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Yolanda Sosa


What did you do last night?

I spent the night looking through the yellow pages looking for a new job and an apartment.  I gave up my job as an apartment manager and sold most of my things to go into a out-of state real estate venture with my 2 best friends, who used up all of my money and got rid of me when I wasn’t useful to them.  I guess I now know they weren’t my friends after all!  Hard lesson to learn!!

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

I don’t usually have breakfast.

How many hours a night do you sleep?

I sleep about 6 to 7 hours a night.

What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?

I prefer the evening time….time to wind down and relax…..read a book or just watch TV.

Where do you live now?

Well I just got back from Flint MI and I don’t have a place to stay….the manager who took over my position is letting me use his computer and fax machine so I can send out resumes….I will probably be in a homeless shelter soon til I can get back on my feet again.  I’m strong…it wont be long.

Why did you move there?

I came back to Bakersfield because my belongings are the garage of my 2 ex-friends (personal stuff like my kids pictures, kitchen stuff).  They said they wouldn’t destroy my things but who really know!

Do you like living there? Explain.

Answered that above.

What did you do in the years right after high school?

Right out of high school I went to Los Angeles and worked as a Security Supervisor for special event (Concert’s and stuff like that) and a co-manager for Little Caesars Pizza for about 4 years.  I received my associate’s degree in business management.  Every job I had was better that the next and I was a supervisor in all of them.  I continued to work the concerts for 17 years as a part time job (I got paid to work the concert I wanted to see anyways…what could be better that that!  I’ve seen over 400 concerts). 

Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?

Well I never married…but Mike and I lived together for 5 years….long enough to produce 2 beautiful kids.  Anastasia Marie 17 and Sebastian Andrew 13.  He’s a great father and the kids live with him now (one year with him in WA in one with me in CA) it works for us!  The kids love him and I would never keep my kids from a good man who loves them.  As far as lover’s ….yes I’ve had a few but never on the years my kids were with me!  They where more friends with benefits but no one I could see myself marrying.  I want to get married but to someone who I’m in love with and loves me back….unfortunately I still have not found that!  I don’t want to be divorced 2 or 10 years later….know what I mean!

Do you have a job outside of your home?

I started my own cleaning business but I’ve stopped taking on more work because I need to take care of my living condition first and then rebuild my company.

Do you like your job?

I’m a neat freak so I do enjoy the cleaning (vacant unit).

Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?

No, I thought I would be in the military as a life-er.

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

A job that paid well and provided an apartment or house with utilities included (like my last job, but it didn’t pay well).

What was your happiest day last year?

When my kids came home for the summer.  My daughter wanted to spend her last year of school in WA so my son went too!  He’s close to his sister.

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

My biggest regret was in trusting my 2 ex-friends who left me with nothing.

Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?

Just my friends like Mary Story, Cindy Seibert, Rhonda Wallace, Johnny Carter and many more.

What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

Just hanging with friends.

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

Just after grad night when I packed up and left town without saying a word to friends or family.  I was a foster kid and I didn’t want to burden my foster parents.  I came back at 21 for the first time and was pregnant with my daughter.

Who were your best friends in high school?

Cindy Seibert, Rhonda Wallace, Mary Story, Johnny Carter, and many more.

Have you kept in touch with them?

No not really…I moved away.

How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?

Well everyone thought that my high school boyfriend and I would have been married.  And thank god that it never happened.

Who was your favorite teacher?

My English teacher Mrs. Conley and PE Mr. Ned Perminter

What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?

Don’t rely on anyone but yourself!

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Heart, OMD

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

I want to see my old friends again, not that we are old.

Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?

Well I do plan on going provided that I’m still in town.

Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.

No, I’m excited about it.

Do you like answering these questions?

It’s getting a bit tiring since its soooo long!

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

Yes I have a Celtic cross on my upper back and gothic wings on my lower back and a small heart with a dagger through it on my left ankle.

What is your favorite food?


Are your parents still alive?

They are both alive and divorced and remarried and I don’t know how they are since I was raised in a foster home.

Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.

Sure, I could lose a few pounds but I’m cute that way!

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

I would let my 2 ex-friends know about it but wouldn't share it them!  I would invest in real estate and set up a fund for my ex and children.  I would donate money to needy children’s funds.

Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?

Yes I’m spiritual and yes there is a god.

What do you watch on TV?

CSI all of them, Law & Order, and Sci-Fi stuff

What are your three favorite movies?

Grease, X-men, Indiana Jones, High Lander

In what ways have you changed the most from high school?

I don’t think I’ve changed much at all.  I’m a strong minded and willed person.

In what ways are you the same from high school?

Answered above.

Tell us about three of your happiest experiences since leaving high school.

Well 2 are when my kids were born and last hasn’t happened yet.

What do you like most about yourself?

That I’m strong and I will get through this mess I’m in.

What would you most like to change?

Being so trusting in people.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

All the time.

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

I cant or more people will know.

What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?

I just want to have fun and see my friends.  I don’t want it to be drama with people I didn’t care for.

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

It has taken forever….but it was ok.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.

I’m too nice and hopefully my recent experience has not mad me bitter toward other nice people out there.