By Jack Erdmann
To a newly sober individual, the area could be a scary position. attractive messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts now not provide a well-known break out path. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's young ones, Jack Erdmann deals a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook offers vital navigational bearings for secure passage throughout the dangers of early restoration.
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My knees tremble. 22 Chapter Two Time is starting to be visible. It’s oversized holes between the rungs of a high, thin ladder. I call Tom Kay, my old AA sponsor. He’s not home, so I leave a message on his machine. I call up Tahoe to talk to my kids, but there’s no answer. The sun is going down and that’s good except for having to live through the twilight. Please help me. Why is that? Why is twilight like that? It’s just scary. I put on a coat and walk down toward the Woodlands shopping center.
Maybe I feel like my mother did, putting me on a pony to be photographed as if the photograph itself, the cowboy outﬁt and the tired pony, proved that things were better than they really were. I’m a real person, and here’s the dog to prove it. ” I ask Steve. ” “Well, we gotta talk about this because I’m pretty sure he’s using. ” “Oh, right. I forgot. ” “What is that? ” “Yeah. It’s not like a real problem; he just likes it a lot. ” 37 A Bar on Every Corner I look over at him, his shoulder-length hair and his duct-taped jacket.
I’m powerless and I can’t manage anything. Things manage me. I walk all the way down to San Anselmo. There’s loud music from the College of Marin Student Union. Steve goes there, so I go inside and head up the stairs to the balcony. I pick Steve out right away, close to the front. He’s got his back to me but I know him. He’s in the green quilted jacket with the duct tape over a tear. His backpack’s over one shoulder. I head down the stairs to catch him when he leaves. “Steve. ” He turns around and peers at me through the crowd.
A Bar On Every Corner: Sobering Up in a Tempting World by Jack Erdmann