Staying Shiny

My life as a Uber-geek in a Bridal world

Now That I Have Officially Become A Cosplayer...

Other than some crazy Halloween costumes over the years and a few plays, I have never dressed up in costume for a public event.  Last weekend was my first foray into cosplay and I would be lying if I said that I was totally ok with that.  I was a bundle of nerves.  It's a little different going to a convention were there are hundreds of people who put in countless hours of work and tons of money creating the most amazing and accurate costumes I have ever seen.  I knew my costume had a few inaccuracies (the feathers were hackles instead of coques and I got the wrong wristbands) but I put a lot of time into it and I was pretty happy with the results.  That didn't stop me from being nervous.  J had to reassure me that I looked good on our way to the con because he could see I was ready to back out and go back to the room and just put on jeans and a t-shirt. As I'm sure you read in my previous post, things went better than I ever could have expected.

Here's the problem with that.  My first attempt at cosplay was so successful, I don't know quite how to top it.  I have about 308 days until the next con to figure this out.  My friends have been trying to give me ideas, but I haven't liked any of their suggestions so far.  I'm picky.  I want something that is a little more obscure, yet recognizable. (ie I want people to know what my costume is but I don't want to be one of 400 people dressed the same and be compared to some of those amazing cosplayers out there.)

This is where you come in dear reader.  I need help.  I have a couple of ideas that I'm bandy-ing around and I would like to know what you think.  One is a little bit more obscure (but much loved by it's fans) and the other is a bit of a draping nightmare, but more recognizable.  Here's my thoughts:

Currently in the lead:  Lulu from Final Fantasy X

I have found this one online fore sale, but I really like to make things myself.  I think I could do this one justice, I just have to figure out how to get the belt skirt to drape correctly.  I'm also playing with the idea of making the moogle able to move which is going to take some serious engineering.


Dawn by Joseph Micheal Linsner

I have always wanted to do this one.  I wanted to go to Dragon*con and enter the Dawn Look-a-like contest.  That, sadly, will never happen as they have cancelled the contest after 10+ successful years.  My biggest issue with this one is the armor.  I have researched various ways to make it, but I'm not confident enough to try yet.  Plus if I do this one, J will have to do death and that one is a bit of a nightmare with the skull face and goat horns.  If done properly, it would kick some serious ass. If not...well, I'd rather it not see the light of day of that's the case.

Any thoughts?  Both of these idea will take some major work so I basically need to start drafting right away.  Decisions, decisions.  How does a cosplayer decide?

Calgary Comic Expo 2011

I'm home.  What a fantastic weekend we had!  The con was amazing.  I thought I'd share the weekend with you so you could come along for the ride.

Things started out bad.  We got the news Thursday the George A. Romero was forced to cancel his appearance due to injury.  You see he broke his arm and would be unable to sign any autographs so he decided to cancel.  While I understand the reasons I was a little choked that we had spent money on tickets to the private screening and now we weren't sure what was going to happen.  There was some quick work done on the organizers part and they brought in Linda Blair at short notice and billed a double feature of The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead.  They also gave you the option of getting a full refund.  We decided to wait and decide with D and R on the way there to see if they wanted to go or get a refund.  We spent the evening Thursday getting our bags packed and triple checking that we didn't forget anything.

Thursday morning we did an extra check of inventory (and yet I still managed to forget my jacket) and hit the road at 11 a.m.  We got everything loaded in the car I asked D and R if they had their tickets.  Good thing I said something because they had forgotten them!  We made a quick detour back to their house and got on the road.  We made Calgary in good time and stopped off at the mall so I could buy some new eyelashes for my costume because I lost the ones I had.  I bought them months ago and put them someplace safe which of course I couldn't remember later.  I found some amazing ones and then we walked the mall for a little bit before going to our hotel to check in.  The hotel was quite nice and very close to the Con.  We probably could have walked there except that we were downtown and I wasn't comfortable with walking through some of the sketchy areas to get there.  We checked in and dropped our bags and headed off to day 1 of the Expo.  I was very pleased with the changes they had made this year.  The layout was better, the lineups for the panels had virtually disappeared because the venues was much larger.  The more popular panels were held in the Corral which can seat around 6000 so no one was turned away.  Once we got in the door we made a bolt for Artists Alley to find Linsner and Cary Nord.  And they weren't there...  We found their tables, but not them.  So we decided to do a little shopping and walk the floor.  While we were shopping an announcement came on that if you had tickets for the Romero screening you could exchange them for tickets to the Masquerade Ball instead.  I was pissed!  We would have done that in a heart beat if we had known before hand but we didn't bring outfits that would have worked for the Ball with us and we were 3 hours from home.  So now it's no Romero, no Linsner and no Masquerade.  This was not shaping up to be a good weekend.  We decided to do all our shopping on Friday because it was much quieter in the hall and the booths were fully stocked.  We came across and awesome t-shirt booth and I got a shirt that says "I'm with flanking bonus" and J got one that says "If you can read this, you just provoked and attack of opportunity".  D got a "Neville would have done it in four books"  I went to the autograph area and collected 2 more Cylons.  Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh) was very sweet.  Micheal Hogan (The XO Saul Tigh) was fraking halarious!  J did some more shopping and we check for Linsner, Nord and Jeph Jacques one more time before we decided to leave.  We were all hungry so we decided to find a place to eat.  We decided to go to this little pub across the street from J's favorite gaming store in Calgary (The Sentry Box).  We shopped a bit there and then had a fantastic meal on the patio of the pub.  This was the point when I realized I had no jacket.  It got a bit chilly but I survived.  Then it was back to the hotel to try to get some rest before the biggest day of the con.

I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning that night.  I was so tired but I couldn't sleep!  I knew I had to get up extra early to get in costume because there was only one bathroom and 4 of us that needed it.  I got up around 6 and decided to do down to the lobby at 6:30 to get a coffee from Starbucks.  I went back up to started getting ready and J, D and R went down for coffee about half hour after I did.  They come back up and tell me that they were in line behind Micheal Hogan!  Frak!  I can't believe I missed that!  So we all finished getting ready, took a couple of quick pictures and then headed out for the Con.  I was so nervous leaving the hotel because my costume was a bit revealing and people in the lobby where staring at me like crazy.  I almost lost me nerve and went back up to the room to change, but I decided that I would be ok once I got there and was around other geeks who would stare in a good way. I thought maybe a few people here and there would "get" my costume but I was overwhelmed with the response!

The finished product!

We arrived around 9 a.m. (advanced tickets holders got in at 9:30) and the line was huge!  It was much better organized than last year and it moved very quickly once the door opened.  In less than a minute walking through the doors people were already asking if they could take my picture.  I was shocked!  I couldn't believe how many Repo! fans there were.  Not only did people get what I was, they loved it!  This was the first person to ask to take a pic of me.  He was a real sweetie!

Photo Op while waiting in line with the cutest Ash ever.

Once we got inside we decided to walk the floor and check out other people's costumes.  We found out quickly that if you stopped walking or even slowed down for a moment you would get mobbed for pictures. We did each manage to find someone else there who was wearing the same costume as us and get a pic.  One of the convention organizers even ran up to me and awarded me a costume prize.

Found another Blind Mag!

Tron!  Let the games begin.

Galactica Crew

J's doppleganger was so excited to meet him.  Ah, the hero of Canton.

We went to the Battlestar Galactica panel at 11 with Kate Vernon and Micheal Hogan.  It was good but not as entertaining as last years panel.  I found it very hard to sit so I didn't want to do to many panels and there was a very annoying family in front of us that just let the squeaky shoed child run around the whole time.  People, they provided a daycare for this very reason!  After the panel we tried one more to to find Linsner only to find out his sign had been taken down and someone else took over his booth.  J did managed to find Cary Nord and get his Conan autographed and we finally tracked down Jeph Jacques and bought 2 copies of his book.  So many people were complimenting my costume J, D and R decided that they were going to register me for the costume contest.  I protested but they insisted.  We went to the booth but they told us they were full up on registration.  Shucks!  I guess I won't have to go onstage in front of several thousand people.  At 3:00 we went to the William Shatner panel.  Unfortunately it didn't get started until 3:30 or so due to the back up at Photo Ops.  He was funny as predicted and even managed to turn the stupid questions people asked into something else.  He did come across as a little arrogant at times, particularly when he basically dissed the InnerSpace boys who were moderating asking them what they were doing there.  His panel ran a little overtime which was good since he did start late, but he was a little put out when they said he had 10 more minutes.  After the panel we walked the floor some more, took more pics with people and chilled a bit before going back to watch the costume contest.  I must say, most of the entries in the contest where amazing! Some of the stand outs for me where Iron Man, Spawn, Master Chief, and Kneesocks.  There were so many amazing costumes there!  The major downside to the Costume contest was the sheer amount of Batman villains (I felt bad for them because the crowd got really tired of another Batman entry)and the fact that we were subject to almost 45 minutes of terrible improv while the judges deliberated.  I had heard that the improv troop The 404's were really good, but I (and the rest of the crowd) was less than impressed.  The costume contest ended after the expo was closed for the night so we headed back to the hotel to change and have a quick bite to eat before heading out to the private screening of The Exorcist.

The movie was screened in this really neat old theatre that used to be a garage but was converted to a movie theatre in the 1930's. They even served popcorn with real butter!  And for a reasonable price too.  Before Linda Blair came in they staff requested that all cell phones and video camera's be turned off or else she wouldn't come.  This may sound strange, but she explained her reason for this.  She felt that we had paid for a private show and therefore she wanted it to just be between her and those of us that paid and not show up on youtube for the world to see.  She shared some pretty interesting things with us that she doesn't often speak about in the more public venues.  The most interesting thing she shared was the story of how she was injured on the set of the film.  I will respect her wishes and keep most of her stories to myself but I did want to share this with you because it changed the way I viewed the film

This scene contains a revolutionary camera shot which lead the way for steady cams as well as has the actual footage in which her back was broken.  There was a malfunction with the apparatus and the result was very real screams to "make it stop"  I choose to just link to the video instead of having it on here because I know a lot of people find this film very disturbing.  I did like that fact that Linda Blair made it clear that this is not a horror film, it's a theological thriller.  I was very glad to have had the chance to watch it with fresh eyes and to see the rare 35mm writer's cut of the film.  Unfortunately due to the late start of the film and the extended cut it was after midnight before they were even getting ready to load the second film so we decided to call it a night.

J and I decided to wear our costumes one more time since they were so popular.  D opted out since her costume didn't survive the day very well and it was extremely hot.  R decided not to because one of the joints in his elbow had frayed and he spent most of Saturday getting electrocuted whenever he moved his left arm.  D decided to bring her camera and follow me around taking pictures of people taking pictures of us.  We were curious how many times we got stopped for pics in a day so we took pictures every time someone else did.  She even got pictures of people who thought they were being sneaky and taking them from afar.  By the time the day was over she had taken over 200 shots.  It was much slower on Sunday so we figure there must be at least 500 out there from the day before.  We watched the zombies vs super heroes roller derby for a bit (cool) and then went to see the Pinky and the Brian vs the Animaniacs panel.  This was one of the highlights from the weekend.  I loved that they started out by reading a scene from The Princess Bride in some of their most popular voices.

This is the panel.  I know it's long but it's totally worth it.  We then went to the Jonathan Frakes panel.  He was very good and I enjoyed listening to it but it became clear that we were about conventioned out.  We did one last walk of the floor before changing out of costume, doing some last quick shopping and then hitting the road for home.  It was an amazing weekend and I can't wait until next year to do it again.  Now to come up with a costume to top this one....

Here's a few of my favorite shots from the weekend:

Top 10 Zombie Flicks

In keeping with the Comicon theme, I decided to to my favorite Zombie films.  In just a few short days I will have the privilege of watching a private screening of the original Night of the Living Dead with the godfather of Zombie's himself, George A. Romero.  I can hardly wait, but until then, here's my top 10:

10. Zombie Strippers
In the not too distant future a secret government re-animation chemo-virus gets released into conservative Sartre, Nebraska and lands in an underground strip club. As the virus begins to spread, turning the strippers into "Super Zombie Strippers" the girls struggle with whether or not to conform to the new "fad" even if it means there's no turning back. - IMDB

I was pleasantly surprised by this film.  It was much better than I thought it was going to be and I quite enjoyed the story.  Plus how can you go wrong with crazy gore, chick fights and body parts falling off during a stripping routine.

9. Undead or Alive
Elmer Winslow is a soldier on the run from the Union Army, and Luke Budd is a cowboy with a broken heart. When the two misfits rob the corrupt sheriff of an old west town, they have no idea that a plague of zombies is sweeping the country, or that Geronimo's sexy niece may be their only hope of survival. - IMDB

Another surprise hit.  I bought this one in a discount bin for $2 so I wasn't expecting much, plus it was starring Chris Kattan.  To my surprise, I loved it!  Funny as hell and featuring a catchy theme song, I think this one is worth much more than the $2 I paid for it.

8. Diary of the Dead
A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own. - IMDB

Romero choose to go back to the beginning with this one.  Shot in the hand held camera style of Blair Witch (although much less shaky), it was an interesting take on the original outbreak.  I loved the cameo that turned into a feature role in Survival of the Dead.  Probably my favorite thing about this film is that you don't see the face of the main character until the very end.  I enjoyed watching the outbreak through his eyes - literally.

7. Land of the Dead
The living dead have taken over the world, and the last humans live in a walled city to protect themselves as they come to grips with the situation. - IMDB

What happens after the initial outbreak had really set in?  This movie explores that fully.  I know a lot of people didn't like seeing the Zombie's evolve and start using tools and problem solving, but I liked that.  It made them scarier.  It also made the idea of a Zombie Apocalypse more frightening.  What happens if you can't just sit back and wait it out?  Where do you go if your fortifications become irrelevant?  Plus John Leguizamo rocks!

6. Zombieland

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, and a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the Last Twinkie and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. - IMDB

This film is a laugh out loud riot!  Woody Harrelson is phenomenal and Bill Murray's cameo is one of the best in history.  It has also given us some of the best rules to live by in a Zombie Apocalypse, the need for cutting loose and having a little fun.  It also showed us the importance of that lovely little spongy delicacy - the twinkie.

5. Planet Terror
After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. - IMDB

This is such a great Grindhouse style film.  Great story, amazing gore and gratuitous violence makes this one a classic.  I love the missing reels leaving us wondering what the hell just happened.  A stripper with useless talents and a gun leg, corny one liners and questions with no answers abound making this one a can't miss.  The scene with Quentin Tarantino's dick falling off is pretty funny too.

4. Dawn of the Dead (Remake)
A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. - IMDB

This has got to be one of the best re-makes ever.  While hard core Romero fans may hate it for he changes made (particularly the fast style zombie)  I think the updates worked well.  It was dark and frightening with just enough laughs in it to break up the tension.  Sarah Polly was awesome in this film showing a wide range of emotions instead of being the stereotypical warrior chick or helpless victim.  The idea of the mall still plays well in this film.  Plus it answers the age old question of what happens to a pregnant zombie.

3. 28 Days Later
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. - IMDB

The king of fast zombie flicks.  This one put the fear of the Zombie Apocalypse in me.  I love the idea of the main character missing the outbreak and being totally clueless as to what's going on and being forced to survive the horrors and find himself while doing so.  The idea of one drop of infected fluid being enough to turn you is pretty frightening as well.  It also raises some pretty interesting points on politics and what humans can become when left with no social boundaries to keep them in check.

2. Shaun of the Dead
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. - IMDB

This has got to be the funniest Zombie film ever.  I love the clueless characters.  The scene where Shaun is stumbling down the street doing his usual morning routine, completely oblivious to the horrors around him is priceless.  I also liked that it took a more serious turn near the end and didn't stay campy throughout.  Simon Pegg and Nick Frost knocked it out of the park with this one.

1. Night of the Living Dead
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. - IMDB

For obvious reasons, this has got to be number one.  It's the film that really started it all.  Yes it's not the first zombie film out there, but it really did take things to the next level.  It spawned countless sequels and spin offs and it allowed Romero to rise to level he is at today.  It was scary.  It made statements about the human condition.  It was even a little political.  But mostly, it is just down right awesome!

Top 10 Sci-Fi shows

In honor of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo that I'll be attending this upcoming weekend, I have decided to do up a list of my top 10 Science Fiction shows.  I am very excited that the con will have some amazing actors from some of these shows in attendance.  So here it is:

10. Quantum Leap
Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. - IMDB

This show will always be associated with good memories for me.  My whole family used to sit down together on the "popcorn blanket" every week to watch the adventures of Sam, Al and that wacky computer Ziggy.  I always loved seeing where Sam would end up next and what crazy situation he would find himself in next.  I loved how every episode ended with his next leap and that famous line "Oh Boy".  I also love the morality of this show and the lessons Sam learned as he went on.  I never wanted his next leap to be the leap home because I didn't want his adventures to end.

9. Earth 2
Colonists, crash-landed on an alien planet, begin the long trek to their originally designated landing place, facing both alien and human threats. - IMDB

I love this show and it still makes me sad that it only got one season.  I love seeing the human spirit tested on foreign ground.  It did an excellent job of representing all aspects of human reactions to extreme circumstances.  Protective parents, swindlers, misunderstood aliens, intrigue, hope, fear and so much more can be found in this show.  This was one that me and my brother watched faithfully each week and we were crushed when it was cancelled.

8. Space: Above and Beyond
The Earth is embroiled in a desperate war against alien invaders, and this series focuses on one squadron of Marine pilots involved in it. - IMDB

This is another one that me and my brother watched faithfully.  I loved that they never showed you the Chiggers.  It made them scarier and more interesting.  The cast of this show had stupendous chemistry with each one being a star in their own right.  I think Vansen will always be may favorite because she's one tough kick-ass chick.  I enjoyed how this show blended the horrors of war with the realities of the human condition, especially through the eyes of Cooper Hawkes.  Once again, I was mad when the network axed this one.

7. The X-Files

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. - IMDB

I was obsessed with this show for years!  I didn't miss and episode and loved the running intrigue woven throughout.  I will admit it jumped the shark when they made the decision to move the show from Vancouver to the States as they seemed to loose the heart of the show in the move.  I will never forget meeting "Cigarette Smoking Man" William B. Davies while I was in university.  I was working in the costume shop sewing a snakeskin suit when I could tell there was someone standing behind me.  I turned around and there was Cancer Man himself watching me sew.  He was there for a speech he was doing later that night and was doing a little tour of the Theater wing.  It freaked me out but it was also very cool.  He wasn't the first cast member I had met though.  A few years earlier my family was on a road trip for my brothers hockey game and we stopped at McDonald's for dinner and sitting at the table next to us was the actress that played Eve 6, 7 and 8.  She was super cute when my brother recognized her.  She said it was the first time someone had recognized her from The X-Files.  I even skated to the theme song once.  I don't know why this show grabbed me so much, but it did.  I loved the mix of the skeptic with the believer, the scary with the humorous, the crazy with the true.  It will always have a special place in my heart.

6. Sanctuary
Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, cloning; The very meaning of the word "humanity" changes daily in the modern world. But there is a darker side to the evolution of mankind, a truth only a few brave souls are willing to face: There are monsters loose in the world. And they are the key to the future of our race. - IMDB

The premise for this show is what grabbed me right away.  A safe place for things that go bump in the night?  Sign me up.  Although the effects are sometimes cheesy, the awesome stories and cast make up for it.  Amanda Tapping is incredible as the tough Magnus.  I love that Tesla has become more f an important character because he makes me smile.  I'm glad that this one was given a shot and not cancelled too early.

5. Star Trek: The Next Generation

Set decades after Captain James T. Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers in a new Enterprise set off on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. - IMDB

Do I really need an explanation for this?  Come on, it's Star Trek!  Pichard is the man, Worf kicks ass and Data makes me laugh.  I will even forgive some of the terrible Deanna Troy and Wesley Crusher moments. Every episode with Q is a classic and even a sequined blanket monster killing off Tasha Yar couldn't deter me.  Star Trek is an escape from the doldrums of reality, a lesson in humanity, a trial of patience and a genuinely enjoyable ride.  It's one of my favorite shows to have on in the background when I'm working.  I love that almost every episode fits into a very well thought out formula: Sub-Space Anomoly, Encounter with Alien Life Form or problem with the Holodeck.  Great Show!

4. Torchwood
Captain Jack Harkness, the former Time Agent and con man from the 51st century last seen traveling with the Doctor, ventures to early 21st century Cardiff. There, he becomes a member of Torchwood Institute, a renegade criminal investigation group founded by Queen Victoria to battle hostile extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. - IMDB

Two Words: Captian Jack!  This is one of the best spin-offs ever and I'm glad that it landed on it's feet and took off running.  It's much darker and a little more adult than it's parent show, but I like that.  I think it's great that it can be enjoyed on it's own.  Although I hate how many of the main characters get killed off, I like that it keeps you on your toes.  The issues that this show deals with pushes the darkest recesses of humanity, enforces a loose code of morality and forces it's characters to make impossible decisions for the good of all humans.  Captain Jack has made some of the worst sacrifices and I look forward to his redemption in the new series in July.

3. Firefly
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small, spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. - IMDB

Fun,campy and filled with some of the greatest writing in television history.  Every one of it's characters has such a depth and richness to them that you are left wanting more.  With such a masterful delivery of lines but and incredible cast the rich and exciting space western comes to life.  I enjoyed watching it when it first came out, but I hated having to search for it constantly and being confused but the episodes airing out of order.  I was very excited when this one came out on DVD so I could enjoy the show properly.  The fact that this show got a movie long after it's cancellation is a testament to it's greatness.

2. Battlestar Galactica
After losing the war against the Cylon robots, the Battlestar Galactica crew speed toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. Galactica Commander Adama and President Laura Roslin face waning supplies, crushed morale, ... and the credible threat Cylons aboard the ship. -IMDB

I love this reboot.  I think they did a fantastic job.  I lost a lot of sleep watching this show when I got the DVD's.  Jay and I would watch just "one more" repeatedly until then next thing we knew it was 3 in the morning.  The characters grabbed me.  I loved to see where they would go and how they would develop and try to figure out who the next Cylon was.  Although the series finale left me a little cold with some of it's decisions (mitochondrial eve...really??? but the skeleton was that of a child so how does that work?) I will always love the journey this show took me on.  I found the religious aspects of this show intriguing and  the question of what it means to be human an important one.  This is also the show that helped me convert my sister to geekdom.

1. Doctor Who
The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. - IMDB

The longest running science fiction show of all time deserves the number one spot on this list.  There's a reason this show has stood the test of time.  It's fun, light and unique and allows for growth and change by regenerating it's lead character into a new actor before things get a chance to go stale.  I love that the Doctor uses his wits as a weapon rather than a gun.  I miss my Doctor (David Tennant) terribly but I am grateful that I have amassed such an awesome collection of Doctors since then.  I hope this one continues forever so I can one days share it with my own children, but for now, I'll share it with my sister and nephew.

A Day I'll Never Forget.

Work has been stressful lately to say the least.  We have lost our head seamstress so I have had to step in and take care of the alterations full time now as well as try to make sure the floor runs smoothly.  The manager of our sister store has given her notice and we are losing another of our senior staff soon to maternity leave.  So with all that going on I have been quite stressed lately.  Two days ago we got an interesting phone call at work.  A gentleman called wanting to book an appointment for himself to look at gowns.  Although this isn't the first time we've had a guy shopping for gowns, this was a different case and unique unto itself.  He stressed that he is not gay and isn't getting married, he just likes to wear women's clothing.  I volunteered to take the appointment and we booked him to come in after the store closed to shop.  I will admit I was a little nervous.  For some reason I would have felt a lot better if he was gay.  Stupid I know but I was worried about being alone in the store with a guy after hours.  We arranged the schedule so that someone would be with me and my husband volunteered to come in and sit in the staff room in case there was any trouble.  We didn't need to worry.

"Bob" came in right as we closed up the store and was way more nervous than me.  He once again stated that he is not gay and that he was a little nervous because no one knows that he does this except for us and a sales girl at a bra specialty shop.  He wanted to buy a wedding gown for himself, not because he's getting married, but just because he enjoys wearing women's clothing and what's more feminine than a wedding gown.  We chatted for a bit and then I let him pick out some gowns.  We are full service so I was in the dressing room with him helping him put on gowns.  I have to admit it is always weird seeing a man in a wedding gown.  They aren't built for a man's body and look strange across the chest.  But after trying on a bunch and giving him some of the best service I'm sure he's ever had we found him the perfect gown!  It was great to help him feel special even if it was a little odd.  He was extremely grateful and wanted to know if it was ok to tip me.  That's the first time anyone has asked me that.  So "Bob", thanks for making the appointment comfortable for both of us and I hope the gown helps give you the feeling you're looking for.  It's always nice to bring a little joy into someone's life no matter the circumstance.  I hope one day you will feel comfortable enough to let other's know that wearing women's clothes on occasion is part of who you are.

2011 Can Bite My Shiny Metal Ass

I know it's been a while since I posted but I have been so busy and stressed lately it's been the last thing on my mind.  If you've been reading this you probably know about how this year started off badly and I have been trying to get ahead ever since.  I am frustrated and feeling defeated at every turn.  Work is a disaster right now with serious staffing issues that just seem to keep getting worse every day.  The car keeps having more and more little issues all the time, the latest being a hole in the gas tank that cost me a full tank of gas before I realized it and with the price of gas right now that sucks.  I keep getting sucked into the middle of other people's drama at work and at home with my family.  I'm tired.  I don't like this anymore.  I don't want to be the one who feels like they have to solve all of the problems but that's what I feel like.  I will find a way to make this year better.  I am not giving up on my happiness yet.  2011, you can kiss my ass!

Rant Over.