Last Saturday night I went to the AA Pioneer dinner with some like minded friends. Geoff, Ryan and I drove together and we would meet others there.With Geoff driving and Ryan attempting to navigate through heavy Calgary traffic with his iPhone map app. After re-routing ourselves to dodge the heavy traffic going to the football game we got where we were going. There were 10-12 people from the McKenzie Group. I always feel good when I see my home group represent so well at these types of functions.
The tables were all filled when we got there so Geoff and Ryan ended up sitting with one of the night’s speakers and I sat at a table with a couple of McKenzie people and Andy C. and his wife and Jim S. I’ve known Andy only about a year and I really like the guy. And he was decked out in his kilt! We also had Jim S. at our table. I believe Jim has the longest term sobriety in Calgary with 63 years’ sobriety! He sobered up and joined AA in 1953 and hasn’t drank again. This is very impressive. I’m impressed not only by the amount of time Jim has got but by how much he gives back to the fellowship and the members of the fellowship. He’s well into his 80’s and still shows up at all the social functions and has time to talk to anyone who wants to chat. I will take a wild guess and say that Jim is probably in the top 5 or 6 soberest people in Canada. Maybe North America. Between starting to drink on one end and dying on the other end it’s awful difficult to put in 63 years of sobriety. Jim’s inspiring, as are all the old timers and proof that you never have to drink or use again.
The night was great. We heard some great stories from the old-timers Moe and later, Stella and we had a lot of laughs throughout the night. It’s always a time well spent hanging out with my friends from the McKenzie Group no matter what we’re doing but Saturday did provide some great conversations and laughter.
My big brother’s birthday was on Tuesday the 17th. He would have been 70 this year. Burke passed away 10 years ago from cancer. It’s hard to grasp that he’s been gone this long. Some moments it doesn’t seem like he’s been gone long at all and other moments I know he has been gone far too long. Burke was also a member of the 12 step fellowship I am in and when he passed he had 34 years of sobriety. He was my inspiration to get help stopping drinking. I miss him more than I am able to explain. He was my hero.
The song this week is one of my favorites from Kris Kristofferson and it’s titled Here to Forever
One of the best spin offs about the quote of the week is I almost always post a wiki page or a biography.com page about the person and I get to read and learn more about the person I select for the quote
The quote this week is from Richard Branson and it’s as follows:
“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again”
Thanks for dropping by and having a read. I appreciate your time…….I will not be posting next week but will be back the week after….take care