Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.
What man is that?
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

It's Sunday, March 15, 2015.  I was going to write about putting my foot in my mouth but decided instead to throw around some random thoughts.

Last Thursday was the annual physical inventory at the Bookstore.  The night began with a toddler dropping her pull ups and urinating on the floor.  The night did not improve from there.  Like many retail locations, we use RGIS to do our inventory.  The hierarchy in RGIS is that the counters (we had maybe 30) all wear red shirts.  The supervisors wear gray shirts.  We had 4 gray shirts.  Above that are suits.  We usually have a suit, but not this time.  No, this time we had a woman with cherry red hair (which looked pretty cool) in charge.  And three times she called me "Sir."  Now I was wearing a form fitting top, showing off the Girls to full effect.  Y'know- major feminine cue.  But she seemed to ignore that.  To say I was angry is putting it mildly.  I kept it together, and quietly corrected her each time.  Had there been another time, I may have been a little more... oh I don't know... forceful?  Maybe I should've flashed her.


This week is the 2015 Keystone conference.  This time I'll remember to keep notes.  As usual, I'll have my article about it on TG Forum.  Once again, I'll be presenting a seminar.  This time I will be presenting after lunch!  2 PM Thursday March 19.  So if you're going to be there, I'd love to see you. I'll be rooming with my co-conspirators, the stunning Linda Lewis and amazingly gorgeous Ally Raymond (names familiar to long time readers.)

With Ally and Linda, 2014

 I can't wait to see old friends there.  So many people who I haven't seen in forever- many since last year.  I love seeing how we all grow from year to year.  I remember going for my first time and how scared I was.  This was a HUGE deal- being myself for several days in a row!  Now I'm a completely different person.

My first Keystone, 2009.  I still have that dress

Each year, I meet more people.  Last year for example I met the amazing Julie, who lives in central PA, and is a fellow paramedic.  She has since become a dear friend.  Who will I meet this year?  Who knows?

Linda Lewis, Julie, some fat chick

The future holds so much promise.  The Undiscovered Country and all that.  Keystone is an event I don't "Need" any more as I did.  I am full time.  But seeing so many wonderful people living their dreams is draw enough.  What will this year hold?  Well, I'll find out this week.  And you'll find out soon after, because as always, I'll write about it.

Keystone 2011

On a different note, The Phillies have started spring training.  Our ace pitcher Cole Hamels has said he wants to be traded to a winner.  Most of the team's stars are old and broken.  It's going to be a long season.  But I'll still be rooting on my fightin' Phils.  Just wish they stood a chance.

That's really all I have for now dear readers.  I hope you have a wonderful week.  I certainly will try.  After all, that's all I can do...

Be well.

1 comment:

  1. I currently count for the aforementioned entity. The opinions below are my own and not those of my employer. Seriously, don't sue me.

    I am attempting to transition right now and this story made me want to do two things at the same time: cry and scream. I haven't begun my WPATH SoC year yet. I want you to know that I do correct people as well for misgendering in my job. You would think being near Chicago I'd find a larger group of accepting people but it's been my experience that everyone has their own "issues" that make them feel it's okay to be rude or hurt someone. I stand here to tell you it's not amd I will always be a shield to those who trust me with their secrets. I alway have and will remain loyal to my Protected. I'm stuck on AHA insurance at the moment and seeking a gender therapist I like. I can tell you that RGIS does have a policy that states, "Decisions on all aspects of employment, including but not limited to hiring, promotion, wages, discipline and termination, will be made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnic background, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran or military status, age, disability, perceived disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law." While this is far from including the staff of the stores they inventory it is a policy that protects its employees somewhat. Whither or not they defend their handbook remains to be seen and I'd not be fit to talk about it in any case. Sorry to hear you were repeatedly misgendered. Hope your life is going well now.