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    Hippo out and about

    This is fair warning. The hippo will leave home and drive the four hours to a dinner in Atlanta, Ga, and then drive home. I will have a camera with me. Wish me luck. I might chicken out on the driving dressed. (That is where I had a bit of trouble when getting gas in Atlanta. GA. the last time)
    I can get @330 miles on a tank of gas. The round trip is 400 miles. (humm, let's see, if I carry a 5 gal can in the trunk with a change kit)
    I might do a quick change in the fuel station on the way home. Or bump a few gallons into the tank at a rest stop from the fuel can.
    I think I will wear this look.
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    Maybe not.
    I think I will also wear a gray corded sweater on the road since that top is way to light. Also carry a tan "London Fog" trench coat.
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    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    Leslie Mary,

    So, you're worried that if you stop in a gas station hundreds of miles from where you live, someone might read you. Why should you care in the slightest? I've done this any number of times, been read, referred to as "mate" not ma'am but will that stop me doing it again. Not on your life!

    Pull up your big girl knickers and go for it. Opportunities like this are there to be grabbed. Live your life, take the opportunity, take the experience.
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    But I'm not going to wear "Big Girl Knickers". I am thinking of "Boy Shorts" and a Garter belt (Suspenders to our English members) and dark hose (I had a bad spill and got my legs badly scuffed/bruised). Maybe Dark, Very dark Pantie hose. And filling in the top maybe are my "Biggest" forms. (42DD).
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    Leslie, there are plenty of gas stations in the Atlanta area near where the dinner is being held. I've never had any kind of problem in that area when out dressed. You are safer getting gas in a well lit, busy station than trying to fill from a gas can at a rest stop. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday evening.
    Phoebe

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    I don't get why you can't just stop and get gas.

    If you are worried about how your dressed, just wear a Big sweater. I do.

    Enjoy and have a good time.

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    I normally carry gas. mostly for other drivers. As I posted earlier it was from a fuel station near were the group used to meet on the south east part of town. The station was inside the I-285 loop. This time it is the north east.
    I see I can get gas at the "Quick Trip" nearest my destination. When I get into town then I am ready to come home.
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    I was so worried about running out of gas on the Strip my 1st T girl event in Vegas at 2 AM!

    That when I found an open station, getting out, paying, and filling my tank in this outfit was the last of my concern's, Leslie!

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    I grew up A LOT as a CD that nite!

    I hope your trip is just as eventful!
    U can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect to enjoy life to the max. When u try new things, even if they r out of your comfort zone, u may experience new excitement and growth that u never expected.

    Challenge yourself and pursue your passions! When your life clock runs out, you'll have few or NO REGRETS!

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    Hi Leslie, we had talked before about long drives to dress. I finish dressing as soon as I hit the interstate after that who cares. Big sweater sunglasses and getting gas at a busy well lit station good ideas. The place I have ran in to creeps has been the rest stops. Have fun. Hugs

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    A lady wouldn't be seen putting gas from a can into her vehicle at a rest stop. You would draw attention to yourself by doing this. When you need gas, pull into a gas station and fill your tank. Use a credit card so you don't have to go inside. Nobody will bother you.
    Krisi

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    If you feel that aprehensive, do a quick change, it is an easy way out.

    Maybe your Atlanta experience is a one off anyway.
    Work on your elegance,
    and beauty will follow.

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    You didn't say what sort of trouble you had pumping gas in Atlanta, but normally pumping gas shouldn't be a problem. Pick a decent neighborhood of course and daytime is better. You don't have to get gas in Atlanta, get it outside of Atlanta on the way there or the way back. If you want, use the pumps as far from the office as possible and park on the side away from the office.
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    Leslie...just have a GOOD TIME and enjoy yourself. When you need to stop for gas, just go and get some gas and keep moving on your trip! Have fun!
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    Seriously? When I'm in Drab and pumping gasoline in my SUV I hardly ever look at the other patrons. If you go to one of the super-stations such as Pilot Flying J, Sheetz, Valero, Chevron, Citgo, etc., they are brightly lit and safe, and you can buy gasoline just by inserting a credit card at the pump and don't even need to go near the retail operation where the restrooms and food sales counters are located. Have fun, and don't sweat the small stuff!

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    OK here we go.
    The trip to Atlanta.
    Day one:
    I got ready and loaded what I wanted into the car. Got partially dressed and applied what little make-up I was going to wear for the 4-hour drive. Put on my tan London Fog trench coat to cover my chest. My wig hat, and skirt were in the car on the top. I wore my drab boots and trousers. Stopped to get gas and then started the drive.
    I stopped about 15 miles at closed gas station, I took off my boots, slid my skirt into place and dropped my trousers, put on my black 2" heels (size 12W), took off the coat, put on my hat. I used the hat with my own hair because it covered my male pattern baldness. Changed earrings.
    I then realized I forgot my purse. So, I dug around in my hard camera case and found an accessory bag that would work nicely.
    I attached the charger cable to my phone, activated my phone GPS and drove the remaining 3.75 hours. The time went quickly because I spent most of the time talking to Ronda. Ronda was making a 6-hour drive from NC. The talking really does help both in making the time pass and to keep up the confidence. Ronda was on the road before I started and actually got there before I did. When I was about 10 miles from the Redlands Restaurant, I made a wrong turn. I used my GPS to find my way on the "Side roads" but it slowed me down and used up 20 minutes of my 30-minute buffer.
    There were 8 of us at the restaurant. I met Janet, Wendy, and another Leslie. Of course, Ronda, and Phobie and 2 other members. I ordered a salad and a glass of water to help keep me on my diet. A few group photos were taken. (Not releasable)
    After diner I was to return home. Ronda offered me the use of some space in her hotel room. I took her up on it since I had just received a call cancelling my Friday appointment back home and I was not looking forward to the four-hour drive home at night. Her room had a couch. I did not sleep well, it is a common problem for me when I am on the road The first night I can’t sleep that first night, too wound up. I ended getting a mere 3 hr. I was so awake, I could have driven home.

    Day 2:
    In the morning I went out to my car and brought in my travel kit so I could wear something else for the day.
    I always carry a clothing travel kit, fuel can, tool kit, Jumper cables. No spare fan belts this trip yet – it’s new car. This is a habit I developed while stationed in Germany in the 60s.
    I put on blue front buttoning short sleeved velvet blouse, a black mid-thigh high skirt, 3” black wedges, and my now trusty barrette, which I had just pinned a rhinestone-encrusted dragonfly onto the front.
    We had a late breakfast.

    Shortly after our breakfast, some of the other ladies started showing up to set up the meeting in a room in that hotel.
    Naturally, two of the relatively local ladies were ready for lunch.
    Off we went to the parking lot. We decided to carpool in one car. I had realized that I needed to were my trench coat. It was cold outside about 44° F.
    We went to the “Downwind Restaurant and Lounge” in the DeKalb Peachtree Airport. A small regional airport just 22 miles (north of north by north east - for those who like compass-rose headings) of the big Atlanta Airport (ATL – Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport). After lunch we returned to the hotel, we all went up to the meeting room and chatted a while. A few photos were taken. The girls warned me of the Friday rush hour traffic. I said my good byes, went to Ronda’s room and got my travel kit and stuff which I had already packed-up.
    Ronda accompanied me to the lobby where we said our good byes. Out I went to my car. Kit in tow, Camera on my shoulder and trench coat on. It was a bit too cold to go to my car without my Trench Coat on.
    I se up my GPS on my cell phone to point me home. Off I go.
    All was going fine for the first 3 miles on I-285W. Then I got into the “Creep and Crawl” traffic on I-285W. There had been two fender benders in the two left lanes of a six-lane section of the highway I think one caused the other. This caused the six lanes worth of traffic to have merge into the remaining 4 lanes along with the traffic trying to get onto the highway. By then, I had already worked myself into lane # 3. It took me over 45 min to get to I-75N.
    Once I got onto I-75N I got maybe 3 miles before there was another fender bender forced choke. It took me some 30 minutes to get by that.
    Up near Rome, GA, I took a series of local roads as a short cut over Sand Mt. to recover 30 minutes. All was going fine for the first 20 miles of this shorter route. Then I reached an “all stop” situation. A I was told that a driver went out of control and drover the north embankment and down into a forty foot ravine. The fire department, EMS, and wrecker service had the road totally blocked.
    After waiting about 15 minutes, I turned around and went back 5 miles to a side road. Got my GPS to adjust to this new strange route. It took me another hour to get back to US-72W. When I got to US-72W I still had another hours-worth of driving.
    When I got home, I checked the mail box at the mail box building, drove to my home. I brought in only that which I needed for the night.

    Day 3:
    When I got up, I looked at the photos that were taken on my camera. The group photos and night time time-lapse photos were good except for those group photos I was in (camera was wielded by a waiter).
    I saw in those photos that I was a mess all the time.
    I am so ashamed of my look that I will not be posting those photos.
    Instead I will work on correcting those things I did wrong. The next time I go I hope to not look like a bag lady.

    Here is a head shot.

    I have turned the dragon fly so it is now flying up and not to the side and then put in a stiffener on the inside so it does not keep falling forward.

    Interestingly enough, once I switched out of my drab look at the gas station, I was calm, settled, and felt natural for all of the trip. I was the queen of the highway. The rest of the time I was me. True there were a few moments I was worried about my presentation but it was tally-ho and no turning back. I did soften my voice, but I never worried about my voice. At times I did use a voice a few note higher then normal but soon I did not notice the register of my voice.
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    I guess I was too long-winded with the trip details. Remember that 99% of the trip I was dressed.
    I really did enjoy myself and felt right at home.
    I had no problems, even with my shoddy looking self.
    Now to work on my looks.
    While I have permission from two of the ladies to show their face I just blured out their faces to be safe.
    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 02-11-2019 at 01:02 PM.
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    I finally got into the studio to work with my new lighting toys. Here are some of the photos, not great but - - Meets my Needs.
    Now I have to raise the backdrop.
    Not everything was LBD.
    If my skin color seems a bit dark to you it is because I was wearing a darker foundation to give me a sun tan look. And yes I did put foundation on my neck too.
    And the lip stick and nail color are NOT my normal "Red"
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    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 03-13-2019 at 03:49 AM.
    Leslie Mary Shy
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    Leslie Mary, very nice pictures.
    Please call me Jamie, I always_have crossdressed, I always will, "alwayshave".

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    Thank you "AlwaysShave" Jamie.

    Here are the nails. The silver thing in my left hand is part of my wireless camera remote. (Normally good to about 50 feet but with fresh batteries it will reach out to almost 100 feet.)
    Leslie Mary Shy
    A Southern Belle.

    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    here are some of the photos that were not used on the "hats" page.
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    Hippo On the road again.
    Last Sat, after a Nashville medical appointment I got a change to go to dinner with the Nashville TVAL group. It was just a dinner. DarkAnGGel did my make-up and nails. (Just the fingers due to the hangnail surgery I recently had, which is the reason for the temporary ban on heels) .

    DarkAnGGel drove. Ashley and I were passengers.

    When our party of 3 got to the restraint, we asked the young Marta D where the TVAL girls were sitting. The server didn’t know who we were talking about. Then one of the servers came up and said “they are over there”. She took us to the table. It was round and in a corner. The table was designed for six or seven people. We were already nine. They moved us to another round table with a rectangular table moved up to the round table. When all the group was there we had 12 big adults. Here is what I was wearing.

    Our sub-group of 3 felt that the service was intentionally poor.
    The TVALS were very nice and friendly. We were invited to their next GNO. We did not go clubbing this time.
    This was the first time I wore Leggings in public.
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    Leslie Mary Shy
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    "For a lump of coal to become a diamond, it takes a lot of pressure, heat, and time."
    "The question is, can I, as a lump of poor coal, survive that heat, pressure, and time."

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    You look just fine Leslie.
    Glad you had a good time.
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    Hi Leslie , It sure looks like you had a wonderful time. >Orchid ...+..
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    The pictures look very nice.

    I'm glad you had a good time in spite of your gas problem.
    When all else fails, lower your standards.

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    You have to dress enfemme, and carry gas if you must. Have a great time, and tell us about it when you get back.

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    Go for it Lesile. I'm driving to locust grove ga. in September and I'm thinking of wearing a skirt part of the drive.
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