Karen and Joe Babish

Cruisin’ and Cruising


Two words and two different meanings for Joe and Karen Babish.   Both are our favorite things to do now as we approach our better years.


We are both Denver natives. Joe grew up in the Westminster area and Karen grew up in East Denver.  We live in southeast Denver now not too far from our original homes. 


Being Denver natives and young adults in the 70’s we met in a disco.  Joe’s favorite story to tell is where he met Karen. He always says where else would you meet a good Irish Catholic girl except in a bar on Good Friday (true story).


We have been married for over 35 years and have five handsome sons, one beautiful daughter-in-law (Jamie) and a gorgeous granddaughter (Tyley).  Our sons’ names are easy to remember as they are the four Gospel writers and a prophet. (Luke, Sean (Irish for John), Mark, Matthew and Daniel.)  We are empty nesters now and have two furry children Odie (a white lab beagle mix) and Holly (an Aussie shepherd).


Joe worked for the Denver Sheriffs’ Department for almost 20 years but took a medical retirement in 2002 due to back, neck and knee issues.  The metal in his body makes airport security an adventure.  Joe is a Roman Catholic Deacon and serves in the Archdiocese of Denver going on 24 years.   Karen works for a Medical Laboratory close to our home as the VP of Finance for the Denver operation.


We bought our first Corvette in 2006 after all the retirement hoops were finished.  It was a 1993 C4 Artic White.  Unfortunately, it proved to enjoy time on a flatbed truck to visit the auto shop more than driving on the road. 


So, our Corvette now is a 2001 C5 Speedway White.  Since all Corvettes need a mascot and a vanity plate, you can see Chillin’ the Penguin often riding in the 1COOLC5.


We are thrilled to be a part of the new CCCC and to participate in many exciting events.


Oh, and the other cruising is our passion to vacation on cruise ships.   We have been on 12 cruises from Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Caribbean (East and West) and Alaska.  We will be cruising the Southern Caribbean in October.

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