From the BlogMeet Ron

Overheard

FEBRUARY 2016

Let’s see, what was it like?
 Well, I was younger and better looking.anon 
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I come from a long line of drunks, 
I’m Irish, I really didn’t have a chance.anon 
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My father’s liver gave out when I was 10. 
The doctor came and said 
“we don’t treat patients this far gone is you”.anon 
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It wasn’t what I was taught, it was what I learned.anon
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 I had a lot of fun drinking, I was married, had two children, 
and poor Charlie he was married to me.anon
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 I wondered why I couldn’t get a date. 
I thought I might be ugly or something. 
I found out that I had a brother that was
 like the Fonzie, and no one messes with the Fonzie sister.anon
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 My sponsor pointed out that I had 
orchestrated my life around drinking.anon 
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I met him, God’s will, I got drunk and three months.anon 
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I stand today at 39 years of sobriety on the
 foundation my sponsor help to me build.anon
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 I have experienced some horrendous things in my sobriety,
 and I haven’t had to drink.anon
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 In 1982 I got to see my brother take his last drink, 
He was A s*** in his pants drunk, toothless.
 He passed with 29 years of sobriety.anon 
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My life is my message.anon
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 I know that when that door of insanity closes, 
it’s because I have faith.anon
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 I was in an unmarried a home for mothers and
 we were considered the dregs of society.
 We weren’t, & I met some wonderful women there.anon 
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I had had the perfect home, marriage and all that,
 but after my third son I started lowering my standards.anon
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 I came out of a black-out with an 86
year old man beside me. 
He was breathing and I was grateful
 and I got the hell out of there.anon 
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After I went to court for my DUI I did what 
any logical drunk would do, I got rid of the car.anon
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 I came to Alcoholics Anonymous so it 
would look good on my probation report.anon
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 I was the coffee maker, cookies and 
someone even said “how about a cake”?anon
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When it came time for the circle in prayer I would always run off to the bathroom.anon
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They told me to work on what was going on now, not the past to stay in the moment.anon
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My name is…… And I’m an unabashedly guzzler of booze.anon
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I wasn’t a very nice person.anon
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When I came back from Vietnam I was ashamed, and I never told anyone where I had been.anon
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Every time I screwed up it was back to prison.Prison was cozy for me.anon
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I was too proud to eat out of trash cans but not to rob people.anon
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Its not only freedom from fear, but the freedom to do what I can do.anon
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I still find myself picking up rocks and putting them in my bag and carting them around.anon
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I didn’t know what I believed, right or wrong, my fear was involved in all that.anon
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My world was very small and everything revolved around drinking.anon
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Today I have the freedom to get up when I want to get up, move here to Hawaii, take time to spend with my friend who is here visiting from the mainland.anon
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That situation was God’s Will doing for me what I could not do for myself.anon
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I found that Alcoholics Anonymous was a good place to hang out because my family thought I was doing okay.anon
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Then little by little, I started reading the literature and realize that I was an alcoholic.anon
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I always felt, even as a kid, that there was something greater than myself.anon
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I spent the decades burying all that crap and now you want me to take a shovel and step 4 and dig it all up again.anon
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The party’s were always held our house, 
my mother became a party girl.anon
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 My mother was a party girl, then she married this
 guy and our house became the home of the
temperance movement.anon anon
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 I became willing, I wanted the gold star. anon
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The party’s were always held our house, 
my mother became a party girl.anon 
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My mother was a party girl, and she married this guy
 and our house became the home of the
temperance movement.anon
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I became willing, I wanted the gold star. anon
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I dropped out of the best university in the
United States to become a bartender.anon
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My first drink was when I was about 6 and
I my mom took me into the bar the bar and gave me a beer.
It tasted terrible. anon
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I always wanted everyone to think I had it together.anon
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I had an idea of what an alcoholic looks like.
But I had other things In my life, how could I be an alcoholic. anon
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When I drink with people all I can talk about with my issues.anon
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I tried to sneak into my first meeting and the
secretary walked right up and ask me to read
how it works from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous,
I was dumbfounded.anon
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I was the king of sobriety, and before I knew it,
I was running and gunning again.anon
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I always had to beat the clock at the grocery
store so I could get that last bottle.anon
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I love ambient music, its stoner music,
but you don’t have to be stone.anon
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My bottom bottomed, and my excuses run out of excuses.anon
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We can always find a way to make up some drama.
We don’t need to drink. Its called stinkin’ thinkin’.anon
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I dropped out of the best university in the
United States to become a bartender.anon
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My first drink was when I was about 6 and I my mom
took me into the bar the bar and gave me a beer.
It tasted terrible Anon
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I always wanted everyone to think I had it together.anon
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I had an idea of what an alcoholic looks like.
But I had still had things, how could I be an alcoholic. anon
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When I drink with people all I can talk about with my issues.anon
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I tried to sneak into my first meeting and a secretary
walked right up and ask me to read how it works
from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous,
I was dumbfounded.anon
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I was the king of sobriety, and before I knew it
I was running and gunning again.anon
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I always had to beat the clock at the grocery store
so I could get that last bottle.anon
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I love ambient music, its stoner music,
but you don’t have to be stone.anon
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My bottom bottomed.
And my excuses run out of excuses.anon
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We can always find a way to make up some drama.
We don’t need to drink. Its called stinkin’ thinkin’.anon
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Sobriety delivers everything alcohol promised.

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I was clean and sober during the hippie years.
I was there and I do remember.anon
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I had worked in some really good places,
but when I went for interviews,
I was half drunk and higher than a bird.anon
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I felt shame because I didn’t know
what was going on at the meeting.anon
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It was getting easier and easier to do
the shackle shuffle,
I was getting very comfortable in jail.anon
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Skinny as I became, I was a fifth of a drinker.anon
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If I can stay in the moment my life goes on OK.anon
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The only thing I liked when I first got here
was that they said I was the most important
person in the room.anon
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When I drink, it wasn’t in my vocabulary to say no
when someone offered me a drink.anon
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I stopped drinking for four miserable months
to prove I didn’t have a problem.anon
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She said, you’re putting too much thought in it,
God just is.anon
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I didn’t see sex as a problem,
I chalked it up to enthusiasm.anon
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I was I was going to get my tambourine and come back.
I was way too much.anon
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I was reminded me that I can’t stay sober on my own.anon
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My cousins were all sitting around moaning and
saying they would never do that again,
I had a headache and all I could think of was
“when are we going to do it again”.anon
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There were two words that I didn’t want to hear,
love and God.anon
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I’m a smart guy, let me tell you, don’t you know.anon
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 My willingness came out of desperation.anon
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The worst thing about loneliness is that
you’re alone all by yourself.anon
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Going to Meetings reminds me that I am
an example to someone.anon
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The thing that I’m most grateful for
is my Inner Power.anon
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 When I started to meditate, I became aware
of a Divine Spark within.anon
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I worked for a while at Camarillo State Hospital.
It was an excellent preparation for my future life.anon
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I thought that this was where all bad
alcoholics came here to do pentance. anon
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You don’t understand, keep coming back, but,
but you don’t understand! Keep coming back.anon
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If it works for you old farts I wouldn’t be here now.anon
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My attitude when I was out there I can intimidate you,
get you to change your story,
I’m quick on my feet, intimidating.anon
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The fun was always at the beginning and at the
ending there was always a fight.anon
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I was always mad at my dad,
I always thought that he was the problem,
later I found out it was me.anon
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After treatment I was the happiest guy on the job,
at work, at to church and at home, I’m happy.anon
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Doubt is good, because I made a lot
of bad choices out there.anon
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The program has helped me to go through things
that I had never thought that I could.anon
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Someday, I hope to become right-sized,
and right minded.anon
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It was was grim, & a very narrow spectrum of life.anon
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He said its not a race, there’s no finish line.anon
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I used the foxhole prayer, “God get me out of here.”anon
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I’m either worse off or better off,
then I am, it’s that inner demon.anon
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I’m slowing down the hamster.anon
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I know you’ll never leave me to
face my peril alone.anon
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 God either is or he isn’t.
How can we look around and
deny such beauty.anon
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It made sense but it didn’t change
my behavior.anon
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I come to these meetings and get to know better,
and then we all get to know better.anon
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He became the father of my young children
promised to love them, &
I don’t know how that happened.anon
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I explained to my boss that she needed to go get laid,
and if she wanted to change, she had to get laid.
She was a very straight Japanese woman.anon
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My bossy  mother in law, took me to my first meeting,
bought a Big Book, a 12 by 12, &
and  got me sponsor all in one night.anon
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I never stripped, at least not for money, at least until now.anon
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Those farts told me not to drink &
I wanted to drink more than anything else.anon
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I needed time away from alcohol to realize I didn’t want it.
All of a sudden it was free everywhere but I didn’t have to drink.anon
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You were saying things I would never
say on the outside of these rooms.anon
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Some of the things you said irritated me,
like “trust the process”.anon
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I can go on forever with the God shots
which started immediately.anon
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He said to me,
“can you let people be wrong?”anon
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You carried me until I could get my own footing.anon
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I hang out with other newcomers,
I can’t drink, you can’t drink,
let’s hang out together.anon
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After two years I got back together with my husband.
It’s a wonderful marriage.anon
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He said I needed to be true to myself and
I thought” yeah as soon as I can
find out who that is I’ll be happy”. anon
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I took care of my mother who had dementia,
and she still had the ability to twist
and twist every little thing.anon
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 I wasn’t grounded, the best was that I was tethered.anon
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Most of my days are good, and the rest of them are really good.anon
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My drug of choice, bud, where you say bud, you said it all.anon
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She only lied once, when she said she never got in trouble,
well she did, she married me.anon
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Practice love, patience and tolerance.
You will get some of each right some of the time.anon
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I was raised in a home where boys were allowed to have anger,
the girls only happy.anon
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My son passed, my brother committed suicide,
my brother in law died, and I didn’t drink..anon
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The women friends I have will not let me play games.anon
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The newcomers and the officers have one thing in common,
that’s one day at a time.anon
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I want to be able to live my life like God wants me to.anon
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I have this super nice feeling in my heart,
am I having a heart-attack.anon
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Being sober for eight years, I put together a packet
for the Governor to sign for a pardon.anon
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Where else can I get the gift if sobriety from
except another alcoholic.anon
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To hate someone is like having a cup of
arsenic and drinking it.anon
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He said that I had to let God have His world
and that man has his own.anon
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Pray for the unacceptable–what you know can never get better.
Things will change.anon
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I was always just short of par.anon
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I created what my sponsor called sober habits.anon
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A lot of promises I got got from a bottle,
but they ended up going up in smoke.anon
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I thought that Alcoholics Anonymous
was where the fun would end..anon
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We get to live two lives in one lifetime.anon
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Let’s just say you wanna drink but
you don’t wanna drink.anon
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Tradition two ask’s me how I carry the
principles into my personal life.anon
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I definitely wasn’t going to let anyone
tell me what to do when I got here.anon
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We often hear about trusted servants, in my case,
it was rusted servants.anon
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With tradition two I came to believe
that I didn’t have to hold up the sky.anon
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In a way the the traditions are a lot of in-actions. anon
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I take tradition two into my home, into my job,
into my social life and into my classroom.anon
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I live in AA and visit the outside world…anon
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anyone else been 5150, in a mental ward?anon I have to give it away to get it.anon
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I would watch you interact with
the world and I just didn’t get it.anon
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At 14 I went to my first party, there was cold Duck,
but there was no Dom Perignon there, I’ll tell you.anon
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I saw all my uncles drink in my home and
they experienced joy and happiness and
became alive and friendly.anon
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My first drink, well I’m a geek,
but I became alive and my body
was moving like it is never done before.anon
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If you were like me you would
sell my soul for one more drink.anon
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It was a complete awakening for me when
the first person I heard in alcoholics Anonymous
was a woman who had accidentally killed her
2 year old son in a blackout.anon
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I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a noise in my head.anon
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And that voice voice said “you not like these people,
these people are losers”.anon
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I looked at these people and said to myself,
“these people should go to church or something ,
hell they must be at least 30 years old.anon
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This guy said to me,
“hey, I smoked so much pot that the
zig zag man should have a tattoo of me on his arm”.anon
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If I find someone is not an alcoholic,
I send them to the right place,
so they won’t die.anon
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If you’re new, follow people who follow the book.anon
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I feel like that.anon
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I liked my 40 ounces of freedom.anon
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I was sent to my first Alcoholics Anonymous
meeting at 15.anon
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I looked around and thought,
this looks like I hayride for inbreeds.
But I judge no man.anon
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I just sucked it up and did it.anon
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I let the life Alcoholics Anonymous had given me
 get in the way of the way of my program.anon
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Sanity, silver thinking,
once I understood that I was on my way.anon
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The madness became my addiction.anon
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I found in step to that all of my problems
have gotten better without any help.anon
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I was bone dry with lots of character.anon
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He told me to use my brain for entertainment because I couldn’t help anyone.anon
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I remember waking up in my sisters bed, &
I had no idea where I was at.
I was afraid to open my eyes.anon
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That voice from within said I can do it on my own.anon
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Alcoholics are the elite of the mentally ill.anon
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If you are here to stay sober you’ve got to get sober.anon
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When it comes to money and family my claws come out.anon
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Before I ever took my first drink I was a liar and a cheat.anon
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In elementary school I would go home and fix a drink.
I was in love with alcohol.anon
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Young as I was I would bury alcohol in coolers
all over town so everywhere I went I had to drink.anon
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The other guys on the job were crack smokers,
so I figured I would be the employee of the year./
 The second day I was fired.anon
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If you go to Europe and you’re an alcoholic,
you’re still an alcoholic, if you go to Asia, same deal,
you can’t run away from it.anon
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When I drank the monsters went away,
then I quit and the same o delirium tremens. anon
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I sure it’s going to meetings, but I had all these insecurities,
and this guy said, maybe it’s serenity. I said f*** that.anon
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Why are people always so happy when I’m so miserable?anon
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I do more consistently until it becomes unhealthy.anon
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I thought I would do anything, well not anything, but enough.anon
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