From the July 2013 magazine.

July 2013: The Chop Shop

Welcome to the inmates' "meeting after the meeting," where sobriety comes first

I loved Big Bill. So did a lot of people. He was a motorcycle man. And he loved giving pretty girls a ride. Bill is no longer with us because he’s now gone on to that Big Ride in the Sky, but not before helping many, many folks. He sponsored men, helped out in meetings and was always there for people. He had a solid program.

There was even a time when I needed a place to stay, and Bill offered that I could move in with him. He said he would take his bike out of the shed so I could park my own motorcycle there instead. I told him I’d made other plans, and for a while he nursed a resentment, but eventually he got over himself. After all, he was the one who came up with the crazy idea of an “Amend-a-Gram” service, where there would be a sliding fee according to the severity of the amend you were going to make. Bill did have a sense of humor.

-- Michael W.

Monroe, Washington

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