Day Tripping

I’m Evolving

Sobriety brings with it many changes, most of them good but some of them are a little WTF?

For example, i’ve noticed my favorite time of the week has changed.

When i was drinking, i lived for Friday Night. Even the word “Friday” had this magical power to buoy my spirits over the turbulent week until i washed up on the beaches of my Friday Night desert island paradise. Free drinks at work, two days to recover from whatever damage i did to myself, and even more importantly, potential. When i picked up that first can, popped that first top and swallowed my first sip, i had no idea where the evening was going to take me.

i realized last weekend that my favorite time of week is now Saturday afternoon, for much the same reasons. While Friday night has become a night like any other (i don’t have to work the next day), on Saturday afternoon i’m awake and ready for the world, can stay up as late as i want, don’t have to wake up early the next day and have a day and a half to get things done. Which comes back around full circle to “potential”.

One of the gifts sobriety brings is more “potential” than i ever had drinking.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on June 17, 2012, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Heres to more potential. Thats allota potential you got there! So happy for you friend!!

  2. So true! Nothing could beat the Friday feeling and I allowed NOTHING to come between and my Friday after work (which of course meant drinking lots of alcohol).

    Thanks for sharing this insightful post, you made a very interesting point!

    Take care Al K 🙂

  3. jumpingpolarbear

    I can’t relate, but at least I look forward to Friday because it means school or work is over :).

  4. working on it

    Last Friday closes the door on the old me. I’m apprehensive, scared and excited to see what the next Fridays bring. I will keep my promise and live them sober. Thanks again for being there! 😀

    • inthesameboatla

      Oh, good job! I’m glad you’re remembering the date. That helps you count the days.

      For the first couple of weeks, I recommend taking a different way home from work, so you do not pass the liquor store or bar or wherever else you went to get your fill.

      Take it easy. Find something relaxing and non-stressful to fill time time you would have spent drunk. I found watching every episode of Lost to be a good way for me to pass the time.

      And if you can find a support group in your area — doesn’t have to be AA — attending the meetings can help. But if not, try to stay in contact with supportive friends and on these blogs…

      Good luck to you!

    • What ITSB said!

      Congratulations, my friend. Good luck, be strong, keep working on it and…

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

      • inthesameboatla

        One other bit of advice. It should be obvious, but it can be hard to follow. You have to remove all the alcohol from your residence. You can’t quit with that stuff nearby.

  5. inthesameboatla

    For me, it’s the mornings that surprise me. I was never a “morning person” because I had a hangover every morning. Now I love them.

    Frank Sinatra once said, “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

    Touche, Frank. But how I feel in the morning now is a lot better than how I felt in the morning when I was drinking. Hell, some days I couldn’t even wake up until afternoon . On more than a few occasions I did not get out of bed at all. I’d just lie in bed drinking and passing out, waking up to drink some more, and then pass out again. After binges like that, I would suffer withdrawal. Shakes so bad that I couldn’t move the mouse on my computer when I’d try to do some work.

    I just finished a hard run on the beach, followed by a nice meal. It’s almost 10pm, and I feel better now than when I was drinking. So fuck you, Frank. I don’t need your pity.

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