One day, early in our friendship, I asked Jim and Tony how they had met. Jim promptly assured me that they had met in Oakalla. For the benefit of our young or non-BC readers, Oakalla was the provincial jail in Burnaby, now closed for 20 or so years. This was the slammer for less serious offences/crooks/criminals/bad guys etc.
Being young innocent naive and gullible, I immediately believed him. Several times I almost asked them what they had done to get there, but it never seemed like the right moment. Who knew, maybe they had roughed someone up for asking too many questions!
As the weeks went by, it slowly dawned on me that Tony was far too nice a guy to have ever done time, and they were just messin' with me. Big Jim on the other hand, well...could be...maybe...possible...you never know about people...why not?........ and where/how did he get that tough-sounding nickname?
Jim, ha ha, finally gotcha back! As Hamish Fraser posted above, Jim is indeed "the nicest guy in Squamish"
Hey Neebee, say, the day I met Big Jim he walked me and Masha over to this really cool stone carving in the woods near the big boulders and told us this really interesting stuff about the carving and the carver. I think there is a picture of it already posted here once. Jim likes art.
In spite of the fact Jim wouldn't let us organize a birthday bash, there was a lot of socializing and even some climbing.
Saturday Jim's family (including siblings, grown children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and inlaws) organized an afternoon feast.
Sunday a bunch of us spent most of the day climbing in the Bluffs with Jim.
He seemed pretty pleased by the whole thing and was really touched by the Supertopo "birthday card".
Photos in the works.