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Paul R. of Odessa Texas - Originally, Stockton CA.
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May 01, 2019 07:42 PM PDT
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Paul R. is one of the bright spots in AA. A young person I met in 2014 and knew right away he was very special. Once in a while you come across an alcoholic who you can see from across the room is on fire. They are walking around, talking to everyone. Smiling. Laughing. And, you think immediately, I have to meet that one.

I had the best feeling about Paul right away. Once I introduced myself, he said he'd heard from someone that he should look to meet me too, because we both were similar. Extroverted. All around happy and of course, both in love with sobriety.

This recording came from an invitation I extended to him once he had his 1 year. This was recorded in December 2015. Paul flew from Odessa to Austin just to speak at our Saturday night meeting. Another indication that someone is a great kind of alcoholic. Paul didn't think it was too far, or too much to ask, he just enthusiastically said "yes".

On that trip we went to a coffee shop and it was raining out. We couldn't get a parking spot close to the door and we thought we'd sit and chat and hope that the rain would die down so we wouldn't get drenched trying to reach the front door. We ended up speaking for hours in the car talking and watching the rain - watching the rain stop. We never tired of sharing with one another. He was so enthusastic and had so many questions. About identifying a career path - about dating, how did I know I was in love, when would he know he'd found the one? He had quesitons about school, sobriety, and life. Everything. And, he couldn't have exhausted me if he tried. We never did make it into the coffee shop.

Paul was killed, suddenly and tragically this last weekend. Our last conversation was a couple of months ago. He apologized over and over for getting "busy". Wrapped up in the job, the girlfriend, life. I never held that against him of course. What good is having a sober life, if we don't live it? He promised he'd visit me this summer and we'd drive with the top down (he loved my Saab convertible, his favorite - regrettably, I don't have that car anymore but promised him the new one was just as much fun).

I'm still in shock at his sudden departure from my life, from the fellowship and the confines of this earth. He will always hold a special place in my heart and the hearts of others in the fellowship. He simply was one of a kind. I adored him and so would have you.

AA.Lisa W of Allendale Grp.Austin TX.2018
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February 04, 2019 07:54 PM PST
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Lisa is one of my favorite people in the whole world. We're like sisters separated at birth. You just can't not admire her desire to be of service and the follow through she has with every commitment she undertakes. When I grow up I want to be just like her.

Theresa C. of Phoenix AZ, ARU 2018 - Austin Texas
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July 23, 2018 07:38 PM PDT
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This was our kick-off speaker for this year's conference in Austin. I'm so proud to call Theresa a friend. She puts it all out there, without abandon. This is especially great because her story has an authentic grittiness and the laughter, as a result, is very real. Thank you, Theresa, for traveling to Texas to spend time with us.

George M. of Ft Worth; Glass House March 2018
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June 09, 2018 10:16 PM PDT
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Here's George, a great guy with a funny story. He's delightful and we enjoyed his experience, strength and hope at one of Ft Worth's best meetings - the Glass House, Friday night speaker meeting.

Juan R. L. of Phoenix: San Antonio Round Up 2017
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September 17, 2017 06:29 PM PDT
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Juan is a delight. He's one of those folks who is in service in his fellowship, and you know, service folks are my favorite people. And, of the service folks, Juan is one of my favorites!

DK of San Francisco: Al-Anon - San Antonio Roundup
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September 17, 2017 06:27 PM PDT
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DK was a great selection for an Al-Anon speaker. She's great and we are so grateful she spent the weekend with us!

Roy - San Antonio Round Up 2017
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September 17, 2017 06:23 PM PDT
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Dear Roy is a sweetheart. He also has an amazing story with a great expanse of distance from what it was like, to what it's like now. It's so great that he's part of the fellowship right here in Texas. We're so fortunate to know him.

Solis R. of Austin, Texas; Arizona State Al-Anon Convention 2017
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August 02, 2017 09:13 PM PDT
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July 2017 Convention in Phoenix Arizona.

Rob R. Lambda Live and Let Live 2008
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May 17, 2017 08:48 PM PDT
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The Saturday Night Lambda Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Al-Anon: Kerri K. of Phoenix AZ; San Antonio R'up 2016
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September 07, 2016 08:44 PM PDT
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Kerri K. came from Arizona, leaving her lovely wife Lori behind and their new baby! It was so nice to see her again and her story of recovery was wonderful in Al-Anon

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