In Search of the
Holy Grail of Guilty Pleasures
Like a lot of guys, I had this 12-year-old pleasure-seeking self always wanting to get out and distract me. My YOLO lifestyle from 1981 through 1996 led to an enthusiastic pursuit of a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off spontaneity and an “I’ll sleep when I die” existence. I was on a constant quest for kicks, in search of the holy grail of guilty pleasures, which for me changed regularly.
Most men grow out of this stage in their late 20s.
I had matured to a point, mostly in my professional life as I had a driven and highly responsible career in the academic world. However, I guess I was a late-bloomer when it came to making mature, responsible decisions about the romantic partners I pursued.
After a string of failed relationships, I turned 40 and realized it was time for me to change my ways and become a better man, a better person. Much of this journey is documented in Laughing at the Sun: The Story of a Man Who Changed His Spots.
I am the author of well-regarded academic works, as well as a freelance writer of life-style articles. I have written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the L.A. Times Syndicate, with several of my articles being nationally and internationally syndicated.
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