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Chicago Family

It has been awhile since I posted much since the boating accident and I’ll just say one last thing and we’ll put the subject to rest. Just this last week we got our insurance check for the loss and paid off the loan. With some of the remaining funds, we are paying off Deb’s car loan and now we are debt free except for mortgage. We are  still waiting for our personal loss claim to go through for all the stuff we lost in the boat. I still think about that day and feel queasy when I see rough water. It has permanently affected most of us involved.

Just recently Deb and I took a week off and went to Chicago to see her oldest son Chad and his family. It was her only second time visiting them and my introduction to them. The story of Chad is an interesting one that needs to be told in full someday soon but I won’t do it here. We were going to record a podcast and tell the story of Debbie and Chad, but never got around to it. Let’s just say that he was Debbie’s first-born that she never knew and now they have reconnected. He lives in Lake Bluff in a very nice neighborhood and is successful. He has a beautiful wife named Kay and two gorgeous daughters! That fact has just made us instant grand parents! Debbie loves it and the call her Nana and love her to death. They call me Papa Joe and I guess I made quite a hit with both of them. Riley is the older one and is five and Brynlee is three and looks just like a little Debbie. They are both sweethearts and very smart just like their Nana. Now, you ask, how does it feel to be an instant grandpa? I am not sure as it is still sinking in. It does make me feel old though!

We had a great visit and made it our vacation. There was a lot of family time but also some touristy stuff too. We took a train to downtown Chicago and went up to the top of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), went to the Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Botanical Gardens, saw a friend of ours who played at our local pub play at the House of Blues, and Chad even had us running a 5k race while we were there. One day Chad drove us through the ghettos of South Chicago bypassing traffic, so we can say we saw a lot of diversity while we were there! Now I like Chicago and there are some beautiful parts of the city, especially around where they live, but I would never want to live there! First, the weather would be had to handle. The freezing cold winters and blistering humid summers would be a bitch. Another thing is the horrendous traffic! It is horrible and the natives drive insane! The place is just too big for us, but we will always enjoy visiting, and now we have four good reasons why we will! There are pictures, go have a look. Soon the story will be told to those who don’t know it already so stay tuned!

My Music Podcast

snojo4My music podcast is blowing minds across the country and around the world, but I bet you are still listening to commercial top 40 crap aren’t you!? I mean really, how many times can you hear “Stairway To Heaven” or “Free Bird” anyway? Come to the edge and expand your auditory horizons! Be different – I DARE YOU TO! Prepared to have your mind entranced, prepare to have your body moving, prepare yourself for music that is for your head and will get into your head. No, this isn’t your granny or grampy’s music, no it’s not your mommy and daddy’s music, it’s not any old music period! Think you can handle it? I DON’T THINK YOU CAN!!!! Come on over and have a listen and if you like what you hear, tell a friend! Thanks for listening!

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Snoqualmie Joe

“All I can say is WOW!” – Si Mom

“Haunting, moving, sometimes tribal, sometimes edgy, sometimes soothing, always different.” – Tune Factory

“Brilliant, wildly unique, an excellent showcase for independent music.” – Chicago Sun Eclipse

“I’m giving up Rap and Hip – Hip for this. It is awesome!” – An A Student

“Great music to workout to. I run longer and faster when I listen!” – Jym Ratt

“His music is like a drug, you are not sure you want to take it at first, but once you do, you”re addicted.” – Philadelphia Newsworthy

“This is some seriously weird stuff. Who is this guy and what is a Snoqualmie?” – Alice In Drag

“Chilling, eclectic, music you’ll never hear on the radio!” – Audio Orgasm

“This stuff blows!” – Clueless

“Sno Jo Radio takes you on a sensory roller coaster. At times you are chilling to some downtempo, then banging to some serious beats! Hang on for a wild ride!” – Dallas Daily Music Rag

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