I have a friend who died recently and he died a very bitter and angry person, but when he was the self-proclaimed "town drunk" he was a happy guy and very personable and everybody liked him. Whether he drank to hide personal demons or he simply had a physical addiction to alcohol, his persona took a turn for the worse when he became sober. The local AA rents a building I help maintain and it's a real walking on the eggshells experience if I see many of the AA people. Many of these people who I remember at the bar, or the shows I played when I was a musician, were much more personable when they drank. I can see a strict adherence to walk a straight line and not drink, but does that give a person the right to treat everybody not in AA, or even in AA, like dirt? Then there's the pushing of god on everyone, or higher power. Even my former employee who took to a well known door to door cult isn't as Taliban as the people in AA. What the f is with that? Does meaning that being sober is now about becoming a terrible human being the in thing? I just don't get it.