From the July 2011 magazine.

July 2011: A Matter of Time

An old-timer contemplates the significance of putting together “a few 24s”

"The good news is that anyone can become an old-timer if they’re willing to be willing to change and follow some direction."

For those of you who don’t know what constitutes an old-timer, theoretically it’s someone with over 30 years of sobriety. Of course, my last sponsor and I used to argue regularly about that. I’ve heard some people say old-timer age is 20, others say 25. The newcomer thinks anyone with more than a year is an old-timer. I know I used to.

But it really isn’t important ... or is it? Those of us in the old-timer category probably spend too much time trying to sound spiritual, acting like we know what we’re talking about. We...

-- Ann S.

Menifee, California