Before meeting Jack, Jessica had met Jimmy Mahoney. Jimmy was 53 years older than Jessica. Jimmy and Jessica became best friends through dancing every friday night at a few of their favorite local clubs. Often Jimmy would come and visit Jessica and her son William, or Jessica and William would go visit Jimmy and his wife and talk about Jimmy's Hot Wheels and train collection, or his wife's china collection. Their home was like a museum. In the summertime Jimmy sometimes drove his 1970s pink Chevy Malibu with the back seat filled with Pink Panthers, you know from the cartoon. A few times Jimmy let Jessica drive the car around when they went out dancing.
Jimmy and Jessica had been dancing a couple of years, when one night, Jimmy introduced Jessica to Jack inside a place called Club Max. Jimmy knew Jack from way back when Jack was more heavily involved the dance scene. Silly as it may seem to some, Jessica felt a spark immediately, needless to say her and Jack hit it off.They talked for a bit with Jimmy and one another. Typically this wasn't an easy thing to do, to get Jessica off the dance floor! When Jack left after their brief conversation, Jessica wondered how long it would be before they would meet again, if he would come back into Club Max again. A couple years had gone by, spending most Friday nights here with Jimmy, and this was the first time she ever saw him visit the place.
Sure enough Jack came back a handful of times over the next six months. Jack wouldn't dance much, but would visit with Jessica when she took her few breaks off the dance floor. Each conversation their friendship growing, getting to know one another,sometimes emailing each other between fridays at Club Max, until Jack finally asked Jessica out on a real date. A couple years into dating, by the end of 2009 Jack and Jessica decided to move in together in Jessica's newly built home. Over the years there have been a lot of adventures, ups and downs, fights ( hey, it's life, and expected when two strong-willed, stubborn people team up), surgeries, illness, businesses to take care of ( visit Jessica's site, www.womanoftheabyss.com), camping trips, Oregon Coast trips, college, homeschooling, Idaho William ( visit www.idahowilliam.com), lots of love, lots of laughter, successes, and ideas tried, and so much more. Most importantly, there has always been friendship and love to keep the spark alive.
Here is a fun video clip the news did on Jimmy. He was in the news a few times for his trains, bringing Santa to his home during Christmas for children of his friends and family, and his dancing, and they referred to him as a gem in the gem state. All the rest of us called him Disco Jimmy.
** See pics from the early years, here.
** See our Memory Lane video.