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Portrait of Michael-3

Michael was the (Information Technology) IT Consultant for California State University Bakersfield at the Antelope Valley College campus. He said that his title was, “a fancy way of saying I’m a geek…My multitude of obsessions include comics and role playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, which I’ve been playing that since the first edition, back in the seventies.”

StarWars was not Michael’s favorite, although he understood all Star Wars references I made. He did love A Song of Ice and Fire series and when Michael first started reading the series, he thought to himself, “Like, Yay. No one going on a random quest to save the universe or whatever…Don’t get attached cuz they’re going to die…That’s great.”

Michael believed A Song of Ice and Fire was a breath of fresh air after all the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy template/knockoff-type fantasy series, “And of course there’s all the political skulduggery, which makes it entertaining.”

Michael only watched Game of Thrones, the show, one season and was not impressed. I can only imagine what he would have thought of season seven. Let’s not talk about that.

Michael had various employees under him and he was a complete Tyrant. Please see his wanted poster below whence he seeks new work study employees. I’m kidding. He wasn’t a Tyrant at all. He was a really nice guy, laid back, with a sense of humor, and a humorous bulletin board.

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Portrait of Andrea-1


I’d like you to meet Andrea Potatoborn., also known as Andrea the Wise, Queen of the Pelvic Floors and  Lymphedema; Mother of Goniometers; First of her name.

If you don’t understand this, then you don’t watch Game of Thrones or read A Song of Ice and Fire series, and you should. (Andrea is into Game of Thrones and Daenerys is one of her favorite characters). Oh yeah, you also might not understand this if you aren’t a physical therapist. But read on, the rest should make sense.

Andrea is a person I admire greatly because she is knowledgeable, caring and intense. She is my physical therapist and she has helped me through a lot of pain, swelling, weakness and fatigue. I look forward to my sessions because I like her so much and love to talk about GOT, Star Wars, photography and anything else we talk about.

As of this posting, Andrea wanted to see Rogue One. She was watching all the previous Star Wars episodes  in order to understand Star Wars a bit better before she sees Rogue One. This time around, she watched Star Wars as the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, and found that perspective refreshing.

Andrea loves dogs and nature. She is athletic and jogs everyday. This portrait was taken as she was jogging on the treadmill at work, where there is a great view of nature.

It was not easy to take a good shot because she was indoors and moving; there wasn’t enough light to shoot above 1/125. It was hard to focus because of the lack of light and because of the bouncing movement. I wish I had my 1.7 50 mm lens with me, but alas I didn’t. The best picture of the series was not in excellent focus, so I had to opt for this one. This isn’t a bad expression. It shows her intensity and compassion, but I’m sure she will complain. That’s what comments are for, Andrea Potatoborn!!

Andrea is engaged to marry next year. She is very concerned about getting a competent photographer who takes picture of her and her beloved and not of the trees and ocean. C’est la vie.

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