This phrase, A Promise Made Is A Debt Unpaid, comes from the Robert W. Service Poem, ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’.

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.

As a high school student in 1952, I was captivated by his poems. I can remember being on ‘hall patrol’, sitting at my table in the Northwest corner of the second floor hallway of my high school, reading his poems. I can oh so vividly see-it-now in my mind’s-eye. Thank You Mrs. Joyce Cowen, my English teacher, for assigning us several of his poems (The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew) to read as homework. You changed my life. 

Back to my Promise Made Is A Debt Unpaid..

I have been daily, ‘promising myself’  that I would take some photos of the view from my room here in Ulaanbaatar while the weather is sunny and warm. Soon, one morning, I’ll awake to an all white scene as a result of the Autumn’s first snow.

Looking straight out of our (Patti and mine) window. We are having incredible Autumn days. One right after another.

Looking to the right at our local school.

Looking to the left.

A crew is resurfacing the parking lot.

As you will see in the below link to blogspot, Vladivostok remains alive-and-well.

Today I gave a two hour talk. 

Down, oh-so-carefully, the stairs we go into a small basement room.

A really nice, touching pleasant, committed-to-recovery room.

Dedicated people going-to-any-length to recover.

I sat behind the below sign. A sign such as this was an absolute first ever for me. It spoke of the sincerity of the group’s leaders. They wanted everyone to know who it was talking. The SPEAKER of course.

One of the back corners of the tiny room. It was jam-packed with 25 or so members. 

Talk about passion for recovery. Several members asked me to join them in a meeting-after-the-meeting. I took them to my favorite restaurant here in Ulaanbaatar.

Bacon-potato salad.

Another full day here in Ulaanbaatar.

Tired out? Yes!

But Still Standing ..



2 thoughts on “SEP 29, 19 .. A PROMISE MADE IS A DEBT UNPAID

  1. Patricia Boone

    Nice to see the view from “our” room in Ulaanbaatar on a sunny day! It is amazing that you were able to get 25 or so people into what looks to be a pretty small (but yes, nice, touching, pleasant, dedicated to recovery) room for your meeting. Again, the potato salad brings back some pleasant memories also!! Encouraging that such a number of people wanted to continue to ask you questions at the meeting-after-the-meeting. Smiles and hugs. Patti

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      When I enter such a dedicated room, it makes me want to give everything that I have to give to the members present. Their passion and sincerity deeply touch me. It was special to see my familiar waiter / server at the restaurant. I missed him my last visit. Thank You for your comment and assistance. Love Cap

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