WHERE YA FROM
North Philly native loves to play pool and go deep sea fishing
Where ya from? Bambrey Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue, in North Philadelphia.
Have you been there long? I live in my grandfather's house, across the street from the house I grew up in. My mom sold her house when she retired and moved back down south.
What do you do? Years ago, I used to work in air-conditioning maintenance, fixing AC units in a hotel. After that, I worked to rehab houses with my grandfather. I also used to work in security at 18th and Market. I also worked in counseling at a drug rehab agency.
Did you retire? I went on Social Security disability after I fell down on my job. I've had juvenile arthritis since I was 12 years old.
What do you like about Philly? I like that I know where everything is I need to get to, to doctor's offices or wherever I need to go.
What do you do for fun? I like to shoot pool with my friends, and in the summer, I go deep-sea fishing down in Deal Island, Md.
Have you ever lived in any other city? For a few months, I went down to stay with my mother after she retired and moved to an area near Florence, S.C. But I didn't like it. We never saw people unless we went to church or to the Wal-Mart. It was too quiet. I had to come back here.
- Valerie Russ