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A trip to Las Vegas taught me how to succeed without really trying

Las Vegas, NV, USA // Photo: John Gorman

I went to Las Vegas over the weekend in what was my first honest-to-goodness vacation since October 2019. I don’t typically love Vegas — I don’t club, gamble, or enjoy touristy things or bro-y meatheads — but there are few better cities in the U.S. for food, sunshine, and feeling like you’re “off the clock.”

You say you’re going to Chicago and work will send you texts and emails. You say you’re going to Seattle and work will assume you’re there for a job interview. …


The question that makes everything possible

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Like every sensitive white guy in a college town back in the early-aughts, I went through a phase where I wore a hemp necklace, had a $199.99 Fender, and considered myself a musician. I regularly wailed out to “Your Body Is a Wonderland” at dive bars in those strange hours after last call but before the early-morning bong-rips and Tetris marathons. And, let me tell you: For a long time, I sucked.

Sure, some folks would walk up to me after the show and say, “Hey, I liked your set, bro,” and offer to buy me a dollar draft, but…

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