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12 - September 4, 2006 9:48 am

Name:

Elias Ednie

Location:

Flag New Haven, CT

Comments:

Hey Thanks! I was just checkin when my 999th day sober might be. 2.5 weeks away. But Hey, do you guys have a calculator to tell me What Happened the weekend before I got sober?

Reply: We have one to tell you what DAY of the week that might have been. Knowing some of us....they only to find out what happened the weekend before you got sober is to call your local police station and ask to see the long version of your police report!

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11 - August 31, 2006 2:36 pm

Name:

Rick S.

Location:

Flag Huntington Beach, CA, USA

Comments:

When and what was the first A.A. meeting in California?

Reply: ***First AA Meeting On The West Coast***
AA's West Coast origins go back to early 1939, when Mrs. Zilpa Oram, owner of a small rooming house on San Francisco's Duboce Park, became deeply concerned about her alcoholic tenant, Ted C.
So, when Mrs. Oram heard a national radio segment on Alcoholics Anonymous still in its infancy, she sensed there might be help for Ted, and she sent away to New York for more information. During the following months, letters and AA literature were sent from AA's small New York Office to a handful of San Franciscans wanting to know more about this exciting new program of recovery.
Thus, when Ray W., a member of the New York AA group, made a trip to San Francisco in the Fall of 1939, it was arranged for him to hold a meeting with Ted C. and two other local alcoholics who wanted help.
That meeting took place in Ray's room at the Clift Hotel on Geary Street on November 21st, 1939. It was the first AA meeting every held on the West Coast of the United States, and started a movement which today numbers almost 600 meetings per week in the City of San Francisco alone!
About a month later, on December 19, 1939, the 1st meeting in Southern California was held in the home of Kaye M., non-alcoholic on Benicia Street in West Los Angeles.

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10 - August 28, 2006 10:09 am

Name:

PATTY

Location:

Flag sacramento, ca USA

Comments:

thank you for being there for me. i will have 8 months (this time around) on Sept 2, 2006
patty

Reply: Patty, I would send you a chip, but the email address you left us doesnt work.... :(

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9 - August 24, 2006 6:16 pm

Name:

jamie f

Location:

Flag South Paris, Maine, USA

Comments:

Thanks for sending me an anniversary message.

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8 - August 20, 2006 6:31 am

Name:

Theresa L.

Location:

Flag MYSTIC ISLANDS, NJ USA

Comments:

One of your recent mailings was on the 8th step and how we need to forgive others before we can ask for forgiveness. I thought I has saved it, but apparently not! I shared what I remembered at a meeting and someone asked to see it! It was recent, only a week or so ago but I can't find it on your site...

Reply: Step Eight: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

"[O]ne of the most difficult [obstacles] . . . has to do with forgiveness. The moment we ponder a twisted or broken relationship with another person, our emotions go on the defensive. To escape looking at the wrongs we have done another, we resentfully focus on the wrong that he has done us. This is especially true if he has, in fact, behaved badly at all. Triumphantly we seize upon his misbehavior as the perfect excuse for minimizing or forgetting our own. "Right here we need to fetch ourselves up sharply."

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7 - August 17, 2006 8:00 pm

Name:

Gregory M.

Location:

Flag lansdale PA USA

Comments:

was the first woman of AA called Lady Liberty in the manuscript but didn't make it to final print because she got drank and killed herself after returning home for the holidays?

Reply: There were no stories in the original manuscript, so NO to the first question.
Florence R. didnt just leave for the holidays, she went out and got drunk and died as a result of it - so with that, she was first potential long term first lady of AA but her drunk brought the next lady up to that status (if there is such a thing). That became Marty M. until she slipped in the early 60's, then came back.
So, as you see, these "ratings" can change at the drop of an ice cube but it does teach us
something very important - that none of us is cured or safe from that next drink.

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6 - August 4, 2006 7:34 am

Name:

Ray K

Location:

Flag webster springs, wv

Comments:

What date was Bill W's last drink?

Reply: Bill's last drink and date of sobriety was Dececmber 11, 1934. He drank a beer on the steps of Towns Hospital where he was about to meet Dr William D. Silkworth, and have his last inpatient stay in treatment.

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5 - July 31, 2006 11:39 am

Name:

Sarah H

Location:

Flag McLean Virginia

Comments:

on page xxxi (in the 4th edition of the Big Book) who was the man that went to die in the deserted barn?

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4 - July 27, 2006 3:19 pm

Name:

Life j

Location:

Flag mencdocino county, ca ,usa

Comments:

Now I've been surfing around for a long time and I'm not able to find anything on community ressources for people in recovery - I did find one clean and sober cruise a web page for the company arranging this, but it would seem that once we're sober for a while we might want to do ordinary "life stuff" in a setting with other alcoholics - and not just have recovery be about going to meetings - I mean go on clean and sober vacations, clean and sober housing (not associated with recovery centers)clean ans sober auto repair, job oportunities, whatever. I can not find anything. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm talking about bulletin boards and the like, and of course I'm particularly interested in california, but any other referral will probably lead me back to california too.
Life

Reply: Bill wrote about after changing our own lives, we get back into main stream life which is the normal life....we dont need to be around recovering alkies all the time, although it is a lot of fun!

One of the cruise line web sites is www.sobersailors.org and they are an excellent source for sober fun.
What folks in my homegroup do it start there own trips and parties and the like.
I host an annual sober New Years Eve party every year and one other event during the year.
You can try out some of the larger conventions that have events like runs and golf, it's not all meetings.
One benefit of goings to lots of meetings and showing up early and staying late and actually spending time with folks before and after meetings is that you tend to find out who runs the sober auto repair shops and the sober resturants.

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3 - July 25, 2006 6:03 am

Name:

Dave C.

Location:

Flag muscatine, IA USA

Comments:

What ever happened to Eby?

Reply: Ebby died sober in a rest home in 1966.

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2 - July 24, 2006 8:14 pm

Name:

Roshan K.

Location:

Flag Kathmandu, Nepal

Comments:

Hi, love and hugs to all my fellow brothers and recovering addicts I am also a member of NA and AA from Nepal.
Nowdays I cannot attend meetings and I do get bored and I want to do online meetings. How could I get to them, please? Can you send me the details? Thanking you. Roshan K. from Kathmandu, Nepal - Recovering addict

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1 - July 23, 2006 1:34 pm

Name:

Doug B.

Location:

Flag Southern California USA

Comments:

Here's a new questions page that will hopefully stop the hourly spamming that is taking up so much of my time. These pages are not even searched by the search engines so it is a total waste of everyones time to spam them.

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