Service. I guided salmon and steelhead fishing trips on both the Snohomish and Grays Harbor rivers systems using my drift boat. I met many wonderful people, enjoyed some fabulous fishing and retired from active guiding in 2000 with over 150 loyal and dedicated clients.
I have also dabbled as an outdoor writer for several regional fishing magazines and have had a great many articles published. In doing so, I have had the great fortune to visit some fabulous exclusive and remote fishing destinations all over Alaska, BC, Montana and Idaho. I currently write for Salmon, Trout, Steelheader Magazine and was recently featured in an instructional DVD available through the magazine entitled River Kings. It is a step-by-step guide of the techniques used to catch Chinook salmon in rivers.
My current passion is Little League umpiring. I got involved when my son was playing over ten years ago and enjoyed it so much I have risen rapidly in the ranks of Little League umpires. I am currently an Umpire Consultant for Washington District 1 Little League and help teach umpiring to all league umpires within our District. I have had the great honor to umpire in the State Championship Game in 2004 and 2006. Recently, I was the Plate Umpire for the 2008 Washington State Little League Championship Game held in Mill Creek, WA. I have truly enjoyed Little League as a great volunteer organization. My next level would be to work the Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, CA., an assignment that might never come as only 14 umpires annually are selected from all over the West Coast. Regardless, I have had a blast doing this.
On a more personal note, I am married to my second wife Tricia (almost 15 years now) and have one step-son, Shawne, who lives with his girlfriend Jodie in Carson City, Nevada and my son Kris Jr. from my first marriage. Kris Jr. is currently 20 and attends Edmonds Community College pursuing a business degree.
I recently got back into Motorcycling after a 20 year hiatus and bought a 1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic that was cherry as they come. That only proved two things. One…I forgot how much I enjoyed riding and two…I needed a bigger bike! I quickly sold that and purchased a new 2008 Kawasaki 1600 Nomad that I really love. Tricia enjoys riding too and it's something we can enjoy together for sure. I'm (we're) looking forward to many miles of open road pleasure on board. If anyone wants to go for a scoot…drop me a note and we can make that happen!
In 1982, my girlfriend at the time, Lynda (who later became my first wife) became pregnant. Not being in a good position to raise the child, we gave her up for adoption. When my ex-wife passed away unexpectedly a few years ago, I began a search to find my biological daughter, who is also my son Kris Jr's older sister.
We were successful in our search and after a long period of trading emails, finally met in the summer of 2007. She is 25 years old and her name is Ann Carmichael. What a thrill it was to finally meet her! She had a fabulous upbringing in California with wonderful parents (David and Patricia) and currently lives in Colorado with her boyfriend Mike. How cool is that?