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This was great, what a mind reader the bartender was !!!!!!!!
After my requisite two or three rounds it was time to get
home because a storm was coming. Out the door I went,
carrying two six-packs and into the car I poured myself,
fishtailing out of the parking lot and into real traffic.
I've often wondered how I only got one DUI in all the 22
years I drank in an open and active alcoholic addiction.
Many times I didn't remember driving home. We shared a
common driveway with our neighbor and so many times
I narrowly missed hitting their car as I careened into our
driveway. Although this one particular time I didn't miss
their car....caught the corner of the bumper squarely and
pushed their car up onto the rear kitchen steps. I didn't
care, my cargo and me were home safe and sound .....let
it snow, let it snow, let it snow !!!!!!!
That was before December 20, 1983, the day I went to
Detox !!! I lost my job (so I thought after I told my Boss
by phone to do something vulgar with the receiver in his
hand), I had no money (robbed my wife's purse for liquor
money ) and I didn't care ( I was wearing a urine soaked
sweat suit, hadn't showered in three days, or shaved, or
brushed my teeth). To this day I do not know nor can
I tell you why or how I went to Detox. My wife drove
and my mother went along, while my father stayed home
drinking yet another bottle of beer. My only explanation
is, " I truly was sick and tired of being sick and tired " ....
little did I realize that mantra was a credo of sorts in AA
!!!!!!
After seven days in Detox, 28 days in a Primary Care
Rehab and 10 weeks of weekly meeting aftercare, I was
armed with a contact, an Alcoholics Anonymous Big
Book and an AA Meeting Schedule !!!!!!!!!!!
For the next 36 years, 11 months and counting, I have
traveled through my life clean and sober, healthy, and
spiritually sound, but always trying to improve myself to
be a better person. I have endured the passing of many
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