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Sponsor R

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So much for Sponsor R.

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July 3, 2010 at 07:50

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March 4, 2010 at 14:04

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aa on the tv

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This past fall, when I saw Joseph Fiennes alternately sitting in an AA circle or hitting a flask in FlashForward, I had to admit recovery is officially trendy in tvland.

Alcoholism has always been used in film and tv, sure, a common gimmick to add depth to a character or even drive the plot: will he get images sloshed and fail to save the world because he is in a blackout? There is of course the Mad Men extreme, where alcohol and its abuse is not only a factor in the stories but a crucial part of the scenery. Then we have the (legacy) tortured Sipowicz, whatsername in Prison Break, Bubbles in The Wire, (who lands Steve Earl for a sponsor, how cool is that?) and more than one character in Brothers. Who am I forgetting? Oh, damn, the daddy of them all, Denis Leary’s peerless Rescue Me.

I thought back to Otis, the hapless townotis-from-mayberry drunk on Andy Griffith. TV alcoholics were formerly portrayed, if at all, as sloppy buffoons. There’s a drunk in the Simpsons (wait! didn’t he get sober?), and I think Al Bundy had some issues. Lately, TV series addicts and alcoholics are often the protagonist and usually somewhat sympathetic. At least what I’ve seen, which is detailed above.

So what? I guess it’s kinda cool. I’m glad. If addiction has a place in tvland, so do meetings.

Two points I couldn’t work in above: 1)TV writers of the world, meetings are essentially never held in a church sanctuary. 2) Intervention and Celebrity Rehab just aren’t a part of my world. I know nothing about them.

cross-posted from liminal screeds

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February 28, 2010 at 14:50

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I get upset very easily. I’m smart enough to have foresight to manage a lot of things, like, planning so I don’t find myself running late, but I can’t control everything. Stuff can just wig me out. People I don’t even know remind me to breathe. Or to smile. This upsets me further! (I’m smiling now, at this. Even though I’m monstrously late for something because I’m waiting on someone else.)

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August 15, 2009 at 05:39

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I’m a festival, I’m a parade

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Post title taken from a song by the National, the lyrics of which sum up the hubris of alcoholism for me in a poignantly self-effacing way. Recovery is about humility, according to the conventional wisdom and the wisdom and continued remark of Bill W. over the years. But this is a lifelong undertaking, if the achievement of humility can even come by one’s effort, and not by the grace of circumstance and willingness to allow both erosion and growth.

I’m put together beautifully
Big wet bottle in my fist, big wet rose in my teeth
I’m perfect piece of ass
Like every Californian
So tall I take over the street, with highbeams shining on my back
A wingspan unbelievable
I’m a festival, I’m a parade

And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me

I’m a birthday candle in a circle of black girls
God is on my side
Cuz I’m the child bride
I’m so sorry but the motorcade will have to go around me this time
Cuz God is on my side
And I’m the child bride

And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me
And all the wine is all for me

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July 12, 2009 at 14:07

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