I disagree. The article was a pleasant, light read. In this case, the author is trying to take the reader on a journey; he succeeds.
As for rhetorical flourish, this is a good one:
Still, something had happened to me. I had become like a child who wants one particular toy and dreams of it all the time. I somehow knew, intellectually, that what I wanted was not going to happen, and yet I continued down the path I was on.