DRINKING ALCOHOL TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 75th ANNIVERSARY of AA

CONVENTION: PART I


AA 75th ANNIVERSARY
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
July 1-4, 2010
San Antonio, Texas SA 


Flight from Naples FL to Houston was a marvelous experience--I just LOVE flying!  It is reminding me when my scooter revs up, I have a sensation of being in a fast jet and feel the same surge of power as the wheels reluctantly push off the tarmac. (NOTE:  The wheels of my Suzuki stay somewhat grounded.)

I find it difficult to describe the sheer fun of spending an overnight in Houston, Texas...en-route to San Antonio.  In a time span of 22 hours, I had been at three AA meetings already--all three being held at Lambda Club. I met there two friends from the blogs--whom I had never seen eyeball-to-eyeball until now, since we are bloggers.

You MUST know it is a thrill to see and hear the sharing--and simply to "be with, among"--Peeps with whom I share some major life-altering changes mainly that we have discovered a daily reprieve from the deadly disease of alcoholism. That means to me even though we are strangers, we know one another quite well (TOO well?--grin!) Over the course of 3 meetings, a dinner, and a breakfast I met a whole new slate of wonderful men and women recovering from a fatal disease. But meeting dAAve and Zane was the highlight for me.

Then the rental-car drive to San Antonio Wednesday...I believe we have the only GPS gizmo which says to me, "Heyyy...slow DOWN, steveroni! I cannot keep up!"  Fact is, the GiPSo kept telling me where to turn AFTER I had passed the turnoff. This makes for a dizzi-roni, driving around in circles. I can make a 3-hour trip last an easy 4 hours!

Today was filled with registration, and "Peeping" (my new word for meeting and greeting Peeps who are new to me.)  Tomorrow, some more Peeping and schedule planning, for there is so much to do, and decide where to be and when.  There are round-the-clock meetings beginning Thursday midnight, ongoing through Sunday morning. Even THAT is exciting, for often I am up late, and can catch a meeting at 2 or 3 AM.

San Antonio Texas is a most beautiful city, a pure place of pleasure to be, walk, eat, and celebrate...

I'm sober today, Peeps.
FULL of Gratitude today, Peeps.
Expectations galore.....
Love, from


steveroni

17 comments:

Susan Deborah said...

Know what dear Steve, your excitement and happiness spills through this post and seeps into me. How lovely can this connection be?

But which one in the picture is you??? All of them look BIG and NICE, but one of them should be you.

More joy and happiness your way,
Susan

Kathy Lynne said...

exciting! I got to meet Irish Friend and johno which felt to me like meeting celebritys...very cool. I am putting the next convention on my calendar and nothing is going to keep me away.

Brian Miller said...

so which one are you in the pic? smiles. glad to hear you are having a great first part of your trip...have fun peeping!

dAAve said...

Back at ya, Steve-roni.

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Syd said...

That is such a great thing. I am glad that you and Anna are enjoying this. I agree that your excitement is coming through loud and clear. Enjoy it all.

Nevine said...

Steveroni, I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying a wonderful time at your convention. There is something about people coming together with a common purpose that just makes it all the more wonderful. And four days... sounds like you will be having a blast!

Nevine

Ann said...

How exciting!!!!! Please keep posting - I so wish I was am and I will not be attending through spirit through you!

Ann said...

How exciting!!!!! Please keep posting - I so wish I was am and I will not be attending through spirit through you!

Sam Liu said...

Glad you're having a wonderful time, Steveroni! It sounds like it's the most beneficial and exciting experience, I wish you well for the days ahead and hope you enjoy your peeping (I love that word by the way :D )

Carol said...

Love everyone keeping their anonymity in the pic!?!

drybottomgirl said...

Looking forward to your updates! This really is a celebration of "independance day"!

Heather's Mom said...

"Peeping" - love it :) It sounds like you are having a great trip!
How exciting to be a part of this event :)
God bless.

Ginnie said...

Hi Steve: glad that you're among the "peepers". Have fun and keep your eyes out for a gang from Moore County, NC. Tell them that Ginnie wants a first-hand report on you !

Jingle said...

lovely stuff...

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/poetry-awards-4-thursday-poets-rally-week-24/

three poetry awards,
2 general awards,
have fun!
;)

Em said...

so glad I get to live this convention vicariously through steveroni :)