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jjvaldez

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It took me a long time to do this but here it is.

My name is Jose Jesus Valdez (I just go by Jesus or Jesse) [jjvaldez] I was born on January 23, 1985 in Salinas, California to 2 very young immigrant parents; mom 14 pops 17. I grew up in a shitty part of town full of gangs and violence [this is not the time to claim that your hood is harder, this is not about that]. Although I was gang associated I was never in a gang, for this I have my strict mother to thank.

I got involved in football when I was 9, I always wanted to do base ball too but I lived to far from the local team for anyone to take me to games/practice, so I waited till I was in HS to play. I played football, ran track, and played baseball for two years [I also played golf for fun, not on a team]. In addition to sports I was Senior Class President. I also coached a 6th grade basketball team. I was the first to graduate HS from many others that had attempted in my family.

In HS I was in the top 10% of my class so I got the opportunity to go to the University of California, Davis. It was the best time of my life; I was out of the hood! I was with people that where in to school and into partying. I had never been to a party where people didn’t en up shot till I was at Davis, I LOVED challenging thoughts and ideas in class; I was never quiet and always expressed my opinions, and thoughts. To this day I still believe that I got ripped off on grades because I challenged teachers too much. While at Davis I met a wonderful girl that was also from Salinas, she was from the good part of town and went to a private school, which is why we never met in Salinas. From Davis, I graduated with a BA in Chicano Studies [Mexican American Studies] and Film Studies.

I know reside in Sacramento living with my GF in our cool little 2-bedroom apartment.

Other Random tings about me:
I suck at spelling and don’t care…
I have a weird habit of doing things my way and I don’t care that it bothers others, ie. irovr “blog” and not photo post…
I eat subway everyday.
Love my pup, it’s my gf’s but after hating her for a yr I love her now.
Don’t have many friends because I don’t like the drama associated with it. [I’m kind of a jerk, if there is noting that I can gain from hanging out with you then I just won’t]
I like Diet Coke/Pepsi.
I like all sorts of electronics.
I hate the heat, prefer cold/rain
I like snowboarding
First time that I went to Disney Land I was 19 and I LOVE it now, and try to make it out there once a year.

I don’t know what else to say, many of you know me already but feel free to ask and depending on that you ask, I might reply.
 
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jjvaldez

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Me and Jess


Another me and Jess


ME, only recent pic i have so i use it a lot
 

connie

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Nice JJ. I love Disneyland, love it so much I got a job there. I also have family who works there too. I work in the stores on Main Street, if you see a Connie name tag thats me, I'm the only Connie there.
But back to you,
Cool pictures, nice family & gf!
 

jjvaldez

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Nice JJ. I love Disneyland, love it so much I got a job there. I also have family who works there too. I work in the stores on Main Street, if you see a Connie name tag thats me, I'm the only Connie there.
But back to you,
Cool pictures, nice family & gf!
i really do love it there..
 

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Hey. Was the picture of you and Bella staged, or were you really asleep?

And btw, Bella's cool :)
 

connie

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i really do love it there..
You should see it when its closed and no one is around, it's awesome to stroll main street. I have gotten off work at 2 am and the streets of Disney are all wet from being hosed down and the lights are low and it's beautiful but eery, I once thought I saw the ghost of Walt over by the train station.;)
 

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Nice JJ. I love Disneyland, love it so much I got a job there. I also have family who works there too. I work in the stores on Main Street, if you see a Connie name tag thats me, I'm the only Connie there.
But back to you,
Cool pictures, nice family & gf!
I wish you had said that back in June when I spent a week in Disneyland for a businesss conference. :)

I took one of the days off from the conference to walk around the park, shop for souvenirs. I was probably the only one there listening to podcasts while walking around and getting a nice farmer's tan on my feet!
 

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JJ,

Great reveal. This last trip to Disneyland, I had the opportunity to link up with Ramesh and have dinner at a restaurant near Knotts Berry Farm. I hope circumstances are better next time, and that more of us can actually get together.

The reverse is true as well. Look me up if ever in the DC area. :)
 

jjvaldez

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You should see it when its closed and no one is around, it's awesome to stroll main street. I have gotten off work at 2 am and the streets of Disney are all wet from being hosed down and the lights are low and it's beautiful but eery, I once thought I saw the ghost of Walt over by the train station.;)
ghost, yikes!

i was there late one summer night and indeed it is cool...
 
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Nice reveal man ;)
-You seem like a pretty uum "grizzled". . .In the points you've made saying that you don't have many friends and that if you don't have a use for them then you wont be friends with them :eek: haha!
-I don't know, don't take this to offense or anything but I think you should of went to college and majored in Business cause you seem to have a perfect businesss sense, ya kno the not bull taking boss not here to be your friend kinda guy ya kno ;)

But anyways Awesome reveal, you've had my respect for awhile but seeing this is definitely a +rep :laugh2:
 

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Really excellent job jj. Great pics and great writeup, and pretty damn cool what you've accomplished so far, seems like probably lots more to come ...
 

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JJ, thanks for the time and effort it took to post this reveal! I had no idea of your background, of growing up in the hood, etc. Kudos to you for not getting into a gang. Now our joking on IRC about your biker mouth makes perfect sense. ;) You have so many sibs, holidays must be nuts, but fun. There are eight kids in your family? WOW! Anyway, it's impressive that you've accomplished so much; let it continue! I have a feeling it will. :)