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by Patter
Mon May 25, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: 10 Years
Replies: 7
Views: 6012

10 Years

I've been having a lot of job interviews and one son has had a lot of baseball, but I finally have a few minutes. Through the grace of my HP which I call God sometimes, Cletus other times, the AA program as outlined in the BB, my sponsor's help, and the help of the AA fellowship, 5/12 marked 10 year...
by Patter
Sat May 09, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: But We Aren't a Glum Lot ...
Topic: Sober music community
Replies: 7
Views: 8143

Re: Sober music community

Logged in on the regular 'puter now, so I can complete my manuscript. At about a year and a few months sober, my first visit to a drinking establishment came about because my boss was a pretty good drinker. I was grateful as could be that I finally got a job, but then was on the phone to my sponsor ...
by Patter
Sat May 09, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: But We Aren't a Glum Lot ...
Topic: Sober music community
Replies: 7
Views: 8143

Re: Sober music community

It's been a long while since I visited here and I know the thread is kind of old, but I'm getting close to a milestone and finally feeling a little squirrelly. Music has been important to me my whole life. When I was sober a short while the strangest thing would happen - if I was driving and talking...
by Patter
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Alcohol in the House
Replies: 24
Views: 6000

Re: Alcohol in the House

lifeline, what a great post. I've taken quite a few marketing classes and hadn't made the connection. Products are marketed, whether alcohol products or not, with the intent to spark interest, get past my filters, and induce desire. Maybe I have been using my high dollar education! It was actually t...
by Patter
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: UGGGG - I Want a drink but I will NOT
Replies: 9
Views: 4957

Re: UGGGG - I Want a drink but I will NOT

Welcome here. The phone list saved me from picking up more than once. One evening when I felt an overwhelming urge to drink I found a list from a meeting that was probably 3 months old. I tried a couple numbers and got no answer until near the bottom of the list. I told the guy I was an AA and asked...
by Patter
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: The Home Group
Topic: A strange Third Tradition case...
Replies: 21
Views: 20516

Re: A strange Third Tradition case...

"The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us....The tremendous fact for every one of us is that we have discovered a common solution." (BB 17)
Doesn't seem to apply to a nondrinker imho.
by Patter
Fri May 31, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: I've been down this road before...
Replies: 10
Views: 2649

Re: I've been down this road before...

Hi Mike. Welcome here. Terrible weather here so I can't indulge in my normal habit of stretching 3 lines into 30. If you can't stop once you start, and if you can't keep from starting, read the Big Book, especially The Doctor's Opinion and the first 164 pgs, go to meetings, get a sponsor, get a home...
by Patter
Wed May 29, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: Face to Face vs. Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 2027

Re: Face to Face vs. Forum

Hey, V....., uh, my eyes can't make out the rest, sorry. I'm Patrick and I'm an alcoholic. One thing about many people in this fellowship that pisses me off is that alot are like me, not perfect. I had a sponsee that I'd suggest to call me and I never got that call. I have a life worth living now so...
by Patter
Wed May 29, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: AA Newcomer Sponsor Struggle
Replies: 32
Views: 18659

Re: AA Newcomer Sponsor Struggle

Hey, Nola. I'm Patrick and I'm an alccoholic. I am no expert on this program so I won't be giving advice one way or the other. I remember being miserable, deptressed, and out of answers. When presented with the idea of going to several meetings in several locations, I balked. 'That's too far" or 'th...
by Patter
Wed May 29, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: WAAAAAH! I don't like AA and that scares me
Replies: 16
Views: 8931

Re: WAAAAAH! I don't like AA and that scares me

Hi Julie. I thank whatever HP is out there that my bouts with utter depression, incomprehensible demoralization, and self pity lasted only a few months for me after quitting the drinking. Mostly my gratitude is for those special folks who I went ahead and chatted with after a meeting. I learned from...
by Patter
Tue May 28, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Guest Book
Topic: Well howdy, hello, and how are ya?
Replies: 8
Views: 6514

Re: Well howdy, hello, and how are ya?

Hi Eric and welcome back. I'm Patrick and I'm an alcobolic. Congratulations on 26. A few years ago I was whining to another member after a f2f meeting and he stopped me and asked, "Besides this meeting, what have you done about your sobriety today?" At that point I realized that my sobriety is my re...
by Patter
Sun May 26, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Fears and Self-Reliance
Replies: 2
Views: 4339

Re: Fears and Self-Reliance

Thanks for posting this, John. I always knew I felt I had less than the necessary power in myself to live a happy life. Through working the steps with a sponsor I get to see a glimpse of that infinite power all the time. I don't understand it, don't know who or what it is, but I trust it. Patter
by Patter
Sat May 25, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Marijuana Maintenance
Replies: 64
Views: 29723

Re: Marijuana Maintenance

When I spoke to the neighbor across the street early in my sobriety, he told me he hadn't had a drink for 7 years. He hadn't attended meetings or had a sponsor in a couple years, but his insight and honesty sounded like members who I knew were almost daily attendees around the tables. I can't deny h...
by Patter
Fri May 24, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: AA and religion.
Replies: 49
Views: 13107

Re: AA and religion.

Good topic. One I've thought about after our group has welcomed a newcomer and stressed that this is not a religious program, then we all stand and say the MAIN prayer from the church I was brought up in! Thank you for your input Victor because I always expect the question to arise from the newcomer...
by Patter
Thu May 23, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: May Birthdays
Replies: 21
Views: 12580

Re: May Birthdays

Happy Birthday Layne