By Jack Erdmann
To a newly sober individual, the realm could be a scary position. attractive messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts not provide a well-known break out course. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's youngsters, Jack Erdmann deals a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook presents vital navigational bearings for secure passage throughout the dangers of early restoration.
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I hang around for half an hour, picking up tools and looking at them. The torque wrench feels great in my hand. “I’m gonna head out now, Gerry. ” He looks at me and drops one arm to his side. “It’s not always going to be this way! Can you hear me? You’re alive and you’re here today. ” He comes out from under the rack and hugs me with big, dirty arms. What about my goddamned clothes? But I could cry. I have my day planned. I’ll walk. I’ll do a big circle. Maybe Steve will be home when I get back.
They’re dreams about alcohol, and they come a lot. The worst dream was the Tahoe party I attended somewhere on the North Shore. Sarah was there, the kids, and my mother. I was standing in the kitchen talking and suddenly I could feel the glass in my hand and knew that I’d forgotten and taken a drink. I’d taken a lot of drinks and I could feel them. I wasn’t drunk yet, but I couldn’t turn around and un-drink them. I knew it didn’t matter that I wasn’t drunk yet; it was all over for me. ” Everything was real, with no distortion, and when I woke up, I looked at the ceiling in motionless panic.
We drop our hands. ” “Great, Dad. ” 15 A Bar on Every Corner “Sure. ” There’s a pause in his face like frost. “Yeah, Dad. ” Shit! I did it wrong. Shit! I should have gone over and hugged him. Steve isn’t the easiest kid to hug. Why does he have to be such a prick? He knows how I was. Does he think it was fun? Everything’s wrong. Why can’t I start out right? I suddenly think I smell bad again. I walk. Things will be ﬁne. I have to keep my balance. I heard a tape at Duffy’s that said the drunk in the street always feels bigger or smaller than he really is.