Out of Body has been called a gay Ground Hog Day because Chadwick's life keeps starting over and over but that's where the comparison ends. Each day in Chadwick's life is vastly different from the prior day, and; unlike Ground Hog Day, nothing in Out of Body is funny.
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Ron Ehemann lives in Chicago, Illinois. While he has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, Out of Body is his first novel. Ron likes to say he’s surfed the cultural wave. Born into an “Ozzie and Harriet” family, he was active in the Boy Scouts, Sons of the American Legion and his church youth group. Life changed drastically with thedeath of his mother at a very young age. When Ron’s father re-mairred he suddenly acquired six siblings and a “Brady Bunch” lifestyle. Ron left for Northern Illinois University in 1968 and as we all know, 1969 was the “Summer of Love.” Viet Nam follewed and with it, the author’s development as a peace activist. Though he earned the distinction of being the first student to drop out of ROTC at NIU, he managed to avoid the draft in an unusual way; Ron became a police officer. In 1972, at the start of the Gay Rights Movement, the author moved to Chicago to attend law school and immediately became active in the community. As it’s Assistant Editor, the author helped found and establish Gay Chicago Magazine, which continues in publication today. Ron Ehemann graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law and immediately entered private practice as Chicago’s first openly gay attorney. Virtually overnight his practice grew to include many of that city’s gay bars, organizations and businesses. Prolific writing found him published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the nation during this time. He appeared on a number of radio and television shows and was eventually profiled in Newsweek Magazine. In 1980, Ron established his relationship with Chuck Renslow, a prominent businessman and political heavyweight in Chicago’s gay community. Now writing for Chuck’s newspaper, GayLife, Ron was also becoming heavily involved in politics. He co-founded the Organization to Promote Equality Now (O.P.E.N.), the first gay political action committee in Illinois. Together with Renslow, Ron also helped establish what would eventually become the Prairie State Democratic Club. Under the administration of Mayor Jane Byrne, the author was appointed to Chicago’s Commission on Human Rights. Though a subsequent administration failed to confirm that appointment, Ron still holds the distinction of being the first openly gay man to be appointed to a political office in Illinois. After several years as a litigator, the author left his private practice of law and devoted himself to Chuck Renslow’s varied business enterprises including Manscountry baths, the Chicago Eagle leather bar and International Mr. Leather. For the past twenty-five years, the author has been a prominent member of the “Renslow Family”, a communal group of men and women, straight and gay people who have bondedfor life. Ron is raising two boys, ages seven and eleven and lives with them in a very large home which he shares with Chuck and the rest of the Renslow Family, along with several dogs, cats, turtles, fish and what ever other animals his boysExcerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
CHAPTER ONE Monday The digital clock on my Proctor and Gamble automatic coffee maker flipped to 06:00.00. A dribble of thick black goo dropped down into the glass pot. In seconds a stream of steaming hot liquid caffeine followed suit. Upstairs, in my bedroom, at precisely the same time, my alarm went off, jolting my eyes open and my consciousness back to reality, whatever that reality was. I hate those first few seconds when you wake up. My head hurts, my eyes burn and my brain is foggy. I blink. I blink again. I blink a third time and throw the sheet off my naked body. It's wet with my sweat and I relish the cool air as it dries my skin. Careful not to move my body, I twist my neck and turn my head to the right. I blink again. As expected, a body-sized lump of blankets lays half a bed away. It rises and falls in a breath like rhythm betraying the fact that life exists beneath. Oh God, I think, it's my boyfriend. Careful not to disturb his slumber I slip my legs over the edge of the mattress and slide my body smoothly from the bed. Standing, I blink again and begin to peruse the room. A single thought fills my brain. We're rich. Real wealth can't be created. Oh you can buy a lot of expensive things, but without the experience of having lived a wealthy life, things alone won't make you wealthy. You can fill your life with expensive things, even tasteful things, but you can't buy real wealth. Now, as I looked around the room, our room, I made mental note of the expensive things I saw. There were crystal based lamps perched on mahogany night-stands to either side of the huge king sized bed. An oriental print screen stood hiding the matching mahogany dressing table across the more than impressively large room. On the floor, near the foot of the bed, a silk sheet lay crumpled. It had to have a six hundred thread count, and it was monogrammed. Lying on top of the sheet, almost hidden in its folds, was an empty Waterford crystal goblet. A bottle of Dom Perion lay next to it, spilt and staining the sheet. I found another empty bottle on the floor in front of the nightstand and a third near the foot of the bed. These two were lesser brands, though still expensive. "Damn, we must have been drinking last night," I thought to myself as I began to shuffle across the rich oriental carpeting which covered that impressively large floor. I find myself headed for the bathroom, its place and purpose betrayed by Italian marble tile
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