Tuesday, August 31, 2010




 August 2009, as I rode through St Augustine, on Florida's east coast, just south of Jacksonville, I decided to stop for a few AA meetings, and "Meet the Peeps" (Sounds like "Meet the press", Holy Crapola!)...

Back in St Augustine today--2010--at noon I went to Serenity Club. Guess what? A Women's meeting! So, just momentarily and slightly bumped off the third rail, I remembered a lady, 30 years sober, last year saying she worked 32 years at the Lightner Museum, but I did not remember her name. So, wishing to meet with her again I used the time to go to that Museum--OH! What an interesting place of beauty:

--Old stuff, oily stuff (on canvass--grin!)
Grey stuff, clay stuff
From chairs to hairs (a shrunken head).
Musical instruments and surgical
Mundane and magical...
Statues and Carvings
All under one Huge roof

No luck looking for my AA lady-friend.  Person in charge of volunteers was no help at all...mainly because I had only few clues. I told her I met this lady at a meeting, etc. No help whatever.

I left, riding scooter right up the avenue. My DROID rang. Calling was the lady I had been seeking, RENE. She said her boss mentioned "a fellow on a motorcycle said he met someone who works here--at a meeting, way last year...Sheeeesh!"

Rene said she jumped up and said "That's ME!"  And she called me to return to the museum, this time to the BACK door! The "Family" door!

She guided me up to her office,and we had a great AA meeting--including coffee--the two of us with (combined) more than 65 years of sobriety, talking about our beloved AA program and Steps, like excited beginners.

Rene's son, probably between age 35-40 celebrated 10 months of sobriety yesterday. Her husband John, also an AA long-timer, and Rene, decided to take son Greg and me out to "do" Mexican dinner. And DO we DID! Out of this world GoooooD!

Tomorrow we will all meet once more at the 7 AM meeting, just before I leave St Augustine. And ya know what? I'll be BACK here! Why? Because I  L O V E it here!

I'd guess the real gist of this story is that I had said to the "museum lady" earlier, "Well, God just must NOT want us to meet up this year."  And that's JUST when God took over.

Many smaller Puzzling Pieces of this chance meeting, lovely dinner, and promise to meet again happened, but this post would become bloated, and maybe even lengthy, even by MY standards--grin!

PEACE and LOVE to 
All you peeps, seriously!
Whoever wishes, feel free
To spend the day as me...
Not to think of a spree
Or a single drink, you see
We're sober, happy, joyous
...and FREE!



steveroni said...

HEY, I AM having fun, peeps!

Brian Miller said...

glad you were able to hook up with her...sounds like a fun meeting...and i live st augustine...we used to go there a couple times a year when we lived in NC and FL...

joanny said...


Don't you just love those synchronistic happenings that seem to show up when we are clear on what we are choosing. It also looks like you are out of the stormy rainy weather, from the photo. I guess NC is expecting a Big Storm coming through, glad you passed there already.

Safe journey's to you.


Sympathy for the Devil said...

love the dolls.
i wish they were alive.

LYN said...

I live in Orange Park..about 45 mins from St Auggie..love that place...:-)

izzy said...

Just adore that museum! love to go back-
how wonderful you got such a connection!
truly, there are no coincidences !Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Aside from the fact that my chosen patron saint is Augustine, I also remember it being a beautiful place in Florida.

Glad to read that you connected with your old friend. Serendipity at its best.


Anonymous said...

Aside from the fact that my chosen patron saint is Augustine, I also remember it being a beautiful place in Florida.

Glad to read that you connected with your old friend. Serendipity at its best.


JStar said...

:) Nice I dont know how she gets any work done lol...

Dulce said...

It's great to see you are having such a good time out there...

So it seems St Augustine is a beautiful place,, and that museum really has gotten the best publicity or advertising (?)with you!

Hey-ride safely Peep!

Sam Liu said...

St Augustine sounds wonderful, I'd love to go there someday. It sounds like you're having the most marvellous time, Steveroni, wishing you all the best :)

Carol said...

Great story, glad that it worked out!

Syd said...

Glad that you connected. The Lightner Museum is good. I like St. Augustine and went to some meetings there as well.

Crystal Mary said...

So glad for you that you found Rene..then to meet up and have Mexican with her hubby and grown ankle biter...a lovely sucess.
Now that's how love works isn't it. God knew your hearts desire.
AA meeting are so positive friendly and with a family connection. Everyone feels accepted with a belonging and thats how they should feel...not left out on the fringe.. God Bless Steve.

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve,

What a wonderful surprise to see you again! Thanks for showing me how to post to your blog...
I enjoy reading what you are doing... and am always most appreciative of your joy and gratitude.


Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

:) YAY Steve! I haven't been online so much over the last week or so, it's been busy busy busy!

I'm so glad to see the fun and enthusiasm has continued throughout your trip!


drybottomgirl said...

Soooooo happy for U!

Crown of Beauty said...

Such a lovely story. No chance meetings in life.

Blessings on the rest of your trip.