skys the limit Wrote: LA Citizen - I have read much of what you contribute here and always appreciated your insights. This most recent thread reflects so much of what I had glimpsed in prior posts from you. Your commitment to what you are now speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing all this. It makes me want to shake your hand. You would be welcome in my home.Hopefully you will eventually be able to pursue further your interests in educating yourself further. It is never too late to learn. You have learned so much, and should be proud of what you have accomplished. Driving a rig? Hey, no shame in that. Without truckers the world does not move. I know a man who is highly educated, talented, and had opportunities to do almost anything he chose, but in the end he chose to drive a rig......it did not diminish his life nor his production of it. Go for what you want. Your time is now and you deserve it.
Tony Johnson Wrote: L.A.,I just read these posts.....It's 2:30 in the morning and I'm going to bed. But, know this...... You're a good man. The way you care about your wife and kids is a great sign that you are living the right way. Congrats on the grandbaby. I had 2 but by my sons new marriage I have 4 now. I've always felt that kids make you a better person. As I've said before...... I think you would be a great neighbor. Take it easy.
eternal flame Wrote: Due to the improprieties of the subject matter, my comments must be censored /stifled/ deleted. (Lo Siento Mucho).Pero, Espero tu eres alegro, fuerte, y libre. Y espero tu no necesita trabajar demasiado. Cantando todos las dias.
L.A. Citizen Wrote:But you may not want to shake my hand...I am mexican. I may steal you watch. Sorry. It's in the DNAThe problem with me attending school is money. I have to help my sons with things that scholarships, aid, and loans do not cover. Both of them live in the Dorms and always need money. For something or another. I have become an expert at how to load a pre-paid Visa from 7-11They only have 1 1/2 semesters left so I'll figure it out.One of my sons already has a job waiting at the Department of Water and Power and they will pay for his Masters Degree. They have a shortage of Engineers. I had no idea. My cousin drives a truck for the DWP and made well over 100,000 last year. It pays more then police and fire.So, we'll see.....i'll figure it out once I can keep money in my pocket....If there is such a thing
alongcameaschneider Wrote: My fellow trucker (well, I'm retired now, but for over 30 yrs I did regional hauling on East Coast) . . . .. . . . . . and in response to what you share of your life and mind, may I say . . my friend . . .?You may not have "story" for a book. But you surely have experience in life, honesty and depth of introspection, awareness of not only yourself but others.You have your lifespan (to date) -- a spectrum that most people haven't lived, or even conceived. You present not only information and inspiration, but lessonsto others. And what you impart that should be promoted, even published, is not just that you were in prison, but that you "went through" prison and emerged withall the qualifications of the teacher you'd once thought of being -- and now exceptional course material to impart to others. Your life and all its aspects.You may not have a "story" to tell, but you have a continuum to present within the context of your straight-on "eloquence" of where you see things are at. Just a collection of your past (hopefully available) and ongoing threads and blogs should be compiled, archived, and made available for others to know what you know.One "dimension" of what you know derived from how you grew up, what level of education or training you had, what socio-economic circumstances attracted you to, or represented necessity of, illegal commerce that resulted in your incarceration; and since release, your realizations which you share with others.Another "dimension" of what you have to offer others would be the probably innumerable anecdotes and observations and circumstances -- a prime example being the guy who shouldn't have been convicted of rape because he gave the woman a choice of a bullet (and I wonder if she'd resisted rape and he'd shot her, if he'd have protested that he should't have been convicted of murder because he would have actually 'saved her life by raping her instead . . .)You may not have a "story", but you inform and inspire and enlighten me (and I'm sure all us Demo-s). Far more than just a blogsite populace would all be the more enhanced in their lives by knowing more of yours. (all you'd compile could be kept "anonymous" and published under a "pseudonym" -- or you could just be the more proud of who you are by proclaiming yourself as author).You may not have a "story". No need to write a story, my friend, Reality isn't a story. A book sure can be other than a "story" (I've published 37, some I've mentioned now and then in my posts). Your book could just be "collected" over a period of time. Seems like in the last couple weeks you've written some a number of pages that could go into that collection -- to be published in book-form. You, or if you'd approve, another could just collect and compile your posts and anything else you'd want to write for inclusion. Eventually when book-length (150 pgs or so mininmum), the material could be "organized" (such as time-sequence), or just presented as "free-association-collage" of a literary "art-form" -- your life in your words.I hope you'll respond to this idea . . . (which is also offer of a collaborator or at least co-collector).
alongcameaschneider Wrote: You're definitely on my list as a friend, but to be officially "friended" on Demohub . . . . how the hell do I do that?As you've seen re. the snow conditions in the Northeast, I'm damn glad I'm not still running 53'ers in around the Boston or between there andJersey (every night for a couple years). Bad enough driving a 4-wheeler with 4WD around these snowbank-clogged streets.I look forward to ongoing communication.
skys the limit Wrote: My two cents added - L A - your posts are great and I always look for them. You write HONESTY and EXPERIENCE. With humor, and a bit of tongue in cheek.I hope you consider somehow compiling your thoughts somehow - you have a lot to offer.Keep them coming.