Posts tagged serenity

He Said, She Said

In a heartwarming tale of one drunk helping another, one AA is on trial for shooting another AA after she beat him about the back of the head with a hammer. He claims she was his marijuana supplier. She claims to be a low-end prostitute, and that she was actually banging him in exchange for weed. Somewhere along the way, they each picked up a helluva resentment. It’s a classic “he said, she said” scenario:

Pinconning man on trial for attempted murder….

Milostan said he was on his knees, taking apart Borieo’s kitchen table when he received a blow to the back of his head.

“I got knocked out,” he said. “I was blacked out. It didn’t seem very long when I woke up on my stomach on the floor and somebody’s on my back. I heard some gunshots as I’m coming to. I’m going, ‘Oh heck, someone’s got a gun.’ I’m going ‘C’mon, Mike, wake up.’”

Milostan eventually shook off his attacker, he said.

“I see this person with hair in her face,” he said. “I know it’s a woman but I’m not really identifying her as Amy. The look on her face was something to remember. It was like nothing I’d ever seen. Her eyes are bugging out of her and there’s not a word coming out of her mouth.

“There wasn’t a cross word between us at that point,” he continued. “She was hitting me with the hammer. She was knocking the snot right out of me.”

A dazed Milostan, blood pouring from his scalp, looked down and noticed his .38-caliber revolver in his hand, he said. Borieo raised the hammer again and Milostan told her to lower it. When she did not, he shot her, he said.

He then called 911 on his cellphone and waited for help to arrive.

Questioned by his attorney Edward M. Czuprynski, Milostan said he met Borieo about a year-and-a-half before the shooting, when he was shooting pool at Bailey’s Bar & Grill in Bay City. He denied ever selling marijuana to Borieo, but said he bought the substance from her to help his wife and a friend deal with side effects of cancer treatment.

Milostan said he only briefly visited Borieo’s home a few times to pick up marijuana, loan her money or to give her supplies for her baby son. He denied having a sexual relationship with her. Borieo has testified he gave her money and marijuana for sex.

Milostan said he and Borieo attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting the evening of March 14, 2010. Upon returning Borieo to her home, he used her bathroom, washed his hands, and accidently left three gold rings by the sink. He realized he forgot the rings the next day, called Borieo and made arrangements to pick them up.

Serenity Searching With Chuck W.

Charles A Williams, Jr., an AA in New York with a scorching case of resentment, has been sentenced to five years of probation. Chuck is a serenity thief, who abused his position as Highway Superintendent by using town workers as his personal construction and landscaping crew. Shortly after his arrest, he threatened to shoot the local district attorney – for which he spent 97 days in the pokey:

No jail time for ex-Patterson highway chief

As part of the sentence, Williams, 47, will serve no jail time, having already spent 97 days at the county jail after threatening to shoot Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy soon after his February 2010 arrest. Williams, who resigned from his elected $89,000-a-year job this past February when he pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree grand larceny, will be on probation for five years, less the 97 days served in jail.

Visiting state Supreme Court Justice Albert Lorenzo also ordered a curfew for the first year of probation that requires Williams to be at his East Branch Road home from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., except for Fridays, when he can stay out to 10 p.m. to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Williams ‘ home at 699 E. Branch Road was at the center of the corruption case after state police and prosecutors said he used town workers on town time to put an addition on the home and landscape around his pool. He also used town mechanics to fix his personal vehicles on town time and stole $12,000 in gas from the Highway Department.

Nicely done, Chuck!

Dispatches from Serenutopia

“I will also have to tell you that not drinking and not working the steps have not really anything to do with each other. I stayed sober for 7 years without working the steps. I know an old lady just across the street that just celebrated 50 years of sobriety. She no longer goes to meetings, and probably hasn’t in years, but shows up every year to pick up her medallion. Unfortunately, she is a bitter, unsocial angry looking old woman. I would honestly prefer to relapse and start over with a fresh attitude of humility than to go through life that way.

I found out the hard way too, that it is possible to not drink, and not change my personality for years. But slowly we tend to warp into what is commonly called a dry drunk. You might want to think about the possibility of that happening to you someday. It does sneak up on you though, since the changes are so gradual. Looking back, I can see how I had been setting myself up for a relapse for about 2 or 3 years before I ever drank again. As I said, this was after 7 years of being sober, or might I say, “dry”. But I had become sort of crazy and not so easy to live with.”

Dave M, an AA, answering a question on Yahoo Answers.

Update on Lance Glock

Look who’s back in the news! It’s Lance Glock, the AA and sex offender who, along with his wife, runs the Johnson Sober Living House in Covina, California. The two have filed a lawsuit against the city of Covina, declaring their new policy intended to hold sober houses accountable and insure they aren’t manipulating the system to be unconstitutional and an invasion of  residents’ privacy. (As a point of clarity, don’t confuse “invasion of residents’ privacy” with “invasion residents’ privates,” which is what Lance Glock did when he 13th stepped a resident who had entrusted her recovery with him.) Naturally, they are hiding behind the Americans With Disabilities Act:

“The city wants to delve into the occupants’ private medical records to show they are protected by fair housing laws,” said Greg Lester, an attorney for Johnson House. “That’s an invasion of their privacy.”

The case centers around a sort of legal tangle.

The city generally prohibits business operated group living arrangements, like boarding houses. But outlawing such arrangements in the case of sober living homes would be a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. The act is aimed at protecting home renters and buyers from discrimination based on race, gender, age and disability. And under the act, psychological disabilities, including recovering addicts, are included.

So, to avoid violating the federal law, the Covina City Council approved a policy in December that regulates conditions under which sober living homes can operate in the city.

One of the provisions requires that the facilities prove they aren’t just any boarding house. They must “submit a letter from a medical doctor, social or case worker, handicapped license, or other similar supportive evidence” to prove residents are protected under the Fair Housing Act.

Without such documentation, the city could not know if residents are staying there illegally, City Attorney Marco Martinez said.

But requiring a letter as proof constitutes an invasion of privacy, contend Glock and Repp, who say they would be forced to violate the Constitution or dissolve their business.

“It’s the demands for personal information that would violate the privacy rights of individual residents that is objectionable,” said Lou Fazzi, the lead attorney representing Johnson House.

Covina sued over sober living policy

My sad and bold prediction: Glock wins.

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Treatment With a Bang

Lance Glock is still an abusive, manipulative scumbag

AA Memories for Lindsay L

OK, kids. It’s time to step into our wayback machines and head to December of ’06, when a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan first started her serenity journey. Here is an AP article from that time:

NEW YORK — Lindsay Lohan says she’s been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a year, but hasn’t talked about it because “it’s no one’s business.”

“I just left an AA meeting,” the 20-year-old actress tells People magazine in a story posted Tuesday on its Web site.

“I haven’t had a drink in seven days. Or anything,” she says. “I’m not even legal to, so why would I? I don’t drink when I go to clubs. I drink with my friends at home, but there’s no need to. I feel better not drinking. It’s more fun. I have Red Bull.”

“I’ve been going to AA for a year by the way,” Lohan adds. When asked why didn’t she say so until recently, she replies: “Well it’s no one’s business. That’s why it’s anonymous!”

Lohan says she’s been going to AA for a year

I’m not big on celebrity gossip. Could anyone here update me on what’s happened in Lindsay’s life since then?

A Lying Toole

A former Pennsylvania judge and current member of Alcoholics Anonymous, with an aversion to paying taxes, is doing his darnedest to stay out of the joint – he is using the classic AA “abuse excuse” to to do so. Michael “I’m A Serenity” Toole, was caught giving preferential treatment to a litigant in an insurance arbitration hearing, in exchange for free use of a beach house:

Prosecutors say Toole helped Cardoni in an insurance case that was going to arbitration. Each side picks one arbiter, with the judge picking a “neutral arbiter.” Cardoni testified today that when he deliberately scheduled the hearing for a time he knew Toole would be the judge, and that when he approached the courtroom, Toole’s Tipstaff came to him and asked “Who do you want?” Toole then appointed the person Cardoni recommended as the neutral arbiter.

The government says Cardoni then rewarded Toole by letting him use a beach house in New Jersey the lawyer owned as an investment property, renting it out to tenants on a weekly basis. Cardoni testified Toole got free use of the house three times, in 2005, 2006 and 2008, though prosecution and defense both agreed the 2005 use should not be considered in the sentencing because Toole revealed it, not Cardoni, after being charged.

Prosecution says Toole seemed to Stalk Attorney Cardoni

Once he learned of a federal probe that might reveal his ill-gotten gains, Toole thought that he would cover his tracks by creating a fake paper trail:

Cardoni also testified that, in 2008, he began hearing about the federal corruption probe in the county and that he and Toole agreed they should create a “paper trail” to make it appear as though Toole were paying for the house. Cardoni said he estimated the rental value at $7,500 plus the $900 for the repair company, and that he gave that much to Toole in July 2008. After several failed attempts to get together, Cardoni said Toole met him in the parking lot of his office and that the judge gave him a check for $7,500 and a bank envelope containing $900 in cash. Continue reading A Lying Toole

Quote of the Day

“The ‘higher-power’ concept works. If you want to make the higher-power your left big toe, well that will work just fine.”

hornblower, an AA, commenting on The Telegraph article about Charlie Sheen’s AA criticism.

Gene Search

Here is an interesting article from today’s Wall Street Journal, about research being done in linking certain gene profiles with a predisposition to alcohol abuse. Thus far, researchers haven’t discovered a serenity, resentment or spiritual deficiency gene:

Identifying Links to Drinking May Lead to Drug Treatments Tailored to Your DNA

Cabbie Slasher To Stand Trial

UPDATE: Michael Enright, the AA who slashed the throat of a New York cabbie for having the wrong higher power™, has had his hate crimes charge upheld by a judge:

Judge Upholds Hate Crimes Charge Against Alleged Slasher

Sexual Device Assault

Carolee Bildsten is an AA in Illinois who pulled the “dine and dash” routine at a Joe’s Crab Shack. I supposed she figured that since she has given crabs to so many others, it is about time for someone to reciprocate. When the police found her down the street, and took her to her apartment to get some cash to pay her tab, she attacked a cop with – I shit you not – a vibrator:

Police say Bildsten is charged with theft and aggravated assault for walking out on a restaurant tab Nov. 9, then using the plastic sex toy to attack an officer who was trying to collect the money.

I swear, you can’t make this stuff up.

Bond revoked again in assault case

Sex Toy Assault: Woman Attack Cop With ‘Pleasure Device’