GETTING TO KNOW JIM E. CHONGA
Hometown: Portland, Oregon! Graduated from Cleveland High School, attended Pacific University in Forest Grove and Portland State University
Family: Wife Tara; daughter Emily; son Aidan,
Hobbies: Golfing (it’s not just a sport…it’s a way of life!), playing pool, darts, singing in my church choir, reading, and playing the organ (my childhood dream was to play the one at the Organ Grinder on 82nd or the one at Oaks Park Roller Rink…never did)
Favorite Foods: Filet Mignon, Pizza, Hazelnut Crusted Halibut, and Turkey with all the trimmings, and ice cream (maybe these explain my cholesterol issues)
Favorite Movies: Big fan of the Disney Pixar ventures…also the Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter franchises (not that my movie viewing is influenced by my children in any way!)
Favorite Sounds: My children’s laughter, the ocean, train whistles, and popping wine corks
Favorite Vacation Spots: Hawaii, the Oregon Coast, Sun River, and the San Juan Islands.
Guilty Pleasures: Fine wine and desserts!
Something I love that I lost: My dad, in 2005. He became a father at 57 and lived to 94. He swore he’d be the only guy collecting social security with a kid in kindergarten.
Things people would be surprised to know about me: I’m scared to death of getting a speeding ticket…don’t know why, just am…have never even had a parking ticket. I’m usually very quiet at home and at family gatherings. Also have a thing for numbers…I easily remember phone numbers, family and friends birthdays/anniversaries, and license plates of every car my parents or I have ever had.
Physical fitness routine: Who has time? I jump to conclusions and bend over backwards for people on a daily basis!
My Radio Career (all in Portland): KMJK Magic 107 1984-1987, Q-105 1987-1995, KUPL 1995-2008, and since 2009, Oldies 106.7!
It's a constant battle in my house...when are bananas the perfect ripeness? Me, I like 'em with plenty of dark spots on them...sweet and tasty...Mrs. Chonga tends to like them a little greener and not mushy soft. Well, for those of you like me, here are some facts to back up your desire for those riper bananas which could fight off diseases like cancer! Thanks to the good folks at OHSU for enlightening us...
As the banana ripens, you will notice that dark spots and patches will develop all over its skin. The more these dark patches and spots that it has, the higher the immunity enhancement quality that it will be. The Japanese people have been known to consume fully ripen bananas particular when they fall ill.
Based on the scientific research conducted by the Japanese scientists, it was found that TNF are known to have anti-cancer properties. The degree of the anti-cancer effect is related to the degree of the ripeness of the fruit. In another words, the riper the banana, the higher or better of the anti-cancer quality.
In an animal experiment that carried out by Professor Senji of Tokyo University, he found that among the fruits that were fed to lab mice, banana produces the best overall health benefits. Other fruits which were used in the experiment includes grape, apple, water melon, pineapple, pear and persimmon. Banana is able to increase the number of white blood cells, enhances the immunity of the body and produces anti-cancer substance, TNF.
Moreover, according to the professor, yellow skin bananas with dark spots and patches on it are eighth times more effective in enhancing the property of white blood cells, as compares to the ones which are still green.
And so it is recommended that you should eat at least one to two bananas daily to increase your body immunity to diseases such as flu, cold, and etc.