From the May 2011 magazine.

The Bonfire Meeting, Rain or Shine

A season of summer thunderstorms threatens to disrupt this meeting, but a few AAs keep it going

Photo by Lori M.

On the last Saturday of the month between May and September, my home group, the Southside Special, has an AA Bonfire meeting at 8:00 p.m. on the bank of the Knik River about 30 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. This has been a wetter-then-usual summer in Anchorage, and Saturday, July 26, was no exception. It was pouring rain! Nevertheless, I have a commitment to make coffee for the Bonfire Meeting, and I am trying desperately to talk myself out of going. The torrential rain seems like a reasonable excuse to stay indoors and skip out of my commitment.

After all, I am sure they would understand. Try as I might, I just cannot get comfortable with the idea of NOT being there to do my part. The thought of "what if someone shows up and there is no coffee" keeps buzzing around in my mind. So, off I go. I gather all the bonfire coffee-making supplies into my car, and head out in the driving rain to the river.

-- Lori M.

Anchorage, Alaska

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