Thursday, September 4, 2008

Unkie JJ (Part 1) - written by Chase Evangelista

Unkie JJ and Chase hnaging out at Papa and Nana's condo on Maui

* The following is an excerpt from a school work that Chase wrote about his family. In one section of that homework he was asked to write who is the most interesting person in his family and he said it's Uncle JJ:

Now the most interesting person in my family is my Uncle J.J (that’s Joe Johnson to you). He is the most interesting person because he is an excellent guitar player. He does concerts at one of the largest churches in Maui, Hawaii. He and his girlfriend like to enjoy life by doing things like going on 12 month road trips in a $3000 van. He has been all the way from the Panama Canal to Northern Alaska. He and his girlfriend have been West Coast and East Coast, and back again.

Many things make him the most interesting person in my family because he is the only long haired redhead in the family, and he invests large portions of his money in the stock market. Guess what? He is also the guy that thinks of the Red Bull commercials. Red Bull pays $15,000 a month him to sit around and think of advertising ideas and commercials. He gets to work with people like Shaun White, the Olympic gold medalist snowboarder, at the Winter X Games for him to support the consumption of Red Bull. He gets cool jobs like this because he got a marketing degree at USC. On his off time our families get together and go to a huge ski resort or go surfing in Maui.


Anonymous said...

I love this story that Chase wrote about our JJ...better yet - I loved him honoring JJ at his memorial in LA with this loving story ... His father standing behind him giving him support. It was obvious that Joey had a wonderful impact on Chase's life as well as all his other neices and nephews. I know they miss him very much. We love you Chase!

Love - Auntie Viv

Joe and Karen said...

Liza, thanks for adding another chapter to our cyber-journal of Joey's life. Chase was named after Joey, and Joey loved him so much. As with all his nieces and nephews, they shared a special relationship. Chase was impressed by his uncle as you can tell by what he wrote... the musings of a 13 year old boy.

As he grows up, he will understand even more about Unkie JJ's ability to love others and his faith in the Lord. I am grateful Joey was such a great hero to his nieces and nephews and pray that they will walk in his footsteps and stay connected with the Lord till they meet Joey and Jesus in Heaven.
We love you Chase and Joey.
Nana Karen

Anonymous said...

1 Corinthians 13:11,12 (TLB)

"It's like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man, my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now,I have put away childish things.
In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face to face. Now, all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then, I will see everything clearly, just as God sees into my heart right now."

Heather said...

I remember Chase reading this at the California memorial and it just broke my heart. I could not for the life of me pull myself together. He had such a hard time getting past the tears at first but finished with the courage that Joey taught him. You can just see so much of Joey in Chase.