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Jedi Joy and Jedi Rich have lived all over the US and abroad. They moved to Las Vegas in 2013 and lived right behind Mandalay Bay. They took photos of Mandalay Bay every day for 4 years.
After the tragic shooting on October 1st, 2017, Jedi Rich and Jedi Joy wanted to move out of Las Vegas. They packed up their bags, loaded up the Jaguar and hit the road.
They only made it to Fort Apache Road when the oil pan broke.
They decided to stay the night in a cave. Their car was broken into and then stolen the next day. One night turned into three months. Inside their car was everything they owned - including the title to the car, bank account information and passports. Their identity was stolen and our bank accounts were drained.
Prior to being a photographer in Las Vegas and moving to Panama in 2012, Jedi Rich studied film at UC Santa Barbara and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. Jedi Rich has been an avid photographer for over 40 years. He can bartend, manage a restaurant and also knows how to cook an excellent organic, gluten free and dairy free meal.
Before 9/11, Jedi Rich worked and lived in Manhattan, New York City. Jedi Rich specialized in electronic payments systems. His background was in software payment technology and finance. But 9/11 left Jedi Rich feeling depressed. His friends did not understand depression. They lived on the West Coast. They abandoned him, as did his live-in girlfriend and his job. He left New York City (and banking) in 2003 to pursue other career options. Jedi Rich has been on his own ever since.
Jedi Joy joined the U.S. Air Force in 2002 in response to 9/11. She was only 17 years old. They had to make an exception by having her parents sign a waiver since she was not a legal adult. She was fast tracking in the Air Force. She received numerous medals, awards, even the most prestigious title of "Airman of the Year." She was sent on several special ops missions like when she tracked drug traffickers in Ecuador. Everything seemed to be going great until Jedi Joy's mother killed herself in 2005. The US Air Force grounded Jedi Joy. She was deemed a flight risk because her mother had committed suicide. She did not reenlist. She moved home to be with her sister, father and step-mother. Unfortunately, they did not want her at home. Joy was suffering from depression caused by her mother's suicide. Her dad and step mother kicked her out onto the street for her erratic behavior. They kicked her out more than once. They did not understand depression nor did they want to learn.
Three years later, Jedi Joy's step-brother died in a motorcycle accident in 2008. That event sent Jedi Joy into a deeper depression. She attempted to take her own life 3 times. Her plans were thwarted more than once, but not by her family. Her father and sister ignored Jedi Joy's endless pleas for help. Joy's step-mother had convinced Joy's father that Joy was "just trying to get his attention". They did not help her when a friend called her father and said Joy was going to kill herself. The step mother grabbed the phone and told Joy's friend to "Call the police. We can't help her anymore".
Fortunately, he called the police. The police found her and made sure she was safe without charging her. It's good thing the police officer had a heart. Jedi Joy was on probation for a DUI. He could have added to Joy's mounting problems but he chose to give her break. Good thing, otherwise she would be dead today. Her father, set-mom and sister did not want deal with Jedi Joy's depression so they abandoned her. Her father kicked her out, again.
Jedi Rich learned to bartend. He bartended at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado in 2004 before managing a restaurant owned and operated by chef Pascal Chureau in Portland, Oregon. When Jedi Rich's father, John Lightowler, became sick with esophageal cancer in 2007, Jedi Rich Lightowler moved back home and became the Chief Executive Officer of the family business.
Jedi Rich re-met Jedi Joy in 2012 when she was living in her car. She had a job but her dad had recently thrown her out for being bulimic. Her sister was not interested in helping Joy, either. Joy was dating Jedi Rich's neighbor, Bryan in 2008. Bryan used Jedi Rich's WIFI for free. Bryan was not really interested in Joy, either. So one day, Joy and Jedi Rich went on a date. She had to make a decision. She gave Bryan several chances to be with her. He balked. So Joy moved-in with Jedi Rich.
The family business was a True Value Hardware Store & BBQ Deli in West Linn Oregon called The Willamette General Store & Hardware. Jedi Rich took charge during very difficult financial times. The 2008 mortgage crisis meant there was no more credit and the credit that they had was being called by the lenders. Jedi Rich managed and made executive decisions. By 2010, Jedi Rich had moved most of the inventory online, tripled sales and increased profits 10 fold. He sold the business in July 2011, gave the cash to his father and mother. Two months later, his dad on September 6th, 2011.
Jedi Joy is the most unique person on the Planet
Jedi Joy was Joy Kirkpatrick before she met Jedi Rich.
Jedi Joy and Jedi Rich got married in 2014
In 2012, Jedi Rich sold everything he owned and moved to Panama with his Jedi Joy. After a year in Panama, Jedi Rich and Jedi Joy moved to Las Vegas to help his mother Gloria Lightowler. Jedi Rich and Jedi Joy got married at The Little Church of the West in Las Vegas on January 1st, 2014. No one except Jedi Rich's mother attended the wedding. It was clear, Jedi Rich and Jedi Joy had no friends or family. Then, 2017 happened. The shooting sparked a series of events that will lead you back to the beginning of this story at the top of the page. Did we mention they saw UFOs?
The Jedi Learned to Work Under Harsh Conditions
Jedi photo-documented the entire adventure. Jedi learned how to fend for ourselves. Jedi learned to live without running water or electricity. The Jedi only had what they could carry on their backs before their car was stolen; a Nikon Coolpix, two iPhones, a guitar and a couple battery chargers. The Jedi learned to edit video and sound under strenuous conditions. They had to walk 2 miles for water and power, and 10 miles for food - everyday.
Jedi live minimally Jedi do not purchase any more than they can carry; about two days worth of food. Jedi never pay more than one week's rent to be flexible, lean and mobile in order to create the best art, music, photography, video, and writing possible. Jedi are available for short and long term assignments.