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October 28, 2008

Chick's Story Part I

People have been asking for more information about “Stand Up And Win,” the book I have consulting for my spiritual growth. Specifically, people are asking about the author, Chick Healy. Who is he? Where did he come from? What’s his story?

Fortunately, Chick himself provides the answers in his introduction to the book, which I am reprinting in excerpted form.

From “Stand Up And Win!”

Your Eleven Step System For Personal Growth, Getting Rich, Finding (Heterosexual) Love, and Getting Into the Best Shape of Your Life While Eating Whatever You Want!


The holding cell smelled like a combination of body odor, urine, and vomit. There I was, former All-State striker for my high school soccer team, former magna cum laud Ivy League college student, former marketing consultant for a Fortune 500 company, sitting among the drunks, addicts, and degenerates that populate our nation’s prisons. Even worse, my overwhelming feeling at that moment wasn’t “I’ve got to turn my life around,” but instead a weary, “Here I am again.” In fact, I recognized several of the other prisoners. “Hey Chicky,” said a three hundred pound drag queen. “Hi, Aurora,” I said to “her.”

Yes, there I was again. For the fifth time, to be exact. I’m not proud to say this, but I was arrested (again) for soliciting sex with an undercover police officer. In other words, prostitution. How did a young man with so much potential end up as a “strung-out” drug addict committing unspeakable homosexual acts for money?

One thing I’ve learned about addiction in the years since that night is that addicts follow a million different paths to arrive at the same destination, a destination I call “The Dead End.”

The Dead End is that bleak place the addict finds himself where he can go no further. It’s a big brick wall spray painted with the most horrible graffiti that tells you in no uncertain terms that you are a failure, a loser, no good, a miscreant, and beyond redemption. Talk about “reading the writing on the wall!” Once you reach this place, there are only two options: 

Dead or End.

Dead is just what it sounds like – lying in a pine box with nobody mourning at your funeral. Yes, The Dead End is the final stop before the Final Stop. Aa lot of my fellow addicts that night probably wound up making that choice because when confronted with the alternative, being dead probably doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Because the other option is even scarier:

End the destructive behavior that got you here to begin with.

In my case, ending meant:

End the drugs.
End the booze.
End the pills.
End the glue sniffing.
End the cough syrup drinking.
End the other kind of glue sniffing (huffing).
End the stealing.
End the assaults and attempted assaults.
End the prostitution.
End the binge eating.
End the anorexia.
End the cutting.
End the loneliness.
End the despair.
End the obsessive behavior.
End the blaming others (specifically black people) for my problems.

As you can see, I had a lot of stuff I needed to cut out of my life before I could begin to get better. Sitting in that jail cell that night, however, I had no idea that I was about to begin my journey from Sitting Back to Standing Up!

Believe me, my immediate concern that night wasn’t creating a revolutionary system for personal growth that would allow everybody in the world to get rich, find love, and get into the best shape of their life while eating whatever they want. Far from it. No, in that moment, all I wanted was a fix.

Flashback to 1986. I am in the eighth grade, just a normal suburban kid. My soccer team has just won the county championships, and we are all out celebrating at the local ice cream store. I’ve just finished devouring a banana split when one of our assistant coaches tells me he’s got a special trophy for me in the back of his mini-van. I go with him out to the parking lot and, unsuspectingly, climb into his vehicle.

Coach follows and before I know what is happening, he’s stroking my hair and kissing my mouth. What is happening? How could this be happening? Even worse, why am I enjoying it? Never mind that Coach is a handsome seventeen year old high school student with a washboard stomach. Never mind that I had dreamed of this moment and shamelessly flirted with Coach throughout the season in an effort to make this very scene transpire. The fact is, this is wrong and I know it!

But instead of telling others about what Coach did, I buried my shame for the next five years, five years during which Coach and I continued our shameful relationship. I even went so far as to found a Gay Pride Club in my high school, “came out” to my parents when I was a sophomore, and allowed Coach to be my date to prom! The fact that I was voted Prom King did nothing to diminish my shame. When I graduated, it was Coach who stood clapping the loudest and Coach who then broke my heart when he told me he’d fallen for one of his professors, an older African-American man who taught Comparative Literature at the local college.

That’s when I turned to booze. The booze was like a drug. Technically, I know that alcohol is a drug, but I mean the kind of drug that people normally think of when they think of drugs. The point is, I discovered that alcohol deadened the pain I felt whenever I thought of Coach. Within a few weeks I went from drinking half a beer to downing a gallon of vodka at a time, chased down with a fifth of scotch, a few margaritas, and several of those drinks they make at TGIF that have booze mixed with Oreo cookies and ice cream. Yes, even though I wasn’t aware of it at the time, I was on my way towards abusing alcohol.

And abusing myself.

To be continued…


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I cannot WAIT to see Chick Healy on Oprah!!


How very tragic, yet inspiring. Now I know that I, too, can overcome the haunting memories of a hot 17-year-old high school coach forcing himself on me.

Mmm. Scratch that.


Joel Osteen has a man-crush on Chick Healy.


Why do all the hot seventeen year old coaches with washboard stomachs turn out to be gay?


There's just something I find so sexy about a man named Chick.


Ryalye, or a "boy named Sue".
::cymbal crash::

I like this blog.

Chick is an interesting bird. <-Pun! And the fact that he had a lot of major-league shit go down in his life makes me want to poke around in there all the more. I want him to get it out, get it all out. I wonder what else Chick will reveal in his book?

There better BE a Chick Part 2. You always do this: "To be continued" or, "My childhood stories, Part 1". But we never get the next part. It's as if you do a Homer Simpson - "Look! A dog!" - and forget all about that previous blog just dangling there in the wind. Like McCains wiener.


This is such a heartbreaking story.

More gory details please.


This is very good. Please do continue.

Julia Gulia

Haha this was fantastic. I was very concerned when I read the first post that this was an actual book that you had actually found inspiring. I was all "Wait, Michael thinks God is going to give him a flat screen tv? Oh no!" My respectometer was on zero, Michael. But this was amazing.


I am nonplussed. Chick Healy seems to have really limped my MIB boner. Being a girl, and a fairly prudish one at that, I don't know exactly why I am saying it here, but it feels like it fits. Sigh.


I was on the soccer team and I only turned out kind of gay.


I didn't mean to sound like I didn't like this particular blog entry, which is very well-written and interesting. I guess it just reinforced the notion of what an enigma you are. We know nothing of what you really feel about anything or anyone and you do such a good job at always being completely unreadable.
It puts your fans on the defensive, wary of garnering your disdain. But then again, I guess, so what, right?


The Dead End was a freakin sweet hippie band in the late 60s from the Midwest. But don't bother googling it because all you'll find are some shitty altrock bands who think they're pimpin because they use the phrase "The Dead End" in their name.


I love the name, "Chick". You are a puzzling creature. If I try to wrap my mind around it I'm afraid my brain will explode and I'll never get the dishes done.


oh,and Renee...you made me giggle.


:-) Cammie.

Congratulations Michael. You and Sho are the "Secret Stand-up" guys on the myspace homepage.

(Approve, click, approve, click, approve, click...)


>>That’s when I turned to booze. The booze was like a drug. Technically, I know that alcohol is a drug, but I mean . . .

Haha! That was funny. I like that you are completely unreadable, probably because I am illiterate. You're like a rubik's cube with gay coaches and glue sniffing (and other glue sniffing) instead of colors. Ahhhhhh.


"Completely unreadable" was a bad choice of words on my part. Sounds like a malicious book review. Reticent might be a more apt description. Forgive me, I only know about 50 words total.

Lou D

Chick seems like my kind of guy. In fact, I think I may have been a client of his back in my "try anything" days.


"“Hey Chicky,” said a three hundred pound drag queen. “Hi, Aurora,” I said to “her.”"


Decode that!


Alcohol and Oreos...who among us can resist THAT combination?

Malcolm Glass

if you don't finish this I will. consider that a threet. there is nothing more threetaning that a mis-spelled threat. It shows that I've done tiem. And I am aggressive and don't fart around.


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