lucky helen, 57, west philadelphia

 

Best childhood memory: "I used to swim; I used to box!"

 

Food: "Spaghetti, only when I make it."

 

Drink: "I like juices a couple of them, orange juice."

 

Color: "Red."

 

Thing to do: "I can't do them no more because I have seizures now. I love to swim. I love to box. I love to work, but I can't work no more. I worked construction, I built half of this stuff around here! I worked from childhood until a couple months ago. It just happened a couple months ago! I can't do it no more.They trying to give me disability, so they took my ID card. They took my Social Security card."

 

Place in Philly: "All over, down here. I lived in Germantown. The parks, I love the parks. That's mainly it, the parks."

 

Cartoon character: "That's a good one, I like Bugs Bunny."

 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go and why? "Anywhere in the world, if I could, with not a lot of hassle, I would live in Atlantic City because my Aunt lives down there, and she's raising her kids, and they just lost their father, and I just love being near the water, the ocean."

 

What inspires you? "I don't know why I would answer that. I love so many things, you know, and I totally believe in God very much."

 

What are some of your goals? Long-term and/or short-term. "The only goal I have now is to get over this sickness and wish I didn't have to be in this situation I am in. My mom kicked me out because she couldn't handle it but that's alright."

 

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? "Oh wow! That's deep! That's real deep. I could put that into two categories. I might like to be a rabbit or a turtle, because, number one, a turtle has a shell and he can hide when he wants to, you know. He can disappear and leave the world alone. And a rabbit: If I feel like running, I can run, and, plus, I like to eat carrots a lot sometimes."

 

Tell me about the craziest dream you have ever had. "I've had good ones and bad ones but mainly there's always something there that you can't do or that you're not supposed to do."

 

What is one thing that you want people to know about you? "I'm a great guy, a good person, you know! Ya'll alright, ya'll good people."

 

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