Welcome to the site! I'm glad you're here and that you made a decision to join so that you could share with us in return. I understand and identify with "not being a joiner" and with being a "loner" and with "the desire to have better people skills." Describes me perfectly!!! Most of the people that know me... don't recognize how "shy" I am... until they really get to know me! AA has helped me in all those areas.
I'm glad you've been coming here for a while and that the things that you've found here have been useful to you and that it was good enough to keep you coming back!
I knew that someone was coming here reading all the time but not joining in... hopefully, some day the others will feel more comfortable to join in and begin to share their stories with us also.
The next time you wheel through Fort Smith, Arkansas, I hope you'll look me up and let me buy you a cup of coffee! And, if you'd like to go to a meeting here, we can do that, too!
A couple of weeks ago, two truckers... driving two different trucks... for two different companies... came to one of our small meetings on the same day.
Evidently, they were in the same truck stop, and one of the drivers recognized that the other driver looked really stressed out like he was having some major stuff going on. The driver approached the other driver to check on him... and, they discovered that they were both AA members... and the driver that needed help, got the help that he needed.
It was one of those "is it odd or is it God" type things!
They had never seen each other before... and didn't know each other... no bumper stickers, no rings, caps or t-shirts...and the one driver did what we learn to do in here... to keep our eye open for someone, alcoholic or not... that we can help!
The driver checking on the other driver had him leave his rig in the truck stop, and they drove the other rig into town. He called our AA Hotline number, and the AA member was able to guide them in to the meeting.
I've always had a desire to drive one of those big trucks! Since I was a kid I've had that obsession to drive one! The driver that drove his rig to the meeting let me crawl up inside it and check it out!!! Awesome!!! Made me want to become a trucker!
As we were talking after the meeting they let me know that there are many AA members out there on the road... driving sober, and living the good life!!! Sure makes me grateful and proud to be a member of AA!
We have a lot of trucking companies in Fort Smith, and elsewhere in northwest Arkansas... maybe it would be a good idea for us to get some little cards made up that we can put by the pay phones or put them in the driver's lounges, with the AA Hotline number on it.... This way if a driver is an AA member, and he needs to talk to another AA member, or needs a meeting.... it will make it easy for him to find us. And, who knows... maybe we can find a driver who's not a member... but would like to inquire!
Keep coming back!