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In Celebration of the Unsung Hero of 12-Step Recovery

Posted in humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by Tim Elhajj

Alcoholics Anonymous celebrated the 75th anniversary of its 12-Step recovery program earlier this summer with no mention of the true hero of 12-Step recovery. Despite the program’s requirement for anonymity, AAs two co-founders are fairly well-known: Bill Wilson, a dowdy stock broker from Manhattan, and Doctor Bob Smith, a surgeon from Akron, Ohio.

What’s not as well-known is that early on Bob relapsed, went on a tear. The next morning Bill asked Bob if he was ready to try again. Bleary eyed and shaking, the good doctor agreed to give it another go. But he had to be in the operating room that very morning, so Bill gave him two brown bottles of beer to steady his nerves.

And so the true anonymous hero of recovering people everywhere is that patient, whose name has been lost to time. He lay face down on the operating room table. Whoever you were, nameless patient, wherever you are, recovering people from all over the world ought to thank you. A toast—of sparkling cider perhaps?

As Dr. Bob was a proctologist, we all know whose ass was really on the line.

When Software Development and 12-Step Humor Collide

Posted in humor with tags , , on March 23, 2010 by Editors

Found this in an email at work:

  1. We admitted that we had lost control of our bugs, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our bugs and our lives over to the care of Triage.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral triage of our bugs.
  5. Admitted to management, ourselves, and our team the exact nature of our bugs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have Dev remove all these defects of code.
  7. Humbly asked Dev to remove our bugs.
  8. Made a list of all customers we had harmed and became willing to test fixes for them all.
  9. Approved investments for such people wherever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to triage and when we were broken promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through meetings and documentation to improve our conscious contact with Triage, praying only for the knowledge of the Bug Bar and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other teams and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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