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Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Joe of All Trades

My husband, Joe, has had a very interesting career background. Early on he was in the Air Force, a milk man, the Orkin Man, he worked on the toll road, was a truck driver and several other jobs. He tells me that when his first little boy was born...he realized that he had to get serious and learn a trade. He felt the responsibility on his shoulders to take care of his growing family and wanted to give them the best life he could. He decided to take a job as an apprentice meat cutter. This led to his working in the meat department at the Jewel food stores. Later on his uncle opened a supper club- bowling alley in Elgin, Illinois. It was called Frontier Lanes. Joe went into a partnership with his uncle at that time. They built the business together and were very successful. After working at this business...he became disillusioned and felt that there was more to life than working at this, sometimes, dangerous job. He went to Albuquerque to visit family and on the way back, driving alone, he asked himself..."What do I really want to do." It came to him out of the blue...he wanted to be a doctor. Thinking about it for a long while...he realized that he was too old to start the education that a doctor had to have. The next best thing was to become a registered nurse. So, at the age of 42...he went to college and studied to become a nurse. Now, as you can see...Joe is a big guy...and in those days male nurses were few and far between. Patients later looked at him and some said he looked more like a truck driver than a nurse. He was in classes with all women. They were mostly young girls and didn't have the life experiences that Joe had. He found that he loved learning. He excelled in his classes and became a favorite study partner for the other students. He graduated from college with a 3.8 grade point average out of a 4.0. His nursing jobs were  fascinating to him.At the end of his career he was the night nursing supervisor for Elgin Mental Health Hospital. He was in charge of the whole hospital...an 800 bed hospital with 250 employees.He retired at the age of 58. When I met him...I have to say that I was fascinated in his life story...going from a kid who dropped out of school to join the Air Force to  going back to school at the age of 42.
Well, he hasn't lost his skills as a meat cutter. Yesterday found us in the kitchen with two pork shoulders and a whole pork loin to cut up into different cuts of meat. The above pictures show him with his saw...making me butterfly chops, sirloin chops, chops for stuffing and several roasts, .......he can give medical advise and keep our freezer full at the same time.His hobbies are singing and woodworking....an all around Joe of all trades.


Blondie's Journal said...

This is fascinating, Balisha! Joe is an amazing man. He sounds like he could excel at anything he sets his mind to. I do notice more and more male nurses and I think it's wonderful, and nursing school is very difficult. I can see why you are so proud of him!

Enjoy all those great cuts of meat, they should keep your freezer full for a long while!


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

You are blessed with your Joe. He is blessed also, with the life he has lived and with you and the life you two share.

Happy living ~ FlowerLady

Barbee' said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Interesting post.

Barbee' said...

I went back and looked at the photos again. We eat very little meat, and it occurred to me as I looked at them, that I wouldn't even know what to do with those.

Balisha said...

Hi everyone...Thanks for your comments on this post. I just thought that I mention him so often on my blog...that I wanted you to get to know him and his background a little more.
Barbee...I never cooked pork much in my past, but have learned to cook them through Joe. Being a butcher...he was asked so many times how you fix a cut of meat. So, he has experience in that. I've learned a lot in the past 10 yrs. Now, pork is one of my favorite things to eat. I eat very little meat too, but Joe loves it. I will fix my chop and then give him a big portion of mine. I find that pork is easier to digest than beef for me. I do love a pulled pork sandwich though.

Barbee' said...

You have quite a treasure there.

debra @ homespun said...

That is just fascinating! :) Catching up on the prior stories as well on lunch break but commenting on this one.

Now I am craving a stuffed pork chop!!!!