How's it going? Jaysus, what a week... I'm glad that's over and it's the weekend. Woo-hoo! Not only that but it's Transpocalypse too. Sadly, I won't be going this year (family commitments), but you never know do you. To those of you going, have a good time and stay safe!
Winter's passed, spring and fall
What is it with us humans and anniversaries? On Thursday, 27th January 2006 I pulled up outside a community centre in Arnold. I grabbed my rucksack off the back seat and headed inside. I was met by a nice lady who welcomed me to the group and told me where I could get changed. Thirty or fourty minutes later I'd packed my male stuff into the bag and I was all dolled up: It was Lynn's first time to Notts Chams. I wasn't the only newbie there that night: Maddie and Rachel came along too (hi girls!).
So a year has passed and a lot has changed. I'm a regular visitor and as the opening bars to the Cheers' theme state: "where everybody knows your name", it's cool to belong. Okay, so they don't shout 'Norm!' at me when I come in, but as Tracey said the other night, it's a lot like family. So, I guess it's my turn to be nice to the girls brave enough to push themselves and make the journey.
What's in a name?
Here's a question for you: does your female name have a passing resemblance to your male name? Mary / Martin, Christine / Chris, Tonya / Tony, etc. I'm curious because there's a few girls I know where that is the case. Is this the exception rather than the norm?
Suits you... sir
Earlier in the week I had a meeting in Derby. One of those fancy meetings where you have to dress nice and play nice for the customers. Normally I don't wear a suit to work - shirt, tie and troos are okay - so it was a nice change to dress a bit fancier than usual. Maybe not as fancy as Thursday nights, but a break from the norm is good.
Rather than head back to the office straightaway, I had a quick wander around the shops. I had missed lunch, so a quick stroll for an hour around the town centre was very pleasant. It cleared the cobwebs away and I was somewhat amused because normally when I go to Derby, I'm en femme but today it was bloke mode. There were a couple of sales on but nothing really caught my eye.
Out on Thursday
The traffic gods were smiling when I set off to Nuthall and I was early for me. I was hoping to get there before 8pm because we were having visitors. A few folk from Nottingham City Council were attending to discuss the new Gender Equality laws that are coming in. They wanted some feedback from the TG community - that'd be us I guess - on how they could improve both as an employer and as a service to Jo(e) Public. Various ideas were put forward and I found it very interesting to hear the differing points of view. It was not a 'moan-fest' by any means, there were some positive comments as well as some darker stories. I hope that they (Nicky and John) got something out of it and maybe they'll be back again. At least if we can communicate our wishes to the powers that be, maybe they'll listen and things will be easier for the next generation.
Certainly there is an element of fear from some of Joe Public. Just what do we get up to when we meet up? Kinky sex rites, Wickerman stuff? No, I'm afraid it's much more shocking than that. We sit around, talk and drink tea - kinda like a really butch WI [shrug] but don't let that put you off! :-) It's all about the company really.... and the insanity of a quiz night.
Talking of company, Maddie also came to visit and it was great to catch up. Maybe we should start that Tranny book club eh Maddie? :-) I hope you come on along next time!!
I also bought some new batteries for my camera, but when I got home - they were flat. Still, never mind eh. For a bit of a change, I forsook the skirt and heels option, and went for something a bit 80s. Leggings, knee boots and a blue long wrap cardigan with white t-shirt underneath. It was a nice change although I think I'll leave the footless tights to younger girls.
Okay, vanity / curiosity finally got the better of me and I put my fizzog through MyHeritage.com's celeb look-a-like gadget. So, the scores on the doors are:
Shirley Manson - 78%; Ashton Kutcher - 72%; Barbara Striesland - 72%; Raven Symone - 70% and Rene Russo - 68%.
Okay, so I'm some strange hybrid of a goth, toyboy, gay icon, R&B totty and a foxy movie star. After 3.. 'With your cherry lips....' :-)