Thursday, September 23, 2010

What are meetings like in Pueblo Colorado?

A repost of this one dated Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What are meetings like in Pueblo Colorado?

I know of only one other meeting in town that's anything like my homegroup's closed A.A. meeting.

Most other meetings have a "chip chick" or a "chip chico" who gives the new 24 hour people a Keep Coming Back chip, they give a red chip for 30 days, a gold chip for 60 days, a green chip for 90 days, a blue chip for 6 months, a purple chip for 9 months, and a metal medallion for 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, etc.

Oh, and a hug.

These meetings are geared towards the Newcomer.

The new people get to share 1st, but are asked to not talk about their drug of choice or how much they used because we've all used to excess... That's exactly what they say and how they say it. Then the 30 day people get to share, then 60, 90, 6 month, 9 month, 1 year, 18 month, etc. Then they say "Just for today!" Then more ((((((((hugs))))))))) and claps and cheers. (the hugs only appear to be uneven. One-armed-Louie had an incident to his left arm at a bar one night... bars are rough down here in Southern Colorado)

Then ... did I say they read the Daily reflections and Courage to Change? Then the chairperson says, "Does anyone have a topic?"

Then I whisper, "Chair the fucking meeting."

Then it's 6:35 pm.

Then they pass the basket, and the meeting goes on till 6:55 and they have someone read the promises and we close with the Lord's Prayer and at the end, they all say, "Work work work."

So, that's good for the newcomer how?

Posted by McGowdog at 1:35 PM


So, besides my home group on Monday nights, a Thursday night meeting that broke away from our group, that's been Pueblo A.A.  But now two groups have splintered off of the Thursday night group and we now have two awesome "Young Peoples'" meetings at 5:30 pm on Friday and Sunday.

So 4 good meetings in a town that size (100,000+) is a pretty good deal I think.

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