While Elli and Florence were my sponsors, I achieved around 18 months sober. I’ve written about it elsewhere. I drank, and continued drinking in and out of AA for another five years. During that time I had one of my more harrowing incidents. I called an AA friend, then passed out in a snow storm. When the good people of AA rescued me, I spent the night trying to drown myself in a small pond. In the morning I went to the hospital.
I asked a woman, Marva, the one who I called when I was driving through the storm, to be my sponsor. It was ill-advised for me to ask her and ill-advised for her to accept. She was a character. She had about five months sober at that time. I was too hard a case for either of us. I didn’t get any sober time that time. I also can’t recall even one sponsorly thing that she did. But to be fair, I can’t remember much of anything from then.