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Everyone has innumerable experiences over a life time. One cannot remember much about
most e ones that tend to be remembered are those where something unusual happened. Maybe it was on a vacation or a trip. Maybe it was while running a mundane errand. Maybe it was an encounter with a neighbor or a friend. I have had the opportunity to be out presenting as a woman well over thousand times. This is about one time that I have remembered for several years.
Lou (a genetic woman) was a good friend and a mentor. She had a good friend who was sort of a PR person for a wonderful choral group (CANTUS) – GOOGLE or Utube them) based out Minneapolis, MN. This friend invited Lou to attend a “meet and greet” reception for them. Lou knew that CANTUS is my favorite singing group so she invited me to go with her.
We agreed to meet at a bar/restaurant in St. Paul that we had been to a few times because
Lou said that it was only a short walk from there to the reception. I do not remember what I
wore except for the shoes. They become a part of the story a little later. At this time I was still wearing heels when I went out.This pair was black with shiny about 3″ heels. After we had a drink we started to walk to the reception. Well, the “short walk” was close to 3 blocks on a sidewalk that was sort of like cobble stones.
This made for an interesting walk in 3″ heels! As we approached the steps leading up to the
place where the reception was being held the heel one of my shoes nearly broke off! Now
what? I could not walk on this heel. I had a pair flats in my car that was 3 blocks away. So, the only solution was to take off both shoes and walk in stocking feet.
We went to the reception with me carrying my heels. After we were inside I put my shoes by a
chair and proceeded to mix with other people. First there were drinks followed by a light meal. CANTUS then performed a few numbers for us. After they were finished theywere available to chat the guests with the guests. At this time CANTUS was made up of 2 basses, 2 baritones
and 5 tenors. I ended up visiting with one of the tenors for a while which was interesting.
After the reception ended Lou suggested that we go to another bar where she used to
schedule acts. So, I walked back to my car in my stocking feet carrying my shoes. This was
hard on my nylons! I changed my shoes and drove to the bar.
At the bar we met Barbara, a CD/trans person who travels around the country promoting LGBT
issues. We shared some stories while enjoying our drinks. Lou and Barbara were friends with
the bar tender so there were often 4 of us in the conversation. Eventually, it was time to end
the evening and begin my drive home. It had been an unusual evening!
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