She Knows it All

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Valena, 1984-

“I’m not really a people’s person. I only hang out with one or two people, cuz a lot of times, too many people is too much information.”

I’m an Aries, I’ve been in the Bay Area for 14 years. I’ve got four kids: two boys, two girls. I have a dog and a pet mouse. I’m on the streets and off of drugs, I’m on the streets cuz I helped another homeless person out. So, lesson learned: don’t help somebody else, you’ve got to help yourself first.

Born and raised in Long Beach, LA County. We traveled to the Bay Area all the time. Berkeley, Oakland. I got family out here.

Childhood memory? My ma. Cuz she’s my mama. The only person I know I’m respecting

Someone important in your life? No.

Enjoy most? I like playing with my puppy, playing with my mouse. Drinking, listening to music, it calms me down. I’m not really a people’s person. I only hang out with one or two people, cuz a lot of times, too many people is too much information. I like being by myself. I’m anti-social.

A dream? I’m with my mama. She died 14 years ago, then I came to the Bay Area.

Most proud of yourself? That I’m still alive, not letting people dig in my skin.

Someone you admire? Nope.

Someone you are annoyed with? Everybody.

A kind moment? Someone being nice, not being rude. Do you remember one? Not really.

Unkind moment? Every day when I get criticized, and everyone wants to guess what I’m doing. Sometimes homeless people, sometimes not. A lot of times people criticize me because of my past or what I used to do.

What would surprise people to know about you? At certain moments, even if I help you, it doesn’t mean I give a fuck about you. It just means it’s mankind to care.

Ideal job? Working with animals. Groom them, wash them, babysit them.

Thoughts about the future? Well, it starts as soon as my housing kick in. That is my future, getting me a house, getting off the streets. I will be getting a place pretty soon, I’m next on the list. I’ve got low income and trying to save for it.

A title to your life story? Why?

Meaning to your name? She knows it all.


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Karma & Tooton

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Valena, 1984-

“I like playing with my puppy, and playing with my mouse.”

I have a puppy, a German Shepard with a chow-chow. She has got a little pit in her, too. She’s two months old, her name is Karma. And I got a pet mouse, his name is Tooton. I got him from somebody on the streets. I like playing with my puppy, and playing with my mouse.


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