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happy t-day

today is my T-birthday: on July 1, 1997 I received my first testosterone injection. I thought it had been thirteen years but I guess it's only been twelve. still, I'm getting up there in trans-years, which start at about age 13 and run about twice as fast as the calendar years do.

although I did get carded for beer in Seattle when I was there. so maybe I am growing up more slowly than I think I am. I no longer feel 18, though. well, that's not quite true either: my rather poorly integrated ego ranges in age from about 7 to something like 110.

in any case, it's my T-birthday and so I must think of something appropriate to do. like go see a movie with lots of car chases and explosions. my shot is due today, though, and unless I take it early, I won't really be all greased up for that sort of thing. it might be more of a museum day or even a stay home and write poetry day.

or maybe I'll walk to a museum, go in, then sit in a gallery and write. that sounds almost nauseatingly artsy doesn't it? it could be good though. must give this some thought.

first some guitar scales.

well, first coffee. I just woke up. I am diurnal today. didn't mean to be, but that's what the body apparently wanted.

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daisydumont
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
happy T-birthday! i'm glad it's been good for you. :)

getting carded must've been gratifying. when people started calling me ma'am instead of miss, ahhh, i knew i was getting up there. *g*
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
at this point I am just trying to keep on being able to say that I've been carded every year since I reached drinking age--this young cashier made 2009 for me! it was funny, though: she got very nervous and quiet after she saw my license, but I was trying to make light of it. I think she saw "1962" and thought "shit I can't even add up how old this guy is!"
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eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
thanks!
yangming
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Happy T day friend! A museum sounds fun. There might even be free admission somewhere since it is the beginning of the month.
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
well I slept through the first half of the day so it's going to have to be something else. I missed the legion of honor's free day; it was yesterday. dang.

next month.

if I can stay awake I'm thinking a long walk with a book to a cafe I've never been to.
zoe_1418
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Happy T-Birthday to you! I got carded recently (and I'm gray-haired and 52), but it was only because it was one of those places that makes it an ironclad rule for their employees to card EVERYONE. Always makes me chuckle.
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know if she was just following the rules or what. she seemed a bit flustered to see my license, in any case. I tried to laugh, but she didn't see the humor. I think she was just barely old enough to be selling the stuff.
jetgirl23
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Heheh, happy T Day! :)
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
thanks!
vriane
Jul. 1st, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Love the icon! Happy T-birthday!
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of sending the icon to my mom in an email. she would fail to be amused. :)

Thanks!
expanding_x_man
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Happy T Birthday!!!!

Thirteen years is nothing to sneeze at. This weekend a good friend, a trans man, said that he had heard from another trans man up in years that really the most dramatic changes happen AFTER eight years on T. I am not so sure I would say the most dramatic, but I would say that I have noticed that after 12 years or so, or ten -- somewhere in there, the changes somehow coalesce and they add up very dramatically. I see people on T for fourteen years and they are so, well, MANLY, in comparison to those first five years -- what more can I say? It does accumulate.

But, you are already plenty over the line and all, I just thought I would share that bit of info or whatever. It is interesting to me.

Happy T Day again and have fun!
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
oh I do understand what you are talking about--it actually has happened for me, starting around year seven and continuing on now: I've bulked up muscle without trying, gotten way more hairy, and basically have grown up to look like a man without the "baby fat" and acne of the first few years. since the seventh year I have dropped six inches in pants waist sizes. unless all pants manufacturers decided to go all out with "vanity sizing," I think my body really did do a lot of shifting starting about then.

I slept through the first half of the day. if I can stay awake, I will do my best to have a good T Day. thanks!
expanding_x_man
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
And, I got carded on my 50th birthday, so sometimes, I think they just card people who look older to follow protocol.
eriktrips
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
the cashier was really young, maybe 24, probably younger, but obviously old enough to sell beer. I think she may have just been very conscientious. she got all nervous when I laughed and showed her my license--poor kid!
zephyrcrow
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Congrats 2 U! Weird, I thought you were around the same age as me (I'm 25).
eriktrips
Jul. 3rd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
well I'm an old man by society's standards but like I mentioned, my subpersonalities range in age from very young to very old. some of them I'm fairly sure were born before I was. I don't really know how they managed that but ours is not to question why. :)

mostly though I just don't find being up all night that much of a novelty anymore, whether aided by chemicals or just winging it. otherwise I am fairly sure that I have done a good job of refusing to grow up.
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