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38 years

On June 18th this year, I will be 37.

Today, there is a slight holiday feel to Primrose Hill in the cafe/restaurant I was in. Quite fitting really, as it is a Bank Holiday weekend.

Somebody I met today, Michael, for the first time who remarked that it felt a bit like the King’s Road in the 60’s. Then I reminisced about my AA meetings off King’s Road in 2005. I expressed my regret that I had only ever been there while under the influence, but, as characteristic for true alcoholics, thinking I was hiding it successfully. He said that he had been there too, but AA etiquette prevented us from discussing the personalities involved. AA would have been proud of our professionalism. Then he explained how he had been in recovery for 38 years, putting my 50 months into the pale. We got on well, and discussed how if we had another drink it would kill us. Far from being a depressing conversation, it ended up being a very enlightening one!

Thank you, Michael!

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