A dedicated father tried everything to search for his children privately. Finally, on Matteo James' 12th birthday, a father went to social media to spread the word of his plight. Stephen James posted the following:
I want to say Happy Birthday to my son Matteo. He turns 12 today. I havent seen him and his little brother Zane in 80 days since they were kidnapped to Mexico by their biological mother and maternal grandmother. I miss them tremendously and
I know my sons miss me as well as being scared and confused. Please share this with as many people as possible in the hope that eventually Matteo or someone close to him will see this. Thank you.
The mother of the children was on a supervised visit when she took the children. It is alleged they ran to Mexico with the children. This case, however, takes legal twists and turns from there. The court granting sole custody to the father, Stephen James, is Bell County. CPS and law enforcement involvement from before the children became missing involves Williamson, Tarrant, and Bell Counties. The father lives in Williamson County, the mother lived in Tarrant County. All these municipalities, including the cities within have a hand in. Then, there are the higher ups, due to the nature of Mexico involvement. The issue within all of these municipalities is no one wants to issue the warrant. Every side is waiting for the side to do so. So, as Stephen waits, his children could be anywhere.
The pictures above are the last ones taken by their dad. The children have been missing for almost three months. Imagine if this were your child. Would you want people to scream it from the rooftops for you? If so, help Stephen by doing it for him! Help bring his boys back home. Zane will be celebrating a birthday in November. He needs to be celebrating it with his legal guardian, his Dad!
The only picture found of the mother, Alma Alicia Gomez James (aliases include Alicia Gomez, Alicia James), is not as recent. She's dropped weight, but facial recognition shouldn't be that difficult.
Un padre dedicado intentado todo para buscar a sus hijos en privado. Por último, en el cumpleaños 12 de Matteo James, un padre se fue a los medios de comunicación social para difundir la palabra de su difícil situación. Stephen James publicó lo siguiente:
Quiero decir feliz cumpleaños a mi hijo Matteo. Él cumple 12 años hoy. No he visto a él ya su hermano menor de Zane en 80 días desde que fueron secuestrados en México por su madre biológica y su abuela materna. Los extraño muchísimo y
Sé que mis hijos me echas de menos, además de ser asustado y confundido. Por favor, comparta esto con personas como posibles en la esperanza de que con el tiempo Matteo o alguien cercano a él, verán esto. Gracias.
La madre de los niños estaba en una visita supervisada cuando se llevó a los niños. Se alega que corrió a México con los niños. Este caso, sin embargo, toma giros legales y pasa de ahí. El tribunal otorga la custodia exclusiva al padre, Stephen James, es Bell County. CPS y la participación policial delante de los hijos se convirtió en falta implica Williamson, Tarrant, y los condados de Bell. El padre vive en el Condado de Travis, la madre vive en el Condado de Tarrant. Todos estos municipios, incluyendo las ciudades de tener una mano pulg Luego, están los altos mandos, debido a la naturaleza de la participación de México. La cuestión en todos estos municipios hay nadie quiere emitir la orden. Cada lado está esperando a que el lado para hacerlo. Así que, como Stephen espera, sus hijos podrían estar en cualquier parte.
Las fotos de arriba son las últimas tomadas por su padre. Los niños han desaparecido desde hace casi tres meses. Imagínese si se tratara de su hijo. ¿Te gustaría que la gente lo grita a los cuatro vientos para usted? Si es así, ayudar a Stephen al hacerlo por él! Ayude a llevar a sus hijos de vuelta a casa. Zane estará celebrando su cumpleaños en noviembre. Tiene que ser lo celebra con su tutor legal, su papá!
La imagen sólo se encuentran de la madre, Alma Alicia Gomez James (alias incluyen Alicia Gómez, Alicia James), no es tan reciente. Ella bajó de peso, pero el reconocimiento facial no debe ser tan difícil.
We pass a truck, and you hear from my left, "No way." So, I get off the computer and look. Oh my dear! It's Jabba the Hut eating a human! Now, many of you are thinking I'm being way too mean and heartless. Simple fact is, I'm just being honest, and many of you have been lead to think the same thing when passing certain individuals.
Obesity is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. It's been an ongoing epidemic in the trucking industry however. It's not as bad in the flatbedding, specialized, heavy haul, bull hauling, or HHG/trade show parts of the industry. These men and women must move, load, strap, chain, tarp, lift, bend, strain, etc (including jumping over, and under bulls) as part of their load. Now, we still have our oversized drivers in these areas, but it's not as rampant as in the dry van and reefer aspect.
I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out why these men and women get to 300 or more pounds, and I've come up with some conclusions. A lot of what I see is lack of self respect, lack of self worth, and laziness.
I asked a VP at TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers why we didn't have more healthy food choices while eating at their restaurants (this was during a nice breakfast we had with him). The honest truth? Because they serve what sells. They constantly roll out more healthy food choices, and get screamed at to do it, but in the end, everyone wants a thick burger stacked with bacon and fried foods, so they waste money with the healthier options. They've put exercise rooms in certain locations as a trial period. I love these exercise rooms for I can work out in private, since no one can dedicate 15 minutes of their time to pedal or hit the treadmill. So, they've once again wasted their resources listening to you, while you would rather take the lazy road, griping and complaining the whole way through.
Last night, I posted in quite a few places. The question was simple, and the answers were typical. "Why don't you cook in your truck?" Some were lazy, some it was beneath them, some would interact with others and watch the pounds add on, and some thought it was beneath them. The funny part is, one attacked me for this question. My thought is if the question offends you, you may be the one needing to cook out of your truck.
Here's the excuses. I will follow them up with a rebuttal like always.
1. I don't have time. (Don't you spend over an hour in a truck stop to get served "real food," and 30 minutes for a packed fast food restaurant. Some things take less than 5 minutes. Some take no more than 30. So, where are you losing time? You may want to take a gander at these recipes.)
2. It stinks up the truck. (So do your farts, your sweat, your diesel smoke, your smoking (if you smoke cigarettes), your breath, your feet, your armpits, etc. Should we remove all of that also? There are things called air freshener, lysol, febreze, plug in's, etc also if you think your farts smell better than food.)
3. I like the social interaction. (You can get the same social interaction while in one of the aforementioned exercise rooms, doing laundry, or sitting in the restaurant for an after-dinner coffee.)
4. There's no way to do dishes. (If you shower, (I do use the word if for a reason), you can wash the dishes in the shower before you shower. Takes a whole whopping two minutes max to clean your cookers. There are paper plates and bowls, and plastic utensils that can be thrown away.)
So, where's the excuse in not cooking??
Next up, exercising. I had an exercise buddy via the phone. He would walk as much as I would every day. I believe he has since given up. It's not that hard to walk a few laps around the truck stops. Many people do it every day. Add some lightweight hand weights or ankle weights to help with a better overall impact.
I am known to climb on top of the flatbed, and do squats, side lunges and lunges. Yes, people will walk right up and stare. Until you stare back at them like "Why are you looking at me?" in a completely psycho manner. At this point, they realize you have hand weights, and you may be a little nutty, and the run the other direction.
Crunches are also a wonderful way to get started. They're low impact, and a lot easier on a heavier body or bad back than sit-ups. Of course, with any exercise, start off slow, so as to not do more harm than good. The links will demonstrate exactly how to use the exercises I use.
You can also buy a cheaper all-terrain bike, chain it to your catwalk, and have a great tool to exercise and see the town around you when you have time.
Bruce is a true story. I love Bruce, he's a good friend. He's a skinnier man. When he revealed to Lou and I he once weighed over 400 pounds, it shocked us. When we figured out he lost it while trucking, while diabetic, it overly impressed us. He needs to be a mentor for this issue, for he's got the "get your ass in gear" attitude that many out here need.
Here's the editor's choice (editor, i.e. Lou) for cookers. As always, we have recipes here, and if you have a recipe, you can always send it. I will post it.
George Foreman Grill (great for chicken, salmon, tilapia, vegetables, steaks)
Xpress Redi Set Go (great for pizza, burritos, omelets, muffins, pigs in a blanket, etc)
Crock-Pot (great for lasagna, roasts, pork loin, stews, chicken & dumplings, etc)
Pasta/Rice Cooker (great for cheesy broccoli & rice casserole, pasta dishes, mac & cheese, soups, etc)
Barbeque Pit (great for anything on the pit, and fits in your side box)
Fridge (fits a week of food, and some canned sodas, without issue. Wal-Mart has an inexpensive replacement in-store warranty also. We've always had one this size in our truck; from Freightliner, to Peterbilt, to Kenworth.)
Inverter (the priciest piece if you don't already have one, but it'll pay itself off within the first two months)
Here's to your health, and your wealth! Bon appetit and adios to your waistline!