Friday, May 1, 2009



Howdy, Blogger Peeps!

I'm just checking in with y'all. Wanted you to know I'm still sober. And I'm pretty sure you all are also. I have a strong suspicion that alcoholics who blog frequently (every day is 'frequent'!) stay sober. And those who blog infrequently stay sober also as long as you keep in touch, let us all know where you are, what you doing (and with whom? No! Ya don't have to go there!).

Or...if you quit blogging, stick close to your sponsor, go to as many meetings as you can, and don't forget, it sure helps a lot if ya don't drink!

Meetings here in Cocoa Beach, FL all day Friday, beginning at 7AM and ending after a DJ dance last night. Saturday morning begins with breakfast at 6, meeting on small beach (son-of-a-beach?) at 7, then 9, 10:30 1:30 3, Banquet at 6 (Luau, of which I am not too fond), meeting at 8 (Sandy B, Tampa FL), dance at 9:30...all this dancing, I don't know! Maybe we are not a glum lot, whatever that means...

Changing topic to: "Always must be correct, NMW":

Two tourists, drinks in hand, were approaching Honolulu, and got into an argument about the correct pronunciation of Hawaii. One said it was "Hawaii", the other said it was "Havaii".

The first thing they did upon landing was approach a local resident. "Aloha! How do you people pronounce the name of the island: 'Hawaii' or 'Havaii'?"


"Thank you."

"A very varm velcome to both of you," said the local.

And, one more:
Steve read to Prayer Girl after she was asleep: "What is the work of a master?" asked a solemn-faced visitor. "To teach people to laugh," said the Master gravely.

NOTE: Above two vignettes are from "AWAKENING" by Anthony De Mello, #94 and #95.


This is basically a "Twelve-Step Weekend". The Steps begin this morning, Sat. Until now most of the topic has been Twelve-Stepping and/or sponsoring. Time and again the speakers, sometimes doubling up on us, have stressed what some already know. That is, that in order to keep this thing, I MUST give it away..."so freely give what has freely been given me..." It seems so many
have found the easier, softer way; going to meetings, sharing, and enjoying sobriety, without working the steps, without "carrying the message" to other suffering alcoholics.

The speakers, all from different areas of the US (Las Vegas, Dallas, St Paul, Louisville Ky, Bronx, NY, Southern Pines, NC, and Toronto, Canada, and Palm Coast, FL ) have been pounding away at this message of one-on-one sharing, helping, supporting, and giving. And I have been listening. And we shall be discussing this more in the future. Because I need to see it hear it, read it, DO it.

That is much more than I intended to write tonight, but you maybe are coming to realize, that some people (me) do not know when to write...

In LOVE and Service,
Steve E


Just Be Real said...

Ahhhhh Stevie, thanks for the check-in! 'Son of a Beach'....love it! I learn so much wit from you.....scary.....
Glad your brain is absorbing all the speakers messages. Take good notes!!! Until next report......

Prayer Girl said...

I knew you wouldn't be able to finish blogging before 1 a.m.

The lobby is your destination tonight, Mr. Blog-aroni! -Grin?-

Back to being serious - this AA Woodstock is just as you describe it. Our heads and hearts will be overflowing with AA and lots of other things by the time all is said and done.

Glad we came.

Shadow said...

you two sound absolutely wonderful.

vicariousrising said...

I'm glad you're having a good time.

I'm still recovering from my time away from home. It became spring here while I was in Florida. Yeah!

positively present said...

Just stopping by the blog for the first time and I really like it...thanks for the inspiration and hope.


Syd said...

It sounds like a great weekend with the 12 steps. Sandy B. is good--have him on Ipod to listen to on the road.