Who ARE You? (who who… who who)

I’ve always wondered how people describe me when talking to others. It’s not something someone usually thinks about until it comes up, really. For example, how many times have you been a part of this conversation (or something like it)?:

“Hey, so I was talking to Mike yesterday and-”

“Wait, Mike who?”

“..Mike…. you know, Mike with the nose?”

And so it is that Mike is forever known formally as “Mike with the nose”. The first time I ever heard of this concept I became pretty self-conscious of my own physical features because nobody really remembers your mind, your spirit, or your deeds unless they’re extraordinary or unique in some way. People remember how you look, however, and can be in a flattering way or not. In order to combat this, I endeavored to make my mind, my spirit, and my deeds stand out among the rest in the hopes that you’ll be able to describe me using some of those qualities instead. Whether or not I’ve been successful is up for some debate. So without further ado, here’s a bit about the guy (me) who will be bringing you this blog’s content for the foreseeable future.

My real name is Josh. I’m 25 (26 soon!). I served 4.5 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Data Network Specialist and Combat Marksmanship Coach where I achieved the rank of Sergeant (E5). I have worked a few retail jobs and currently work for a company at which I maintain a fleet of printers. Not exactly revolutionary or glamorous work but it pays the bills. I enjoy it, anyways. I play a few instruments, as well! I’ve been playing guitar for about 14 years, piano and bass on and off for about half that, ukulele, banjo, and I can also DJ with my turntables (Numark NS6). I don’t really write my own songs anymore but I have plans to do so in the future.

I generally have an outgoing personality, I’m a social butterfly, an ambivert. Ambivert? What’s that? Well, you probably know what an introvert is and you probably know what an extrovert is. Combine them and you get this weird combination of the two where I can be super outgoing and fun and the life of the party when I’m out but as soon as we get home I crash and just want to curl up on the couch and tune everything else out. I try to always be quick with a joke, often at inappropriate times. My phone is glued to my hand, I can never seem to put it down… no really I can’t put it down, someone help me, please. To be honest, it acts in much the same way those faddish fidget spinners are supposed to work. I have ADHD and if I don’t have something to keep the back of my mind occupied then I find myself getting very easily distracted. You may even notice how my writing style might seem to jump around erratically or circle back in on itself at times, so I apologize in advance for that.

When I was younger, my mother and I would go out and feed and clothe the homeless around Christmas time. We’d take a trip to the dollar store, buy about $30 worth of warming layers and head out, doing our best to make sure they were taken care of. One year we found out that one of the homeless ladies that took care of stray cats had died so that was sad, but we moved on and continued donating. Now I try to donate much more than clothes. I try to donate time and knowledge to those who need it and will listen. SO basically what I’m saying there is please engage me if you need someone to talk to and if you’re in southern New Jersey maybe we can discuss the inevitable heat death of the universe and why that shouldn’t have any effect on our lives.

We can get into physical features later but for now I wanted to focus on me as a real person with a life just as complex as anyone else’s. Knowing this, tell me something about yourself! What do you think is your best non-physical quality?

-J

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