I am off to Europe (Italy and Greece) in less than 4 weeks and I am getting my sober shit together. I have been downloading lots of speakers onto my iPod and my new MacBookPro, which is funny, because I cannot load the new stuff of the MacBook onto the iPod because it will erase all the stuff from the iMac–bad system and probably has to do with copyright and sharing. So I will have different speakers on each unit with little overlap.
Anyway…I have also sent out an email blast to my worldwide AA friends about having some Skype get-togethers while I am away and on the island. So far two responses–one from Australia and the other from Serbia. This will be a good start. It really is up to me to stay sober and sane and if I want it bad enough, I’ll go to any lengths. To that aim I have made a decision to go to the Tuesday night meeting in Marpissa and skip the art history lecture. I have been through that lecture already so I won’t miss anything.
I am wary about what the Italian experience will be. I am certainly not going to be stand-offish, but I have to remember my place as an adult in a group of much younger adults than I, some of whom have never experienced the world outside America. I must be the quiet guide to their questions and wondering eyes. I must also not be their teacher. As a sober man I must be the upstanding example of sobriety and not some nut-job.
So I begin the packing…More long pants for this trip, lighter sweaters, neater wear as opposed to the island fashion that Paros demands. August 29th approaches…
More to come…Johnnyboy