From the April 2012 magazine.

Strike Out

We often don't plan our last drink. She had hers at a baseball game.

I was born a corporate ladder brat and grew up in transit. I had no stable education until my family moved to Chicagoland in 1971. I was in the middle of fifth grade. I quickly became a straight "D" student.

My first drink led me quickly into homelessness. Sleeping in my silver '68 Firebird, I found refuge and hygiene wherever I could. My drinking life included drunk tanks, car accidents, rape, abortions, miscarriages and sexually transmitted disease. Sixteen years of heavy drinking is a long ride for a 5' 4", 123 lb. female! I hung on full throttle through the 70s and 80s.  The dictionary defines the word 'party' as a noun meaning a social gathering. For me, party was a verb. 

-- Megan B.

Naperville, Illinois

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