One of the most remarkable things I found about Paul's steroid use while reading his book was the sheer number of drugs he put in his body. In an effort to max out his physique, he would often mix and match hormones with names he couldn't pronounce.
The result was a remarkable shift in that physique - and also his mood. By the end of his roid-filled summer of '76, Paul had transformed from a bookish stringbean to a chemically-altered colossus. He was also an emotional basket case.
Whether it was picking fights with his family, his girlfriend, or random people on the street, Paul Solotaroff was officially a scary dude in the throes of 'roid rage. This kind of instability was a direct result of his decision to play testosterone mix-and-match on himself, but, according to him, the craziness could have been curbed with controlled use in small doses.
As he explains in the video below, however, it's a slippery slope.
Deca-Durabolin and test cypionate weren't the only thing Paul mixed in with his normal cycle.
During that summer, Paul began to strip at bachelorette parties for extra cash. It was partly for the money, but also for the extra attention, of which Paul said he became addicted. After his first experiences of dancing for ravenous Long Island brides-to-be and their girlfriends, he was hooked.
He also formed a tenuous bond with the other dancers (they referred to themselves as the "Four Whoresmen"). There was Angel, the smooth-talking Afro-Dominican alpha, Spiro, the monosyllabic Greek Superman lookalike, and Tommy, the Irish loose cannon. And this crew liked to party. A lot.
And by "party," I mean wild orgies in penthouses that included copious amounts of alcohol, pills as far as the eye could see, of course, cocaine. If that last one is the one that sounds most dangerous for a steroid user, that's because it is. Below, Paul describes what it's like to chase the White Girl while being on a stack.
Stay tuned for part four, where we discuss the effect Paul's steroid use had on his dealings with the opposite sex.
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