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Grapevine : June 2011
newcomers and old-timers alike could find refuge from this non- stop drinking fest! I followed him to a simple, windowless room with a table and eight chairs. Not exactly a beachside palapa, but it would do. I borrowed some writing materials from him, made a sign, drew a palm tree at the top, and called my meet- ing “aa in Paradise,” scheduling it for 5:00 p.m . daily. I returned to the hotel room a completely different woman, burst- ing in with a big smile and jumped on the bed where my husband was watching a soccer game. He looked at me with a raised eyebrow, asking, “You didn’t hit the pool bar, did you?” I gave him a mock scowl. “No. In fact, I worked the Twelfth step!” He teasingly asked if I had “saved” a drunken lifeguard. I en- thusiastically launched into the sto- ry of discovering an aa meeting. He nodded, somewhat tentatively, but seemed pleased that I finally decid- ed to have a good time on our costly vacation. I showered and changed, think- ing about how many people might be at the meeting, what the format should be, and what to do if people wanted to meet somewhere else vital on the island of Maui. I made sure to take a local meeting directory, so I could show up and be reminded of the fact every day, sometimes twice a day. We return to Maui almost every year, usually during the first two weeks of october. It is fun to announce my anniversary. This year, I announced my eighth sober birthday! I enjoy having a fellow- ship away from home. It touches my heart to see the many new and familiar faces. I have reached for the phone book and contacted the hotline in many places away from home now. In Palm Springs, I just may have saved my so- ber life six months into sobriety by do- ing so. Most of the time, however, the experience is more a matter of simple refreshment and adds great fun to my travels. Some- times, not only do I get to hear experi- ence, strength and hope, but I also find out which res- taurants serve the best local fair. among other service commit- ments I have held, my current position is that of local hotline chair. What an opportunity to give back what has been so freely given to me: Light, freedom, and peace. So, wherever you are, take out the phone book, call the hotline, and get some recovery ... on the road. Deborah G. Angels Camp, Calif. I feared I would be the only person on the island not drinking. What a drag. aagrapevine.org 27 GRAPE_24-28.indd 27 4/29/11 6:54 PM