This is Bill. He moved to San Pedro in 1952 and has lived in this house for the past 45 years. He worked at the port for 15 years and is now retired.

He told me he was outside “doing a little cleaning up.”

BY THE WAY: The top picture is a composite. I had one photo that showed the junk pile well but I liked Bill’s expression better in another one. So I lifted it out and copied it onto the first photo. This is the kind of Photoshopping that got Brian Walski fired from the LA Times a few years ago. Luckily, I’m not a photojournalist, so I can get away with stuff like this.

April 7, 2018 — San Pedro, California

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