But in the meantime, the following (in addition to a high-stress day job) have kept me super-busy:
- Karaoke nights around Los Angeles. I'm really enjoying karaoke - especially when I am starting to get more and more of the female range AND tone.
- Las Vegas, where I ended up buying a vacation timeshare. Good thing I can afford to spend money on things like this. Could be something to share with my new girlfriend.
- OutFest, the annual LGBT movie festival in Los Angeles. I had to schmooze with many high-powered LGBT producers in Hollywood, including, of course, transgender icons Calpernia Addams and Andrea James.
- Even more time with Calpernia, at her new routine, Transfixed, performed with Jer Ber Jones, a drag performer.
On the aviation front, my airline business simulation is doing nicely, though my approach this time was too conservative, and I am not growing my business as well as I'd like. I did have some nice milestones, however - I co-founded the game's greatest airline alliance, and from my Athens hub, managed to kill a Prague-based competitor and turn Prague into my second hub. Most importantly, a Puerto Rico-based alliance partner is run by someone who lives in Florida in real life, and flew for United Airlines as a flight attendant for 16 years before being forced to retire for health reasons. I hope this person will be a gold mine of information for me - he says he was rated to be an international purser, and at the time of the 9/11 attacks, often indeed worked Flight 175, one of the hijacked flights. Lots of insights that can only be obtained from a real-life coworker of Sarah's - and I'm starting to exchange information. Although I have not told him that Sarah is trans or lesbian, I've told him everything else about her.