Monthly Archives: June 2017

Portrait of Bill-2


Bill had a 2005 X1 Ford three seat jet ski with a thousand cc’s. He kept his boat and his jet skis at the Ventura Harbor which he considered his second home.  He loved living in the nice Big Harbor and to have a second home where he kept “his favorite toys.”

Bill used to “take it (jet ski) out to Channel Islands Harbor, and to Santa Barbara and Goleta. He liked to go by the UC Santa Barbara campus and “jump some Great Waves there.”

Bill was originally from Santa Barbara, California, USA.  His home,at the time of this interview, was in Pasa Robles, California.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

 

Portrait of Portia


Portia was 11 months old and was a “boat baby who was a mascot at the harbor.” She was teething but not walking at the time of this interview. She liked words, fish, her uncle John and to get into things.

I was really lucky to get a cute smile out of Portia because as soon as I got the shot, she started with the tired baby crying.

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Portrait of Brian-2


Today is Father’s Day in the United States of America. In celebration of Father’s Day I shall make a portrait of a father.

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Brian was a father of four, a stepfather of two and a grandfather of five.

As you can see by the patches on his motorcycle jacket, aside from wearing multiple father hats, Brian was also a Patriot Guard Rider. These volunteers had “an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security including Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans.” (See the website for more.)

Brian had a lot of useful everyday-survival skills. He was a trained automobile mechanic, he had some experience with plumbing, he could figure out how to troubleshoot and fix all kinds of things, and he knew an amazing amount of information about cars. For example, if you would find a car part, he could tell you exactly where it came from, that is the engine, the transmission , or any other system and what car came from and even the year.

Brian was a great person, a great friend, a true patriot, but most importantly, a very loving, devoted, concerned and giving father.

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One more thing, Brian is my biggest follower of this blog. He makes a comment everyday. I asked him if he thought I should put a baby or a father up today, and he, of course, said a father. So, naturally, I chose him.

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Portrait of Captain Spoodiggity


Captain Spoodiggity was the lead singer for the hard rock band The Pirates Charles which performed “adventurous and bombastic Rock Pirate songs.”

Captain Spoodiggity’s repetoire included songs such as Take a Drink, Chasing the Wind, Sailor’s Life, Whiskey in the Jar and False Mutiny. He described his songs and lyrics as “touching the ins-and-outs of being alive through the lens of a pirate.”

Captain Spoodiggity sang songs whose lyrics were “like scenes from a tremendous pirate movie.” His band created narratives of “big adventurous pirate battles, and mutiny at sea, and tragedy and war, and missing your love at home, and the days that you were broke and the days you had a lot of money and the days that you were spending it all.”

Although set in pirate culture, Captain Spoodiggity believed  that The Pirates Charles’s songs  touched “all of the different parts of life.”

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Portrait of Mackenzie


Mackenzie worked at Ventura Harbor and the Ventura Pirate Festival was her event. As the lead organizer, she had to hire all the entertainment, get all the rentals, get all the privateers, such as Pirates For Hire, all the event vendors and then make sure they were all on time and in place.

Mackenzie was also in charge of social media for the event; she did all the Facebook, @Twitter and @Instagram for Ventura Harbor.

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Portrait of Liam


Liam was a sixteen-year-old from Fillmore, California, USA who attended charter school which he described was “like being in a library.” At school, he created his own curriculum and mostly liked art. He was studying art history and also created various types of art, such as drawing painting.

Liam dabbled in electronic gadgetry and was hoping that one day he could build robots.

Liam wanted to be an architect. He said that “would be fun.” Liam had a 3D pen and liked to do 3D modeling on his computer.

Liam liked running and bicycle riding. He especially liked riding on the streets and down a long road by his house which had “hills going up and down.” He was hoping he could do touring/competitive bicycle riding at some point, but he needed to save enough money to purchase a nice touring bike required for participation in such events.

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Portrait of Page


Page was Junior Miss Lancaster. She participated in softball and track at her school. For track, she did the shot-put and 4 X 100 relay events. In softball, she played all positions ,but she played catcher the year previous to this publication and she really enjoyed it; she thought that’s her favorite position. She believed that she hit very well too. She was also a black belt in Taekwondo.

Page was Junior Miss Lancaster, a pageant, where if a girl won, “you got to participate in various Community events like parades and grand openings.” She said that there were several levels in this pageant: Miss, Teen, Junior, Minnie, and Tiny.

Page was wearing a cherry dress because earlier that day there was the Leona Valley Cherry Parade & Festival and all the women who participated in the Antelope Valley beauty contest, who were at the Leona Valley event, were wearing that dress .

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Portrait of Aiden-1


Fifteen year old Aiden fought in Belegarth Medieval Combat Society for over a year. His interest in fighting started in the yard, with his friends, when he was seven years old. “Me my sister and my friends all started when we were seven years old and we were fighting.”

I was impressed with the extremely disciplined group who listened to their leader within fractions of a second of getting a command. It evoked admiration to witness teenagers both diffuse their energy by fighting and accomplish it in a very structured manner.

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Portrait of LaShaSha


LaShaSha was originally from San Diego, California, USA but at the time of this interview, lived in Rosamond, California.

LaShaSha crocheted mostly swimwear but also crocheted other types of clothing and hats. She had been crocheting since she was fourteen years old.

You can see and purchase her work at RockthatLaShaSha.

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Portrait of Captain Payne


Captain Payne tagged along with his @PiratesForHire father wearing a goblet that belonged to his dead wife (see below). His wife’s hand was on the Goblet and the ring was still there too. He kept her hand and ring around the goblet because he missed her.

The sword Captain Payne carried around was a British Calvary sword made during the British Indian Wars; it was “pretty sharp” and had seen real battles before coming into the hands of this Pirates For Hire actor-pirate.

The jacket Captain Payne wore was a Spanish Captain’s jacket which didn’t fit very well, but he was going to have a tailor fix it for him “so that it would actually fit better.”

Captain Payne’s vest had blood red roses on it to symbolize the ship that is father sailed The Bloody Rose; the flagship for their Fleet.

Goblet with Captain Payne’s wife’s hand and wedding ring

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