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Day 5: Tyson’s Corner

2014 September 27
by Jen DiGiacomo

Amidst all of this transgendering, I’ve been dealing with what I like to understatedly call Computer Tsunami 2014.

Short version is that I’ve burned through three MacBook Pros in a week (cue primal scream).

Since my work IT is responsible for two-thirds of those burnouts, I set off to the Apple Store in Tyson’s corner to deal with my personal MacBook Pro cataclysm.

Good news, it turns out there is a Joint Venture program with Apple that gets you a loaner computer when your current computer is about to depart for repairs.

Boom. Done.

I’m stoked… I leave the store and realize, hey, I’m in a mall. A big mall. An awesome mall.

I stare at my hair ties for strength and say, screw it. I’m going to window shop women’s clothing and shoes without shame for the first time in my life.

And, well, it’s amazing.

Oh wow, I love that scarf. Great skirt. Ooohhh, I like that color. Killer boots.

In the past, I would have pretended to tie my shoe whilst waiting for the crowds to pass before surreptitiously sneaking a peak at a Cache or bebe shop window. Or feigning going in the wrong in direction so I could pass by a shoe display a second or third time.

Remember, my transgendering began well before this thing we called the World Wide Web existed. Or even before that of the wonder that is the Amazon rainforest of clothes.

And a funny thing happens along the way. I find my confidence is building. And I’m getting pleasant smiles from women who wouldn’t give me the time of the day in the past.

Who knows… maybe this is going to work out just fine.

Note: When I began transitioning in 2014, I was known by my nickname DiG, which sufficed until I learned my mom had chosen Jennifer had my birth gone differently. So for historical sake, I leave my posts and podcasts as originally conceived, but know that my name is and apparently always was Jen.
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