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My home group was in Brooklyn, a few blocks from where I live. Naturally, I know that gang a lot better than the others. The chapter boasts a club house over a garage-open every evening, plus afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. Heavy drinkers are given to plenty of coffee when they are off the hard stuff, in or out of AA. There are comfortable chairs and divans scattered about.
Also, old magazines and books. Even a radio, which is rarely turned on because it would mess up conversation which, next to romance, is the main business of the place. At ten cents a throw you could buy drink after drink and not be hurt too badly. Lady Lushes May Get Extra-special Treatment It must have gotten around the neighborhood that our romance corner was pretty good. She had plenty of company until a male regular she had turned down got around to asking her if she were an alky.
In a firm sort of way she was invited not to come back. Until recent years, it was commonly believed among non-members that AA was strictly for the boys and the general public still has a childish opinion that the only females who ever join a swearing-off society are wrinkled old trollops who spent their youth in second rate brothels. I wish all those who have fallen for this idea could attend one of the many big parties tossed by the Manhattan-Uptown branch of AA.
Later that same evening, I was introduced to a pair of top-flight models whose beautiful faces had graced the covers of leading fashion magazines. Maybe they figure that after seeing so many spotted snakes and pink elephants they have nothing left to fear. You have to watch them, though. First thing you know, neither of you can find yourselves, much less the black-coffee-club where you met.
I slipped off the wagon hard a couple of times before I learned not to toast a new romance with anything stronger than 7-Up. All too often, if you answer the fire bell for another man, it means two guys get drunk instead of one. She had a buddy-Sue and Rita were their names-in the Downtown-Manhattan branch. Anybody want a cup of coffee?