Tuesday, November 30, 2004

daily quota: Patience; Temptation

"Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind."
- Leonardo Da Vinci

"Lead me not into temptation. I can find it myself."
- John Bernal

links added today: Box; Care

Tool Box
"We are a 12 Step Clubhouse in Beckley, West Virginia":
Tool Box

"Advocacy for the prevention of alcohol related harm in Europe":

Monday, November 29, 2004

daily quota: Miracles; Wasted

"Miracles happen to those who believe in them."
- Bernard Berenson

"I got so wasted one night I waited for the Stop sign to change, and it did."
- Steve Krabitz

quipping post: Grouchy

A psychologist was doing a study on people's morning habits. One lady he interviewed happened to be the wife of a drunk. The psychologist began, "The first question is, do you ever wake up grouchy?" The drunk's wife replied: "Sometimes, but usually I just let him sleep."

links added today: Addicts; Sober

Addicts Anonymous
"As we know, the disease of addiction has many faces. It is our mission to make every resource available to the addict seeking recovery":
Addicts Anonymous

"The Sober Cruises committee is a organizer of RoundUps for people in recovery programs, their friends and family members that would like a sober cruise and sober vacation combined with a conference or roundup":

Friday, November 26, 2004

daily quota: Thanks; That Is Why

"Thanks be to God. Since my leaving the drinking of wine, I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company."
- Samuel Pepys

"I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it."
- Robert E Lee

quipping post: Vow of Silence

A drunk wanted to stop drinking so he thought joining a monastery would help. He chose one where all the brothers took a vow of silence: they could only speak once a year, and even then only to the head monk. After a year went by the now dry drunk was called into the monastery office. The head monk asked, "It's been a year, is there anything you would like to say?" The monk said, "My bed's too hard!" Another year went by and this time, when he had his annual chance to speak the monk said "The food's always cold!" The head monk glared back at him and replied: "You know, ever since you got here, all you do is complain."

links added today: Trudge; Life

Bob's Trudge
"This is my journey. It started many years ago...":
Bob's Trudge

Recovery Life
"Recovery for Addicts and Alcoholics":
Recovery Life

other links added this week:

-- Alcohol: Problems & Solutions -- Friends in Recovery

-- Meetings en Route -- Recovery LinderWeb

-- Sober Sailors -- Sweet Recovery Chocolate Co.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

today: American Thanksgiving Day

Wishing everyone celebrating gratitude today a heart-warming and sober holiday:
This blog's for you!

daily quota: Gratitude

"If the only prayer you say in your life is 'Thank You,' that would suffice."
- Meister Eckhart

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie

"When insects take over the world we hope they will remember, with gratitude, how we took them along on all our picnics."
- Bill Vaughan

quipping post: Thanksgiving Day Party

A New Yorker was fed up with his Wall Street life, so he liquidated his portfolio, sold all of his belongings and moved to Alaska. After five months alone in an isolated cabin, he heard a knock at the door. He wasn't surprised to see a man who looked much like he did by that time: a bit weather-beaten and scruffy with a bushy beard. "I live on the other side of this hill," the stranger told him, "I'm having a Thanksgiving Day party at my place tonight and you're invited." The man was delighted, "Sounds great! I've enjoyed being alone here, but I feel ready for some socializing again." The stranger turned to go, then stopped and added, "By the way, I should mention that these things can get out of hand. There could be some heavy drinking and fighting." The man smiled to himself and replied, "Don't you worry about me. I lived in New York and have been to some pretty wild parties! By the way, I'm not familiar with the social scene around here. Does it matter what I wear?" The stranger gave him a weird look and said: "Of course not! There's no one else around, so it will only be the two of us."

online: Gratitude Quiz

How Grateful Are You?
Do you light a candle or curse the darkness? Do you bless each and everything that comes your way, trusting that its meaning will become clear -- even if you can't possibly see how in the moment? Take our quiz and compare your score with scores from a random sample of 1,200 other respondents":

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

daily quota: Unique Persons; Disease

"As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others."
- Robert Schuller

"Alcoholism is the only disease that you can get yelled at for having."
- Mitch Hedberg

to go to the dryblog home page, click the button:

quipping post: Drunk Professor

A drunk professor is staggering home late after a long night of drinking. A cop pulls over and asks, "Hey buddy, it looks like you've had a few too many. Mind if I ask where you're going at this time of night?" The drunk explains, "I'm a professor and I'm going to a lecture." The cop isn't amused but plays along, "Really? You always give lectures at three o'clock in the morning?" The professor replies: "I don't, but my wife does."

links added today: Alcohol; Friends

Alcohol: Problems & Solutions
"While there wasn't any cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin pie to eat at the first Thanksgiving, there was beer, brandy, gin, and wine to drink...":
Alcohol: Problems & Solutions

Friends in Recovery
Online forum for topic discussion, bulletin board message posting:
Friends in Recovery

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

daily quota: Adapt; Drifted

"I found out that if you are going to win, you'd better be ready to adapt."
- Scotty Bowman

"I used to be Snow White, but I drifted."
- Mae West

quipping post: Avalanche

Two drunks got lost trying to do some mountain climbing in the Rockies. To make it worse, a small avalanche came roaring their way and left them buried in snow up to their necks. Unable to move, they kept busy by telling drinking stories. Both agreed they had been in worse pedicaments many times before. Suddenly, they saw something that looked like a scene out of a movie. Running toward them was a large hairy dog with a small keg-shaped cannister of liquor tied under its chin. The first drunk exclaimed, "Look at that, it's man's best friend coming to save us!" The second drunk agreed: "It sure is, and look at the size of the dog bringing it."

link added today: Recovery

Recovery LinderWeb
"This site is intended to help those in or seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol":
Recovery LinderWeb

Monday, November 22, 2004

daily quota: Make Room; Hardest Part

"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
- Jean Bolen

"The hardest part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid."
- Richard Braunstein

links added today: en Route; Sailors; Sweet

Meetings en Route
"We absolutely insist on enjoying Life!" AA Vacations:
Meetings en Route

Sober Sailors
Meetings en Route mirror site:
Sober Sailors

Sweet Recovery Chocolate Co.
"Sobriety never tasted so good...":
Sweet Recovery

new banner-link added today: Room

To browse other recovery banner-links,
scroll down near the bottom of this page or click here

Friday, November 19, 2004

daily quota: Gate; Why

"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
- Jesus

"I told my girlfriend how much I loved her, and she said that I must have been out drinking. I asked her why she would say that and she said, 'Because I'm your father.'"
- Dave George

quipping post: Think

A Gadzillion Things To Think About

How do they put the metal can around the beer without spilling the beer?

Why do you need a drivers license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?

If you whine when you drink wine are you a whiner or a winer?

If you mixed vodka with orange juice and milk of magnesia would you get a Phillip's Screwdriver?

What's with those people who won't drink beer because of the taste? Who really drinks it for the taste anyway?

Could the reason why some people don't drink be because they wish to know when they are having a good time?

You can read the whole list here:
Gadzillion Things

links added today: Group; Project

Lamplighters Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
"First and foremost, we're an AA meeting in every sense of the word, even though the little 'meeting room' we rent is electronic rather than brick and mortar":
Lamplighters Group

Project Cork
"Cork's mission is to assemble and disseminate current, authoritative information on substance abuse for clinicians, health care providers, human service personnel, and policy makers":
Project Cork

other links added this week:

-- 164pages.com -- AA Radio -- Healing Moment

-- Last House On The Block -- NitrosMike.com

Thursday, November 18, 2004

daily quota: Refraining and Comforting; Feel Good

"My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad."
- Olive Schreiner

"I feel good; I knew that I would!"
- James Brown

quipping post: The Eyes Have It

A drunk is staggering home from the bar when a policeman pulls over to ask him if he's alright. The cop quickly sees that the man is just plain drunk so he asks, "Sir, your eyes are pretty red, perhaps you've had too much to drink?" The drunk slurs back: "Well officer, your eyes look sort of glazed, so maybe you've had too many donuts."

link added today: House

Last House On The Block
"When at the end of the road, there is a house where addicts heal one another with a hug and a prayer, ear and a shoulder, and steps to awaken the spirit":
Last House On The Block

click here for top of this page

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

daily quota: Miracles; Change

"Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature."
- Saint Augustine

"Life is subject to change without notice."
- Richard Eaton

link added today: Pages

"We are men and women in recovery who depend on the program described in the basic text (the first 164 pages) of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous":

just out: E-Zine

NICD News Magazine Nov-Dec 2004 Edition
Published in the middle of each month, the latest free issue of this e-zine is now available online:
NICD News Magazine

coming soon: New Site

I've been puttering away at a new site and it is still in the works. I will post the address here when it's ready to go...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

daily quota: Life; I've Tried

"Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"You can't drown yourself in drink. I've tried -- you float."
-John Barrymore

quipping post: Flash Animation

Alcohol Warnings
"The consumption of alcohol...":
Albino Blacksheep

The above Flash animation is good for a laugh...
but if you or someone you know is still suffering, there's nothing funny about that. You don't have to face it alone -- there is always hope and free help available.
See here:

Alcoholics Anonymous: Letter to Anyone New to A.A.

For Family and Friends: What is Al-Anon?

link added today: Clean and Sober

"Clean and Sober Home for the Homeless Biker":

Monday, November 15, 2004

daily quota: Useful Lives; Host's Purpose

"It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuous intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace."
- Ernest Fitzgerald

"What is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself! If that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi."
- PJ O'Rourke

quipping post: Drinking Party

A drunk is the first to arrive at his buddy's drinking party because he heard there would be lots of free booze. He looks around and notices the place is messy. For example, on the kitchen table are a few bottles of whisky and wine, along with a couple of full ashtrays, some old newspapers, dirty dishes and half a loaf of bread. This seems to really upset the drunk. He raises his voice and says: "I thought this was a drinking party. So why is all this bread here?"

links added today: Radio; Healing

AA Radio
"Each week AA Radio, or the Radio Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, features a separate meeting that plays for one and a half, to two hours and then repeats 24/7." Scroll down on their main page for more info:
AA Radio

Healing Moment
This is the AA Radio broadcaster's website:
Healing Moment

Friday, November 12, 2004

daily quota: Like Gambling; Right Track; Big Joke

"It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where you're going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice."
- Jim Morrison

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
- Will Rogers

"I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't get it."
- Jack Handey

quipping post: Vacation; Last Words

Q: Where do drunks like to go on vacation?
A: To a different bar on the other side of town.

Last Words
Q: What are the most common last words of a drunk?
A: "Here, hold my beer for a minute and watch this."

links added today: Two New Blogs

David B's Odyssey
"Today is another sober day and this old geezer is teaching himself new tricks":
David B's Odyssey

As I See It
"this blogg is not meant to be a record of THE way ... merely MY way":
As I See It

other links added this week:

-- AA Outreach -- Alcohol Information Scotland

-- Family.org -- Miss Crack

Thursday, November 11, 2004

today: Veteran's Day in US; Remembrance Day in Canada

Least we forget, we remember those who died in war, those killed in peacekeeping missions, and all of those who have served and serve today...

The lyrics/poem below is based on the true life story of Ira Hayes, one of the soldiers in the famous photo of troops raising the American flag at Iwo Jima...

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer any more
Not the whiskey drinking Indian
Or the Marine that went to war...

There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill
Two hundred and fifty men
But only twenty-seven lived
To walk back down again

And when the fight was over
And when Old Glory raised
Among the men who held it high
Was the Indian, Ira Hayes

Ira returned a hero
Celebrated through the land
He was wined and speeched and honored
Everybody shook his hand...

Then Ira started drinkin' hard
Jail was often his home
They'd let him raise the flag and lower it
Like you'd throw a dog a bone

He died drunk one mornin'
Alone in the land he fought to save
Two inches of water in a lonely ditch
Was a grave for Ira Hayes...

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

- Johnny Cash, from 'The Ballad of Ira Hayes'
Written by Peter LaFarge

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

daily quota: Fearlessly; Drinking

"I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly."
- Oprah Winfrey

"I hope Mom behaves at this cookout. Last time she started drinking margaritas, she wandered off in the woods for 18 hours and woke up to a deer licking salt off her lips."
- David Letterman

daily quota: Serious Drinking

Two drunks sit down at the bar and get down to their business. The bartender brings them two of their usual and they knock them back. Without a word being spoken, the bartender brings them two more, then two more. But before they have the next drinks, one drunk is feeling good and so he says, "Cheers, my good man!" This annoys the other drunk who snaps back: "Did you come here to drink or talk?"

links added today: Outreach; Family

AA Outreach
"Our goal is to offer a place to the suffering alcoholic to find help. And those in the fellowship to enjoy the company of other alcoholics":
AA Outreach

"A Web site of Focus on the Family":

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

daily quota: Wise Man; Common Sense

"The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future."
- Herbert Spencer

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."
- William James

quipping post: Patience, Booze and Boots

A drunk was leaving a party and kept falling over as he tried putting on his winter boots. After witnessing the fiasco, the host's wife came over and started helping him. After much struggling she managed to get the boots on the drunk, when he said, "You know, these aren't my boots." Shaking her head, she reversed the process to get the boots off of him, when he protested, "Why did you take them off? They're my brother's boots and he said I could wear them." Using all the patience she could muster, she put the boots back on the drunk, when he complained: "Hey, what are you doing? I need my mittens and they're stuffed in the toes of the boots."

site note: Still in the Works

About the new site:
It will be up and running within a week and I will post the address here as soon as it is...

Monday, November 08, 2004

daily quota: Hurry

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
- Lao Tzu

"One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time."
- Gilbert Chesterton

quipping post: Snow Storm

A drunk was trying to drive home from the bar during a big snow storm. Unable to see the road well, he got lost. He remembered his wife telling him that if he ever got lost in a snow storm, to wait for a plow to come along and then follow it out. Sure enough, a snow plow came along and he followed it for a good half hour before it came to a sudden stop. A man hopped out of the plow, tapped on the drunk's window and waited for him to roll it down before he said: "Hey buddy, I don't know why you're following me. But I'm done with this Wal-Mart, so if you want to, you can watch me do the Safeway parking lot next."

links added today: Alcohol; Crack

Alcohol Information Scotland
"The site is meant for anyone with an interest in alcohol issues such as care professionals, researchers, policy makers as well as the wider community":
Alcohol Information Scotland

Miss Crack
"I want you to meet Cocaine's little sister, this is Miss Crack":
Miss Crack

Friday, November 05, 2004

daily quota: Commitment; Change; Predictions

"I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me -- spiritually and financially."
- Denzel Washington

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
- Andy Warhol

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
- Yogi Berra

quipping post: Bad week

When a bartender noticed that one regular customer was drinking more than usual, he asked, "Hey, you're really slamming them back. Are you alright?" The drunk told him how the previous week had been really tough. First, his girlfriend broke up with him and left him alone; he also lost his job and was now unemployed; then he received an eviction notice from his landlord. The bartender offered, "Well, look at the bright side. That was last week and now its all in the past." The drunk replied: "That's what I'm depressed about. All that drama, and so far this week, nothing."

links added today: Chat; Treatment; Voice; Blog

AA Live Chat
"Online Meeting Directory: Alcoholics Anonymous Web Meetings Guide":
AA Live Chat

Drug Treatment Services for Canada
"a no cost drugs and alcohol rehab center referrals for programs for all over Canada":
Drug Treatment Services for Canada

Voice of the Victims
"Real stories of real people: Real information parents and young adults need to make the right lifestyle decisions." Added to the 'organizations' list:
Voice of the Victims

Voice of the Victims Blog
"I made 'Voice of the Victims: True Stories of Ecstasy & Ketamine' because parents and kids have so much to learn about designer drugs":
Voice of the Victims Blog

other links added this week:

-- Addiction Today -- Alchemy Project

-- Alcoholism and AA Recovery -- Christian Awakening

-- GSO Watch -- Men's Step Application Group

-- No Drugs Just Rock'n Roll -- Not Alone Ministry

Thursday, November 04, 2004

daily quota: Silence

"Spend a few hours in silence (when you're at home by yourself) and discover how restorative it can be."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

"A man is known by the silence he keeps."
- Oliver Herford

quipping post: Rude, Crude and Obnoxious

A drunk was being rude, crude and obnoxious so the bartender cut him off. The drunk was outraged, "I don't care if you cut me off! I work at the brewery and we have plenty of beer there!" As he was showing the drunk the door, the bartender replied: "And I don't mind tossing you out. I work at the bar and we have plenty of drunks there."

links added today: Step Application; Not Alone

Men's Step Application Group
"We are just a bunch of very fortunate sober drunks who love sharing this gift with others":
Men's Step Application Group

Not Alone Ministry
"You’re Not Alone" was started as a "confidential, compassionate conference" for parents in ministry whose kids abuse drugs or alcohol:
Not Alone Ministry

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

daily quota: Being Alive; Humor

"Do you realize what this means? The fact of being alive... I still find it staggering that I am here at all."
- Christopher Leach

"A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life."
- William Arthur Ward

quipping post: Drunk Talk

One drunk sees another drunk with a bottle, cleverly disguised, in a brown paper bag. He asks him, "Hey buddy, how about sharing the hooch?" The second drunk replies, "It's not hooch, it's wine." So the first drunk corrects himself, "Then how about sharing that wine?" The second says, "It isn't just wine, it's Cherry Jack." The first drunk is getting irritated, "Look, are you going to share your Cherry Jack with me or not?" There's a long hard pause and then he gets his answer: "Well, maybe I will if you ever make up your mind."

links added today: Rock; Watch

No Drugs Just Rock'n Roll
"What life used to be like,what happened and what it is like now":
No Drugs Just Rock'n Roll

GSO Watch
"... a kind of hill overlooking the often chaotic information landscape":
GSO Watch

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

daily quota: Wiser; Intellect

"An American Monkey after getting drunk on Brandy would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men."
- Charles Darwin

"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."
- Albert Einstein

links added today: Project; Awakening

Alchemy Project
"Alcoholism and Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Resources."
Added to the 'Organizations' links:
Alchemy Project

Christian Awakening
"This website is intended for 'Friends of Bill W'. Others Welcome."
Now listed in the dryblog 'Spirituality & Religion' section:
Christian Awakening

Monday, November 01, 2004

daily quota: Will of God; Forgiveness

"To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge! To do the will of God is the greatest achievement."
- George Truett

"Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee
and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me."
- Robert Frost

quipping post: Signals

A man was the designated driver for a group of his drunk friends. He pulled over to drop the last one off at home when he asked him, "Listen, I think my signal lights might not be working, so can you just watch them for a minute while I do a test?" The drunk agreed then got out and staggered to the back of the car. As the driver was flashing the signal lights left and then right, he could hear the drunk shouting: "They work, they don't work, they work, they don't work..."

links added today: Alcoholism; Addiction

Alcoholism and AA Recovery
"Alcoholism and AA Recovery is dedicated to recovery from alcoholism & designed to move visitors from their disease through the 12 steps into recovery":
Alcoholism and AA Recovery

Addiction Today
Treatment and Recovery Journal:
Addiction Today