The Marina Dock Newsletter March 2003
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
Thank you, all, for
your continued support. We just celebrated 17 years of continuous
service at 2118 Greenwich Street to the recovery community in
For me, personally, this is quite a milestone. If anyone told
me in my cups that I would be involved with something consistently
for seventeen years I would have had them committed. I don't believe
I ever did anything consistently for more than seventeen hours.
I consistently did nothing for twenty years except drink and carouse
but who would want to put that on a list of achievements?
February was a decidedly
bad month financially. I t is obvious that everyone is waiting
to see what happens politically and militarily. An eerie silence
has descended, so to speak, and it is affecting all of us. Even
Greenspan recently weighed in on the issue of war and its negative
impact on economic performance. When I read that I thought "Hell!
I could have told him that 6 to 8 months ago".
Were have you been Mr Greenspan... Jesus loves you more than...
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, I believe we are on
the dawn of a new age of Peace and Prosperity. We just need to
hang tough. As if I told my friend Jake B last night, just like
good times bad times do not last forever. We have weathered the
worst of this current storm and by June, we will all breathe a
collective sigh of relief.
We Need Each Other
No matter what is going
on in the world we need to stick together. We need a place to
meet and commiserate to comfort and be comforted.
I can, with your support, guarantee that we will be at 2118 Greenwich
Street one month at a time indefinitely. That is not a bad deal
when you consider the current global uncertainty.
You May Have Noticed
We now have Internet
service for our patrons. The guys came yesterday (Friday) and
set it up. It is high speed DSL and within minutes John C, my
old friend from The Henry Ohlhoff House, was all over it like
"a wet suit". He bought a $3.00 card and checked his
e-mail. I bought 60 minutes for $7.00 and started reading the
newspapers from around the world. Would you believe I ended up
subscribing to "The
Drogheda Independent", the local rag from back home in
Ireland. You know this may be old news to a lot of you but I have
recently discovered the marvels of this real time technology.
You can buy a card at the counter and you are on. We will also
sell formatted discs so busy people can download messages and
I may or may not have
mentioned this in a previous newsletter but a contributing member
brought this to my attention. People who work for large business
enterprises such as Bank of America can have that company make
matching contributions to The Marina Dock. If your employer is
a business that does matching contributions, they have a form
that you must fill out and give to us. We then send the details
of our nonprofit status on the form with our letter of tax exemption.
It is a very simple procedure and could provide us with some badly
needed respite in these times of economic stagnation.
Someone pointed out to me that people might be reluctant to participate
because of the issue of anonymity in the workplace. There is nothing
in our business name business that compromises this. The Marina
Dock, the Marina Green, Marina Del Ray, the Marina District. When
anyone asks me what The Marina Dock is, unless they are whipping
out a checkbook, a credit card or a wad of cash, I tell them it's
a very exclusive social club in the Marina. If they persist and
inquire if it is a gym, I usually say "No, we do most of
the exercise (insanity) before we join".
Whenever I here complaints
about how bad things are I think about what it used to be like.
Contrary to a well know Irish ditty that states "I would
rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy",
I would definitely opt for a frontal lobotomy. I never want to
return to the Horrors of Presidio Heights, jackhammers, terrazzo
floors and the constant fear of impending doom.
Our Membership Drive
We are extending our
discount on membership through April 15 2003. This would be a
good time to join and again all memberships are tax deductible.
We would like to have more of the people on the mailing list involved.
Currently we have about 800 people on our mailing list and around
250 are members. I will try to reach some of these people personally
later this month.
Frank V passed away
suddenly earlier this month. Frank was the kinda guy that made
you feel OK with yourself. We attended meetings at the old French
Ballroom in the Eighties -myself Frank and Richard O'B (now living
in Nashville Tenn.). I think, and I say this fondly and without
malice, that if anyone one of us said it was raining outside you
would have to go outside and check. However when it came to helping
others and carrying the message Frank was never found wanting.
Until next time, the
solution is love,
Anthony T. Murray ("Irish