The Marina Dock Newsletter december
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
It's hard to believe
we are approaching the close of another year. I would like to
take this opportunity to wish all our supporters and patrons a
healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season. Your support large
and small has allowed us to be there for the scores of newcomers
and visitors who come though our doors every month. Not to mention
myself and people like me who virtually use the place as a home
from home for coming up on seventeen years in February 2003.
speaking of visitors
I happened to be there
yesterday, Monday 25th, behind the counter around 3:30 pm when
an out of breath couple from Tyler, Texas showed up for a meeting.
The 3:30 pm was about to start and they were so grateful for (a)
having found the place and b) a meeting that was about to start.
The guy, true to his Texas roots was a big as a house and in an
accent that would do LBJ justice said he was "jonesing for
He grabbed himself a handful of muffins and a huge mug of coffee
and proceeded to survey his surroundings. After a couple of swigs
of coffee and a mouthful of muffin, he shot me a friendly smile
and in a drawl that was quintessentially East Texan stated, "this
is quite a spread you got here, partner". He asked me where
I was from and I told him back east. "Where back East?"
he asked. I said "Dublin, near Dublin". He issued a
great bug below of a laugh and he and his partner ambled into
the meeting. I think he ended up being the speaker or chairperson
I believe is the term they use in other parts including the Texas
more about visitors
The night before, three
people came out of the 10:00 pm meeting and said they were told
to look me up by some friends back home. We all sat in serenity
corner (the window seat) and it turned out they were all from
my home county (Meath). They were from Trim, Navan, and Kells
respectively. Once guy, Jim, has been sober since Adam was a boy.
We talked the talk and reminisced about the wreckage of our respective
pasts laughing at the folly and futility of our personal adventures
before and after. They were on their way to Vegas for a convention
over the holiday weekend. Sounds good to me.
of the marina dock war on nicotine
Recovery is contagious.
The latest recruit against the war on tobacco is our morning staff
person, Michael L. I believe he is in the fourth week. Everyday
we are growing in numbers and the meetings are there to assist
and make quitting easier. Richard "The Force" W has
played a big part in making new Nicotine Anonymous meetings available
to those new ex-smokers reaching out.
new narcotics anonymous
Monday night, folks,
at 8:30 pm a step/speaker format in the East Room. Each week they
are getting more people. If you attended a meeting at the Marina
Dock or you help in establishing a new meeting you are indirectly
helping in the effort to keep our doors open for those still suffering.
I am always somewhat perplexed when announcements are made about
meetings that need support at other locations. Especially when
the person making the announcement is a frequent attendee at meetings
at the Marina Dock and the Dry Dock (www.drydock.org)
Too often we have seen the message diluted by too many meetings
in too many locations citywide. Meetings that subsequently fold
for lack of support and an inability to pay the rent and other
expenses relating to starting meetings. Doesn't charity begin
at home? And must we not bite the hand that feeds us? I just thought
I would throw that out there because I feel sometimes people well
intentioned, of course, don't necessarily think that through.
It was always a good idea to promote a vague, new meeting somewhere
else and what are the consequences for the meeting I am now sitting
in? A meeting I quite like and attend on a regular basis?
frank b a sleeping
He looked so peaceful
I did not have the nerve to disturb him I looked around and say
lots of new faces and new pictures. I will try to see him again
before the next newsletter.
I also want to say hello
to my friend Patrick S from London. Jim met you in New York and
gave me the message.
We don't have any. We
need some and I am tired asking.
Until next time,
Anthony T. Murray ("Irish Tony")