Home of the Second Chances... and 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc...
If it weren't for Las Vegas, Jedi Joy and Jedi Rich Lightowler would be dead.
JediRich.com Studios in Las Vegas will be forever grateful to Las Vegas for being the home of second chances. Just like you and the Raiders felt abandoned by your family in Oakland, Jedi Rich and Jedi Joy Lightowler were also abandoned.
We know how hard it is to survive in a world where nobody has your back. Jedi Joy's mother committed suicide when she was in the Air Force. Jedi Joy was a stellar candidate for rapid success and advancement until that incident. As protocol, she was grounded. Talk about a double-blow.
Jedi Joy joined the Air Force when she was 17.
Yes, 17. Her "parents" were her dad, Mark Kirkpatrick and her new step mom, Sher Durkee-Kirkpartick, heir to Durkee Metal Testing Paramount. Durkee Metal does testing for NASA.
Sher was extremely jealous of her relationship with her father. Why wouldn't she be? Her own son hated Sher so much that he moved out at age 12 to live with another family. Mark probably can't stand the bitch. So neither did Joy. And Sher wasn't going to let Mark pay for one cent of Joy's college. This is text-book step mom behavior.
Nobody likes Sher. Not even her own son. Her son moved out at age 12 to live with another family. Sher did not care because her Justin was a burden between her and her new husband. Mark and Justin hated each other. So they kicked him out at 12 and he moved fun with another family.
When Joy was 16, her sister promised her that she could life with her in San Diego. Jedi Joy's home-life was already destroyed by Sher Kirkpatrick. Sher came in, seduced Mark and they moved to Los Angeles; 6 hours away from Joy.
Joy decided to pack up her things when she was 16 to move to San Diego with her sister who was in college. When Joy went to live with Sarah in San Diego, Sarah decided that out wouldn't work out. Her place was too small for a high school student and suggested that she should move to Long Beach with Dad and Sher.
What a disappointment for Joy. She had dreams of living free in San Diego, but she was betrayed and sent to her step-mom's house in Long Beach for her senior year of high school. Talk about the complete opposite of "living the dream".
Turns out that wasn't true. When her mother committed suicide, the only assistance the US Air Force offered Joy was counseling and grounding. When asked to enlist, she politely said "no". When asked if she had injuries as a result of the military she politely said "no", even though she lost 1/2 her hearing in combat.
It was so late in the year, she just did a self study charter school and graduate a year early. At 17, she joined the US Air Force. She thought for sure they would NEVER abandon an airmen.
She said "no" because she is loyal to the American people. For whatever reason, Jedi Joy did not want to take "free" disability check from the government for her hearing. Thank you for your service, Jedi Joy.
Mark Davis - welcome to Las Vegas - home of second chances. And third chances.... and fourth... take as many chances as you need.
Jedi Rich Lightowler changed his life after 9/11 to follow his passion for modeling, art, photography, music, video and filmmaking.
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