My alcoholism has led me from a substantial income, Living with a friend on a Yacht in Newport Beach, Ca., Dining on a Russian Freighter, to homeless looking for a private room at the City Union Mission, in Kansas City. Then I graduated to a 76 bed recovery house in the ghetto. I only have 3 years of continuous sobriety now, but I have living experiences that maybe, just maybe, I can help the poor person so they do not have to run this same gambit. This I believe is the mission of my journey from 9/13/07 til the day I leave the earth.. What a wonderful goal.. This is why I try to learn new things each day because it is impossible to pass on what you don’t have…. Love you All…SOBRIETY CAN BE A HOOT FOR ALL, IT IS FOR ME…. Love Ya… Charlie V.
CAREER VS. DRINKING:
I worked for the largest (at the time) railroad in the United States. We were an east coast railroad that ran no further west than St. Louis. I worked hard and was transferred to Los Angeles as Sales Manager. This job included entertaining customers and wives in various venues. I was so far from our actual railroad I literally did this every day–and was I good at it! I could entertain the Japanese firms in L.A, and drank so much I could almost speak Japanese by the end of the evening. Later I was promoted to Regional Manager, and I am sure it was because of my large capacity to hold my liquor. I drank so much–at the rate I was going, I was sure I could drink myself into the President of the railroad job if it came open. God I loved that job. This was the beginning of the end of my drinking career. Since leaving that job I have in one way or another, been working with recovery-orientated jobs. I am so grateful I have found recovery and don’t have to live like that ever again, if I am willing to do a few simple things to maintain continuous sobriety….Love Ya All
SOBRIETY IS REALLY A HOOT…