He is satisfied where he is in life, perhaps a little too satisfied.
He grew up with humble beginnings in Harlem with his family in their small apartment. He would often fool around with his friends and frequently get into trouble with the police as a juvenile. When WWII came around, he was drafted, thus changing his attitude towards his country and his life forever. He served in the army as a sergeant in the 92nd Infantry Division. After the war ended, he took advantage of the numerous benefits for veterans post-war and enrolled into college in business management, hoping to make it up to his family for the trouble he caused them during his youth. After he finished college, he snagged a job at one of the biggest construction companies in New York City.
They met during one of Raymond's few ventures into New York City after he heard about the underground gay scene. The two are practically attached at the hip.