My name is Jim Jolliff and this is my first blog. For the past 41 years, I have been married to the love of my life, Connie. From 1971 to 1978, I had the honor of serving as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Oklahoma. During that time, I worked with the Organized Crime Task Force and the Witness Protection Program. After spending about 200 days a year on the road and having a young son growing up, I decided that we needed to do something different. Not sure what different was, we decided to return to the U.S. Navy as a criminal Investigator. What was I thinking? Our first assignment was Yokosuka, Japan and the USS Midway. Once again, I was gone most of the time.
Connie taught school for the Department of Defense School and raised our son. But the Navy was good to us. I taught at the U.S. Army Military Police School for three years and as the Security Chief of the U.S. Navy Section of the Pentagon, I was fortunate enough to be commissioned as a Naval Officer. In this capacity, I served as the equivalent to Chief of Police for numerous Naval Installations around the world. Along the way, Connie had the opportunity to learn the cooking styles of experts from China, Japan, the Philippines, Panama and of course her Mom and my Mom’s kitchen. With a desire to share with our family and friends of our travels to fascinating places, we decided to start this blog. Each month, you will receive one of her favorite recipes and the story of where it came from.
In 1995, we retired from the Navy and decided it was time to return to Oklahoma.
For the past 18 years, we started several businesses and traveled even more. This old world has a lot to offer, you just need to get out there and put your boots on the ground. We are now thinking of moving to Ecuador. But, we will just have to wait and see what comes up. In the meantime, we will share what we have endured along the way, including the good, the bad and the ugly. And believe me, some of it has been ugly, but most of the time it has been very, very good.
Now, let’s be real honest! This blog was made possible by the help of Matthew Moberly. I went to the Vo-Tech and asked the IT Instructor if she could recommend someone to help me get a blog started. Without any hesitation, she directed me to Matt. His knowledge, vision and imagination led to this blog becoming a reality. I will never be able to properly thank him for his guidance in this project. I not only met a wonderful young man, I made a friendship that will last forever. Thanks Matt!
And you will benefit from some extremely delicious recipes that anyone can prepare. Now, let’s let the adventure begin, you know you want to!!
“I, Jim Jolliff, only claim the thoughts found on these pages from my head, which are the opinions of an untrained amateur. I am NOT a banker, doctor, accountant, lawyer, CPA, money manager or anything else of that sort. Please seek a professional for any ‘real’ advice. I know some people that may serve you in one of these capacities, because they think they know everything!”