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US Profile: Jim De Mello
• Name: Jim De Mello
• Age: 39
• Family: Wife Teresa (of 20 years). Daughters Ashley (22) and Shannon (18), and son Wyatt (10)
• Occupation: Senior communication services technician
• Hobbies, interests: Camping, hunting, shooting, fishing, fantasy football, golfing and coaching Little League
• Where do you get your news? Television, Plumas Lake Life and the Appeal-Democrat
• What keeps you in the Plumas Lake area? My neighbors and family.
• What aspects about the community attracted you here initially? The prices, lower population, and cost of living. I initially moved to Wheatland from Roseville 10 years ago.
• Do you belong to any clubs or organizations in the community? Wheatland Little League
• If you were in charge, what would you change about the Plumas Lake community? Not a lot. Possibly more law enforcement visibility, and some closer grocery stores and gas stations.
• What are your favorite places to go in Yuba-Sutter/Mid-Valley/Sacramento area? Wildlife areas such as Spenceville and Daugherty Hill. Collins Lake, and the local rivers
• What is the closest you've been to a famous person? Went to Tahoe to watch the celebrity golf event. Walked side by side and talked with Chris Webber and Charles Barkley, and "high-fived" Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond" and "'Til Death") after a great golf shot.
• If you were granted one wish, what would you wish for? Long lives of health and happiness for my family and friends
• Favorite musical group: I like lots of different music, so it's hard to pick one. Country is my favorite and right now it would be Dierks Bentley (current) and Alabama (older)
• Favorite television show: "CSI, SportsCenter on ESPN, all NFL games and most any show on the Outdoor Channel and Versus Network
• Favorite sports team: S.F. Giants in baseball and my fantasy team in football
• Who do you most admire and why? My parents. Without their guidance and help, I would have gone nowhere in life. They taught me everything — most importantly "common sense."
• Tell us about a life-changing experience: The birth of my oldest daughter. That day I became responsible for so much more than myself. And that responsibility has tripled since and I wouldn't change it for the world.
• What was your first job? McDonald's. Isn't "fast food" a right of passage into the working world?
• How would you describe yourself? Honest, responsible and committed.
• What kind of pets do you have? Our family has two dogs. Jack, is a Basset Hound and Elli is my bird dog. She's half German Shorthair and half German Wirehair pointer.
• What was your least/favorite subject in school? Algebra was the least and weight training and conditioning was my favorite.
• What are your favorite foods? Anything my wife cooks. She has chef-like qualities, and I have a waistline to prove it.
• What was the last good book you read? "90 Minutes in Heaven," "Tuesdays With Morrie," "Five People You meet In Heaven" and am starting "For One More Day." Any of Mitch Albom's stuff — I love the way he writes.
• Favorite movie: The first and sixth "Rocky" movies, "Castaway," all of the Jason Bournes, "The Natural," "The Deer Hunter."