It was glorious to get to the meeting and see so many friends. It refilled my bank of feeling like I belong in this outfit. It has been running low for a while now. I even got to talk with a new woman after the meeting and gave her my phone number - that is just awesome.
Before the meeting started, a young man walked over to me and asked me if I normally attend a meeting that I have never attended. My radar went up and I asked his name. When he told me his name, I knew where I knew him from. I suggested to him that we know each other from somewhere other than AA... he thought about it but didn't put it together. Then I told him we are on our HOA board together. He looked a little queasy over that idea... well, I don't like it that much either. He has been the most obnoxious person! Maybe if he gets sober he will calm down and stop knowing everything. He just got out of rehab... God bless him. I didn't get a chance to talk to him after the meeting to reassure him that I would never tell anyone where I saw him - and I expect him to do the same. Oh well.
The photo is from a trip I made to REI after work. I wanted some good sunglasses for running and biking. I got some. Boy, and how. They are some good ones. Then I walked down to Confluence Park. My first real job in sobriety was in a building overlooking that park. That park is very special to me. It was good to just stand there for a while. And nice that there was a kayaker in the river - nice for me... maybe not so nice for him... it is really, really cold today.
I have got to go to bed.
Grateful, grateful, grateful... hope you all are too.