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Old July 9th, 2004, 01:35 AM
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Who is Bill W and who are his friends?

The dailies for the Spirit show a meeting EVERY day for the "friends of Bill W".

I'm wondering if I should go and be his friend.
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Old July 9th, 2004, 01:37 AM
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you're joking, right?
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Old July 9th, 2004, 01:40 AM
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He's Dorothy's husband. They both have a lot of friends.
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Old July 9th, 2004, 01:42 AM
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Who is Bill W and who are his friends?

The dailies for the Spirit show a meeting EVERY day for the "friends of Bill W".

I'm wondering if I should go and be his friend.
Since no one is bothering to give you a straight answer... it is a AA meeting...
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Default Friends of Bill W

It's a legitimate question, I would not know except I have a family member in recovery. Friends of Bill W is an AA meeting, most cruise lines have them. If you can imagine how the liquor flows on a cruise ship and the temptations that arise, it's a responsible idea for the cruise lines to offer them, and I would imagine make people in recovery deal with the situation.

And in case you see it, Friends of Dorothy is a meeting for gay people.
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There is an interesting made-for-TV movie called "My Name is Bill W" (at least that's what I think it's called) - about the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson. That's the only reason I knew what a Friends of Bill W meeting was.

Can anyone tell me where the name "Friends of Dorothy" came from? Does it really have anything to do with the Wizard of Oz?

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There is an interesting made-for-TV movie called "My Name is Bill W" (at least that's what I think it's called) - about the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous by Bill Wilson. That's the only reason I knew what a Friends of Bill W meeting was.

Can anyone tell me where the name "Friends of Dorothy" came from? Does it really have anything to do with the Wizard of Oz?
Yes it does - Dorothy= Judy Garland = diverse fan base
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Wow, I never knew thats what Friends of Dorothy meant, I thought it was an all woman spin-off on AA.

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Gosh! For 4 years I've been wondering who Bill W. is!!! Thanks for asking that question!
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Gee, I think some of the people obsessed with "smuggling" liquor onboard might just consider stopping in to see "Friends of Bill W." Ya think??? LOL!

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I first learned of Friends of Bill W. in the early 90s on the Majesty of the Seas. I always thought it was weird that they met in the Viking Crown Lounge (a bar).
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Ironic yes, but it's not like they've not been in a bar before. Probably rather nostalgic.


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I don't think they'd exactly call it nostalgic to meet in a bar. The cruises I have been on generally hold them in a meeting or conference room. To have an AA meeting in a bar is ridiculous!

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Thanks Bragstarr! That's my Schnoocums. I leave in 3 weeks and I've been freaking about her being alone for 2 weeks even thought I have 2 friends coming by everyday to play with and feed her .

I think you're right actually about them meeting in a bar. Seems to me on past cruises (both Celebrity) when looking at the dailies, they were held in the library/card room.

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they were held in the library/card roomThe meetings that is, not the alcoholics! LOL.

Sorry, I've got the "pre-vacation punchies"

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OK, I feel stupid for asking BUT I DIDN'T KNOW! Thanks for the Dorothy info also.

All this cruising stuff is new to me, and I guess alot else is too.

I gotta get out more!
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Why should you feel stupid for asking? Most of us who know are either relatives or friends of people who are involved in AA, in recovery themselves, or have been on a lot of cruises! Better you were never in a situation where you NEEDED to know about these things!
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Here's my funny Bill W. story. After our 6th cruise and reading over the events of the day I noticed this Bill W. guy who cruises with a lot of friends or enough to get his name and party in the dailys was following us from ship to ship. I mean this was too much and I had to meet this world cruiser Bill W. so I went to the meeting and stuck my head in the door to only see one person there. I asked when Bill was coming and she knew I was not part of the program. We talked a while and after she filled me in and what it was all about I've never felt so embarrsed. I had a brother that went to AA but he never mentioned Bill W. so I had no idea. We talked about my brother who had died from it and after that time I don't feel so funny that Bill W. and his friends are following us. It's wonderful the ship provides the factilties to meet while on vacation. This question gets asked a lot here on CC and you get the same answers of some many who didn't know.
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OK - so now I know that Dorothy/Judy Garland is the basis for Friends of Dorothy - but what is the background that brought that group to name itself thus?
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As far as I know Smudge; gays worship Judy Garland. Whatever works!


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