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Grapevine : January 2011
were holding a meeting in a make- shift police station with no AA sign outside, only a police station sign. By this time I was wonder- ing what else could go wrong. I soon found out. I turned on one of the heaters in the courtroom and it caught on fire. Flames were every- where and black smoke billowed up to the ceiling. Luckily, it did not set off any alarms and no police rushed in to find out what was going on. I managed to quickly unplug the heater and blow out the fire. I took the melted heater out and showed the police. They said, "Give it here," and chucked it out the back. I quickly got all the chairs down, and then wondered what I could do about the water urn. Thankfully by this time another member had turned up to help. The co-location with the police made things slightly awkward. We managed to work things out and the police were very friendly. However, we still couldn't find our water urn. When we asked the police if they had seen it, they said, "The big silver one? We are using it." They brought it out from behind the police coun- ter. Of course it was boiling hot, but somehow the officer managed to get it round out front and onto the table. Now the police use the AA urn when we are not having meetings. I still couldn't find the AA sign- board. I stood outside the entrance asking people who were coming in if they were going to see the police or wanted AA. Thankfully I managed to catch a few AAs who were coming to the meeting for the first time and were perplexed by the police sign outside. As for the others going in to see the police, I am not sure what they thought. I led the AAs inside and we finally got the meeting go- ing. At the end of the meeting I in- vited the police to have some of my wife's cake, which they proceeded to do. They came out from behind the counter and grabbed some slices along with the rest of us. The night ended in a friendly and positive way. In fact it ended up being one of the most enjoyable meetings and nights I have had in AA. It shows that if you just accept the situation and go with the flow without fight- ing it, your Higher Power always has a way of teaching you a lesson if only you are open to hearing it. I heard it that night and it was just what I needed. Since that night we've found the AA sandwich board. For the last few weeks, outside the meet- ing location there are two sandwich boards---one for the police station and one for AA. It looked quite fun- ny. Finally the police have moved back round the corner to their re- furbished station and all is back to normal. But it was very eventful while it lasted. Adrian B. Melbourne, Australia Grapevine 51