Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday 08/02/2009 - The end of being 67

The more you are, the more you can become, and the more you can become, the more you can yet be. August 2 - Meditations from "Conversations with God - Book 1" page 20
By the time most of you read this it will be Monday August 3, 2009 and it is my 68th birthday. This is my 18th sober birthday. The last birthday that I drank was on my 50th birthday in 1991. I had planned to get just absolutely stinking drunk. I had a big party with over 100 of my closest friends but I only had about 2 drinks. I was drinking scotch on the rocks out of a super sized brandy snifter. I finished the first one and started on the second one and then started opening presents and was having so much fun with all the gag gifts that I was not drinking as planned. Four of my friends decided to turn the party into a "Roast Zane" evening and they did so royally. BITCHES. The best line of the evening came when my two schnauzers ran into the living room and jumped into my lap - Buddy quipped "Oh my dear, I did not know children were involved." I gasped and cracked up and then the rest of the group followed. You see Vic and I had just split up 3 months before this, were still living together, and my friends were sort of walking on egg shells expecting me to get drunk and just clean house with VIC. Than would have been my usual m.o. but with the surprise roast and all they save us all from a disaster. It was a fun evening and little did I know that the following January I would have my last drink and become a recovering alcoholic in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.And yes, I have had fun in sobriety. Of course the Big Book says we insist on having fun. And the best part of it is that I've had lots of fun and can remember all of it the next day. That is one of the best gifts of the program.
AA Rocks.
Tonight I am grateful for:
  • God my higher power
  • My sobriety
  • Mamie, my schnauzer
  • My sponsor (We had dinner last night)
  • Sharing Sat Dinner with my sponsor, Daave, John, and Rick.
  • John treating me to dinner when I realized that I had left my wallet at home when it came check paying time.
  • Not getting stopped without my ID.
  • Sat night's speaker share and hearing about some of the people in his share that I knew from sobriety in LA.
  • That Monday is the first day of my 69th year.(HeHe)
  • Friends
  • All y'all

Y'all be pretty now, ya heah.


Steve E. said...

Yeah, Zane, I've pulled that "left-my-wallet-home" trick enough times in my life, to know it when I read it--grin!

I think that is so funny--you were gonna get a good drunk on at your 50th B. party, and got sidetracked!

Thank God you got sober half year later.

dAAve said...

Happy birthday Zane.
No kidding (this time).

big Jenn said...

Happy Birthday Zane!jeNN

Scott W said...

Happy Birthday!

Tall Karen said...

Happy Birthday Zane! It's funny how birthdays were always 'get really, really drunk' days. Like it was expected for us to get out of control...just because it was our B-day. There were never any rules for me on holidays either. Enjoy your special day!

Syd said...

Zane, happy birthday. I'm glad that you are sober and enjoying life today. I hope that you didn't get roasted this birthday but had a great day doing what you enjoy.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

A little birdie told me it's your bday!! Happy Birthday, Zane!

Prayer Girl said...

I have to add my "Happy Birthday" to the other well wishes you have received.

I am so happy for you - a sober birthday and filled with lots of gratitude.

It don't get much better than that, right?