About Justin

They say you can tell a lot about someone by where they grew up, so that’s where we’ll start.

My Room

Oy.

I moved out of my parent’s place when was eighteen years old.  However, not much seems to have changed since I turned twelve.  I’ve always loved Star Wars, but even I’ll admit that the life-size Darth Vader is a tad excessive.  And yes, standing next to him is Yoda.  With dreadlocks.   It doesn’t stop there, though.

Take my armoire, for example…

My Room 2

Or the space behind my bed…

My Room 3

Okay, okay, it’s probably time to update my space a little bit.  But I’ve never been one to act my age anyway.

Of course, there’s more to me than just my room.  I could spend this time telling you some boring facts about my life, like that I have a twin sister, or that I just graduated from New York University, or that I’ve always liked really weird food.  But, in fact, there’s something else much more important you should know about me.  I have a secret.  Something that I’ve always tried to hide.  Until now, I’ve done a pretty good job of making sure nobody finds out about it.  But enough is enough.  I’m older now, and it’s time to publicly take responsibility for my actions.  For years,  I had  a serious addiction.  No, it wasn’t cigarettes, or alcohol, or anything like that.   Starting in the eighth grade I developed a very unhealthy obsession with…Pez dispensers.

For almost a decade I was a serious collector.  Every time I went to the grocery store, pharmacy, or dollar store, I came back with at least two or three of those little guys with the chalky pellets.

In middle school it was quirky, in high school it was embarrassing, and it college, well let’s just say I didn’t want to find out what that would do to my reputation.  My Star Wars bed sheets would inevitably ruin that just fine, anyway.   Ever since leaving home, my Pez obsession has waned.  For the past few years my collection has been collecting dust in my closet.  On a recent trip home, I decided to take a quick look back at the fruits of my labor.

With the help of my sister, I lifted the huge crate of Pez from behind my old clothes.  “You could bathe in these there are so many!” my sister joked.

Justin with Pez

As my twin, she should know better than to give me any ideas.

Anyway, I’ve been contributing to Smiles For All since November of 2012.  Since well before that, I have been trying to find the funny in everyday life.  I was one of those little kids who actually enjoyed talking to their parents when they came home from school, entertaining them with funny stories and anecdotes from the day.  Like my bedroom, not much has changed since then.  Have fun, enjoy Smiles For All, and don’t take life too seriously!

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