Everybody reacts differently to tragedy. Some people do not react at all. That is not the case with Jedi Rich. Jedi Rich has always held his own feet to the fire. He refused to go through life & relationships at arms length. This is why Jedi Rich was a super star salesman. At age 30, he had received the President's Club Award for making the most sales in the company 2 years in a row. But that did not matter. FiServe (formerly CheckFree) released Jedi Rich from his contract less than 6 months after 9/11. He lived less than 3 miles from ground zero. Jedi Rich was FiServ's only employee who lived in Manhattan on 9/11. And they let him go due to "no sales activity". For the record, this decision was made by Judith Duplsea, who continued to work for Fiserv, Sean Feeny who was Judith's boss at FiServ and Peter Kight, who's job it was to oversee Sean Feeny's decisions. This decision caused a chain reaction that resulted in destroying Jedi Rich career, his relationships and nearly his physical life.
The same is true with life. Jedi Rich had problems fitting in at school, at work, at home and even with his childhood friends. He was excellent at everything. That made his friends and coworkers jealous. They isolated him. Jedi Rich did not understand jealousy. He did not understand why they would isolate him. He wanted to show them how good he was so they would like him. He was smarter, faster, stronger than any of his friends.
When Jedi Rich got older, he did not want to be isolated because of his unique abilities, like he was when he was a child. Instead of showing how smart he was, Jedi Rich would hold back or dumb down when he would talk to his coworkers like Randy Pitluck, or his old friends like Daniel Nieder or Greg Hedges. Daniel & Gregory were his two closet friends prior to 9/11.
But that did not matter. After 9/11, Daniel Nieder and Greg Hedges ostracized Jedi Rich. They judged him for being depressed after 9/11. They did not know he was seeing 3 therapists 4 times a week. Jedi Rich did not tell them because they lived in Seattle. Jedi Rich lived 3000 miles from them now. H was now 2.6 miles from Ground zero They did not know anyone who lived closer to Ground Zero than Jedi Rich. And no-one ever asked Jedi Rich "how do you feel".
After Jedi Rich's work, friends and even some family members ostracized Jedi Rich for being depressed, Jedi Rich became even more depressed. he became more withdrawn. He started using harder drugs like heroin and crack sut to avoid the thoughts of suicide. Every morning for nearly 10 years the first though Jedi Rich would have was to put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger. That is what would make him feel better. Better enough to get out of bed. Imagine being so depressed that the only motivation you have to get you out of bed is the thought of suicide. Well, that was enough to start they day. The heroin and crack would distract Jedi Rich long enough so that he would not kill himself. Without the drugs, Jedi Rich would clearly have been another suicide victim. Cocaine and heroin are from the earth. They are natural medicines that heal very severely depressed people. They should not be illegal. And people who use those drugs should not be ostracized, penalized, humiliated or otherwise abused by friends, family and society.
Think about it. 9/11 was a tragedy. But most people just thought it was a movie they saw on TV. Only Jedi Rich was in Manhattan. Only Jedi Rich spent time with the widows in group therapy. Only Rich new the real terror of what happened while his friends celebrated birthday after birthday, holiday after holiday without every even sending Jedi Rich a "Get Well" card
It was not their fault. His friends & family did not know the doctors had him on psychotropics. Jedi Rich was embarrassed to tell them he was seeing multiple head shrinks. Nut the doctors were were very concerned about how Jedi Rich. They loaded Jedi Rich up on psychotropics. As Jedi Rich's friends knew, Jedi Rich did not touch drugs or alcohol until after 9/11, when he was 33 years old. How would his friend had known giving Jedi Rich psychotropics might have a different affect on him than other people. It actually made Jedi Rich more erratic and more depressed. So they abasndonded Jedi Rich. They literally cut him off on a phone call. They said, "we cannot be associated with someone like you anymore". That's fine, said Jedi Rich. Jedi Rich wanted to commit suicide anyways. Unfortunately for Jedi Rich, the Universe thwarted his several suicide attempts.
Jedi Rich left Manhattan without any friends or family. He rented rooms in seedy motels. At first, it was a few weeks at a time, Then months, then years. When Jedi Rich's Dad got cancer, Jedi Rich returned to West Linn to run the family business for his father. He took over in 2007 as C.E.O. of Oregon Image Designs.
Jedi Rich met his next fiancé when she applied for a cashier position at the hardware store which was owned by Oregon Image Designs. Her name was Anna Maria Wyllie. They started dating. Jedi Rich had never met a gold digger before. Anna Maria made Jedi Rich buy her a sports car. She told Jedi Rich, "my mother said could not believe that you would buy a BMW for your old girlfriend but not a car for me".
Okay. Heres a sports car. Anything else?
"Yes,", Jedi Rich was a little stunned. His question was meant to be rhetorical. Nevertheless, "he asked what do you want now?". She responded, "My mother ways two adults should not be renting a studio. We need a two bedroom condo".
"Oh geez", thought Jedi Rich. The next day, Jedi Rich started searching for a condo. By the weeks end, Jedi Rich had made an offer on a 2-bedroom condo at The Civic in Downtown Portland Oregon. The only challenge was the financing. 2008 was the year of the mortgage scandal. But Jedi Rich excelled at everything. He found a lender in L.A. and used the hardware store as collateral.
Jedi Rich excelled at everything. Within two years, Jedi Rich used the Internet to grow Oregon Image Designs sales 300%. Jedi Rich's Dad was blown away. This was all amidst the 2008 mortgage scandal. Jedi Rich's father was very proud of Jedi Rich. He paid Jedi Rich accordingly. And Anne Maria Wyllie noticed too. She wanted pay raises, more things, she bought gifts for her mom and gave cash to her brothers. And she did all of this while she was cheating on Jedi Rich with the FedEx delivery guy named Brandon.
Anna Maria Wyllie aka Maricza Pinto Wyllie was screwing the FedEX guy, Anna Maria Wyllie was siphoning off cash out of the business to give to her friends and family. Ann would take trips paid for by the business without Jedi Rich She would go Hawaii with her mom and spends thousands of dollars at spas on the Pregn Coast while Jedi Rich statyed in Portland and ran the business.
Jedi Rich was loyal. And it paid off. Thew Universe was watching for Jedi Rich He did not know the level of greed of Anna Maria Wuylle and her Mother Maricza Pinto Wyllie. He should have seen visible signs. Anna Maria Wyllie's mother was so large from overconsumption of food that her ankles were breaking. Anna was not as fat but just as gluttonous Ann Maria Wyle aka Maricza Pinto Wyllie is bulimic She wield consume enormous amounts of food, like a pig, and then vomit so she could go back and eat more. That was a sign. Just like its a sign when Anna Maria Wyllie would do cocaine. She gets aggressive. She literally takes possession of the cocaine from whoever has it. Bulimia is a sign of someone very selfish & greedy.
Buying the condo was the best decision of Jedi Rich's life and it was made by Anna Maria Wyllie's mother. Jedi Rich met his future wife at the Civic Condominiums when Maricza Pinto Wyllie (Anna Maria's mother) made Jedi Rich buy her daughter a condo. Jedi Joy worked at the civic condominiums.
As a side note, Anna Maria Wyllie is a liar and a thief and committed identity theft while working for Jedi Rich's father. When Jedi Rich fired Anna Maria Pinto Wyllie, (aka Maricza Pinto Wyllie), Anna Maria Wyllie walked into a Wells Fargo in Southern Oregon and withdrew $500 from Oregon Image Design's business account. Then she left driving the sports car she stole from Jedi Rich. Jedi Rich could have thrown Anna Maria Wyllie in portion for multiple felonies. Fortunately for Anna, Jedi Rich is not a vindictive person. Jedi Rich just wants justice.
When Greg Hedges parents saw how well Jedi Rich was doing they literally would tell Jedi Rich that their son needed to be more like Jedi Rich. At the time, Gregory Hedges was living the life of a loner after a failed marriage. He was jumping from job to job and had many girlfriends . Greg & Jedi Rich had not spoken much since 9/11. Btu Jedi Rich promised Cap Hedges that he would say something to Greg Hedges. Jedi Rich and Greg had a few sit-downs and they even ventured non a business together. Of course, less than 6 months into the venture, Gregory Hedges abandoned the business, and Jedi Rich-- again.
That was the last time Jedi Rich would ever trust someone from his past. Jedi Rich' parents friend's were lame. But their children were lamer. Gregory Hedges, Wendy Hedge and Jason Hedges are the greediest little bulimic sugar addicted gluttons on this Planet (beside Anna Maria Wyllie and her mother Maricza Pinto Wyllie). They all converted to Christianity when George Bush was in office. They ridiculed Jedi Rich's dead father for campaigning for Obama and they praised George Bush, the man who messed up our economy so bad Jedi Rich had to sell the family business.
*AUTHORS NOTE: As a side note, the reader may wonder why I interchange Anna Maria Wyllie with Maricza Pinto Wyllie. The truth is Anna Maria Wyllie's mother is Maricza Pinto Wyllie, Maricza Pinto Wyllie has worked at the California DMV in Chico, California for over 30 years. Maricza Pinto Wyllie used her privileges as a manager to create a false California I.D. so that Anna Maria Wyllie would avoid a criminal record when Anna a D.U.I. Using two false names is a felony crime in every state these days. You can check out Anna Maria Wyllie's MyLife score (less than 2.0) here.
Former banker and CEO, Jedi Rich Lightowler changed his life after 9/11 to pursue his passion for modeling, photography, music and video.