It was exactly a year ago, almost to the minute, when I stepped off the plane and began my life in Tallahassee, Florida. If you'll recall, I didn't exactly enjoy the moving process, and Florida did not seem to be the promised land it was made out to be. None of my plans to sit back and let the world take care of things have ever come to any meaningful fruition, so after a few weeks of wallowing in self pity, I settled down into the business of starting over again.
It's been a slow process. I didn't try to go back to work right away, but once the hunt began in earnest, I found a good position with a decent company. Around the same time the Leon County Commission added sexual preference and gender identity to the classes protected under the local civil rights ordinance. I have yet to take any sort of action on that item, but it's a new year.
A few weeks ago, I received an invite to join a TG support group on Facebook, and it looks like they actually have meetings here in Tallahassee. There's a meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, and I'm going to try to attend. The Wednesday after is my birthday. I don't yet have plans, but I requested the night off so I could have my schedule clear in case something comes up. Worst case, I'll treat myself to a movie or something, but I'd really like to not be alone.
Coincidentally, It's Groundhog Day. A couple of hours ago, it's said, Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow and did not see his shadow, supposedly predicting an early end to winter. Most of the US is covered in snow, some of the worst ever seen, but not here in Florida. Down in the south of the state it's 81° F, but daytime temps here top out in the 60s. It's still chilly at night, but that'll end soon.