I had a wonderful day today! i had decided to take off and go to the beach if the weather was good (after yesterday's all day rain - it was as if mother nature was crying for the 9/11 casualties)
i went to my favorite beach ( Ocean Grove) which is in a victorian town in new jersey. (one town south of asbury park - noted due to bruce springstein.) and the coolest part is i got my nerve up to wear my bathing suit and go as diana. around 3:30 i drove there in my peach T shirt and white jeans skirt and strapy sandals changed and went to the very south end of town. since it was sept. there are less people at the beach that i might know as my other self and many people come over to the beach after school. but i got lucky there were not to many people at the beach (still quite a few as it was a beautiful day.
i asked a lady to take my photo and it turned out she was a member of the glbt but had not brought her partner. so getting a photo worked out well. although i go out dressed as you know in public this was the first chance i had to wear my new mallot bathing suite from last year. (this fulfills another goal of mine to go to the beach wearing my mallot bathing suit). i switched to a spare wig i occasionally sleep in due to the salt air. i even got to go waist high in the water which is allways warm in sept. (actually the air remains 10 degrees warmer than in land til dec. due to the off shore currents but in the spring it is 10 degrees cooler till the ocean warms up in july and the first 2 blocks are very cool needing a jacket even in july but... if you go in 3 blocks you are in a oven like temp. hot and humid in the 80's - 90's ) this lady and i had a chat about the glbt community and we even discussed transgender issues.
this town has many members of the Gay community living in town unfortunately a recent rabble rouser has twisted a civil ceremony out of proportion with a current law suit going on over another couples' marrage that they ended up doing elseware. sadly this rabble rouser has disrupted the peacefull lives of the rest of the GLBT population in town.
i even helped a lady try to get her kite in the air. ( she didn't even bat an eye at me as diana and we had a nice chat.)
as the sun set it was time to go home (since the friends house i use has been under serious renovation all summer) but
after i changed (beach restroom at this time of year) back to my T and skirt i drove to the north end of town to check out new construction in asbury park. since a lake separates the to towns i parked and walked across the boardwalk into asbury and decided i'd check out the paradise club and see how long out of season their pool would stay open. i ended up getting a soda and chatting with the 3 others at the bar (remember it's out of season on a wed. evening) this is a gay bar.
they too were asking questions to learn about the transgendered community. the gals even complemented me on how manicured my nails were. i ended up dancing with one of the gals and showing her a ballroom jitterbug swing step she wanted to learn. oh what fun i had. but i still needed to get dinner and walking in this area of asbury still needs caution as again there aren't to many people around at this time of year.
so after walking back to the car i debated about going to a favorite restaurant Clancy's at the gates of O.G. but throwing caution to the wind i decided to go as diana anyway. everything went well and i had a great burger at this straight bar restaurant. (this victorian town is a "dry town " with out any liquors licenses besides new jersey only has so many licenses issued and as serious violations occur ie. fatal injuries those licenses are eliminated) of course i left a 5.00 dollar tip which should have been 2.00 for treating me with kindness and good service.
on the way home i needed to stop for milk. did i go to the Clark shop right store ? no way not after the treatment there the last time so i went beyond my house a few blocks to the stop and shop store in watchung n.j. where they are glad to get my money! since it was after midnight and it's just dad and me and he had gone to bed at 11:00 i could return home as diana and stay dressed as diana as i write this in the wee hours of thur. morning.
what a wonderful day i had!