Author Archives: zongrik

Portrait of Hillary


Hillary was on the board of the Antelope Valley Breastfeeding Coalition (AVBC). AVBC helped sponsor La Leche League and all the groups in the area that were involved with encouraging breastfeeding. AVBC provided all the breastfeeding resources in the area a coalition that could provide one “place so if there were any kind of issues that came up, they can help people get together to make decisions as to how to disseminate information on breastfeeding.”

Hillary was originally from Newton, Massachusetts, USA. She studied nursing at Baton Rouge, Louisiana   Our Lady of the Lake  Nursing School. Wendy also worked at  Antelope Valley Hospital  at the  Women and Infants Pavilion. She was the childbirth educator at the hospital and as a child.

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

Portrait of Luigi


Luigi was originally from Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico. When he lived there, he had worked on a ranch with his father and they had ten cows. He liked the touristy and beach lifestyle in Veracruz, however, he could not say if it was better living in Southern California or living in Veracruz.

Luigi was a carnival attendant for G Shows and had been working with them for six years. He didn’t consider the life too hard and he seemed to enjoy camaraderie with his fellow Carnies and being able to work with the really fun equipment.

In this portrait, Luigi was getting the Ferris wheel ready for carnival attendees. Below is a picture of the Ferris wheel. If you look carefully, you might be able to see him standing on the hub behind a vertical support post, and holding onto a strut.

 

G Shows’ Ferris Wheel

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

Portrait of Christina-2


Christina and her husband sold craft supplies to people participating in crafting through their company PRETTY IN PINK SUPPLY. Their website tried to make it as easy as possible “for people to get supplies and save a lot of money.”  They catered to Specialty DIY Craft enthusiasts.

Christina’s goal was to help people and shops buy inexpensive supplies so that they could, in turn, sell the supplies or make crafts to sell. For example, stores could sell handmade items using the supplies that they sold.

Christina and her husband also started selling wholesale clothing, which they did not make. Either with the clothes or the supplies, they considered themselves middlemen who sold supplies and also clothing inexpensively.

Christina made the band that she is wearing in this photo; basically that’s the genre of craft supplies that she sells.

PRETTY IN PINK SUPPLYon facebook.

PRETTY IN PINK SUPPLYon YouTube.

@PRETTY IN PINK SUPPLYon Instagram.

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

Portrait of Greg-2


Greg was the owner of Voodoo Vinyl New and Used Records which was a “newer used record store” with guitars, 33’s, 45’s, and clothing. It was “a piece of the past.” Voodo Vinyl was located in Lancaster, California, USA on The Blvd.

“It was a lifelong dream to open a store like this,” Greg stated. “I was collecting records for 35 years. Music has always been my life.”

I asked Greg to pick two albums so he could pose with them. When he showed me the albums, I was enthralled because  Let It Be  was my favorite album, ever.  It was like he read my mind.

Greg chose those two albums because Let It Be was made by  The Beatles, “the greatest rock band ever” and he thought that was perfect. The other album was Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables  which was “a perfect punk style record by the  Dead Kennedys.”

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

Portrait of Wendy


Wendy was a medical assistant who was on maternity leave with a three week old.  “It’s very tiring” being a new mother, she remarked.

Wendy grew up in North Hollywood, California, USA and went to East Valley High School. At the time of this interview, she lived in Palmdale, California. Wendy studied being a medical assistant in Casa Loma College located in Van Nuys, California.

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

Portrait of Amanda


Amanda was originally from Summerville South Carolina, USA. Her husband was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base and she had moved to Antelope Valley straight out of high school.

Amanda made baby clothes and cloth diapers and sold them through GrayScaleThreads. She started this company because she very interested in Star Wars and Harry Potter and there were no options for baby clothes for those items.

I had a very dynamic argument as to who was a bigger Star Wars fan. I explained to her that I stood online first day first show for Return of the Jedi when I was pregnant in 1983. Amanda, on the other hand, rebutted with the fact that when she was eight and a half months pregnant, she went to see The Force Awaken with her husband the day it came out.

Amanda added that she did not go to the bathroom one time she and sat through the entire thing, “It was awesome totally worth it,” she said.

So was Return of the Jedi, but I did go to the bathroom. She won.

Bantha poodoo.

 

Two Star Was themed little sacks

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

Portrait of Filippo


In this picture, Filippo uses a tamper shank plate with a jackhammer to soften up the soil, readying it for Landscaping.

In Antelope Valley, California, USA, the land is very hard and impacted, especially on a construction site where nothing had been erected for a very long time.

Filippo was softening the soil so that the perimeter of this site could be beautiful someday.

Posted on:

Round 21 – ABC Wednesday – D

Also posted on:

Wordless Wednesday
Wait, what? It’s Wednesday?

 

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

Portrait of Guadalupe


Guadalupe, also known as Lupe, was two months old in this photograph and was born in Lancaster, California, USA. Her mother said that it was a really easy birth and it was much faster than the birth of any of her three sisters.

Lupe is “my calm baby that sleeps a lot,” her mother who enjoys her very much remarked.

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

Portrait of Kaitlyn


Kaitlyn was 33 weeks pregnant. It was her third pregnancy and she was hoping that it would be her “second living child.”

Kaitlyn was from Lancaster, California, USA and was a stay-home mom who was diligently teaching her three and a half year old the basics. Kaitlyn, herself, was home-schooled.

Kaitlyn loved being a mom she said “it changed me a lot.”

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

Portrait of Levi


Levi had been a public works operator for The Rosamond Community Services District for two and a half years . He had been driving a tractor for two and a half years which he learned on the job .

Levi was originally from Lancaster, California, USA and went to Antelope Valley High School.

Levi’s Tractor

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