Don’t throw away your “mow-mow”

The picture that headlines this post might spark memories in parents more than non-parents but that little buggy was the first image that came to mind when I started so let’s see if I can explain. Eight months ago I decided to give up. No more booze. Ever again. Back in that cold, dark, shitty…

Thirsty Days

“On thirsty days just like these, you only get what you can squeeze.” – Guy Forsyth in the song – “Mechanic” “Don’t force it Derek, just get a bigger hammer.” That’s my Dad. Sage advice when applied properly. My last two blog posts had two weeks between them. Not because I didn’t have anything to say…

My First Radio Interview

(fake transcript from a fake interview by a fake DJ on a fake radio station) DJ Chow: And we’re back! Sharing the studio today with a newcomer to the area, Sober Derek! Welcome to the WACK “Off Color Interview Hour”! Me: Well thanks Chow, it’s an honor to be… DJ: That’s terrific! So how are…

How Do I Turn This Damn Thing Off???

Something pretty cool happened Saturday morning at AA. I learned something! I learned that that the learning doesn’t ever stop if you don’t want it to. So what brilliant gem did I glean from this meeting that I had to share??? It was a one-two punch of “get your shit together Chowen” that turns out…

Ignore Me Doing This

One of the things I hear a lot is, “I never knew.” Well of course you didn’t! Because I didn’t want you to. I only let you see what you wanted to see because I was in control. Remember that post about the infantile egomaniac? At the end I was so far out of control…

“You Are Being Watched”

Good afternoon! Been awhile since we last chatted. Had to take a little break to work on some new things called “feelings”. The fortunate and unfortunate side effects of sobriety. I used to have the perfect cure for the damn things but it turns out that the self prescribed medicine was deadly while these feeling…

The Fulcrum of Serenity

Who would expect to receive brilliant advice on a bar napkin in an AA meeting? I have done countless deals on these miniature contracts. How many times had I written an important event on one? Things so important that I didn’t want to forget them but not quite important enough to leave my seat at…

A Plunge Into Darkness

I’m kind of laughing as I write this at 5:00 Labor Day afternoon. This post actually started yesterday morning about 8 bells. Several shiny objects later, I’m back to actually sit my ass down and write it. So here we go… BOOF! It’s a very dramatic word signifying a very dramatic sound effect for a…

“What is your spiritual altitude?”

How ’bout that title, eh? Made that one up all by myself! Today I’m going to lightly touch on spirituality. What it means to me, what I think it is and just some observations on how my spirituality continues to change. I’ve been noticing a souring of my attitude lately and there isn’t a good…

I made it! Where am I?!?

According to my incredibly accurate record keeping aka an app on my phone, it has been six months since I have taken a drink of alcohol. Yahoo!!! I finally made it!!! Yep, I made it…to…the most disappointing day of this while damn journey. And now that I am far enough away from the self-pity party…

Putting a Reef in My Life

“Control is an illusion, you infantile egomaniac. Nobody knows what’s going to happen next: not on a freeway, not in an airplane, not inside or own bodies and certainly not on a racetrack with 40 other infantile egomaniacs.”  Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder What does a quote from one of the most accurate racing…

“Heh, heh, heh…air brakes.”

What is on the literary menu tonight? In depth analysis with a side of reflection? Hilarious storytelling with a healthy lesson for dessert? Neither! Tonight we are having my Mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, hypothetically of course. Sobriety has a funny way of reminding you what a bastard life can be without it and how…