Thursday, March 10, 2011

Concrete Canyons

I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina but raised most of my life in Montana.  I like to say that I’m southern born northern raised.  I often think that God likes to use the plainest clay for his vessels thus why he took someone like me out of this large state that is mostly farms and low population and brought me so many places in the world.  I never dreamed I’d go from here to so many destinations I’d never even dared to dream that I’d visit.  Leaving the mountains of Montana and the dreary plains of the Dakotas and entering another type of canyon altogether was quite the experience.  Every single city I’ve been to has its own flavor and Chicago is no exception.  There are times when I know I’m taking a shot that likely isn’t the most original in the world but I’ve just got to take it anyway, this was one such shot…while the shot may not be the most original…Chicago certainly is!  Here in our home town tall buildings are the exception rather than the rule however Chicago had no shortage of tall skyscrapers but though there were many I felt they had a lot of personality.  I’ve heard that Chicago is the most American of our big citiesbut that being said I have to say that I saw plenty of other cultures here…we ministered in a Ghanaian pastored International church after all! 


I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t include some food pictures don’t you think?  I had to try and Italian beef sandwich (with added sweet peppers).  The city was so cold that stepping into a little cafeteria for some food like this was a real treat!  We went to a noodle shop right across from our hotel and the food in that place was to die for!  The only thing that could have made it better would have been if Lovely and the kids were there to share it with me!  We stopped at Ruby Tuesdays and once again I found myself ordering things that I knew Lovely would like.  This was a Cajun spiced tilapia fish steak with some shrimp and delectable sauce!  Why yes, it did rock!  There’s more to come but this will be enough for one day.  We just filed our taxes and now have to go and get the kids pictures for their passports…it’s Ireland bound once again next month!


  1. Wonderful photos. I bet you are excited for your next journey. All the best for you my friend.

  2. Great Chicago pictures Joe. I well remember my senior class trip to Cgo. We stayed at the Palmer House Hotel. What an experience.
    Wish I could go to Ireland too. I will pray for a safe productive trip for you all.

  3. WHAT a WONDERFUL surprise!!!!
    A great look to this blog! And some great pictures too, never mind the food! NUMMY! I will go to my own account next,. Just I saw this while I was helping the Admiral with hers.

    Like the music, by the way.

  4. OK...I'm now officially hungry!

  5. The windy city, is in a world class of its own. There is nothing like it, even with its stinkin politicians, it is a dynamic city.
    There is a Chicago style of architecture that is studied in the universities.
    One of the few cities I would look forward to visit, except one winter I was there, 60 below with the hawk howlin in the canyons.
    Neat pics and gotta love the food variety.

  6. Hi Joe, Just stopping by to say hello, and I enjoyed what you shared concerning your trip to Chicago. Yes, I imagine Chicago would be a different flavor, from Montana in more ways than we know. Both are unique in their own way, I am sure. Speaking of flavor, you done went and made my hungry. The food looks and sounds delicious.
    Well take care Joe. I am heading to get some shuteye.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Dianne :)

  7. It has been forever since I have been to Chicago. Just a kid on a class trip to the museum. Not much of a traveler but so enjoy reading about yours and the wonderful pictures you take. Yes, like the others, I am now HUNGRY! God Bless

  8. Hi Joe
    First of all I wish everyone in Japan strenght
    and i do hope ur relatives are oke now.
    Its a horrible news .and then we start to use the WHY?? word.But what can we do...Just pray for them.
    tx for the Chicago pics Joe..Chicago is for me
    hmmm lol... poker and booz lol
    in the old days of course
    Next time....go with ur Company Joe. I know its not always possible Its easy to say of course
    i wish u a peacefull weekend.

  9. Hi Joe, It is late but I wanted to stop by and let you know that you,and your family are in our thoughts, and prayers, concerning family, and friends in Japan.
    Your Friend, and Sister in Christ Jesus

  10. Concrete crayons is a perfect description for Chicago. What an amazing trip you have coming up. I can't wait to hear all about Ireland!

  11. Concrete crayons is a perfect description of Chicago. You have an amazing trip coming up. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures in Ireland.

  12. Hi Joe,
    Well this food looks yummy and eatable...
    Now I need to go eat...
    Have a lovely day Joe..

  13. just came to say hi great site luv the tracks aww no ozzy though xxjen

  14. Joe the food looks so good and I know you missed your family. Your a family but still Im glad you got out and about. I too am hungry and eating ice cream , I guess thats what I do when the sun wont shine and the days are so gray. Lots of winter here still. I hope and pray everything turns out and you and your family can still go off to Europe. Looking forward to your view and blogs.
    Have a wonderful day