Dre From Chicago

Dre was born and raised in the part of Chicago, Illinois, he calls “da hood.” Since the time he was born, he has lived with his “mama” and her two cats called “sistahs” in their tiny apartment. He is laid-back most of the time, but he says he gets nervous whenever  his mama threatens to open up a can of “whoop ass” when she thinks he gets out of line. The only thing that is worse than getting smacked by his mama is when his mama counts to three. If she says three, it means she will stop cooking for Dre until he settles down and starts acting like a normal son.  When he was in high school, Dre  started his own boy-band called the “7 digits.” He turned out to be the first and only member of the group. According to Dre, he was just a “single digit.”  That didn’t stop him from creating “chart-topping” albums like “Let’s Get Digital” or “Girl, Don’t You Forget my Digits.”  Dre believes that his music and lyrics combined and captured the best elements of the Backstreet Boys, Emniem, and Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice displays his awards he won in the rock and rap catagories at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Jan. 28, 1991.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)He is a  big fan of all professional Chicago sports except  hockey.   He “just doesn’t get it.” He says the only time he would watch hockey is if all the hockey players wore the mascot’s costume while skating on ice to different rap songs.  Dre never jokes about football and  basketball.  He says these are his favorite sports, and not just because they have the “best-looking cheerleaders.” He is a die-hard Chicago Bulls fan, and he fondly remembers the  glory days when the Mikes were in town – Mike Ditka and Michael  Jordan.  One thing he will never understand is why MJ put his basketball career on hold and went to play for the White Sox instead of the Cubs.  Dre is a bleeding  Cubs  fan for life.  He will never stop pulling for the Cubbies at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field no  matter how bad they lose.  He always keeps telling himself that next year they are going to come back  and win the  “World Series.”

CubsDre considers himself a “playa.” He claims that he works hard to “maintain his reputation.”  In reality, he has never had a girlfriend, kissed a girl, or even been on a date in his life. When he was in  college, Dre was a member of various student clubs just so he could meet the girl of his dreams.  He was a registered member of the International Students Association (ISA),  Chinese Students Association (CSA), Hispanic Students Association (HSA), Japanese Students Associaton (JSA), Black Student Association (BSA), and the Russian Student Association (RSA).  He had also visited the  Baptist Student Fellowship (BSF),  Catholic Student Society (CSS), and even Muslim Student Association (MSA) just to meet beautiful girls. He joined the Feminist Student Association (FSA) to say that he really cared about women’s rights, but he didn’t last their very long. Dre never  asked that many girls out, but when he did he was rejected.  Most of the time, he was too shy to even tell a girl he truly cared about that he liked her.

Unsuccessfully, Dre also tried to find a girlfriend through on-line dating. For almost two decades, he had spent much of his free time trying to find love on-line.  On-line dating seemed like the perfect solution for him. He thought he could date any girl he wanted if he found her.  He tried various web-sites including E-harmony, Match, ChristianMingle, Zoosk, PlentyofFish, OkCupid, and even latin-cupid.com.  Altogether, he had spent thousands of dollars for membership dues and special fees that supposedly increased his “status.” He had contacted, favorited, winked, and smiled at thousands of beautiful girls. He had even sent friend requests to  beautiful girls he had never met before on Facebook, and he has liked thousands of their photos. Unfortunately, not even one of them liked something back.  Sometimes, he would spend hours writing long letters where he  poured his heart out and shared his life story to girls he’d never met before. He has even volunteered to be a pet-sitter for free for girls who have cats and dogs on  their profile.   He had never even received a single response in his life on any on-line dating web-site.

onlinedatingGradually, Dre has shifted his passion from one-sided on-line dating to healthy living.  He also decided to try to a healthy diet. That means quitting eating pizza, burgers, trans-fats, and even alcohol.  Last year,  He also decided to lose weight and start running. Over six months, he worked his way up from walking one mile to running a half- marathon. Over the next year, he lost 40 pounds by eating less and working out.  In order to stay motivated, Dre listens to his rap music. He has also joined a running group that meets every weekend, where he interacts with fellow runners and shares their stories. He works out on a daily basis, and he has put between 30 miles and 40 miles in each week before big races to improve his pace.  Over one year he improved his half-marathon time from 2 hours and 10 minutes to  just 1 hour and 38 minutes. Next year, he  hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

HOPKINTON, MA - APRIL 15: The elite men's race start of the 117th Boston Marathon kicked off in Hopkinton, Mass. at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Running has also helped Dre focus on getting his career back on track.  He now works in a local office of a national on-line brokerage company.  His motto is to help folks invest their money the right way by making sure they “stay out of trouble.” Occasionally, Dre likes to reminisce of his days as a rapper. He things that his rap background empowers him to relate better to some of his investment clients. After all, “too much television watching got him chasing dreams and even his mama thinks his mind is gone.” He considers himself to be  “an educated fool with his mind on his money and his  money on his mind.”  He still  likes to parody different songs such as his recent song called, “My Stock… Yo Stock..” He also  says the secret to his success is “10%  luck, 15% skill, 20%  concentrated will, 30% research,  15% pain, and 10% is his love for the game.”  As a single guy who’ seen at all,  Dre  realizes that there are a lot of really  beautiful girls out there. On the other hand, he knows that there are even better looking  stocks! That’s why he focuses his attention on stocks that are really hot right now.

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