• lived in my car for a year
• survived on my own from age 17
• attempted and almost succeeded in suicide twice
• almost drowned once
• have been held up at gunpoint
• have killed a man in self-defense
• was the first in my family to go to college
• learned of a friend’s death through the evening news
• owned 5 pet tarantulas
• learned to breakdance with the boys
• learned to sing gospel like nobody’s business
• moved from Miami to NYC to LA
• fallen insanely in love and been heartbroken
• had many many partners and broke many many hearts
• have been employed as a model, a secretary, a convenience store clerk, a retail associate, a dealer in “goods,” a statician, a singer, a bodyguard, an advice columnist, and a chemical researcher.
dark. rich. scrumptious.