From the September 1994 magazine.

Ninth Tradition

Tradition 9 - AA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Two flaked-out fellows were shown in a popular William Steig cartoon a few years ago. The caption was something like "One of these days we've got to get organized around here."

I remember expressing the same sentiment while drinking. I not only said it, I did it. To me, getting organized meant getting things arranged in a highly systematic manner, in preparation for getting them done. (You don't necessarily pay your bills, but you do make a neat list of creditors.) During self-enforced droughts, I would zealously overorganize everything in sight in round-the-clock spurts--only to blow it all later in a flood of ethanol.

-- B. L.

Manhattan, New York

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