Pez Presents: Preparing for Pezamania
I am really getting
excited about Pezamania 16. I mean, I'm freaking out over here.
This will be my first ever Pez convention and I can't wait to go!
again, dear readers. With the big Pezamania
convention happening this month, I thought I'd address some
recent mail I have been getting. The following two letters
represent two opposite ends of the spectrum; on the one
hand, we have someone who is ready to go to his first Pez
convention ever. On the other hand is someone who's already
been to the Pez convention and is worried that she has in
fact seen all there is to see. And yet they are tied together
by their common bond of needing some Pez help. So without
further ado, let the healing begin.
Here is the
problem- it is still over a month away!! How am I supposed to
conduct myself on a daily basis when this magical weekend is so
far out of reach? And do you have any advice for me once I get
Help me! Help
Lloyd from Lexington
down there, fella. Take a deep breath, do a couple of laps, and
then drop and give me 20.
No, just kidding.
First off, it is perfectly natural to be this excited and anxious
before your first Pez convention. I mean, you are about to see
more Pez in a matter of hours than you've likely seen in your
entire life. That is a lot for one person to take. To prepare
yourself, I recommend doing a Google image search for "Pez
collection." You will likely come across many photos of vintage
Pez all lined up for your viewing pleasure. Now image all that,
only right in front of you. It's like, holy cow, dude,
if I may borrow a phrase from the kids.
Oh, and bring
money. And your ATM card. And, if it has a PIN number, maybe your
credit card too. But before you visit anybody else, be sure to
pay a visit to Mr.
Laspina to get the best Pez price guide out there. Then, go
nuts. And have fun!
friend, you are not alone. You can read all about this experience
in my new book, "Attention! Apprehension and Tension Before
The Pez Convention." The price? I won't mention, as it may
bring about hypertension. Sorry about that, it's just that I have
student loans like you wouldn't believe.
I'm sure you
get lots of weirdos writing to you with their Pez problems, but
I have a problem that may not sound all that traumatic. See, I
have already been to three Pez conventions. The first time I was
blown away, so much so that I accidentally spent my son's entire
college fund. The second time, I had a better understanding of
how these things work, but I still had to hitchhike home because
I spent all my gas money on a die-cast Mickey Mouse. But by the
third time, I was a well-oiled machine. I knew all the dealers,
I knew what I wanted to buy, I had enough money, and I made some
new friends and partied like it was 1999.
is, where do I go from here??? I've still got Pez in my bones,
I still need my fix, but have I seen and done it all? Have I built
up immunity to the fever brought about by Pez conventions? Should
I even bother going back?
Rhonda from Rhode Island
I can understand
your problem, and it is more common than you may think. I mean,
who doesn't want to go back to a Pez convention after their first
time? And again and again, even? But sooner or later, you may
reach a point where you really feel like you've seen it all, and
there's nothing more that could possibly tempt you if you were
But oh, how
wrong you would be to believe that! For one, surely you don't
have all the Pez vintage pieces available. And where else can
you go where you know you will see rows and rows of Pez dispensers,
for prices that you know are fair? Certainly not your typical
flea market or antique mall, where- if you're very lucky- you
might find a neat dispenser that's also reasonably priced. Just
think, every time you attend another Pez convention, your collection
is guaranteed to grow with some great stuff!
should be inspiration to go back year after year, but there's
also the connections you build with the people. It gives you a
chance to meet up with them again, see how they're doing, and
see what neat finds they've gotten this year. It is fun for one
always at least one thing each year that is new and unique. Like
one year, when someone had a custom-made neon Pez sign. Trippy,
man. Real trippy. (To borrow another term from the kids, of course.)
So hop back
in that car and make the drive to Cleveland again, Rhonda. You
won't regret it for an instant.
I wish all of you well, as we are now knee deep in the Pez convention
season. With St. Louis already in the books, Cleveland right round
the corner, and Minnesota soon after that, it is nonstop action
for Pezheads everywhere. So put your fears and worries aside,
because anytime you're able to get to a Pez convention is a time
that you will remember forever.
originally appeared in the July 2006 issue of Pezhead Monthly.
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