How many of us still have phones like this in our houses? I wish I could have kept one of these phones and brought it into my apartment years ago. They were built to last, and had to be - unlike most equipment which had a 5 year depreciation schedule, telephones had a 50 year depreciation schedule. In short, tax laws forced the phone company to keep old equipment in the home as long as possible.
Why do I bring up old technology?
As I've mentioned in earlier entries, I've been looking for a new job since June. The resumes I've been sending out have both my email address and phone number on them. On Friday, I received an email from someone, asking me to call and arrange an in-person first interview. However, I didn't know that I had someone else interested in me, as they left a message on my telco provided voice mail, instead of on my answering machine. (I was on the phone when the call came in - and the voice mail system kicked in.) Since I didn't make any outgoing phone calls on my land line, I had no way of knowing that a message was waiting for me....
As I write this, it is Monday morning, and a blizzard is expected to hit tonight. So now, I have two phone calls to get in before the blizzard hits. And on one of them, I'll have to say that I had the flu last week - a little white lie to explain why I didn't make a phone call until today.
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How does this relate to being transgender?
Most of us need a little help to look presentable. We all need makeup and prosthesis to disguise our masculine features and look as feminine as possible. There is nothing really new under the sun for us, except that the quality of what we use is better and more convenient to use than it was 50 years ago. Yet, because of some little thing or another, we will have glitches that cause us problems.
As much as I have my preparation routine that feminizes my appearance, I occasionally slip up. Luckily, those things are minor, and I still look quite presentable for a person of my size. If I skip the makeup that I use to provide contouring around my nose, this is not a big deal. But I have skipped the blush that gives my cheeks some color - and this does have a major effect on how my face appears at first glance.
When one is out and about as much as I am, one has to learn how to repair things on the fly. So I carry a small makeup clutch in my pocketbook at all times. In it, you'll find a small compact, a lipstick (with lip liner), a concealer stick, blush, and mascara. I can patch up most of the small flaws I discover without too many headaches.
As with the undetected message on my voice mail, we all have to be ready for glitches that have to be fixed on the fly.
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I'm glad that things are finally starting to look up in my job search after months of no developments. But part of me will be sad when I eventually find work - instead of being in Marian Mode 50+ percent of the time, I may be this way only 2 nights per week. So I'm cherishing what opportunities I have to be in Marian Mode for days at a time for as long as I have them....