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Grapevine : August 2010
ingly, were all named "Bob." So as not to confuse us any fur- ther, the woman went on to explain that this was a closed meeting of AA and that in the future I should check out which meetings were open meet- ings if I wanted to bring my wife. They allowed us to stay, recognizing the fact that I was not aware of the anonymity principle of AA. Like many first-time meeting makers, I don't recall much of what was said that morning. My poor brain was not that receptive to the message. But at the end of the meet- ing, after they finished with the warm welcomes and the "keep com- ing backs" in the basement, we all climbed the stairs of the old church to the parking lot. When we reached the parking lot, a gentleman approached us and stuck out a little gray booklet. He said, "Here; this is for you. This is what they call a 'Where and When.' " He then proceeded to open it and in- form me what meetings he thought would be good for me to check out in the neighborhood. Following that, he turned to the back and showed me the names and phones numbers that he and the oth- er six gentlemen had written on the last page for me. "That's me, Jim H., on the top line, and that's my phone number. If you feel like drinking to- night you can give me a call no mat- ter what time it is." I looked at him with a furrowed brow and replied, "You mean to tell me that if I feel like taking a drink tonight at three in the morning you will answer the phone and talk me through the craving? You don't know me from Adam---why would you do that for a complete stranger?" Jim said, "That's what we do in this Fellowship of AA." Then with a nice smile and quiet demeanor, he walked to his car and left. I did not drink that night, but I could have used a friend to talk to. My well-meaning wife stayed up as long as she could with me those first nightmarish, terrifying nights of no sleep and no peace. I certainly should have called Jim, but I didn't. I was too embarrassed. Like many newcomers, I did not want to incon- venience anyone. I am not sure how I made it through that night terror- riddled first week. Thank you, High- er Power. I was court-mandated to do a three-month lock-down rehab, fol- lowed by a year of outpatient treat- I certainly should have called Jim, but I didn’t. I was too embarrassed. Like many newcomers, I did not want to inconvenience anyone. 38 August 2010