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PEOPLE OF GALVESTON

CC: What is your religion or belief system?

D.A.: “I am a Roman Catholic, centered around the belief that God sent his son, Jesus Christ to Earth to preach and help sinners to heaven. We live by Jesus’s teachings to love our neighbors, judge no one, repent for our sins, and love God. I think that the rituals Christ gave early Christians is more valuable in my life than the scripture. We regularly confess sins, receive God’s grace through the sacrament of the Eucharist, and pray.” 

Drayton Baber
Nov./Dec. 2019  

CC: What is your religion or belief system?

M.J.: “I’m Baptist, and I believe there is a greater that I choose to call God and the savior Jesus Christ. I believe that we are spiritual beings that need to plug into a source which is God in order to get in line. The mind wants to do what it wants to do. In order to stay submissive, I believe I need to stay closer to the higher power, Jesus Christ.” 

Melvin Johnson
Nov./Dec. 2019  

CC: What is your opinion on climate change?

A.C.: “If people don’t start protecting the environment now, then later on it’s going to be a serious problem. We’re not gonna know how to handle it. Trump definitely does not know how to handle it.”

Alexa Conrad
Sept/Oct. 2019  

CC: What is your opinion on climate change?

Andreus.: “Climate change is a big issue. The ice caps are melting, the ozone layer is being torn apart from all the CO2 and other pollution we put into the atmosphere. Working [at the recycling center], we are able to gather plastic and other materials to reuse. Reusing the items people recycle eliminates having to remake plastics and other things, so we are taking a load off the big machinery used in production. It also keeps trash out of the ocean and landfills.”

Andreus
Sept/Oct. 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

A.V.: “I’ve been [working at Hazy Daze] almost 3 years. Before starting here, I really didn’t know much about CBD. They legalized it in 2015 but it didn’t really hit the scene too much at that time. But overtime, even just within a year--the selection, the companies--it’s overwhelming. It’s really a flooded market, it’s starting to become a household-type thing. People that would have never walked into this store, or taken three steps in the store and walked right back out--it’s bringing all kinds of diverse customers from all over because they’re seeing results from it.”

Angelia Varos
July/August 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

S.M.: “I believe that marijuana is useful for a lot of medical uses. I also believe it’s similar to alcohol for relaxation purposes. But I think that like alcohol, it shouldn’t be abused. There is a sort of mindset—a lot of people do the whole “wake and bake” thing—and I think that is kind of like waking up in the morning and taking a drink, I don’t think it’s that healthy.”

Susan Mckeon
July/August 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

Dr. Jackson: “I trained at UTMB to become a doctor. I agree with marijuana being used for medical reasons and I have prescribed it for cancer patients to help with appetite, and for kids with uncontrollable seizures. The kind I prescribe comes in a capsule. It’s called Marinol.”

Dr. Jackson
July/August 2019  

CC: What does family mean to you?

 

J.H: “Family is unity and togetherness. One would say family is by blood, but my personal experience family is people who you have a strong connection with both blood and not blood-related.” 

Jonathan Henry
 May/June 2019  

CC: What does family mean to you?

 

R.S.: “Family to me is a strong bond between people that share love and life together. Family has the highest priority in life for me and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do for my family or cause me to drop everything and focus on my family needs. I think it’s the people in your life you love the most, trust the most, value the most and are the ones you are most loyal to. I have the family I was born in to but I also have the family that I choose: the individuals I want in my life because they mean the most to me. Family to me is when there is an unshakeable and unconditional love between people.”

 Rachel Shuman May/June 2019  

CC: What was your first intimate encounter?

 

Thomas: Holding hands or trying to hold hand at least.

 

Virginia: My mom saw us, and punished me because at the time we weren’t allowed to hold hands or anything. We were supposed to talk with a fence between you and your boyfriend. But she, my mom, saw him holding my hand. She locked me up in my room for a whole day as a punishment.

 

Thomas: When I tried to hold her hand, her mom noticed it and got upset. All I wanted to do was hold her hand, to show her that I care for her and respected her. I wanted to show her that I wanted to be part of her life. But in Mexico at the time, you couldn’t do that.

 

Virginia: That was the way to date because with your boyfriend you could only talk, no holding hands, kissing or anything. But this was years ago and we’ve been almost 35 years happily married.

 

Thomas: And I still do hold her hand without her mom watching, even in the car, watching tv, walking together.

 

Virginia: Were old and we still hold hands and I think we will forever.
 

 Thomas and Virginia Salinas 
Nov/Dec 2018

CC: How do you define intimacy?

 

Jadea: It is a good feel for somebody, a good ol’ feeling you wanna give somebody. 

Jadea 
Nov/Dec 2018

CC: Do you think people need to go to college and why?

Vl: Yes, I feel like people should never stop furthering their education. Life is about learning everything, so that’s why they should always go.

Victoria Lewis

Sep/Aug 2018

CC: When I say money, how does it make you feel? Good or bad?

FG: It’s not bad. It’s good.

CC: If I gave you $1000, what would you do with it /spend it or save it?

FG: I would spend it.

CC: What would you spend it on?

FG: Like a business, a grocery store, a market.

Felipe Gahola 
July/August 2018

Tattooing is fun. I love it, never get sick of it. It’s a new challenge every day and it’s fun to meet people and change their lives. I was self-taught, did 9 months of learning, and I was in my first shop. It’s just something I was meant to do, I suppose.

Brett Seip 
May/June 2018 

I love my job, I get to meet new people every day. The people from the cruise ships come in and they give you coins that you never have seen before. Seeing all the different coins is pretty cool because my grandfather used to collect coins. 

Nichole Miller 
May/June 2018 

My motto in life is to live and let live. See God had us. He put us here to enjoy life. He said, you love your enemy and those who are around you. Keep an eye on the ones close to you.

Jeffery Mullins 
March/April 2018 

I am from a city called Ahwaz, Iran. I have been taking pictures of people, my family or other things that are around since I was 8 or 9 years old. I took slides and at that time there was no laboratory in my hometown to develop them. So I’d have to send it to the capital and wait for the whole month to come back. I still

have maybe 20 or 30 trays of those slides, and my goal is to put them on a flash drive one day.

Mohammad Ahan 
March/April 2018 

 I went to medical school here, at UTMB. ...It was on an island, I like water and being close to the water so it was a good fit. UTMB was a very culturally diverse type of medical school. And people seem to be very friendly so that’s why I chose the school.

 Rispba McCray 
Jan/February 2018

I was raised here in Galveston, we were living in Brownsville until my sister got burned, so they sent us to John Sealy over here, and ever since then, I was about seven and we stayed here. 
I’ve been doing roofing for about 20 years, then all my bosses passed away. I was out of a job until I ran into this man right here James Lee, and he got me working with him, and I’m still with him.

 Pablo Cisneros
Jan/February 2018

CC: Do you think people need to go to college

and why?

GC: Yes, in this day and age it’s a better

opportunity for more money and better

employment.

Garon Childress 

Sep/Nov 2018

Been working down here in Galveston for about six years. I’m from Houston Texas. I love living down here seeing all the tourists. I got a family in Mississippi so I travel back and forth a lot.

Terrial Weatherspoon 
Jan/February 2018

 She scrunches her nose and peers up at the  C.C. photographers.

Witches 
Nov. / Dec. 2017 

 We’ve been open a few months. Straight outta Athens, Texas. Galveston has been good to us.

Tattoo Artist 
Nov. / Dec. 2017 

CC: What is your religion or belief system?

D.A.: “There are all types of Wiccan beliefs, my belief is mainly focused on energy and the zodiac signs and also what lies within our palms. Tarot readings are part of what I believe in. I don’t believe in a higher power because I believe our “higher power” is our Earth and universe, where our futures lie within the stars. Every life has a purpose big or small, to take care of each other and love one another.” 

Danielle Altamirano
Nov./Dec. 2019  

CC: What is your opinion on climate change?

A.F.: “Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to get really good, concrete information about what’s truly going on because there are so many sides to the argument. Some people are like, ‘It’s natural, the world goes up, the world goes down, temperatures and things of that nature change’ and I can see the point they’re making. The world is a really big place and it has systems for filtering and changing and it’s like, maybe we’re actually okay and [the idea of climate change] is a scare tactic to keep us in a state of fear. On the other hand, you can feel the difference when you walk outside and the sun is hotter and the water is warmer. I think climate change is happening. Some people I know will argue with me all day about how it’s not and we’re just reading into it. I think that climate change is a very scary thing that’s happening to us now. When I was younger, the big thing was, ‘Save the rainforest!’ and now that I’m older, the rainforests are basically gone. I read articles that say we’re past the point of being able to stop climate change, that we’re already there. But I disagree with that. I feel like it’s still within our ability to do something. I will try to do little things like reusing cups, I try not to use that many straws, things of that nature. It’s the little things we do everyday that make the difference.”

Aleyda Falcon
Sept/Oct. 2019  

CC: What is your opinion on climate change?

G.Z.: “Climate change...I agree with it, I think we should push to save the planet. We should definitely reduce a lot of the fuels we use. I think, though, that making drastic changes [regarding environmentalism] takes a lot of money from everybody’s pockets--rich and poor. A lot of people unfortunately take time to go along with these changes.”

Golden Zenon
Sept/Oct. 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

J.N.: “As someone who enjoys being a part of the college social life I feel much safer smoking when I go out rather than drinking because I know that I won’t end up throwing up in a bush somewhere.”

Jenny Norenberg
July/August 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

J.M.: “Just think about how many people we have in jail because of it. I just came out of court actually, and there’s a guy there for one gram. That’s not even worth his time, the cop’s time, the court’s time. They keep talking about how many people are in jail for weed and the majority of it is misdemeanor, stupid stuff. They say it’s a gateway to everything else but no, that’s drinking.”

Jim Mcgee 
July/August 2019  

CC: What is your perspective on marijuana?

S.C.: “I think [legalization] would be good for the state, if we could take that revenue and put it somewhere like the school system or infrastructure. But this is an oil state. They don’t want other people making all the money. And the healthcare system—they don’t want us to be well. They want us to keep relying on pills and hospitals.”

Steve Caldwell
July/August 2019  

CC: What does family mean to you?

 

D.H.: “Family means the people who you are related to by birth and also those you choose to be a part of your group of friends. A family doesn't always have to be by blood I feel that you can create your family, that's the best family you have” 

Danita Lanier
 May/June 2019  

CC: What does family mean to you?

 

Anise: “Family means togetherness and being there for each other. What makes someone family is someone who will help you and be there for you when your real family won’t.”

 

Omar: “Family to me is where your roots are, where you're from. Family is when we can eat dinner together” 

 Anise & Omar Labao May/June 2019  

CC: What does intimacy mean to you?

 

B.H.: To me personally, it means you have a girlfriend or a boyfriend and you decide to go on a date by the beach... one thing leads to another thing and before you know it, you are holding each other’s hand and you have intimacy. It’s not bad thing or a good thing. It all depends on the person and how they see it. You don’t plan for it, it just happens.
 

 Bernardo Hernandez
Nov/Dec 2018

CC: Do you think it’s important for people to go to college?

JD: I think it is more important to know what you want to do with the rest of your life before you make that decision. If you want to be a plumber then no, you don’t need to go to college, but instead to a

technical school. If you want to be a teacher or an accountant or an engineer then yes, you need to go to college to get that training.

Shelley Jean DuPuy
Sep/Nov 2018

[If I had $1000, I’d give it.] Probably for a orphanage in Mexico or invest in a missionary; that kinda stuff. Donate it especially with all the border issues right now.

John Webber
July/August 2018

If you gave me $1,000 I’d spend it on a car, that’s my next project!

Tiana Boddy 
July/August 2018

Celia - I feel neutral about money, it’s not something I’m worried about at the moment.

Tommy -  Money feels good, like it’s a good thing, like [good is] my first instinct when I hear it.

Celia Hu & Tommy Zhou July/August 2018

We started selling micheladas and that really took off. So then we brought in many different things like the elote, the cheesey cheetos, and the mangonadas, and now we have fish bowls and jello shots! We already started doing the daiquiris and big 64-oz beers since those sell like crazy.

Elvira Subia 
May/June 2018 

 I’m originally from Houston, TX. I came down here after my house burned down about 3 years ago. I like it here because of the seawall. I like watching the beach and the scenery, it’s beautiful. My greatest achievement in life had to have been graduating high school. My favorite memory was back in Houston when I was playing varsity basketball and I scored the winning point

Johnathan Beasley 
March/April 2018 

I have a very close relationship with my grandparents, they’re like my best friends. I have a big family, I am 1 of 6 kids, so lots of love. My favorite memory is learning how to ride my bike; I remember I was riding down 25th Street right by the museum, totally falling into the bushes and everyone was laughing. Living day to day is probably my greatest achievement, just telling myself I’m okay, I can do this...just being the boss person that I am.

Taylor Moore
March/April 2018 

I was on America’s Got Talent in 2013. My audition song was Beyoncé’s Hero. You have to try, right? I don’t shoot for the stars, I shoot for the moon. Shoot for the moon then you land among the stars- that’s what I always say.

Mahogany Kingston 
March/April 2018 

I’m from Texas City. I’ve grown up in the area my entire life so I spent a lot of time in Galveston. My last name is Czech, my ancestors came here on that boat in the late 1800s. They were here for the 1900 storm and everything. I’d say the interesting juxtaposition of personalities that jump through here makes it interesting. I’ve actually been here at Hazy Days for about two months.

Shane Ovesny 
Jan/February 2018

 You want me to talk the way I talk? or nice and polite, I don’t give a fuck! I’m gonna tell you the fuck I know, I was born in New Mexico, bam bam bam, I was raised by a demon, the demon got inside me, I’m a fucking demon, okie dokey? 
But one of the nicest son of bitches you’ll ever meet in your life time. I’ve been arrested, but if you wanna hear the real good part of me, I had a horse, that was my horse, when he died I died, all my life left me.

David Lee 
Jan/February 2018

I moved down here after I finished school at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. It’s the coolest thing ever if you’re into dead people. Something interesting about me would have to be that I don’t have a sense of smell. When I was growing up, my neighborhood was down the street from the dump, and that’s a smell that I associated with my childhood. When I lost my sense of smell, I became kinda lost without familiar scents, you know the smell of my mom, stuff like that. But when I went to funeral school, I didn’t smell the decomposing bodies so that was great.

Savannah Fennel 
March/April 2018 

I don’t mind controversial; nothing really offends me. But please, let’s not talk about Trump, I am so over it.

Graffiti 
Nov. / Dec. 2017 

We are the Hash House Harriers, an international group of non-competitive social runners. We follow the Hare’s markings. At least when we can see straight.

Wedding Dresses 
Nov. / Dec. 2017 

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