After my recent networking event, I joined Plexus, our LGBT Chamber of Commerce. This evening we had another networking event, this time in Akron (the previous one was a luncheon in Cleveland). This was an after-work event. Before the event, I had to do some Thanksgiving shopping and felt emboldened. Hybrid Kandi made another appearance. From the neck up (except my new glasses), I was myself, no makeup. From the neck down, I wore the jewelry you’ll see in my outfit, a pink polo, women’s jeans, flats and my androgynous coat and went grocery shopping. I had to pick up a few things for my Thanksgiving contributions. I stopped at two different stores and got gas, all in hybrid mode and you know what? No one cared. In fact, a woman and I were both looking for things in the baking section when she had trouble finding the vanilla. She initiated a conversation with me as we looked for and eventually found the vanilla. It was one of those really cool encounters, two women interacting.
Here I am headed to Akron:
I felt so well put together! The blazer, skirt, white blouse, my accessories were spot on! Red does seem to be my color. I received quite a few complements over the course of the evening. We had almost 100 people at the event, which was held in a very nice restaurant, which was also filled with regular patrons. Walking around looking as I did…….really special.
On top of everything, I met two world class human beings! They both happened to be colleagues, but I met them separately. I initially met Traci, but we’ll get back to her in a minute. This is me and (hopefully) my new friend Ashley.
Ashley is transitioning and a remarkable person. I wish I had more time to talk with her, but the nature of the event precluded us from continuing to share. I have such admiration for women like Ashley as it is so difficult to give up many of the things we cherish to achieve the level of happiness that we all need to keep moving forward in this world of ours. Her attitude and grace touched me and I hope to see her again.
Traci was one of the first people I met when I got to the event and I again saw her as I was settling up before I left while she having her dinner. Again, a simply wonderful human being and I was deeply touched by her kindness. Even as I write this, I am misting up a bit at the connection we made. I am truly blessed in so many ways. Here we are before I called it a (special, wonderful) night!
Allow me to editorialize a bit here, okay, it’s my blog, I get that! It’s difficult for me to properly articulate the very special connections I have made with so many people. many have been fleeting, brief encounters. A handful have sustained. But all, and there have been hundreds, have been because of the inherent goodness of people. Good people. Loving people. My complete and utter inability to fool anyone has served me well. Being who and what I am has allowed all of this to happen. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year!
The sh#t storm I have referenced looks to have run its course and it appears that I may in fact keep my job, which facilitates my ability to have Kandi time. I also made a connection or two that may or may not lead to Kandi finally earning her keep. There is still some clean up from the storm, but moving forward instead of reeling backward is a good thing.