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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.

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Round 21 – ABC Wednesday – D

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Wordless Wednesday
Wait, what? It’s Wednesday?

 

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Portrait of Dave-2


Dave was from just north of Houston, Texas, USA and played bass for Sundance Head, which he had been doing for a little over 6 years.

Dave had played bass for at least 25 years and didn’t play any other instruments, nor did he sing. Dave thought maybe he should be singing.

His band generally played original music with a bluesy, country sound, with a bit of soul . His favorite song was Darling Don’t Go because “it was a really strong song.”

I’m generally not into country music, but I have to admit, that their sound was really good.

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Round 21 – ABC Wednesday – D

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August 2

 

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Portrait of Todd


I heard Todd and his band play at the 4th of July event at Edwards Air Force Base. I didn’t know who they were, but thought to myself that they really played some good Beatles. After, their performance, Todd let me interview him, and I found out that he was part of The Cast of Beatlemania. Evidently, the band was kind enough to come and play for free for the military troops at Edwards Air Force Base as they celebrated our Independence Day.

Beatlemania is a professional group that plays Beatles songs for over two hours in a performance spanning their history together. The concept has been around since 1980. I saw Beatlemania in Seattle, Washington, USA in the mid-1990’s. It is a fantastically fun experience. I highly recommend it if you have the opportunity (not necessarily in Seattle.)

When I met Todd, he had been playing Paul McCartney in the The Los Angeles Cast of Beatlemania for about eight years. He got started because somebody saw him play with another group at another event and told him “we think you’d be able to do it.” They had him play Paul because he looked like Paul and was a bass player. He always loved the Beatles.

The first time Todd heard the Beatles was when he was little, but he didn’t remember exactly when. I told Todd that I remembered the first time I heard the Beatles; it was when they were on The Ed Sullivan Show and I was very, very little. Todd said “that’s a good one to remember.”

This was shot in 100% natural lighting conditions, during sunset, no reflectors. I added the sky in Photoshop, though, for dramatic effect.

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Round 21 – B for Beasties

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Wordless Wednesday
Back from my family “vacation”…

 

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Portrait of Col Clarke


In this portrait, Col. Anne L. Clark, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering, stood before a mock-up of a current U.S. rocket engine, on display at the Air Force Research Laboratory, during the Rocket Lab’s Family Day, an event that brought employees, alumni and their families together to join in a variety of activities, demonstrations and displays as part of the rocket lab’s 65th anniversary.

In August 2016, Colonel Clark assumed command of AFRL’s Detachment 7, known for the past 65 years as “the rocket lab” and “the rock.” This 65-square mile research laboratory sits on Leuhman Ridge east of Rodgers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA. Prior to her current position, Colonel Clark served as the Military Assistant to the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force , Washington, D.C.

For more about Colonel Clark’s impressive career and academic credentials, see her LinkedIn profile.

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C is for cupcakes

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Wordless Wednesday
To a super special somebody…

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Portrait of Andrea-2


Andrea was a military wife who was originally from Franklinville, New Jersey, USA and had studied at Camden County College. At the time of this interview, she lived on Edwards Air Force Base, California and “was representing” Rosamond Health and Fitness (RHF) in Rosamond, California.

Andrea had been in the fitness business for six years and specialized in teaching an Urban Boot Camp which blended Hip Hop in a boot camp environment. She created this style and was also an instructor trainer. She hoped that one day her style could be taught to people via videos.

Andrea was also a personal trainer and noted that RHF offered one free boot camp class as a trial.

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Round 21 – A

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It’s family time, it’s a reunion…

 

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Portrait of Wayne


Although Wayne was in a wheelchair, the Shelby Cobra Club event at Willow Springs International Raceway was a big part of his life. Wayne had been attending the Willow Springs event since the early eighties and he and his brother had been racing Hot Rods since the early sixties. The reason Wayne quit was because he could no longer handle the fast cars. Wayne was sricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) several years prior to our meeting, and because of that, he had to stop racing, But that didn’t keep him from attending the events with his brother, who continued to race. (ALS is the disease that affected Lou Gehrig and Stephen Hawking.)

Wayne was originally from East Los Angeles, California, but at the time of this interview, he lived in Hemet, California, USA. Wayne’s brother owned a fire sprinkler company and Wayne had been a field Foreman for him. They had many famous customers such as Sears and Disneyland. One time, Wayne flooded a Sears store because he accidentally pulled the fire sprinkler. This earned him the nickname Rainman. Wayne was forced to retire in 2002 because he required bypass surgery.

Wayne’s brother had been racing a 1966 Shelby GT350 since the early eighties, sold it to Wayne who took it to car shows until he sold it. The current owners were at Willow Springs running it (see below.)

Wayne and his brother had a lot of different cars throughout their lives: eight different Shelbies, hot rods, a Model A Roadster pickup, a 37 Ford Roush Mustang with a tubular frame and a Trans Am. Any that were racing class, Wayne ran at Willow Springs at some point in time.

Wayne’s brother bought an old David Pearson car (see below) which, at time of purchase, looked like it belonged in the junkyard. His brother recently finished restoring it, and the picture below represents the first time it came out to run. One of the places, besides Willow Springs, that his brother was planning to run was with the Historic Grand National Stockcars Group which was North of San Francisco, California; a place where several tracks could run Sportsman Class (non-NASCAR) cars.

Another interesting fact about Wayne’s cars is that when Wayne could no longer drive his 200 Shelby, he sold it to a developer from Miami, Florida, USA. Prior to selling it to him, his brother replaced the street motor with a race motor. About two and a half months prior to this interview, the new owners gave it extensive exposure by running it at Sebring International Raceway and Atlanta Motor Speedway and were planning to run it at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June. The new owners were going to have a NASCAR famous woman driver, Sarah Fisher, driving alongside the owner at Indy.

Wayne’s motorized wheelchair moved in so many positions, I’m not sure Wayne could count them. Wayne was kind enough to move into the shade, for optimum light conditions, and then he leaned the chair back so I could have a better angle. Thank you Wayne for your time, your stories, and your efforts.

David Pearson #21 1971 Mercury Cyclone

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W is for Wisdom

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Congratulations, graduates!!

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Portrait of Emily


Emily tried to tell me that she was five years old , which I believed because she was tall, but she was actually three. Her teeth were coming in; and she claimed they were not hurting her.

Emily wanted to be a dancer and when she watched television shows, she would jump up and dance and sing all the time. Emily liked all the Disney Princesses and sang their songs, as well as danced to them. Emily also liked Dora the Explorer.

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ABC-Wednesday ~ Round 21 – E

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Shhhhhh, LET’S GET WORDLESS!!

 

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Portrait of Justin-1


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To say that Justin was an impressive Motocross rider would be a failed understatement. He was absolutely amazing for his age. He also rode very safely among adult stunt riders and knew exactly what he was doing.

Justin was seven years old and lived with his four sisters, his single dad, and his grandma and grandpa. He was in the first grade and was passionate about Motocross. He also liked baseball and football. Justin was the first boy I met, since I started this portrait project, that did not like Legos. He only liked motorized bikes, bicycles and american team sports.

Justin got all A’s in school and was mechanically oriented. There was a good chance that when Justin grew up he would become a mechanical engineer.

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Y is for YOU

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Wordless Wednesday
Countdown to vacation…

 

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Portrait of Randall


Randall, a native American of the Miniconjou band of the Sioux (Lakota) Nation, was in the process of setting up a teepee  (also interchangeably called a Lodge). His buddy, who was helping him set up the lodge, was for the most part Cherokee. When I got there, Randall had two lodges already set up, one was his Lakota style Lodge, and another one was a Cheyenne style Lodge.

At 65 years old, Randall left his everyday job and came down to Newhall, California, USA (part of Santa Clarita) “by special invitation, to bring the true history of the Indian peoples to the white/American public who’s only exposure to this date has been history books written by Europeans, the Anglos, and the movies that they see. This is how we live. This is how we set them up. ”

Randall was looking forward to speak to the people who would be coming to the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Each year, with determination and dedication, Randall spread the true history of his people to everyone he could reach to offset what they learned incorrectly in school.

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Lakota style Lodge

Lakota and Cheyenne style lodges

Randall Erects Teepee (Lodge)
“This is how we set ’em up.”

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20-S = Signal

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Congratulations, graduates!!

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Portrait of Donna


One thing that all cultures and nations have in common is paying taxes. Today is tax day in the United States of America. In honor of tax day, the person that I shall post will be my accountant, Donna.

Donna was a person who loved “getting things in ORDER,” which she practiced since she was a child. Along with the multitudinous receipts, forms, ledgers etc involved in accounting, Donna saw the legal aspects of accounting as part of the process of getting things at ORDER, “it’s challenging to set things up so that it works out best for my clients.”

Donna studied accounting at California State University, Northridge, and was a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for 35 years. At the time of this posting, she worked out of Lancaster, California, USA. At the start of her career, Donna thought that the legal aspects of accounting were going to be black and white but she ended up finding them very grey. Of course, she perceived tax law as something that needed to be put in ORDER.

Donna is a great accountant. Recently, a new friend, who moved to this area, asked me for an accountant recommendation. When I mentioned to Donna that I knew someone who wanted to retain her, she told me she was so busy that she wasn’t taking any new clients.

If countries hired accountants of Donna’s caliber to keep their finances in ORDER, geo-political systems would be much more stable in this world. Consequently, it would be a much happier, easier and more organized place to live.

BTW, Donna is so busy, she has no website or social media links, not only because she has no time, but because she doesn’t need them.

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O is for observations about the ABC W alphabet

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Wordless Wednesday
Ahh… Ahhhh… Achoo!!

 

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