Some of you may have noticed i posted an interview with a true Bluesman Jake La Botz over in the Bar None. What that has to do with this blog is two-fold.

Firstly, he is thirteen years sober which means he is not only a testament to just what kind of promises can be fulfilled in Sobriety (6 albums and a film career), but (and vastly more important) he is living breathing proof that sobriety is cool.

Secondly, i was able to do the interview face to face, while sober.

Had i been still drinking, i would have drunk a couple beers first to loosen up and get some liquid courage before starting, then i would have had a couple more during the interview to keep the edge and by the end i would have been sloppy drunk and while Jake is too much a gentleman to have said anything, he would have thought less of me and maybe not shared as much. Plus i would have thought less of myself.

As it is, we were two sober people hanging out and enjoying good music and good conversation. i may just be a little cooler than i thought…

Jake La Botz by Celeste E Hall

Jake La Botz by Celeste E Hall


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 July 6, 2012, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. working on it

    Yay that you were able a Ftf interview. Loved it. It was so down to earth. still want to know what a yeamen(yish) or ease accent sounds like.;).

    • Hi Working On It!

      Glad you enjoyed the interview… What can i say, i’m a pretty down to earth guy. A “Yeaman” accent sounds cute. My “yeaman” accent? Meh.

      Keep coming out,

      Al K Hall

  2. Hi, just sayin’ hi. You weren’t HIGH, my oh my. YEA! That’s what i’m talkin’ ’bout. Keep doing what you’re doin.

  3. You could teach at the school of cool as far as I am concerned! Jake’s tattoos are cooler than yours, though. Hee hee. 😉

    On a serious note, I remember the days of your needing much liquid courage to do just about anything outside of your comfort zone, including inviting a certain someone to visit you.

    What I really love is that you are finding that you have *tremendous* courage within you already and you don’t need to drink to tap into it. It has always been there, you just needed to believe in yourself and be sober enough to do so. I thought you were wonderfully cool, calm, and collected in the interview, drinking only a Coke. What was so nice was the moment when Jake spoke about his sobriety and it was like a cool kids sober club. 🙂 There’s a kind of heart-to-heart moment I can see between people who have made some tough decisions to work at being sober, and I observed that moment between you both. It was totally cool.


    P.S. Thank you for using my picture. I had a great time listening to Jake’s music & taking pics. He is a great singer-songwriter, and being there with you sober was a real highlight of the times we have shared together doing cool stuff!

    • Thanks you for your support, Angel!

      i’m not much of a cool kid, but i’m a better kid than i was. Happier to be sure. i will say it was nice being on the right side of things for once.

      And thanks for the picture!

      Keep coming back, babe,

      Al K Hall

  4. That is cool! It’s nice to have sober heros. And you can meet with people without drinking!

    In fact, you can meet with people without drinking who are drinking. Yesterday an old friend called. We had been drinking buddies since we were teenagers. At one point we had both decided to quit but he went back to his old ways. We met in an Irish pub, less than a minute walk from my place in Venice. If I were still drinking, I’d call that place my second home, and would be broke. But since I don’t, I hardly ever go in there. It’s boring and N/A beers are $6 a bottle.

    He had 4 shots of tequila while I downed 4 N/A beers in 2 hours. After the first couple of shots, I sense he forgot that I was not drinking alcohol. It was the same as old times, laughing and camaraderie, except that I was quieter, more reserved, and more attentive to what he was talking about. I could tell he was a little impaired but not by much. If I hadn’t seen him drink, I’m not sure I would have known he was buzzed. The only clues were that he was telling me details about his life that were very personal, that a sober person probably wouldn’t have the guts to reveal in public.

    It was fine. When he had to get back home, I was able to stand up and walk back to my place and carry out with my tasks for the afternoon. But this morning I woke up feeling hungover. I don’t know if it was the crappy bar food, or if I’m just conditioned to feel awful the morning after meeting my friend. But I have no regrets for not drinking.

    • This, Brother Boat, is exactly why you’re my sober hero!

      That and you are so lucky to live in a land with bad bar food. We not none of that all you can eat buffet pizza stuff here…

      Keep coming back, man,

      Al K Hall

  5. jumpingpolarbear

    ” As it is, we were two sober people hanging out and enjoying good music and good conversation. i may just be a little cooler than i thougt ” It’s not bad at all having all your senses and emotions in balance :).

  6. All I got to say is COOL! Very cool dude! Oh wait-again, thanks for bringing Jake in to my life as well. I’d say there is nobody better than you to make the introduction!

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