Illustrated by Rosenthal
|No. 5 – Retired|
|Species||Seagull ( Laridae )|
February 5, 1981|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||173 lb (78 kg)|
|FBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Santa Cruz Clefs|
|Pro playing career||2001–present|
|2001-2002||Santa Cruz Clefs|
|2003-2004||El Paso Whips|
|2004-2005||Santa Fe Whips|
|2009-2011||Galveston Sand Dollars|
|2016-2017||Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Career highlights and awards|
|(IC) Agent||Lee Adam Morrison (male raccoon)|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Jamie Velasquez is a retired female seagull swingfur who last played for the Santa Ana Spectrums.
Coming to America
Born to a poor, Cuban seagull family in a Miami ghetto for Cuban furs, Jamie never had a lot growing up. Her grandfather and grandmother had made the flight to Key West (by their own wings, not by plane) back in 1958 to escape the crippling poverty in their country, preceding the Cuban Revolution. In search of a better life for his family, Jamie's grandfather Juan Sr. took odd jobs such as gutter-clearing and window-washing to support his wife Guadalupe and their 2 young girls, Dominga and Yvette (Jamie's aunts). Though they lived on very meager income and had very little, the family was grateful for what they had and felt blessed to be living in America where at least they could feed their children and keep them relatively safe. Two years later, in 1960, Jamie's father Juan Jr. was born.
Little Juan learned quickly that life for seagulls, nevermind immigrants, was tough. When Juan Jr. was 6, his mother Guadalupe and sister Yvette were killed when, on the way to a new food market, they crossed over a downtrodden neighborhood of Dominican alley cats. The cats being very poor and desperate for food, their feral predator instincts took over and the two seagulls, sadly, were taken by surprise and could not defend themselves. Little Juan's father was also injured in gang related violence, both shooting incidents, twice, though he survived both encounters. Yet one of the wounds, in his left wing, left him unable to fly.
Both of the shooting incidents were also done by cats, which led to a brewing specism and a hatred of felines in Jamie's father. Although many poor neighborhoods were segregated by species and those groups often clashed, avians and felines had a particular history of violence and dislike in the 1970's Miami ghetto. But Jamie's father couldn't afford to move, instead working hard at numerous odd jobs, often assisting his father, to help him and his remaining sister survive.
A few years later, Juan Jr. branched out from his father and started his own roofing company, which brought in a little more money than before, but demanded practically all of his time and money to keep it running. In 1979, Juan Jr. met another local Miami seagull by the name of Monica, who was a customer of his, and the two quickly fell in love. Within 3 months, Monica was pregnant with a child, and the couple were married 3 months later. On March 5, 1980, Jamie's brother Carlos was born. And about a year after that, on February 5, 1981, Jamie was born.
Jamie's Early Life
Jamie's father, grandfather and aunt moved in with Jamie's mother after the marriage, into the very house Monica had hired Juan Jr. to work on. While it was finally out of the ghetto, it was still a meager existence, and the family had to be very frugal. Despite this, Jamie's parents saved the best they could for both Carlos and Jamie to go to college.
(to be continued...)
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