Friday, August 10, 2012


Big day today - I am so incredibly happy, proud and relieved to have officially completed my court mandated community service. It wasn't easy, and it took me 1 1/2, but I did it, 6 months earlier than I needed to, no less. AND - get this: I SCORED A JOB OUT OF IT. 

Now, I'm not going to get rich working at a thrift store, but it's not just any thrift store. This one in particular is an extension of an organization that provides free health care to Chicago's LGBTQ community, especially for those that have AIDS. 

So every piece of clothing I sorted, every box I carried, all the dust I inhaled, in small way went to an incredibly good cause, at least I think so. And rather than phone it in, I leaped into, did such a good job that today, on my final day of service, they hired me. 

So cool

And as a cherry on top, I have an almost entirely new wardrobe. You wouldn't believe the shit people toss out - vintage Adidas anyone? Got 'em. $200 Kenneth Cole winter coat? Yep. I have more pairs of jeans than I know what to do with. 

Even better than the clothes - I can honestly say I made at least a dozen new friends, young, old, black, white, gay, straight - you name it. Walking down the street I literally bump into these people. My new "best" friend is a 70 year old German woman. I'm serious. We chill. 

In the beginning, this was something I did not want to do, dreaded it in fact, but in the end it turned out to be an enriching experience, one that will leave it's mark upon me. As a friend just remarked, "hopefully this is the beginning of an upswing for you". 

It sure feels like it. 

PS - Notice I didn't say "fuck" once? Woops!


Rob said...

Awesome news on both counts. I have been following your blog for awhile now, but have never commented.

Have a Great Day!

Anonymous said...


drew said...

Justin, I really didn't mean to do anything by my last post but to try to bring things to your attention. I am not a mean person but I think you are a good person and all I wanted was to shake you some.

I am so proud of your new job and not using the F word in your post. You don't need to add those words to be heard. People respect "good" people, and you are one of those people. Don't post this ad this is between us!!
I am no angel but I want the best for people!

Anonymous said...

Have been following your block for a long time, always routing for you as there was something basic in your humanity you are smart, probably smarter than you realize. In any event, cheers and I think you may really be on to a new future.

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