My not so close acquaintance, Gabriel* got on the bus yesterday as usual. I guess I hadn't seen him in about a month. I also know him and his family from the soup kitchen. Today was different though, this isn't the Gabe I know.
We had an enjoyable conversation and even sang songs together. I wondered why is this so different, usually Gabe acts like a buffoon on the bus and I worry that he'll stumble into me and fall.
I told him that one day a stranger turned to me and said "What kind of dope is that guy on?" (referring to Gabe) I told him I had no idea. Today i relayed this story to Gabe, and he told me, no dope, just alcohol, but I've been sober for 8 months!
Wow! I was absolutely stunned that a sober man is a completely different man from a drunk man. Gabe is a new man. I told him that I am very proud of him, keep up the good work, because:
"You were one ugly drunk!"