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Sunday Sundries – Canada Victorious – The End of the Month

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It was a beautiful weekend. Temps were mild. The snow is melting but with daily moderate temps come frigid nightly lows. The approach to March looks like cold. Winter is not giving up its hand very easily.

It was an early call this morning. I wasn’t feeling all that well when I went to bed last night. But I had to get up and see the winning game. Our boys played a good game. They did a good job. It wasn’t a total massacre, but both teams were down players, but Canada had the better team consistently, on the ice. So the games come to a close with Canada in good standing for medals, and Gold where it really counted.

HOCKEY is CANADA’S GAME …

Our best women and men proved that once again. The pride of our country swelled just a bit this morning. We are all so proud of all the athletes who competed in Sochi. Well done.

I slept a little this morning. I really wasn’t interested in the Closing Ceremonies, the only reason to watch them is to see your home country march into the stadium.

I was and ready to go early because I needed to get a baby present, and I didn’t get into the core so I opted for the Hallmark Gold shop in our home mall. I arrived to the church and cranked out set up.

We sat a good crowd for the last Sunday of the month. Traditions meetings are either hit or miss. It is all about the newcomers, being prepared to welcome then getting out of the way.

The end of the month brings the traditions and the monthly business meetings across the city. So we read from the Twelve and Twelve and Tradition Two …

“For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants they do not govern.”

It is suggested that we join groups and become part of. It is suggested that we welcome the newcomer and being part of a group allowing them to serve others, (and make their mistakes). A long time member said that tonight.

There have been moments in the past that certain people came and demanded positions and tossed old timers out on their ass. The groups survived them.

I’ve learned that we are dispensable. I am part of many groups. I am responsible for two churches. And i do service so that I can make space in my daily life for the newcomer who might show up.

There are always opportunities for members to get active. New faces, means new blood and new opportunities to learn how to serve others. Because in the end, it is not about me. I am just one person. I do not govern.

However I feel, in certain cases there are newcomers who resent my presence, and once again tonight, at a business meeting I assented and deferred to newcomers to do service, and once again was rebuffed, with “what are you looking at me for?” I work very hard to include everyone in group activity, to work along side folks who want to show up. Because that is why we are there.

Another friend said that “A little conflict is healthy because it means that people care.” There has been conflict in our little meeting, which came to a head last month and I am sure will carry into our business meeting coming this week. Which is why we need all the voices and not just some. For certain situations we need all the members to be present to make certain decisions. God as we understand him speaks as we all sit around the table and discuss.

I always learn. I am always trying to be teachable.

Because it is not about me. You can’t get sober and keep your ego.

It was a good night.

More to come, stay tuned …

 


Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team is GOLDEN !!!

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And the final GOLD goes to … CANADA !!!

The early morning game went off and Team Canada brought home the Gold once again besting Sweden 3 to 0 …

Well Done Team Canada.


Friday … Black Ice, Rules and Team Canada

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All that matters tonight, is a GOLD medal on Sunday Morning (EST). The puck drops early – 7 a.m. here in Montreal. Check your local listings for the Marquee Event of the Sochi Olympics, the  Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game. No pressure right?

All of Canada is waiting to see if Team Canada and Syd the kid to bring it all home for us. Needless to say that Canada as a whole won’t be sleeping a whole bunch this weekend.

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It has been a wet day today. It rained for most of the day, thankfully it had rained itself out by dinner time and my cross city commute. I figured that if it poured down rain, that would dent the snow piled up in places, but the little rain we had started the melt …

Rain … wet melting snow … cold temps … equals black ice.

It was a wet trip out and an icy trip home. All that standing water that had pooled began to freeze back over as the meeting came to an end. I noticed that the sidewalks were very slippery and that the salt truck was dusting the sidewalks up in Outremont.

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You never know who is going to show up at a meeting. Friday night is always a who’s who of our weekly meetings. Lots of conversation and the usual getting up to speed on everybody’s week as it happened.

I left early and it was a sweet transit end to end. One of my buds was almost finished setting up so we finished the work and sat and waited over coffee.

Tonight’s reading spoke about rules and regulations.

If you’ve never seen the biographical film, “Bill W.” you should.

Funny that Bill himself and Dr. Bob had their dalliances with pills and extra curricular substances. It was also funny that the film tells the story about the early days of the fellowship.

One meeting where it was common to drink beer during the meeting.

Another where two black men showed up at a certain meeting hall, and the members would not allow them entry. Because they were black. it came down to a group vote to allow them into the meeting because, simply, that they were alcoholic.

And the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. They nixed the “Honest Desire” and it ended up as a “desire!”

G.S.O. in the beginning collected all the rules and regulations that arose in the early days and the steps and traditions were set up.

When I got sober, there were rules to follow in my main home group. You had to earn your seat. By doing service. By making coffee, setting up chairs and making coffee. And over the months as you remained sober, you were granted access to the meeting chair table. You started in the group and worked your way into the chair and other assorted positions.

Early on I was introduced to a particular Group of men. They were straight laced, I was gay. There was an automatic disconnect. The rule was men needed to wear shirt and ties and pound the Big Book, as instituted by their fearless Mafioso leader. I went to one meeting and never went back.

Meetings have changed over the years. And some would say that with the change in the times and the slowing numbers of “just alcoholics” moving towards many who are cross addicted, and come to A.A. via other substances, many meetings are populated by dual addicted folks.

But we sometimes say in meetings, whether they be beginners meetings, or men’s meetings or others … Please stick to topic as it pertains to your alcoholism, as this is an A.A. meeting.

In most groups you may find the No Crosstalk rule in place. We all get that. Crosstalk has begin more than one war at a meeting.

We all have our collective horror stories from the past two decades. Most of our old timers we see at meetings are in the 15 to 20 year sober set.

The LONG sober folks don’t usually attend meetings regularly.

The face of A.A. is changing, and the old rules are falling to the wayside. One of my friends I admire and respect says that the fellowship will change over the next twenty years, however staunch we are to hold fast the the Big Book, the face of the fellowship is changing.

And it wouldn’t be odd for me to say that the next edition of the Big Book that hits the press should be rewritten, reflecting the changing faces of the fellowship. New stories, new voices. In addition to the classical stories we find in the back of the book today.

The face of A.A. is changing. And we welcome the many, not just the few. In order to keep our young people, things have to change. because it is not just alcohol taking down our kids and our adults.

I think literature should reflect this need.

Meetings are as they are. The standard readings, texts, topics and rules and regulations. They exist, go to a meeting and listen closely.

Do you subscribe to rules and regulations in your meetings?

Because of certain people being present, I did not dare open my mouth, because it would have been major suicide to mention certain issues in community, so I rather kept my mouth shut.

We all pray to the God’s of HOCKEY … GO CANADA…

More to come, stay tuned …


Advice for the Men’s Hockey Team

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If the women can do it, then all the men have to do is play like girls…

Tee Hee …

Will it be a Gold Medal Clean Sweep? Stay tuned to find out.


Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is GOLD !!!

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Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Team Canada celebrates winning the gold medal as team USA (who won silver) skates by in the background in the women’s ice hockey gold medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Canada won 3-2 in overtime.

Courtesy:Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports


Canada Silver Men’s Free Skate

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A smart ass comment went across Twitter about Patrick today …

“That he had the Gold medal on a platter, and he took the platter.”

People did not like that at all, especially from the person who dished out the insult.

Patrick has always been the underdog. For many years, his skating was not stellar all the time. And wins were hit and miss, however successful he has become going into the games. He has struggled and that is nothing new.

Sometimes he had it when it counted, and other times, he just could not cut a break. Skating is a cumulative sport. You build and you grow. You get confident with your skating and you do well. It just seems to me that another Olympics and Patrick came in second.

Even without Russian star power, the gold was up for grabs. I have been a watcher of skating for a long time.

We got a medal at least, Silver was the best we could get this time around.

We shouldn’t be so harsh on our athletes, because only the best make it this far to prove what they have on the world stage. And I wonder if Patrick left some of his umph in the locker room.

Well done Patrick. You did your best.


Silver in men’s 1,000M speed skating

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SOCHI, Russia — Long-track speed skater Denny Morrison has won a silver medal in the men’s 1,000 metres at the Sochi Olympics.

The native of Fort St. John, B.C., finished in one minute 8.43 seconds, just four one-hundredths of a second behind winner Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands.

Michel Mulder, also of the powerful Dutch team, finished third.


Tuesday Gold and Silver Women’s freestlye slopestyle

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Kim Lamarre Bronze-women’s Freestlye-slopestyle

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Dara Howell Gold and Kim Lamarre Bronze Freestyleski-and-slopestyle

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Dara Howell Gold women’s Freestyle-ski-slopestyle

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Monday Medal Haul …

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Alexandre and Frederic Bilodeau Celebrate Gold at Sochi

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Canada’s Alex-Bilodeau- Gold Men’s Moguls

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Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury Silver Medalist Men’s Moguls

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Canada’s Charles Hamelin – Gold Men’s short-track-speedskating-1500-m

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Silver medalists Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Canada won a historic silver medal in the first-ever Olympic figure skating team

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Canada won a historic silver medal in the first-ever Olympic Skating team event on Sunday

Russia took the gold with 75 points to 65 for Canada. Each county was allotted 10 points for winning in men’s, ladies, pairs and ice dance short and free programs, nine points for second place and so on. The United States finished third, five points behind Canada.

“We’re so proud of our team,” said defending Olympic champion ice dancer Tessa Virtue. “I think Canada really showed its true colours. It’s so special to be a part of this event.”


Gold and Silver Moguls – Bronze – Slopestyle

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Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal has won Canada’s first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics — and her sister Chloe was on the podium beside her holding silver

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mark McMorris wasn’t going to let a broken rib derail his Olympic plan.

The Canadian snowboarder needed acupuncture, massage therapy and plenty of rehab exercises to get back in form after crashing at the X Games late last month. He knew he would have to fight through the pain and impress the judges to reach the podium in slopestyle’s Olympic debut.

He did just that Saturday, nailing his second run to win bronze and give Canada its first medal of the Sochi Games.

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Canadian Flag Entering Sochi Olympics

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Canadian Flag Bearer Haley Wickenheiser leads Team Canada into Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi Russia.

We are all Canadians …


On the Eve of Sochi … Thursday Night

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We are Canadians. And once again, our celebrated Athletes are going to show the world just how good they are. Here in Canada, the opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Another day – Another Train stoppage.

It seems that the STM here in Montreal, cannot get their shit together. Another situation shut down the green line while I was setting up the room, because I got a call that people were stuck with no way to get into town, which meant we were down a number of folks, and a couple of absences, we were only five.

I negotiated with the church to get the heat working and that was a big success. A little reprogram of the computer and we had glorious heat and with the booster on – it was quite toasty when I arrived at the church.

We read from the Twelve and Twelve … And Step Two.

“No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance.”

I learned that lesson long ago.

It was a quiet night.

More to come, stay tuned …


1st Gold for Canada … London Paralympic Games …

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Congrats to Montreal’s Benoit Huot, who nabbed Canada’s first medal of the Paralympic games in swimming – and a gold no less!

Medal Count: 1


“Inspire a Generation” London 2012 …

As you can see, I’ve done a bit of remodeling for the Olympics in London 2012. It is time to cheer for the home team and await that first gold medal where we will hear our National Anthem played for the Gold Medal Winner.

It always makes me cry when I hear it played at an Olympic Competition.

We will be going to full time Live Blogging as much Olympic coverage as I can keep up with over the span of the games. So if you aren’t sporty – you will learn to love sport as I love sport. And there is no greater pride than for ones country.

Since I hold dual citizenship, I cheer on both the Americans and the Canadians. But my heart is firmly ensconced in Canada and always will be. But in any case we will cheer on ALL the athletes just the same for the sheer fact that they worked so hard to get here and they deserve all of our pride and love.

The Opening Ceremonies begin here in Canada at 4 p.m. EST in Montreal. We will have full pictorial coverage of the ceremony courtesy of CTV the national network bringing the games home to Canada.

So stay tuned. It will be exciting.