The AA World Convention in San Antonio was amazing. I mean, really…How can it not be when close to 75,000 AAs descend like locusts on a small city in East Texas? The weather was so-so. Hot, humid, and rainy for most of the time but that did not stop us all from having a great time. I bumped into some folks I knew from Europe as well as here in the US which is pretty incredible given the sheer numbers attending.
The gay and lesbian meetings were superb. While some panel groups had 250 to 300 people in the room, the LGBT discussions were held in larger ballrooms that held, with standing room only, 1000 people, and they were packed. Mind-blowing to say the least. There was a lot of discussion around Tradition 3, which was formed because a gay man wanted to be part of AA in the 1940s. So it is because of this situation that all AAs can be a part of if they say so, not the group.
One of the closing speakers on Sunday in the Alamo Dome also remarked that when she got out of prison at the ripe age of 21 and went to her first outside meeting no one wanted to know why she went there or what she had done. They were just happy to see her there. Would it be that some groups around here acted like that. Too many AAs in this neck of the woods are too concerned with the business of others. Curiosity doesn’t explain it or apologize for the nosiness of these folks. They can all meet at their own meetings, which they do, at noon in the village-by-the-lake, and gossip as much as they wish. Me? I’ll stay away from them and stick with the winners.