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30 September 2010 @ 04:50 am
Shit.  I got involved with somebody.  I'm living stealth in this new town and I fell like I don't know her well enough to disclose, but every time I see her she tries to take my pants off.

08 August 2010 @ 12:51 am
I'm starting to become invisible. 

I went to a gun show this weekend with my dad.  nobody stared, nobody did a double-take.  Stick me in the middle of the most redneck, judgmental, and potentially dangerous crowd in the state and I'm just another short white guy, nothing special and nothing different.

I love this.
31 July 2010 @ 08:42 pm
Gross.  I just drained 3ml of clear yellow fluid from a swelling under my left pec.  Guess I should have left the drains in longer.
21 May 2010 @ 10:46 pm
6 weeks (ish) on T: I would post pictures but my camera is broken and I don't think there's much to show.  I don't think my voice has changed in terms of "normal" speaking voice, but I've noticed the ability to speak lower if I try.  I'm getting called sir on the phone occasionally.   No real increase in muscle mass, but I'm stronger than I used to be.  And I have a very, very small patch of beard (maybe 7-8 hairs) that I've been diligently shaving.  Small changes, but they're good.
06 April 2010 @ 12:45 pm
Long time no post. I got slack.

Despite hearing mixed reviews, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Marlowe over spring break and it went very well. I hope this continues.

After getting a go-ahead from my bloodwork results, I gave myself my first shot last night. I never thought I would be so elated to stick a needle in my leg. Overall it was great but I think we might have wasted some T trying to get it into the syringe. Tried drawing up with a 25g first, no dice, finally had some success with a 23g. So, 40mg of Testosterone Enanthate per week, planning to increase to 80 or 100mg over the next few months depending on results.

04 December 2009 @ 05:47 pm
Changing your name in Watauga County rocks. My "hearing" involved giving my ID to the magistrate in the civil affairs office and receiving a stack of stamped approval papers. I was in and out of the courthouse in five minutes. I was thrilled.

The rest of the process apparently involves jumping through a lot of hoops. Social Security first, then the DMV, then everything else after that should be pretty easy by comparison. I'd like to have everything settled by January.
16 November 2009 @ 03:17 pm
Turned in my name change papers with the $88 court fee (they raised it right after I picked up the packet a few weeks ago). My hearing is on December 3rd. I'm anxious about getting turned down... my record is clean but it's a conservative county. We'll see.

Also looking further into seeing an endo, looks like Dr. Marlowe in Charlotte is the best local option. I've gotten great reviews about him from two guys, and his fees are reasonable. I've heard myths of a free clinic for bloodwork but that's unconfirmed.
23 October 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Generally, I try to stay positive. 

But if one more stupid redneck asks me if I'm 13 and thinks it's funny...  bitch, I'm 6 months away from a bachelor's degree.  Yes, I'm old enough to serve beer at this restaurant.  suck.  my.  dick.
16 October 2009 @ 11:42 pm
Home for break.  It's been much better than expected.  I brewed a batch of beer with my dad on thursday night, which turned out well.  He's been brewing for several years and is overall really good at it, but I don't think he experiments very much.  The recipe I was using was a heavily-spiced winter ale (threw all sorts of good fresh stuff into it... vanilla beans, nutmeg, cloves, orange zest) and it smelled wicked good.  He said he'd never smelled anything like it.  Should be ready in time for Thanksgiving so I look forward to it. 

In other news, we had a long talk this afternoon about post-college plans.  I told him that I have an endo lined up and I plan to start T within a few months of graduation.  He explained his objections, again, and I appreciate the honesty.  But I told him that I'm not asking him for permission, I'm telling him what's going to happen, and I think they're both finally coming to terms with that.  I don't mean to sound so impatient with them.  But I've been talking to dad about this for 4 years, and mom for 7 years, and we're finally getting to the point where they've stopped yelling at me every time it's brought up.  So goes progress.

Talked to mom separately about changing my name.  My girlfriend was right about taking the job/interview slant, it definitely helped.  I told her that I'd like their input on names, and she immediately gave me a middle name that she'd picked out already.  So, that was encouraging.
05 October 2009 @ 04:49 pm
My birth certificate came in the mail this afternoon.  Yessss.  I have money set aside for the court fees, the next step is to get my character references notarized and stop second-guessing myself on details.  What I change my name to is less important to me than just dropping my legal name, which is painfully female. 

Also, figuring out the best way to handle this with my parents is tricky.  My girlfriend suggested framing it in terms of networking & job hunting: it will be a big setback if I have to juggle preferred vs. legal names during job interviews, etc.  Can't argue with that, really.