The Marina Dock Newsletter February 2002
Dear Marina Dock members and patrons alike,
Thank you for your continued support. The newsletter
is a little behind schedule this month due to circumstances beyond my control.
By the way, many people have given me very favorable feedback regarding the
newsletter over the last year or so and look forward to receiving it. This,
in a way, presents problems for me. Although I love the compliments, I have
to continually come up with ways to make it interesting every month and somehow
weave in the matter of finances without appearing pushy or solicitous.
16 Years Serving the Recovery Community
February 2002 is our 16th Birthday. Thank you one and all for
your continued support since 1986. You can read more about our history on this website, and also read some of the testimonials from people we have helped since we
first opened as the Dry Dock.
The Inside Jobs Continue
Richard W is hot again. I have actually seen him down there in his overalls
on three or four days in a row now. The overalls are the signal that things
are happening. Richard, I have to say, is a loyal and dedicated friend of
the Marina Dock and mine. One of those solid New England types - slow as molasses
in June, but solid ... real solid and reliable. He is currently working on
three different projects. The Middle Room wall is being stripped of old plywood
and the lower part will be refinished and painted. The West Room will have
more light which will hopefully change the mood. He is also installing a new
bench seat along the East Room wall where the old closets are now located.
This seat will curve around in a semi-circular configuration to allow more
seating. I happened to be there on Saturday morning during the 10:00 am meeting
and there was standing room only in the East Room. We are working on it, believe
Frank B Celebrated Sixty Years Continuous ...
On Sunday, 20 January, a special meeting was held at Saint
Anne’s at Fourth and Lake for Frank. I saw many people that I had not
seen in a while. Chicago Mike was there and he explained why he is
called "Chicago Mike". Apparently, when he first came around there
were too many Mikes. Ed C shared about the time he called up Frank
to seek his counsel on what he considered a very serious spiritual matter.
He said Frank listened for a while to his request for clarity and then, in
his inimitable Frank way of cutting to the chase, responded "Ed, life
is not a series of periods ... just commas." Walking Don conducted
the meeting and to my surprise called on me to share a Frank B experience.
I found this flattering but somewhat daunting given the fact that there were
many heavy hitters in the room with a combined total of about a million years
A Frank B Moment
There are many, but the one I shared was, I thought, fitting
and apropos. It was about ten years ago at the Dry Dock on one of those dark
and rainy November evenings when the whole world appeared to be gathered there.
It was just before the 5:15 pm meeting. Everyone was animated and jovial and
Frank was in his element. The banter was fast and furious. Then the meeting
started and the social room emptied. For no particular reason, Frank lingered
and appeared to want some quiet time. Over on the corner of the other sofa
we both noticed for the first time an old guy who had kind of drifted in from
Seattle. He had been there for most of the day. He informed us that he was
lonely, terminally ill, but sober a lot of 24 hours. After a while, Frank
got up from his chair, went to the counter and got a cup of coffee and a cookie
for the fellow. He introduced himself quietly and without fanfare. He sat
down next to the guy and assured him that he was not alone and that ultimately
no matter how things went for him he would be all right. I told this story
because it embodies the principles that we so dearly cherish - doing the basics,
reaching out to others, without an audience, sans the spiritual hilltop. Just
simply being there for someone at a spiritual level that they can relate to.
I was merely there to observe this fleeting moment of tenderness and human
It Is Better To Give Than Receive
instead of constantly asking, I feel the need to give back. Therefore, this
Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14, there will be one beverage and one
snack available free for the taking for everyone at Marina Dock. This day
will be observed as a tribute to a friend of the Marina Dock who is no longer
in our midst. I felt this day is fitting because our friend, in addition to
be being an incurable romantic, was a truly humble, sensitive and giving human
being. Thank You Again, RC.
Updates on Workshops and the Website
Finally, stay tuned for information about a whole range of
recovery-related workshops taking place at the Marina Dock. Schedules and
details of these will be available soon. Also, check out the new and improved
look to our website at www.marinadock.org.
The solution is love. Until next time.
Sincerely, Anthony T. Murray ("Irish