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Charlie Big Book Study Transcript - Originally Taped in Mesa, Arizona, February 6-8, 1987
(Tape 1, Side A)CHARLIE:
Hi everybody, my name is Charlie P - ----, and I'm a very gratefulrecovering alcoholic.
Because I'm a member of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous and by the grace of the Power that I found in the Twelve Step program of "AlcoholicsAnonymous", I haven't found it necessary to take a drink for 6,309 days today, oneday at a time, and for this I'm very grateful. Sure is good to be in Arizona, doing a BigBook study. We talked about this seems like two or three years ago--and I thought itwas going to be a long time and all of a sudden here it is. We're sitting in the middleof Arizona and get to talk about the thing we love to talk about the most. The onlything I can really say at the present time, from the looks of the visitors that stood up,there must be some damn heavy drinkers down there in Tucson.
Hell of a bunch of them up here.
Bill and A1 back there.
Yeah, we just saw two good friends come in from Los Angeles. Howabout that. Hi Bill and A1. Good to see you all. We always like to say at the beginningof one of these things that we do not consider ourselves to be the gurus of the BigBook. We are most certainly not experts on anything period. We do not speak for A.A. as a whole. Nobody can do that. And you are most certainly free to agree or disagree with anything that we say this weekend as you see fit. In fact we wouldrecommend you pay no attention to anything that we're going to say, if you can'treconcile it with what's in the Big Book or other A.A. Conference approved material.We're just a couple of drunks who happened to meet years ago, and found a mutualinterest in the Big Book, and began to study it together, and hopefully we've learned acouple of things about it. We love to share what little bit we know with other people.We like to laugh and we like to cut up and we love to have fun. We believe we should be Joyous, happy, and free. We love to tell jokes and from time to time we'll do that. Ithink we'll find there's a lot of humor in the Big Book--a lot of things we can laugh atand have a good time with.