The Marina Dock Newsletter July 2002
Marina Dock Members and Patrons alike,
you for your continued support. It is only through your generous contributions
that we continue to keep our doors open and make the many necessary upgrades
and improvements to this unique meeting facility and social club.
SINCE OUR LAST NEWSLETTER
have put new carpeting in the Social and West rooms. I know some people
were asking why we did not also do the Middle Room. Well, initially it was
not in the plans. Besides, there is more work to be done in that room in terms
of painting and remodeling. When we complete those different projects, we
will go ahead and put down some new carpeting, hopefully one that matches
the other two rooms.
may also have noticed we now have a brand new Beverage Air cooler in
the Social Room. This was something long overdue. For many years, we struggled
with that one small refrigerator behind the counter. I think it has been around
since the end of prohibition but amazingly it still works and it never once
let us down.
new cooler system is by all accounts a big success giving us the capability
to carry more items. We have added things like yogurt, rice drinks, rice pudding,
iced tea, and large bottled waters to our selection. In addition, the staff
no longer has to recite over and over what we carry. Our bill of fare is on
display so people can make their own choice.
ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY
years ago when I was still out there, tilting at windmills and still doing
things my way I worked on a remodeling job over on Presidio Heights. It was
one of these projects that had unlimited resources and seemed to go on forever.
Periodically, I would go on a humongous bender. Sometimes I would be gone
for weeks on end only to return when funds were exhausted, depressed, demoralized,
and nursing a monumental hangover.
time I showed up with a hangover from hell and the governor (the boss) was
waiting for me with a to do list a thick as the Book of Kells. Projects that
involved Kango Hammers, drills and jackhammering old terrazzo floors.
By the time the owner had finished reading off this list to me I was thinking
if only an ambulance or a fire truck would pass this way I could jump in the
was probably one of the few occasions or maybe the only time during my drinking
career that I sought divine intercession. I looked to the heavens and inwardly
petitioned for some kind of intervention. “Please God get me out of this one
and I promise I will never drink again.” After a momentary silence, a voice
seemed to respond calmly and repeatedly “Let go, let go, let go and let God.
Everything is going to be OK. Take the jackhammer, turn on the compressor
and follow directions.” I looked at himself who was now looming over me and
appeared to be about eight feet tall and in no mood for compromise. Once more,
I looked to the heavens and asked, “Is there anybody else up there?”
Of course, then I decided I was going to take things in hand again and get
myself out of this mess all by myself. I figured that those old reliables
arrogance, cleverness and wit would solve this problem. So putting on my best
front in a voice sounding confident and self-assured I shouted, “Now hold
on a minute, boss. That's a lot of work. You know, Rome wasn’t built in a
day!” Unflinchingly, he shot back “I wasn’t there.”
we all know from our own experience that the greatest protection against relapse
is our reliance on a God of our understanding but a very close second for
me is the sound of drills, jackhammers and anything to do with remodeling
jobs in Presidio Heights.
to remind everyone we have two great Nicotine Anonymous meetings at
the Marina Dock. One is every Saturday morning at 10.00 am and the other is
every Monday evening at 6.00 pm. Many individuals have finally kicked the
habit by attending those meetings. If you are still thinking about quitting
and it seems hopeless then give these meetings a shot. Statistics show that
success over tobacco addiction involves several sustained attempts with the
aid of a support group.
OTHER MEETINGS NEEDING SUPPORT
CODA groups need people to commit to the meetings at the Marina Dock.
Many times people will show up for a scheduled CODA meeting and if there is
no one around, they will leave.
when groups are faltering it involves a sustained effort from a small, dedicated,
core group of people who are willing to invest time and effort in bringing
them back to life. Experience has shown us that successful groups take from
about six months to a year to take hold and survive long-term. Successful
groups are the ones that have structure, constancy and dedicated individuals
who place their recovery above everything else.
AA ABROAD (UÓB)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! Yes, it is that time again (i.e., The World
Cup/La Copa Mondial depending on your cable options). This global event prompted
me to write about how to find AA meeting when outside the US.
is a worldwide fellowship and I’ve been to meetings in Belgium, France and
Turkey (all in English) and in Ireland and England over the past 12 months.
first port of call for information is the worldwide web. Go to https://www.aa.org/ and
from there you can find the links to the international general service offices
for dozens of countries across Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. Even
if you are not going abroad, I encourage you to check out those links
and appreciate the scale of the AA presence around the globe!
can check out the meeting schedules or e-mail the international offices in
advance for information and requests for the location of English-speaking
meetings. In any case, it is worth printing out a copy of the general service
address and telephone number in the country you’re visiting and taking it
next choice would be to find an international directory for AA. You can call
your local general service office in the US if you don’t have this and ask
for this information.
when you arrive in your country of choice, AA is usually in the local telephone
directory and can be easily contacted. You may need to ask for help from your
hotel or tourist office with this, if you don’t speak the language.
will cover other groups in a later newsletter.
THE MARINA DOCK RULES #1 (UÓB)
we don’t have many rules at the Marina Dock, starting in this newsletter,
each month we will outline out of the rules for attending there. These rules
apply to everyone that comes into the Marina Dock (patrons and members). They
are designed to maintain a safe environment for all.
first rule is that we do not allow soliciting for money, business,
favors or members for any cause either in the facility or under Marina Dock
auspices. If you want to hand out a recovery-related flyer or poster of some
sort, check with the staff person at the front desk first so that it’s OK.
in recovery can be vulnerable and we want everyone to feel safe in the Marina
If you feel uncomfortable about something, then report the matter
in confidence to a staff member and it will be addressed quickly on your
OUR COFFERS ARE DEPLETED
contribute if you can. We need all the help we can get I am doing everything
possible to make our little space in the universe better, brighter, safer
and secure. We have to be competitive. We have to continue to grow, evolve
and make things attractive for people to keep coming back.
of the universe, did you see a few weeks ago where a piece of rock the size
of a football field left over from the formation of the planets missed us
by about 75,000 miles? The scary part because scientists did not discover
its presence until three days after it passed planet earth. That would
have been welcome news for me if it had been 75,000 miles closer and 20 years
earlier as I was grappling with the jackhammer and hangover problems.
God, I know you are there, no reminders necessary, hold off on the rocks please.
Remember the solution is love. So, until next time,
Anthony T Murray (“Irish Tony”)