My friend Becca and I recently attended the “Erie Gala” in, of course, Erie, Pa. I had first heard of the “Erie Gala” on the “Mature TG” Yahoo site and it sounded so interesting and the prices were so very reasonable that Becca and I immediately decided to attend. We both agreed that driving would be too long and would probably involve an “overnight” somewhere along the way. We thought of going by train because Becca had always wanted to take a long train ride . Well the train would have taken 13 hours to get to Erie and arrive there at 1:00 AM. We checked airline schedules and lo and behold there was a flight available from Manchester to Erie for $160.00 round trip. In a heartbeat, our decision was made. We would fly to Erie.
At first, I did not give any thought at trying to travel as Rita but as the time for our trip got closer, I kept thinking that this was a great opportunity for an adventure so I decided to fly as Rita. My friend, Kimberly Huddle from Austin, Texas, flies all over the country as Kimberly and has written countless blogs about her adventures. I mailed her and told of her my intentions and she told me to “go for it”.
Somehow it seems like I have always known about the Glamour Boutique in Auburn, Mass. and about John Warrener who runs it. I don’t know how I ever heard about it in the first place. Maybe it was while surfing the net or from someone I chatted with online. Also it was close to home as I live in Worcester. All I know is that it was one of my first stops when I came out of the closet after a 15 year self-imposed exile.
The last few months of my life have been very trying. About two months ago, my wife made the announcement that she was leaving me to go live with her son and his family in Florida. Arrangements had already been made and her airline tickets had been purchased for a flight on October 12th.
In the meantime she continued to make preparations like packing, opening a new bank account and transferring her SS out of our joint account and contacting her primary care physician and changing her prescriptions to a CVS in Florida. Needless to say, we had very little communication during this period. There was a great deal of acrimonious debate and although we still had to live under the same roof, we were more like angry strangers.
Most of us , at one time or another, have had a very good friend that we have lost touch with over the years. Either they have moved along, or we have, or we may both have chosen different paths.
I have a friend like that. Her name is Karen Aldrich. I mention her name in case she or perhaps someone who knows her, reads this article and lets her know that I sure would like to see her again.
When I first caught a glimpse of the “New TCNE Website” and saw my assigned byline ” Rita’s Korner”for the new “Rosebuds”, I had to chuckle to myself. I wondered if whoever dreamed it up was aware of the countless times as a child when I was banished to the “corner” for being naughty. I used this mild punishment on my own children later, but the effect was not quite the same. With five children and a room with four corners it sometimes became a game of “musical corners”.