Anything strawberry. He loved fresh strawberries
since he was little and if he had a choice of flavors, he'd always choose
strawberry. On his 10th birthday, his stepmom made him a strawberry
cake, with strawberry icing, and fresh strawberries surrounding it.
It was topped off with strawberry ice cream. Jake also ate many a
strawberry sundae at Braums. When the family joined me in
California for a vacation, I had bought an entire flat of strawberries at
the Farmers Market in San Jose for Jake. He ate almost the entire
In his older years, he loved any kind of
cream, tuna fish sandwiches, Braum's Bacon Cheeseburgers
and Taco Bell chili
He also ate countless of bowls of oatmeal
for breakfast in his lifetime. He never seemed to get tired of
it. When visiting his friend, Mitch, he ate some summer
sausage and just went ape
over it. So I bought him his own personal 2 1/2 pound summer
sausage. It looked like a small baseball bat! He gnawed on that
thing for almost an entire week. He also loved garlic
shrimp and ham,
green onion and smoked provolone cheese omelets. I taught
him how to make those two dishes and he would go into the kitchen and cook them
himself. And he would always clean the mess up, too!
Like a lot of kids, once he got old enough to fend for himself, his eating habits
got worse. He'd go to town and load up on sweets.
He loved sweets so
much that his grandma said he was possessed by the "sugar
demon". We always use to laugh & laugh about that and tease each
other about the sugar demon. Sometimes he would take a powdered donut and
start to move it toward his mouth, then his other hand would come up to stop the
donut hand, while he would use an Exorcist type voice and say, "Noooooooo!"
We got the biggest kick out of that. Sometimes, Jake and I would get
bored, so we would go to Braum's to buy milk, eggs, or whatever. We'd also
buy a half gallon of chocolate milk and chug it on the way home! None of
the other family members ever knew! It was our special ritual. He
also loved eggnog at Christmas.
BY FAR, Jake's favorite past time was
with his friends. Jake was happiest when he was running around town and hooking up with
friends. Jake also loved spending the night at Wesley's house and hanging out
there. (I'll let Wes tell his own Jake stories on his page, but I do want
to say this about Wes. Wesley was always a good friend to Jake and
spent a lot of time talking to Jake and looking out for Jake's best
interest. He would talk Jake out of some of the crazy things he
would want to do. When Jake would gripe about life at home, Wes
also tried to instill in Jake that his parents were only trying to
do what was best for him. Wes has helped more people that he
knows. I will always be indebted to Wesley.)
During his last year, Jake's friend Mitch had shown him a paintball course
that he had built in a wooded area that sat between their two
neighborhoods. Jake had been there many times. But the real fun was
when they would pitch a tent in the middle of this wooded area and camp
night. I took Jake and
friends to get pizza and they'd take it back in the woods, build a small, well
constructed campfire, and
just hang out. (The city would have thrown a fit if they knew those kids
were building a small campfire in there, but it was so secluded, you couldn't
see the fire....even though it was within a short walk of both Jake and Mitch's
houses and right in the center of Mustang!) The city tore down the woods a
couple of months after Jake died. He would have been bummed about
that. I was glad he got the chance to enjoy it while it was there.
The small town atmosphere in Mustang is slowly dying, leaving so few places a
kid in Mustang can go to get away from it all without having to go outside of
town somewhere. Jake also loved spending
time with his dog, Chloe. If
he was in a bad mood, Chloe could get him in a good mood.
Jake had just gotten
into paintball, also. He had a lot of fun paintballing
He took art lessons when he was younger and became a pretty good
artist. This is one of Jake's paintings.
He lost interest in painting, but would work in charcoal some, especially
after the movie Titanic came out. The past couple of years, though,
he got more interested in graffiti
and tattoo type art.
He was always drawing something. He even bought a book on
calligraphy to improve his graffiti type art. He also did a
little song writing, but the themes were always too dark or disturbing for
Billy Madison (1995); The Changeling (1980); Saving Private Ryan (1998); Titanic (1997); RoboCop
(1987); Forrest Gump (1994); Major Payne (1995) The Waterboy (1998); Bad Boys (1983).
Simpsons; X Games; Anything that was on Comedy Central or The History Channel
Hanks, Adam Sandler, George C. Scott,
Disturbed; ACDC, System of a Down;
Buck Cherry; Black Sabbath; Aerosmith; Ozzy Osbourne;
Mudvayne, Slipknot (As Jake's dad, I detested Slipknot and wouldn't let him have Slipknot CDs because they preached
hate and their music made Jake angry. It would wind him up tighter than a 3 dollar
watch. He'd end up trying to sneak Slipknot music) In dealing with
his defiance, psychologists and counselors told me to "compromise" so
he got to wear Slipknot T-shirts and his infamous Slipknot hoodie, which he wore
until it was a rag.
"I'd buy that for a
dollar!" (from his RoboCop days)
"I'm going to live
"It's not my
" Dude, we can DO
would also make this quirkly sound in the back of his throat that "sounded
like a cross between a cat meowing and a ricocheting bullet." He'd do
it in class and the teacher couldn't tell where it was coming from.