Dallas wrote:I seem to irritate the hell out of people here, in meetings, or just walking down the street
Ahem...Let me say "Amen" to that!
Are you being a bully again, Dallas?
I think "irritating" is probably an understatement. But here's the thing with me (of course it's all about me - who else?), when I see you being irritating, that means I recognize the same "quality" in me. And when it comes to irritation, I can be irritating walking backwards in a snowstorm! I have many creative ways of being irritating. In fact, I can be irritating and not even know it. Just ask the Cuyahoga County Sherriff's Department - I almost got shot for being irritating - and that was while SOBER! But here is the terrible part, sometimes I deliberately become an irritation. Wait a minute - I think I just found another character defect!
Of course I don't mean to be that way, which is also probably the case with Dallas. Or if I'm being mean on purpose, which I haven't forgot how to do, I sure hope someone calls me on it. Sometimes my "sense of humor" can also be pretty dry, and I've known folks to get pretty upset when I'm trying to poke fun, or trying to get a person to laugh at themselves. I can also be sarcastic which some folks don't quite understand either.
Then I've told many of my ex-girlfriends that I never turned in my smart@ss license. That REALLY doesn't go over too well. It's probably why I have ex-girlfriends, maybe? Oh and don't get to whining! I'll jump on a whiner like a stink-bug on a turd. Like I always say "It's better to give a resentment than to get one."
So RD1angel, just use that "Rule 62" in dealing with irratating people (like me and Dallas ). That is one of the less talked about "spiritual principles" that works fairly well at getting an alcoholic "out of himself", but not always. We're all on the same lifeboat here, and in the rooms. And the BIGGER bottom line is this: all of us have WAY MORE in common than not. I try to never forget that.
By the way, back to the "History" thing, Dallas scored a home run by mentioning another little known fact. Emmett Fox wrote a book called "Sermon on the Mount" which is a "metaphysical" talk about the words of Jesus (spiritual instead of "religious"). It's been talked about up here in Cleveland and Akron, that a lot of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" is based on the writings of Emmett Fox. I picked up "Sermon on the Mount", and sure enough it was published in 1934, before the "Big Book". It is a GREAT book that really helped me with spiritual growth.
Also, no one has menioned this, but up in Cleveland and Akron, Sister Mary Ignatia is considered one of the original founders of AA. She was a non-alcoholic nun that worked in the hospital where Bill met Dr. Bob, which is today called Akron General, but it used to be called St. Thomas Hospital.
Sister Ignatia insisted on treating alcoholics as more than just "mental patients", and she felt so strongly about this that St Thomas wasn't comfortable with the idea, so they transferred her to Cleveland at St. Vincent's Charity Hospital. She was behind the AA movement and actually started "Roasary Hall" which is the detox center at St. Vincent where Dr. Bob and Bill W. spent a lot of time helping out - it's still there today. I have a good friend that is a counselor there, and I just paid a little visit there with a "friend" that I've talked about who wanted to detox.
Sister Ignatia INSISTED that the detox unit have a 24/7 coffee shop open to any alcoholic that was getting treated at Rosary Hall, and she actually threatened the "benefactor" who donated major funding to include the coffee sho "or else". She gained a lot of respect from Bill and Dr. Bob. Up in this region, you will see pictures of Dr. Bob and Bill AND Sister Ignatia hung up at meetings in both Cleveland and Akron. She is known as "The Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous". There is a book about her you can get on Amazon or any other bookstore. I bought it for my mom on her last birthday because mom (81 years-old) is still open minded and is eager to learn more about us drunks PLUS she is Catholic and was thrilled when I told her about the sister. She read it in 3 or 4 days!
So all of us can't forget the "non-alcohoics" that have also gave a great contribution to our "movement" as they called it.
Up here, the name Alcoholics Anonymous was given to the first ever "AA" meeting called an AA meeting which is still running. It was started by a fellow named Clarence Snyder whose sponsor was Dr. Bob. Clarence "convinced" Dr. Bob to break away from Oxford, so the meeting in Cleveland was the first AA meeting to be called an "AA meeting". That was followed by Dr. Bob's home group in Akron which is called the "Kinf School AA group" - so it was actually the second "AA meeting" to be called "AA".
I'd like to invite anyone who comes this way a warm place to stay and relax. My "running buddy" Mike and me would be honored to take you to some of the "good old" meetings that we go to, Like "Silver Lake", and "Borten" (which is Clarence Snyders group - I actually "washed dishes" there just Monday - they are china cups with gormet coffee). Mike and me also go to "Founders Day" every year and have a blast. Except this year that knucklehead left my girl (now an "ex"-girl) and me stranded at the campus - I left my phone in his car, and him and another buddy tried "calling" us, but we couldn't connect because they called before they got to the car. We also keep threatening to get to King School, but our work schedules cramp us out on Wednesdays.
So if you're planning to come to the "cradle" and "birthplace" of AA, give me a PM, and we can give you the tour and a place to stay - no charge of course. I just closed on a BIG house, so I have space and Mike has at least a couple extra rooms.
God bless always