Hey again friends! So, if you haven’t been following my Twitter, you may know that I’m currently living in Pennsylvania. I grew up in Northern California, in my early 20s I lived in SF and near Boston for a little while, eventually moved to Buffalo briefly and then the S. Bronx, then moved out to Los Angeles for a few years. On coming back to the East Coast, I stayed in a Buffalo for a few months then moved out to Pennsylvania. It’s been an adjustment to say the least, to be in a place where the churches outnumber the gay bars.
No, I don’t have warrants out on me, I’ve just always been a bit of a vagabond. Even as a kid, my folks moved around Norcal constantly, I legit went to 6 different Elementary schools. Change, loss and instability have been a common theme in my life, but you can say the same thing about adventure, discovery and growth. Struggle is in their somewhere too but I’ll be glad to not have too many “Woe is me” moments in telling my story, at least for now
I’m highlighting all this because my journey has been a rather literal one, and it’s part of who I am. I’ve taken trains from LA to Toronto, buses from Albany to San Francisco, I’ve been to countless Dennys and Motel 6’s and have stacks of hotel room keys that would hold up a table. Many of the stories I like to tell have happened on the road. Although a solid foundation to come back to once the travels have ended has been less consistent that the travel itself.
And here is the good news. As of now I’ve been living in PA for nearly 3 years, which gets the “Longest Time Lived Anywhere By Me” award. I’ve seen the same Doctor multiple times, I have a steady day job, granted one that I wouldn’t brag about, but it’s mine and i’m relatively proud of it. I can plant things and see them grow here. It’s nice and through it I’ve been able to grow quite a bit myself.
So now that’s out of the way… lets look at some pics!
This is shortly after the last pic… just thought I looked cute. That backpack cracks me up, it has a big patch on the back that says “Trans” but I didn’t put it there. I guess Jansport knows more about me than I would have thought.
What we have here is a tricksy little Bear. I would often come back to my place in Buffalo and find Bear rummaging through the cabinets looking for honey. Especially cute how Bears little tail sticks out over the cabinet.
The morning I moved to PA. Packed up all my belongings into a rented minivan and headed out through the frankly stunning hills and State Forests of NY and PA. This is the look of someone equally exhausted and optimistic.
Comfy in PA. I think I unpacked my diapers first… everything else took weeks.
2 days after moving to PA a friend was having a good ol’ wedding in Brooklyn. I remember taking this the first night after getting back from NY, the first time I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with trains, planes and automobiles for a good while. It was all very unfamiliar to me, but I was crinkly and cozy and safe.
Visted a Ren Faire, met a Unicorn.
Did anyone ever check out these Tinkerbell goodnites? I think the current Goodnites have Elena of Avalon or some other Disney TV show on there, but I really liked these Tinkerbell ones. I quite enjoyed running around as Crinklebell… unfortunately they are a wee bit small for me, but I still wear them now and then to feel extra cute.
These pics are from the first week or so in PA. I have tons and tons of stories and adventures to share with you from back then until now, but we’re caught up on the basics and I’ll try to continue to fill in the gaps. Keep an eye out for these “The Catch-Up” posts intermingled with posts about what’s going on in my life right now. I hope you like them, it makes me smile to share these snuggly pics with you. Thanks for reading and more stories, pics and fun soon.