It has been a hot day but a good one. I had lunch with an Al-Anon friend, a long-timer who has agreed to be a co-sponsor. My sponsor will be moving far away in the not too distant future. He will be my sponsor and friend no matter what. I do feel a need to have a local sponsor as well though. I am fortunate to have both of these people in my life.
Last night I visited a fellow I know who has a sailboat at the marina. He was drunk and obnoxious. I needed to get off his boat and leave. Instead, I listened to his rantings on everything from quantum physics, to his defense of medical doctors who have so much stress that they become addicts. None of his arguments made sense. Eventually, he ranted on politics. When he told me that all government workers were worthless, I made my leave. He knew that I worked at a state research institute. I find it useless to reason with a drunk. It's insanity to even try to get a word in. He followed me, telling me how he was sorry. When he hugged, kissed me on the cheek, and got down to kiss my feet, I said, "For God's sake, man, enough." I wasn't angry but knew that I needed to get far away. There is nothing he has that I want. I see avoidance of him now is necessary. Polite hello's are okay but no more socializing.
I left today on the boat. It is breezy and comfortable tonight. I am glad to be away from the marina. This is my element--quiet lapping of waves, dolphins swimming by, and solitude. I am restoring myself. And I feel happy.
Have a good Friday evening.