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About Mr Tom Powell Jr
Tom Powell, Jr was born in 1972, just outside Chicago, in Melrose Park, Illinois. After a tumultuous childhood, he wound up spending a few years hitchhiking across the country, first while working for a carnival, and then while following The Grateful Dead. After the nomadic lifestyle he was living was thrown a curve ball by the death of Jerry Garcia and, as a result, the end of The Grateful Dead's touring days (at least, that is what we thought at the time), Tom fell into a job mowing lawns in the suburbs just outside Chicago. After a twenty-six year career in landscaping, including owning his own business for the last six of those twenty-six years, Tom was fortunate enough to retire early at the age of forty-five in February of 2018. Since his retirement, Tom has begun to write books not only about his life, but about topics that matter to him. He now spends his time writing, kayaking, and waiting for the next time he can board a plane to visit another country.
While he does not have a wall filled with framed diplomas, what he does posses is a unique lifetime of less than ordinary experiences that he draws on to bring you his perspectives on a variety of topics. Tom is a survivor of severe child abuse, a high school drop-out, and someone who had the odd experience of living in a tent for four years while traversing across the nation. He has had the chance to be a small business owner, serve on various committees, and be an advocate for the nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana.
Tom has been married to his wife, Renee, since May of 1999, and the two have been together since May of 1997. Together they have three children, Magnolia Lynn, Lily Marie, and Tommy Lee III, and they have resided in Channahon, Illinois since February of 2005.
So, sit back and enjoy the ramblings of a middle aged husband, father, and taco-loving dead head.
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After overcoming child abuse at the hands of his mother, becoming a child of divorce, and eventually dropping out of high school, Tom began to learn his own way through life while living on the road. First while working for a carnival, and then following The Grateful Dead, he would eventually spend four years of his life living in a tent while hitchhiking across the country in an attempt to find his way in the world.
He would eventually be forced from the nomadic lifestyle by the death of the leader of The Grateful dead, Jerry Garcia, which led him into the waiting arms of the landscape industry, and his eventually wife, Renee. After over two decades in his chosen field, and just when life seemed to be going smoothly, he would face another challenge…taking care of his father in the last years of his life.
From an inauspicious beginning, to a life on the road, he would eventually overcome it all to find success and an early retirement at the age of forty-five. He now finds himself re-inventing who he is as he enters his middle age years, waiting to see what path he is led down next. ‘
This book is his life’s story. It will make you laugh at times, and at times it will turn your stomach. Parts of this book will remind you of your own family, while harkening you back to the old neighborhood and those times when family would always gather together every weekend.
So, sit back and enjoy the rather odd life of one aging hippie.
Peace. Love. Tacos.