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    When In Nashville, TN I stay at DarkAnGGel's Apartment so I don't have to worry about gas. She likes to drive the old lady (me) around if she is not at work (she works the afternoon/evening shifts). A few of you might have seen her.
    When I went to Atlanta in a dress, I optioned on not carrying a gas can. I did get gas while in a dress and full make up and hat in Atlanta, GA at 0200 EST. I had NOT worn a wig.

    I wore a wig for the T-VAL meeting.
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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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    forewarning the hippo will be on the road to Atlanta the week of May 17 - 19, 2019.
    Going to a private formal ball in one of my gowns. I have four of them. Taking my photo set-up too.
    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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    Which should I wear?

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    I have a good idea of what I will wear.
    This is not what I will be wearing
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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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    Well today is the day before I go to Atlanta. I was at lunch with my son today. On the way home I stopped into a local nail shop in drab. I had already prepared several glue on sets of nails to wear this weekend but thought"Why not get something that won't pop off. I got a manicure with appellation of Acrylic nails. I had them painted bright metallic/glittery RED. (Of course). Didn't get the toes done for two reasons. Most importantly I had just had toenail surgery (Hang nail removal) and the shoes I am going to wear are closed-toes. No photos (Yet).
    I am driving the 150 miles to Atlanta dressed, all the time I am in Atlanta outside my room I will be En femme and will drive home dressed.
    I am fully packed except for my make-up kit. Including my Photo Studio equipment and will be going it alone on doing everything because my GG friend, DarkAnGGel, has to work.
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    This is a tease shot. Yes there are stars on the thumb and a butterfly on the pinky
    (I don't normally use the camera built into the computer, It is too limiting.)
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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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    Have a nice and safe trip.
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    .....Spring Ball Trip
    Thursday evening, I finished packing my luggage and photo equipment. I am to be the group photographer at the meeting called “The Spring Ball. Each attendee on Saturday evening is supposed to wear a ball gown.
    .....Day one Friday
    Bright and early Friday morning, I get up, put on my travel face and clothes. Nude pantie hose, Turquoise peasant blouse, a pair of black trousers, brunet wig, and black patent leather shoes with mild 1.5-inch heels.
    I carry out my make-up kit, cameras, and purse. Then go back in and got my laptop which was already bagged up.
    By now the sun is up and so are my noisy neighbors.
    Here I was going in and out of my house fully dressed en fem.
    Off I went.
    I turn on my sound system and insert the prepared music flash drive into it.
    Not even 5 miles out I remembered some things I needed but had left at home. Back home I go. As I am driving back home, I remembered three other things I was supposed to bring. In I go and collected the items. I was in the house less than five minutes but the school bus goes by.
    Again, more time exposed to the neighbors. But I do not see anyone.
    I think I got out unseen.
    I stop at a fuel station to top of my tank for the 3.5-hour trip into a very big city.
    I started my GPS program on my phone for the trip. I had put all the destinations into my phone days ago.
    As I am driving, I keep a close eye out for everything and set the cruse control for the speed limits of the highway I was on. The route is not unknown to me but I still use the GPS just as a precaution. After about 30 minutes my route changes from four lane divided inter-state highway onto a windy two lane local roads with construction and schools areas and school buses.
    I am feeling a lot more comfortable as I am driving, I am feeling female like.
    As I am passing through a small town. All of a sudden, I hear a siren, Its coming from behind me. Oh shoot, I think, I’ve tripped a radar trap. I start looking for a safe place to pull over. Then the ambulance shoots by me, goes maybe five blocks and turns off. Now I am a bit rattled. I soon settle down. Two and a half hours I rejoin the Inter-state system near Atlanta, GA. Now I will say this about driving in Atlanta, if you drive the posted speed limits any hour of the day or night, you are asking to be rear ended or side swiped. Leave two car lengths between your vehicle and the one in front of you and someone else will move into that space.
    I finally get to the hotel located on the north side of Atlanta. I pull up to the main entrance. There is plenty of people around, coming and going, and even a tour bus off-loading. Boy was I nervous. I have a bellhop cart those items from my car that are going up to my room.
    I park my car, text DarkAnGGel (GG friend) in Nashville, TN that I was there, and walked to the main entrance of the hotel, still nervous about being stopped and called out as a MIAD, never happened.
    I stopped by the front desk to pick up my room entrance card. In this hotel you need your room card even to go up or down in the elevator unless you find someone going to the same floor as yourself. Got onto the elevator with 10 other people plus the bellhop and my luggage on a cart. I get a "Good Afternoon" from one of the students from the tour bus. I reply in my nearest attempt at a female voice “Good afternoon to you too”. No looks or side comments from anyone else.
    I get into my room, take off my shoes and make a couple phone calls to let the gurls (heterosexual crossdressers) that I am to have dinner with, that I was in the room.
    My gurl friend, from North Carolina, tells me that I have about an hour to rest before I start to drive to the French restraint on the east side of Atlanta. I am also reminded that we have tickets to a play after dinner. I replied that I have already payed for my ticket and it is at the “Front desk”.
    I put on my evening face then my evening attire consisting of; a black long-sleeved white bell-sleeved blouse (for a cool evening), a black long velvet skirt and black patent-leather 4.5-inch open toed spike heels. I text my GG friend DarkAnGGel that I was headed to the restaurant.
    I drive to the restaurant. My GPS suggest a different route due to the congestion /construction /Friday rush hour traffic going home, on the interstate. The new route takes me through a couple of miles of residential housing, thus cutting out the congestion. I was starting to worry that I was lost when up pops my original route on my GPS and I was about a quarter mile from the restraint.
    I was only five minutes late getting to the restaurant, had trouble at the parking garage gate.
    I ordered a glass of wine and Ratatouille. The server made no weird looks etc. of us Gurls or my friend’s wife.
    My friend is much more experienced at going out. The dinner was nice. We paid our tab and went to our own autos.
    We drove to the Horizon theater. It is inside of an old multi-use building and seats only about 120 spectators. We are joined by another member of our group.
    Come to find out, we are attending the show’s grand opening. While, very off Broadway, it was presented very well. If you are in Atlanta, GA within the next four months look up the Horizon Theater and see if “The CAKE” is showing. It is a good “Adult only” rated show. There are only 4 actors.
    After the show I drive back to my hotel. Strip down climb the shower that is bigger than my total bathroom at home. Set my alarm on my phone, check in with DarkAnGGel. She is worried about this old gurl being alone in a big city. It is funny and loving that she cares about me. I, who has driven in; Berlin, Frankfort, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Honolulu, Anchorage, Manila, and all over Korea just to Name a few.
    I go to bed.
    .....End of day one.

    .....Day two Saturday
    I awake before my alarm goes off.
    I start my morning with a shower, do my face, put on all my undie things. Then a Red Long Skirt and a Red top with an attached Net jacket, My trusty black 1.5-inch heels with one square inch heel taps and a Brunette with dish water blond streaks shoulder length wig.
    I drive the 26 minutes to the Stone Mountain Inn for breakfast and a board meeting. Filled up my fuel tank. The Inn was having air Conditioner problems.
    After the meeting some 7 of the 11 members who showed up headed out for lunch. Four of us headed to the Stone Mountain Amusement park. The entrance was jut ¼ mile from the Stone Mountain inn. We enjoyed ourselves until we decided to take a walk through their bug display (super-sized models in among the plants and trees). For me, in my 1.5 Inch heels, this was a big mistake. I finished it but the gravel on top of pavement played havoc with my feet and ankles. We walked the half of a mile back to the Stone Mountain Inn.
    I drove around to the back where the ball room had a service entrance. Except for the dance floor area, the ballroom floor was carpeted in a plush rug. I unloaded my photo equipment. Then I slipped of my shoes while setting up the lights and backdrop. Did some test shots. The ballroom and two bathrooms. I slipped into one bathroom and switched into my gown, two tone short haired wig, and put on my black Patent-Leather heels. During the evening one of the members nickname me ‘Maud’ because I looked like her in Golden Girls.
    We had a dinner buffet there in the ballroom. I took photos of all the members, Including myself.
    After dinner we had a beauty pageant thing were 7 of us gurls were picked as the contests (yours truly was one). We each got a chance to draw out an envelop that contained a question that we were to answer. We could try to be serious or funny but must act like a woman.
    I was to be the fifth to give my answer. My question was; “What makes you blush? And why?”
    Since I have, to the best of my knowledge, ever blushed, I went for the comedy path. On the sour of the minute I gave a three-minute answer as to what made me blush and explained why.
    The rest of the gurls really enjoyed my answer.
    Each gurl was videotaped during their answering.
    The judges picked gurls that used serious answers. Oh well I tried.
    When the ball was over, I slipped into my bare feet and packed up my equipment. Drove back to my hotel. Left the equipment in the car. I was still wide awake. I slipped into what I was going to wear for the drive home and packed up all by stuff but a small make-up kit and loaded my car. I had removed my wig and had uncombed my ponytail. While going out to the car a couple boys wanted me to pose with them at the entrance of the hotel, I passed. Gave DarkAnGGel a full report of the day. And went to bed.
    .....End of Day two

    .....Day three the drive home
    I got up and showered and put on my travel face. Eyebrows, Mascara, and lipstick different earrings.
    I put on all my undergarments again, Black trousers, A turquoise peasant blouse and the wig from the ball.
    I like that wig. It never creeps around or off my head. I normally do not eat breakfast, so I didn’t.
    Got into my car and drove home.
    The trip home again three and a quarter hour went easily. About an hour out when I was on the curvy road I pulled over and turned on my four-way lights because I realized I left my drivers permit in the purse from last night in the boot (trunk area). While I was stopped, another lady stopped and asked “Do you need help?”. I replied in my weak feminism voice “Thank You for caring, I just needed to get my camera for the beautiful view”. Got back into the driver’s seat and finished the drive home.
    When I got home, nobody was in sight so I brought in my luggage. I left all the camera stuff except my cameras in the car. Reported back in to DarkAnGGel. She was getting ready to go to work up on the old farm.
    I climbed into my bed for a few hours of rest
    .....End day three
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    Sorry this all you get to see for now.
    I will shoot the other outfits here in the studio, someday.
    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 05-20-2019 at 05:34 PM.
    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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    Since my return from Atlanta I have used acetone and removed the red from my nails but not the Acrylic build-up. After I got the polish of I buffed and polished my nails. I did not apply any polish. The Acrylic portion protrudes out about 3/8 of an inch from the end of my finger.
    Then a couple days later I went back to the nail shop and had the put on a translucent pink and seal it with top coat. I love my nails. The girls at the shop are waiting for me to show up in a dress. I said that I would do it.
    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 06-08-2019 at 11:22 PM.
    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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    Sounds to me like you had the time of your life! When do we get more photos?

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    Well here is another small trip for the Hippo.
    Last Thursday I had my acrylic nail extensions looked after. (Never realized how fast my nails grow.)
    Got home and the glittery finish of the polish was too rough to suit me. I applied two coats of top coat. Let it dry a couple hours, then took a fingernail file and knocked down the high spots. Then applied another coat of Top Coat. When that coat was dry I applied some flower decals with rhinestones onto my thumbs and sealed those on with more Top Coat. My finger nails were as slick and smooth, except for the rhinestones, as a 60s Caddy bumper.
    Friday, I got dressed up with a mild evening makeup job.
    Went to the event location. There I learned that the event was cancelled.
    Having nowhere to go, I drove over to the nail shop. I promised them that I would come in when dressed. When I walked in no one recognized me and thought I was another customer.
    Then one of the girls recognized my voice, but wasn’t sure.
    I broke down and revealed who I was by showing them my Drab driver’s permit.
    After 10 some photos and some chat, I came home.
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    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 06-09-2019 at 02:24 AM.
    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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    Great photo! So next time you get your nails done, will you be going as Leslie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macey View Post
    Great photo! So next time you get your nails done, will you be going as Leslie?
    It depends on what else is planned for the day. The male side of me is well entrenched in this cosmopolitan, bible belt, and redneck community which is the fourth largest metropolis in the state. I would be more inclined to go out and about if I had a CD buddy.
    This last trip was during daylight hours. I felt like a vampire under a paper and bamboo umbrella on a sunny day.

    I think I will start referring to this wig as my "Maude - Golden Girls wig".
    Last edited by Leslie Mary S; 06-09-2019 at 12:32 PM.
    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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