The Marina Dock Newsletter June 2004
Dear Marina Dock Members
There was a song out
in the sixties by Bobby Darin called "Dream Lover"
It went something like this "everyday I hope and pray a
dream lover will come my way." My latest version of this
particular melody goes "everyday I hope and pray a dream
donor would come our way, dream donor of our own so we don't
have to go it alone." Everyday we anticipate a miracle
of a loves and fishes magnitude instead we have to settle for
the less spectacular Joe Montana to Dwight Clarke variety, which
by the way, works really well, and always seems to happen just
in time to save the day, by pulling the game out of the fire.
Me and Mein Gott
Last week I decided
to go on one of those "inside job" retreats, one of
those retreats where you don't actually go anywhere, you just
decide to abstain from all the usual avenues of escape and avoidance.
For three or four days I really tried through prayer and meditation
to improve my conscious contact with a god of my understanding.
I read step eleven again for the first time in a long time. Step
eleven has saved the day for me on more than one occasion over
the years. In the beginning I was one of those who "recoiled
from meditation and prayer as obstinately as the scientist who
refused to perform a certain experiment lest it prove his pet
theory wrong. Of course we finally did experiment, and when unexpected
results followed, we felt different; in fact we knew different;
and so we were sold on meditation and prayer. And that, we have
found, can happen to anybody who tries. It has been well said
"almost the only scoffers at prayer are those who never tried
it enough." (12x12, p.97).
"As we have seen,
self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action,
and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures.
It is a step in the development of that kind of humility that
makes it possible for us to receive God's help. Yet it is only
a step. We will want to go further."(12x12, p, 98) After
a few days of this type of introspection I felt I had been given
a new lease of life and I was again ready to deal with the realities
of life on life's terms.
Money and Upgrades
In June, we intend to
replace the carpet in the East Room ($2,200.00) it will be the
same color and texture as the one in the Social Room. We are also
planning on finishing the plastering and doing a new paint job
in the East Room. A few days ago I attended a meeting in the East
Room and I noticed all the chairs are loose and squeaky, not at
all conducive to prayer and meditation. I am thinking about phasing
these chairs out period and replacing them with some Hefty solid
futons like the ones in the social room. There are a couple of
reasons for thinking this way, one, it's hard to find these chairs
anymore, and two, these futons are sturdy and durable and we can
clean the covers on a regular basis. Don't panic, the new arrangement
will have chairs and futons, for those of us who find change unsettling.
Also, if I can get the owner to go along with the program, I would
like to raise the ceiling in the East Room, just a couple of feet,
which would really improve the ventilation in there during meetings.
The owner and I talked about this last year and he seemed amenable
and said it was ok by him.
Has our financial situation
changed, we think not?
Despite a rising tide, that's apparently highly selective, raising
boats that are in the luxury liner category only, we will not
be discouraged. Our goal is to continue making this facility one
of the safest and best, clean and sober meeting places and social
clubs, in the land. The more comfortable and attractive our facility,
the more people come to visit and attend meetings, and hopefully
show their appreciation through membership and contributions.
I still hold firm to the belief, that the way to survive and prosper
in times of economic stress is through continued improvements
of goods and services to our patrons. You may have noticed we
are now serving Peets Coffee and to say that people like it is
putting it mildly, we are making it like it is going out of fashion.
Peets according to the coffee aficionados is indisputably the
highest quality coffee in the city, in addition starting in June
we are changing to recyclable paper cups, you may have already
seen them, we tried them out in May for a while and they were
a huge success. We are asking our patrons to be overall more aware
in terms of recycling. We spend a lot of time going through the
garbage pulling out cups full of liquid and items that are recyclable.
I am trying to find a larger recycle can that is more conspicuous
and impossible to mistake for a regular garbage container, in
the hope that it will increase our recycling volume.
How is this possible?
In the final analysis
God either is or is not, we are no longer "Bush League pinch
hitters" we have the courage of our convictions and the knowledge
that in God's world all is well. You, our supporters, are saying
you want this place to be here and our job is to make that a reality,
one day at a time. We have a lot to be grateful for, why not relax,
and allow things to happen in God's time. Saturday May 29th Memorial
Day is definitely a day for a party. It's the 36th President's
birthday, Bob Hope's birthday, and yours truly. So we decided
to have a buffet starting around 7.30pm, it should be a well attended
event so come on down and enjoy the weekend in a clean and sober
environment where you can partake of a meeting, Peets coffee and
some decent hors d'oeuvres, compliments of The Marina Dock. As
always we could use some financial support, and don't forget you
can choose to contribute monthly through direct payment Visa/MasterCard
or direct deposit through your bank. We'll take it however we
can get it. Have a great holiday and remember we have a daily
reprieve, the one in charge, is the same one who made the stars
and keeps us out of bars? Thank you one and all for making a difference
and allowing me the privilege to be of service.
Anthony T. Murray