I am an early retiree, American Expat that lives in Brazil now. I spend 6 months of each year traveling the world and meeting people. I spent my original career as a geologist in the oil business, from field geology in Africa to Chief Operating Officer for a fortune 200 size company. After that, it was 27 years as an entrepeneur, small business owner. Since retiring in 2008, I have become a multiple aware winning author, writing financial investment research and analysis for SeekingAlpha.com and providing private subscription research via my service "Income From Covered Option Writing", where I teach investor to boost income while lowering (but not eliminating) market risk. My readers like to call it "Dividends on Steroids".