FRENDY: Divine timing! It takes a whole lot of heart to make money the legit route, rather than doing nonsense for easy bread. Why did you choose the post office? Was it a random pick?
FARREN: Yes, man. Perfect timing! And it wasn't a random pick. I have a dear friend of mine named Idenial who told me about it and convinced me to work there.
FRENDY: What's a regular day like for you working for the US Postal Service?
FARREN: I drive the trucks. My route is on the west side of 42nd street. It's pretty quiet and calm back there. I deliver to Kristaps Porzingis and also Lance Thomas of the New York Knicks. That's the pretty cool part. There's lots of other perks, but overall it's calm. It's just the source of income.
As a matter of fact! Frendy my man, I'm going to hit you with a bomb. Around the time I met you, I was actually homeless so your kind words of always telling me I'm dope and you feel like I'm going to do something great helped me tremendously. You gave me words of encouragement and you never knew.
FRENDY: That's crazy! I'm glad I was able to have those deep convos with you. I always make sure to spread the good word, especially to the cats I know who are destined to do great things. As a matter of fact, we all have greatness in us. It's just that I can tell who is actually going to pursue what they really love to do in life and be dope at it. It can be in the arts or whatever, you know—it's my gift I guess.
FARREN: Yeah, man. You're a good dude. Always had the good words to help me get through things.
FRENDY: I'm glad you told me that—It's all about authenticity. Also, you never know who you're going to inspire with your truth. Just like the kind words I said that helped you so much, you never know how your story will impact the readers. If you don't mind me asking, what caused you and your pops to be homeless?
FARREN: We lived in a basement and it didn't have a back door. It's illegal to live in a place like that so the fire department came and told us we had to leave with the clothes on our backs. At the time, my dad used his checks to pay rent, all the money went down the drain.
FRENDY: Wow, was your mother around as well?
FARREN: Well, I came to America from Guyana when I was 11 to live with my dad. My mom is back in Guyana.
FRENDY: Damn, that's another piece of information I didn't know! I came to New York when I was seven. Do you still keep in touch with mom dukes?
FARREN: Yessir! We are very close.
FRENDY: That's great to hear! When you got kicked out the basement did you have any thoughts of going back to Guyana with your dad? Or that wasn't even the case at all?
FARREN: No. Not even a thought! You know coming from a third world country—being homeless here is still living better than you would at your home country to a certain degree. Over here in the states, there are more opportunities,
FRENDY: Yes, most def. There was an article that covered you and your father's ordeal. The Red Cross came to the rescue, am I right?
FARREN: Yeah, they placed us in a hotel for about four days. Then things got real! The whole time in the hotel I'm saying this isn't so bad. After the fourth day, we went to pick a shelter to live in. Thank God the one we got into was on top of a YMCA. It was like private rooms, just a bed and a closet. I brought over my TV. The room was about 28-35 feet. There was a big bathroom downstairs with a shower and toilet. Since I was so well-mannered, the YMCA gave me free access to everything. There was a pool, a basketball court and a computer room. It turned out kind of cool. At times I forgot where I was.
To be honest, I buried this information for years because I was embarrassed. I eventually learned to embrace it all.
FRENDY: Were you working at PINK throughout the time living in the shelter?
FARREN: Yeah, I was. I had to work because money had to come in some kind of way. Plus, I also felt embarrassed. I felt like I had to maintain an image but working at Pink wasn't going to cut it. That's where other things came into the picture.
FRENDY: Totally understandable. I'm glad everything is working out for you right now. Sheesh, you have an entire family of your own! When did you know your wife was the one?
FARREN: Yes, I do. But man! a mutual friend introduced us. She knew of me before I knew her because, of like, social media and dating other females. When I met Destinie, everything was there. I was just so curious about her and was simply impressed overall with her.
Being without a mother for so long, I lacked in showing emotions and she showed me (still is) how to love. She's able to provide me with something that I've been missing for so long. As weird as it may sound, she "babies" me *Laughs*. She makes me feel like a man, but also like a kid being loved, if that makes sense. I was raised by my dad so it was very emotionless. Des filled that role I was missing for a while and that's how I knew she was the one. It wasn't all sunshine, but we made it work!