Saturday, March 20, 2010

Flying Away

I really dislike flying, so I have to do some serious meditation to get on a plane. I also have to do some serious meditation while flying. This is the kind of stuff we sober alcoholics used to do when we had a culture of not medicating every single thing. I am sure a younger alcoholic with a fear of flying would just take xanax with impunity, but not me. I can pray instead.

This two nights in Loveland, Colorado was probably not necessary - the snowstorm was not even fraction of what was predicted. However, I got a nice day of rest. I think it did me a world of good. I swear I look ten years younger than I did on Thursday night. Being tired is not a good beauty strategy.

I may or may not opt to blog from Vegas. I am taking my computer. But I called the hotel where I shall be staying to see if there is wifi in the rooms - there is not. There is "internet available" for a charge of $13.95 a day. This, on top of the $600. per night room rate - wow. (and, no, I am not paying $600. per night, but only because I really worked to find a deal.) Sometimes I get cheap with the weirdest things. Penny wise and pound foolish? Perhaps.

So, the wonderful thing is: I am going to my son's wedding! Tomorrow I will have a daughter-in-law! My son will have a wife! My daughter, through circumstances too complicated to chronicle here, will be getting ready for the wedding with me in my hotel room - which means I have someone to zip my dress! I am glad I didn't spend TOO much time sweating that one. Oh, and I will go from 17º Colorado morning to a 71º Las Vegas afternoon. You gotta love that!

I am excited, I better get going.

12 comments:

Hope said...

Have a wonderful time!

Melissa Greene, LPC-MHSP said...

You're right, this is VERY exciting. Another day in recovery is always exciting, my friend. Thanks for sharing.

Julianne said...

With your daughter on the scene to help with your dress, I can only see this as a clear example of God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. What a wonderful thing! Enjoy!

chitowngreg said...

Enjoy the day! Blessings and have a great weekend!!!

Syd said...

Have a great time MC. I know that it will be a happy time.

Ed G. said...

Mazel tov!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day and a lovely time in sin city.

Blessings and aloha...

dAAve said...

I'd sleep on a sidewalk before paying $600 per night. I think.
Enjoy the event and take care.
And I know plenty of "young alcoholics" who would pray instead of using a Xanax or anything else they maybe shouldn't take. Maybe you're hanging around the wrong people?

Kim A. said...

If you see Elvis, tell him hi! I can't wait to hear about the wedding and the trip. You will shine...

♥namaste♥

Anonymous said...

One of the "Promises"? Could be:

Boring events will slowly become a thing of the past. Exciting, joyful times will occur more frequently.

Good trip, Mary C.

Capt Tom Bunn LCSW said...

Both difficulty with alcohol and with flying is due to getting less than optimal built-in ability to regulate feelings.

We get whatever amount of that ability by 12 to 18 months of age. After that, the question is how to we compensate when we don't get enough good regulatory ability built in.

We turn to security blankets, such as controlling things. If we can't control something, we want a physical way out, and if that isn't available, a psychological way out (which means, among other things, alcohol).

I've worked for thirty years on the fear of flying issue, and have developed some pretty amazing way to control feelings during flight.

If interested on this subject, please see the 18 minute video I have at http://zikkir.com/business/92185

Capt Tom Bunn LCSW said...

Sorry, let the wrong URL. That was a blog a client did on fear of flying.

The video is at http://www.fearofflying.com/store/free-video.shtml

Secretia said...

Las Vegas is a magical city all right, it really is a Sin City!

Secretia