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A few random rendezvous's could mean Russia?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So as part of my recovery from a long long life of alcohol abuse I am actively going out and reconnecting with people - both face to face to face and online.

Its so great to start to get some self esteem back and not be constantly self evaluating and wondering whether they think I am too fat...which I would normally cure by drinking a box of wine!


I had "drinks" on Saturday (well she had wine and I had soda and lime) with an old friend I used to work with in Abu Dhabi. She and I have are those kind of friends who can go without seeing each other for 2 years and be caught up within minutes.

She is working with my ex boss from the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi so it was great getting news about other people as well.

So after that.....On Monday night, out of the blue, John (the ex boss) sent me a Facebook message asking for my phone number.

I knew this was too much of a coincidence so I immediately called my friend and asked if she knew why....

Turns out that the CEO of the Abu Dhabi F1 has now moved over to Russia to manage the very first Russian F1 - happening in October - back on track. It seems that ticketing (my area of expertise) has not even started to be looked at and they go on sale in 6 weeks. That is tight. MUCH MUCH to tight - I don't see how it can be done...but...I have been known to produce a miraclle here and there.

I am encouraged to say that after my initial "Wow ... OMG ... I could be working in Russia!!!" excitement my next thought was how I was going to manage my sobriety.

Early the next morning I meditated to try and clear my head and decided I needed to speak to my AA buddy Jane for some advice. An hour later I was sitting out the front playing candy crush on my phone, looked up, thought "Gee that looks like Jane's car parking directly outside my house" and Jane got out of the car emoticon

She was going to see her doctor round the corner...what are the odds...SO weird!!!! Anyway we had a coffee and some chat and I felt more secure about some steps I could take to manage stress and avoid the bottle IF on the slim chance Russia became a real thing.

What felt good for me was that I wasn't just saying YEAH I'LL GO TO RUSSIA! I am placing my sobriety as the number one priority.

John spoke to me last night and has indicated that the CEO (Richard) wants my contact details as the ticketing side of things is looking precarious (that's putting it nicely emoticon ) and wants to talk to me about it. Basically it sounds like they need someone with my skillset to get that side of things on track.

It COULD mean a 3 month (or longer...maybe much longer) contract working in Sochi (where the winter Olympics are being held) preparing for the F1 in October. It's probably a 40% chance but ... wow .... the way things happen in life!

Just in the last week or so I have started to feel like I can get back to work - sobriety is going well, my depression is gone.

Plus the person I am sharing with is an admitted functioning alcoholic and the longer I maintain my sobriety the more strained our relationship seems to be coming so am also considering that I have to move except I am broke right now. 3 months working at well paid contract rates could sure help to fix THAT one!

So...nothing really weight related although I did do a little bit of stress eating last night... but just needed to blog as I am still spun out about this bizarre chain of events since last Saturday - truly amazing.

Richard is going to Skype me from Sochi over the next day or two and who knows I could be on a plane to Russia in the next week lol

So - thats the story. And thanks for reading to the end - I think I just need to process what has happened and what might happen so I can be a little more focused and less stunned when Richard skypes me emoticon :)

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    What an amazing story and I'm proud of you on your sobriety. I hope things work out to where you can get a job in Sochi, get out of your current living situation and into a new life of your own. You've come a very long way my friend. Congratulations!

    1606 days ago
  • ZIGGY122
    emoticon Praying that all works out for you. Have fun and be safe. On yeah! don' forget to keep in touch with us Spark friends.0 emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Awesome, Dave.
    1607 days ago
    sounds amazing David
    1607 days ago
    Wow, that IS an amazing turn of events!

    I have traveled in Russia (the Far East), so if you want any advice, let me know. As someone else mentioned, though, they do like their vodka. The only way they'll take no for an answer is if you say you have liver problems or you're on antibiotics. Learn those phrases! (I'd go with liver problems since you might be there a while. LOL)

    Fingers crossed for you.
    1607 days ago
    In case things do pan out, have a safe trip!

    You can do this! You CAN manage your sobriety. Right now, the sobriety is the big issue. Once you are more comfortable with that, the weight loss will be easier for you.

    Have a good week!

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    1607 days ago
    Sochi is gorgeous, or at least it was when we were there in the early 70s. Go for it! (But don't go out drinking with Russians, they are crazy and don't stop!)
    1607 days ago
    Sometimes things just flow. It has always been my experience that when things flow like that they are meant to happen! Good luck!
    1607 days ago
    Wow! This is certainly a bunch of circumstances coming together perhaps for you. Please let us know.

    Do your best to rest your mind on the moment instead of what could happen. I know I'm asking a lot here, we all want to plan everything out, but don't.
    1607 days ago
  • RDEE22
    David this might be the start of the productive start of your new life. I hope it works out for you. You are doing so well. Sending great vibes your way!!
    1608 days ago
    Wishing you wonderful outcomes.
    1608 days ago
    Sounds amazing David .. Hope it all works out for you. emoticon
    1608 days ago
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