Shari and Me
I found this nice photo of me and my friend Shari on her Flickr page and I just had to add it to mine as it brought back fond memories. This was taken shortly after I arrived at SCC 2011. Shari not only looks like a model, she is a warm and lovely person. She was a key influence when I first ventured out in 2006. I remember my first venture into the public arena as Alex (Andrea at the time) - I was wearing a pink outfit and I tagged along with Shari as she ran an errand to Walgreens or CVS. I was really nervous, but it was exhilarating. I am forever thankful for this deceptively mundane little trip and for her friendship ever since.
I will need to nail down photos of other key influences in my life since that time - KC, Steph Yeats, Cristy Garcia, and Laura Lenley. I meet these ladies online, when I was first researching whether I was alone. Not only did I discover I was not alone, but there was a community of like-minded, professional people that brought a dignity to what I have come to accept as a craft (crossdressing, femulation, eonism, whatever). I am forever grateful to them as well :)
A note about this particular photo - I arrived in Atlanta shortly before 7PM. I got my room and changed into Alex in record time. It usually takes me four hours of work if I have to shave. But somehow I did it in about two. I love the outfit, in part because it is so comfortable. I should expand my casual rack a bit more.