The Marina Dock Newsletter MAY 2003
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
It looks like, just
maybe, things are turning around. People are again venturing out
of their abodes and checking out their environs. I notice an energy
again abroad on the streets. People chatting, looking in shop
windows, talking with an air of relief, discussing plans and expectations.
Mundane stuff like weddings, parties, divorces, graduations, facials
and medical checkups, are once again back on the agenda. Being
human, we strive for the comfortable and the familiar. We seek
the secure and the permanent and we deny as long as possible intimations
of mortality. Many years ago, when I was a kid in primary school
we had to read a story about the poet Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849).
He was a pretty interesting guy, although I can no longer recite
his poem "The Raven" (1845) verbatim. A few
lines have however survived the ravages of time and inebriation:
But the Raven still beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."
Miss O'Malley (whom I had a continental size crush on) told us
that Poe, in the years before his death at 40, had taken to sleeping
in a coffin. He apparently told people that he did this to remind
himself of the fragility of the mortal chord. I believe in times
of strife and conflict we are, in one way or another, all somehow
reminded of our fragility and interdependence - "no man is
meetings need support
I would again like to
remind everyone there are many ways you can contribute towards
The Marina Dock. Right now we have several meetings that are on
the verge of extinction:
- The Wednesday night ACA meeting needs a
secretary and some people to keep it going.
- The Friday night CODA Group needs a new secretary
and some support.
- There are several small NA meetings Sunday,
Monday, Tuesday, and now Friday night, that could use some help.
I know there are many
people who ask me from time to time how they can help even if
they cannot contribute? The answer is show up and get involved.
Instead of promoting meetings at other locations try a little
of the "charity begins at home" approach. Ask one of
the staff members how you can get a commitment. There are several
meetings that need your contribution. In many respects, this is
more important long-term than anything else you might do for us.
Just to remind people; there is a parking lot on the little narrow
street called Moulton. It's between Lombard and Greenwich and
you enter from Webster Street. It's not expensive and it's open
late every night and on Friday and Saturdays until 2.00 am. We
have two vibrant Midnight meetings on Friday and Saturday nights.
It's still available
we decided to continue this promotion as long as the Dow remains
Today, I think it was at about 8400.00. Check out the details
when you are at the Marina Dock - it's a great offer. The Internet
service is a big success more and more people seem to be using
it. It's not a big moneymaker for us but I felt we needed it many
of our patrons seem to agree.
In case you are asking why I always talk about finances and contributions
in the newsletter its because people (some people), "The
Coalition of The Giving", actually reads this stuff and make
"houston, we have
So how do we do it?
Well, we "rob Peter to pay Paul", we pray, we turn it
over and eventually when we have a better month than usual, we
play catch up and pay off some of our overdue bills. Like I said,
stay tuned for details. I felt that needed to be said.
You may have noticed
in that this economy many Non-Profits are going to the wall Statewide.
Even the San Francisco Opera is in trouble and they have all kinds
off financial connections.
I hate sounding like
a whiner, I love the job the challenge and the fact that we are
Until next time,
Anthony T. Murray ("Irish