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Changing Boats

The fellowship he found in the rooms was much more real than the one he found in the bars

The first time I entered the rooms of AA back in 1993, through clouds of thick smoke, it was hard to figure out where the room for the beaten and battered was.

All the belly-aching laughter I heard made me think I was an Elks Lodge meeting or something! There was a noticeable comrade-like kinship amongst the people.

They were actually enjoying themselves with nothing on the tables but Styrofoam cups of coffee and bottled water. It wasn't until I saw the scrolls of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions hanging on the wall, that I knew it was an AA meeting.

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