Wow, Sandy – you go, girl!
A double adventure – and, from what you didn’t say, it seems the 2nd time was easier?
What I got from that was the first time you were a bit terrified (understandably), but the 2nd time only disappointed – which is better, I think?
This is the very reason I try to improve my look every time – each time I step up the femme, I get more confidence.
Sounds like you had a couple of real confidence boosters there – as you say, there’s nothing like stepping out into a conservative town to make you realise that the world doesn’t really care what you look like, as long as you carry it – and it sounds like you carried it well!
Makes me think of this Ru Paul tune, which I sometimes hear in my head when I am pleased with a particular outfit!)