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Sitting In a Bar in PR (Sober) – This is How I Feel

Sitting In a Bar in PR (Sober) – This is How I Feel

Sitting In a Bar in PR (Sober) – This is How I Feel

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The economy of Puerto Rico is worse than not good. I heard a lot about it from Gabby last night over beers at a seaside bar called La Pescaderia. I’ve been there before – in fact it is my favorite hangout in Puerto Rico. I always love to hear things from the source, and as we sat inside this beautiful enclave, feeling safe and impervious, Gabby explained the impending financial ramifications of a bankrupt commonwealth.

 

Kim and I tucked into fried fish and conch salad like, well, like people who climbed steep hills for two hours earlier in the day. Gabby had beer, Kim had non-alcoholic beer and I drank gassy water, neat, in a plastic cup.

 

How do I describe my feelings, sitting in my favorite kind of bar, but not drinking wine? First of all this is a place people come to DRINK. Like it’s their job. And there are so many triggers – the sound of the nighttime waves; the buzz of the blender; the smell of brine and wine on the air; the raucous reminiscences, bellowed by those belly-up to the bar top…

 

I almost wish I could tell you I struggled. It seems like I should have clutched the table in a wine craving frenzy. But,  here’s how I felt – I felt fine. Totally okay with my circumstances. Happy. Smart. Sober.

 

Se puede creer?

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Today I’m not drinking because it feels right – can you believe it?

 

How come you’re not drinking?

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Comments (8)

  1. Avatar
    Richard
    Jun 4, 2016

    M. Rough life…..and you are going back to Michigan?? R

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Jun 4, 2016

      Things are looking up (I have suffered a bit…). And yes I’m going back to Michigan – one of the big reasons things are looking up is because of my move there. This trip is a great boon and I am eternally grateful to my dear friends Kim and Claudio.
      XXXOOO
      M

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    Jeanette
    Jun 4, 2016

    How come you're not drinking?
    Because I finally fear the consequences, not only physically but mentally, financially & legally.......it feels good to feel good too!
    I’m new to this site & I am really enjoying it.

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Jun 4, 2016

      Welcome! I’m so glad and you hit me just as I was making an exotic trip and loving being sober while doing so! If I can help you in any way email me at marilyn32082@hotmail.com
      XXXOOO
      M

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    Carlee
    Jun 4, 2016

    How come you're not drinking?
    Because I love actually remembering days at the beach!
    I can relate! So glad you’re having fun! Making me miss conch fritters n seaside smells.. Mmm

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Jun 4, 2016

      So awesome to just enjoy a beach bar without the angst…
      XXXOOO
      M

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    George
    Jun 4, 2016

    Marilyn, I can’t believe you visited your favorite bar in the WORLD and drunk gassy water. You certainly are an inspiration to be broadcast around! If I went to th Bay Inn in bowling Scotland and was in rehab, no way would I successfully bale out the door without a few wee drams.
    No question the world needs many more Marylin Spillers!!!

    • Marilyn
      Marilyn
      Jun 6, 2016

      Thanks and I know the wee drams in Scotland well… and I have a few favorite bars in this world.
      XXXOOO
      M

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