“The incident, I feel is almost a Godsend,” Podolak said. “It did shake me into examining where I was. It’s been nothing but positive for everything. I’m really looking forward to the future.”
Podolak said alcohol grew in prominence in his life last fall out of “boredom.” He pulled out of a business venture and filled that void with what led up to the Tampa incident.
“There wasn’t the thrill in my life and I was seeking to find it a different way,” he said. “You’d probably plan it a different way (than the photo/internet incident) if you were going to make this lifestyle change, but it was time.”