Our very own, popular and beloved, Steve Hanson vanished from Hilaritan as you noticed. We were keeping things quiet while we were trying to negotiate how to bring our very great friend, Steve, back to our staff. The reality of it is pretty stark. At the tender age of 27 years old, Steve has been diagnosed with the disease known as Leben. With his 28th birthday quickly approaching at the end of the month, Steve was also hit with midlife crisis. Bravely confronting his fears, Steve did talk to Greg and myself about what his doctor told him, “I have been diagnosed with this terminal disease. It’s called ‘Leben’ and in German, it means ‘Life.’ My doctor told me that I have life inside me.”
Promptly, Steve took a sabbatical from his day job and left Hilaritan to sit idle while he faced this reality that he was now forced to accept. Steve has always had rational fears and phobias but he felt that he needed to conquer them by experiencing them. After trying hitchhiking for the first time, Steve found himself in Milwaukee. After a few days of try
ing to collect himself, Steve decided that he must press on and ended up accepting a ride from President Obama’s campaign office where he found himself in Chicago.
While in Chicago, Steve enjoyed what the city had to offer. One of the attractions, the Willis Tower, caught his eye. Steve told the security crew that had to escort him out of the building, “108 floors up felt like a great place to toss off my eye glasses and see if I can fly. I just got finished watching The Man of Steel in the cinemas.” Fortunately Steve was never able to get the chance to see if he can be airborne. Sadly, Steve’s eyeglasses did not survive the 1451 foot free fall. He is getting in touch with LensCrafters to get a refund on his “shatterproof specs” as he put it.
After enjoying a ride in the backseat from the Chicago Police Department, Steve basked in challenging Officer Carl Winslow to a donut eating contest. Officer Winslow accepted the challenge and let Steve free of charges under the condition that he never returns to the state of Illinois again.
Finally back to his New Jersey estate after accepting the fact that he is diagnosed with Life, Steve spent the rest of his weekend doing laundry, playing Peggle, and planning his next trip to Chicago.