Prodigal Sons

I'm really looking forward to seeing this new film by Kimberly Reed. An unflinching look at her life as the star quarterback of her high school football team and the emotional turmoil of being born the wrong way. The documentary also focuses on the lives of her two brothers, one adopted and the other not. The adopted brother was involved in a car wreck at age 21 and had to have part of his brain surgically removed. He also turns out to have quite the famous birth parents. Her other brother recently came out as a gay man and this all plays out against the backdrop of Reed's 20th high school reunion. Coming home to Montana, Reed finds that her old classmates are just fine with her new gender. Here is a short video from Reed that is playing on CNN...

I think what excites me most about this is that one of our own is telling this story. I suspect there won't be the crazy shots of putting on makeup and walking around in high heels. Thank God. On a side note, I sure to wish I looked as good as she does. I don't know what else to do but no matter how hard I try, I just can't pull this off. Ugh.

6 Months

Six months ago today, my Father passed away after a long illness. I honestly can't believe that it's been that long but as I get older, time does seem to pass much faster. Dad lived almost a thousand miles away so I didn't get to see him as often as I would have liked. Because of that, him being gone is a bit different than had he lived a few miles away. That doesn't mean I don't miss him dearly, I do, but it does make it different. I keep wanting to pick up the phone and give him a call but that is never going to happen again.

So, on this somber day, I've dealt with my grief the only way I know how, by myself. I miss you Dad and not a single day goes by that I don't think about you. I keep your memory alive and that is all I can do. I hope you know that I loved you very much.


I love Tuesday nights as Lost, my favorite television show of all time airs at 9 eastern on ABC. It's followed by V, a remake of the 1980's sci-fi and geek certified miniseries. The show is pretty good but even if aliens aren't your thing, it's worth checking out just to watch Mark Hildreth as Joshua, the chief alien doctor. Seriously, could this man be any hotter? Hot I say, hot...

Words That Are Transphobic

Saw this on the Always Aroused Girl blog...

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I took these pictures today and I thought I would share them with you...

Mish Mash

Just some things I wanted to throw out..

1. It was three years ago this week that I legally changed my name. In a lot of states, it's a pretty difficult process but here in Kentucky, or specifically Louisville, it couldn't be any easier. I had to go down to the main courthouse, fill out a form, let them make a photocopy of my birth certificate, make a check out for $50 and two days later, my name change order came in the mail. No going before a judge, no red tape, no harassment and no big deal. By the way, for those that don't know, my name was Gregory William. My Mom and Dad didn't know if I was a boy or girl and so they had names picked out for either gender. They just liked Gregory and William was my Dad's middle name. If I had been born a girl (duh), it was going to be Kelly Joann. They just liked Kelly and Joann was my Aunt's middle name. I honored their wishes by going with what they had picked out. It was the least I could do.

2. My 9 day spring break is down to one day. Not sure how these things go so quickly but they do. If I can remember correctly, we have 34 days of school left. We had several snow days so it could have been less. Regardless, I'm not complaining as most people don't get 16 weeks of paid vacation a year. I take a lot of vacation because I get a lot of vacation.

3. Today was one of those postcard perfect spring days. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temperatures were around 70 degrees. Throw in some bubbles and River (one of my Border Collies) and you have endless fun.

4. This summer will mark the three year anniversary of my facial feminization surgery (FFS) with Dr. Zukowski in Chicago. I do look better and I certainly look younger but overall, it wasn't worth the money and will probably go down as the biggest regret of my life. All these years later, my face still feels funny and fake, and lets face it, it just didn't work. I've seen a lot of Dr. Z girls who turned out beautiful but in the years since, I've also seen some pictures of some really fucked up results. Wish I had known that when I was trying to pick a doctor. If you are considering FFS, think long and hard about the whole thing and seriously, look at as many pictures as you can find. I made the wrong choice in doctors and I can't do a thing about it. That sucks.

5. I chewed my fingernails down to the nub today. When I have them painted I don't even notice them but when I don't have on polish, I chew away. Bummer.

6. Sarah Palin, the former half Governor of Alaska and noted palm reader, is still a fucking idiot.

7. My flower garden is looking pretty promising this year. I've planted some new perennials and laid down ten bags of mulch. I've got about 7 flower pots filled out and made up a couple of hanging baskets. Looks like everything survived the cold and snowy winter. It's so nice to see the trees all green again and everything in bloom. Love this time of year. I'll take some pictures tomorrow and get them up on here.

8. I keep wanting to pick up the phone and call my Dad. It's been almost 6 months since I lost him and I think about him everyday. I miss him lots.

9. I'm looking forward to getting back up to the mountains this summer. I miss West Virginia so much.

10. If you aren't watching The Pacific on HBO, you are missing out. All of the veterans of World War II had it pretty tough but these guys who fought in the Pacific just might have had it the worst. It's hard to fathom that they will all be gone soon.

11. Sarah Palin, yep, still a fucking idiot.

The One Constant Through All The Years Has Been Baseball

Today is one of the most sacred days of the year, Opening Day for baseball. As a child, my hero's were more likely than not, baseball players. I can see them all now, George Foster, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion....members of the Big Red Machine, the most dominant team in the history of the game. I fell asleep listening to the radio broadcasts of the Cincinnati Reds, the lyrical voices of Marty and Joe. In just a few short minutes, as it is always done, my Reds will open the Major League Baseball Season and for one short day, hope springs eternal.

Spell It Out

Just in case you didn't notice, and it seems that one of my dear friends didn't, my post from Thursday was nothing more than a April Fools Day joke, a lame one at that, but still a joke. If you go back and look at the post, you'll see some of the letters in bold. Spell them out and all is revealed.

About Face

Well, Apparently it will take me a few days to get it Put together and up and Running, but I will soon be closing down this blog and publishing a new one, this one called Greg's So Called Life. After talking it over with my therapist and Family, I'm calling it quits On this transition Of mine. I've tried to make the most of things and I've met so many people that I just Love but Surprisingly, this wasn't for me. I kind of suspected that this Day might come A calling, but You never really know. Thanks for coming along on this interesting ride and be on the lookout for the new blog should you be so inclined.