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  • 11 Dec 2007
    So to speak...........I just uploaded some new shots in the Gallery.  Don't get too ill when you see them.I am still busier than hell these days.  This Saturday they are making me Point for the day, and not just for a specific exhibit.  I will be in charge of the department.  This is something I have wanted for a while.As soon as things settle down a little more I will be able to write more.  Especially since I am coming up on my four year anniversary here.  Wow.  What a difference four years makes.More later.Mere
    473 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • So to speak...........I just uploaded some new shots in the Gallery.  Don't get too ill when you see them.I am still busier than hell these days.  This Saturday they are making me Point for the day, and not just for a specific exhibit.  I will be in charge of the department.  This is something I have wanted for a while.As soon as things settle down a little more I will be able to write more.  Especially since I am coming up on my four year anniversary here.  Wow.  What a difference four years makes.More later.Mere
    Dec 11, 2007 473
  • 15 Nov 2007
    I could write another whole blog about the museum, and how damn stupid people can be.  I could also write about the funny stories.  I have been putting insanely long hours at the museum.  I did two Friday Snoozeums in a row, both were on the Zephyr, including the infamous night where I gave myself a concussion.  Me and my coworkers were conducting "flashlight tours" of the train, and we had all these ingenious ways to scare the kids coming through.Some of you might remember when I would pass myself off as French.  I've been doing that at the museum as well.  On Monday, at a night event, I conducted all of my tours in a great French accent, and my friend Jason did all of his with a Russian one.  It was great.I am getting so incredibly close to being fully out at work.  Every day is a new tip or comment made.  I think they're figuring it out on their own.This is just a quick blog today.  I am shaking off an illness, loss of voice, and lack of rest.
    497 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • I could write another whole blog about the museum, and how damn stupid people can be.  I could also write about the funny stories.  I have been putting insanely long hours at the museum.  I did two Friday Snoozeums in a row, both were on the Zephyr, including the infamous night where I gave myself a concussion.  Me and my coworkers were conducting "flashlight tours" of the train, and we had all these ingenious ways to scare the kids coming through.Some of you might remember when I would pass myself off as French.  I've been doing that at the museum as well.  On Monday, at a night event, I conducted all of my tours in a great French accent, and my friend Jason did all of his with a Russian one.  It was great.I am getting so incredibly close to being fully out at work.  Every day is a new tip or comment made.  I think they're figuring it out on their own.This is just a quick blog today.  I am shaking off an illness, loss of voice, and lack of rest.
    Nov 15, 2007 497
  • 23 Oct 2007
    Hi y'all......This is a quick posting right now.  I have to get ready to leave to go hang out with my kid today.  I'm taking the train since my car is acting up again and I don't trust it out on the highway.Josie was able to use a vet conference to come here to Chicago for the event.  We had a fantastic time.  Yes, she took some piccies.  Unfortunately, there's only one of us together, and I look terrible in it.  We definitely used Saturday night to do some fun girly stuff.  On Sunday she came with me to the museum.  She really enjoyed it.  I was working the Zephyr that day, and while I gave her a walkthough of the train, she really didn't need to see me do my routine there.  I would have rather she saw me in the coal mine or U-505.  My coworkers really took to her and treated her very well.  The guys said they thought Josie's cute.I was so depressed taking her back to the airport on Sunday.  We were even pulled over by the police because of the way my car looked.  They thought perhaps I might have stolen it.  Once I told them how it was broken into and was reported to the police, why two white people like us were on Chicago's west side, and that I had just left work, they let us go.  I really don't blame them for pulling us over to check it out.  I'm actually surprised I hadn't been stopped earlier.While it was sad to see Josie leave, I do have this great weekend to remember.  I am planning on having another one just after the first of the year, perhaps in late February when we all need a break from the winter.Mere
    566 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Hi y'all......This is a quick posting right now.  I have to get ready to leave to go hang out with my kid today.  I'm taking the train since my car is acting up again and I don't trust it out on the highway.Josie was able to use a vet conference to come here to Chicago for the event.  We had a fantastic time.  Yes, she took some piccies.  Unfortunately, there's only one of us together, and I look terrible in it.  We definitely used Saturday night to do some fun girly stuff.  On Sunday she came with me to the museum.  She really enjoyed it.  I was working the Zephyr that day, and while I gave her a walkthough of the train, she really didn't need to see me do my routine there.  I would have rather she saw me in the coal mine or U-505.  My coworkers really took to her and treated her very well.  The guys said they thought Josie's cute.I was so depressed taking her back to the airport on Sunday.  We were even pulled over by the police because of the way my car looked.  They thought perhaps I might have stolen it.  Once I told them how it was broken into and was reported to the police, why two white people like us were on Chicago's west side, and that I had just left work, they let us go.  I really don't blame them for pulling us over to check it out.  I'm actually surprised I hadn't been stopped earlier.While it was sad to see Josie leave, I do have this great weekend to remember.  I am planning on having another one just after the first of the year, perhaps in late February when we all need a break from the winter.Mere
    Oct 23, 2007 566
  • 14 Oct 2007
    Next weekend is the Night Out.  There will be some activities since there will be at least one attendee(!).  At the very minimum I get to meet another TW sister in person. Robybn Webb put me in contact with someone who is quite prominent in the Chicago TG scene.  I had a nice talk with her - Cyndi Richards - and she had some words of wisdom concerning the transitioning process.The Dirty Bird has been violated.  I went out to the car this morning and two of the windows were smashed in.  Nothing was taken; it was clearly an attempt to steal the entire car.  Hey, that's the Dirty Bird!  I put some plastic on the windows. I just wonder if they're going to come back to finish the job.  With my finances in the toilet as it is, I cannot afford to replace that window for quite a while.I am really hoping Lexi gets up here soon.  So does she.Lots going on at the museum.  The Star Wars exhibit is okay.  As I mentioned in the Forums, I got the meet both George Lucas (nice guy) and Anthony Daniels (a total prick).  My daughter spent a few days here this week when she was sick and needed watching.  We had a lot of fun.  She is still doing incredible work at school.Getting excited about seeing the endo in January and starting HRT.  More on that later.Mere
    484 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Next weekend is the Night Out.  There will be some activities since there will be at least one attendee(!).  At the very minimum I get to meet another TW sister in person. Robybn Webb put me in contact with someone who is quite prominent in the Chicago TG scene.  I had a nice talk with her - Cyndi Richards - and she had some words of wisdom concerning the transitioning process.The Dirty Bird has been violated.  I went out to the car this morning and two of the windows were smashed in.  Nothing was taken; it was clearly an attempt to steal the entire car.  Hey, that's the Dirty Bird!  I put some plastic on the windows. I just wonder if they're going to come back to finish the job.  With my finances in the toilet as it is, I cannot afford to replace that window for quite a while.I am really hoping Lexi gets up here soon.  So does she.Lots going on at the museum.  The Star Wars exhibit is okay.  As I mentioned in the Forums, I got the meet both George Lucas (nice guy) and Anthony Daniels (a total prick).  My daughter spent a few days here this week when she was sick and needed watching.  We had a lot of fun.  She is still doing incredible work at school.Getting excited about seeing the endo in January and starting HRT.  More on that later.Mere
    Oct 14, 2007 484
  • 26 Sep 2007
    Sure, I have a lot more new stories about the goings-on at the museum.  One thing I am doing for sure is really getting them ready for the big announcement.A coworker Amanda was once doing her nails.  When she finished she said "Who wants their nails done?"  I put out my left hand and she painted a few fingers.  I left it on, although many of my colleagues wondered why.When asked why I am getting divorced, I replied "Because I can wear her clothes better than she can."In our breakroom some of us were balling up paper and throwing it at each other.  One guy told me I throw like a girl.  I swiftly answered "Well, I am going to get a sex change operation."  They all thought it was funny.I had a doctor's appointment today but not for my transitioning.  The endo does not want to start me on HRT until I register at a gender clinic, something I cannot afford to do right now.  Otherwise I could have seen him today, since he was there as the same time as my regular doctor.  My GP, by the way, is a young, attractive black woman.  She was particularly hot today.So far Josie is the only one coming up this way for the Night Out.  She has a veternary conference to go to anyway, so it all worked out. Lexi is still working out the details for her visit.  We shall know soon.Anyhow, I am tired out and going to sit in bed and do some reading.  I have my regular shift at the museum, then our department is having a nice little party.  Ought to be interesting.
    601 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Sure, I have a lot more new stories about the goings-on at the museum.  One thing I am doing for sure is really getting them ready for the big announcement.A coworker Amanda was once doing her nails.  When she finished she said "Who wants their nails done?"  I put out my left hand and she painted a few fingers.  I left it on, although many of my colleagues wondered why.When asked why I am getting divorced, I replied "Because I can wear her clothes better than she can."In our breakroom some of us were balling up paper and throwing it at each other.  One guy told me I throw like a girl.  I swiftly answered "Well, I am going to get a sex change operation."  They all thought it was funny.I had a doctor's appointment today but not for my transitioning.  The endo does not want to start me on HRT until I register at a gender clinic, something I cannot afford to do right now.  Otherwise I could have seen him today, since he was there as the same time as my regular doctor.  My GP, by the way, is a young, attractive black woman.  She was particularly hot today.So far Josie is the only one coming up this way for the Night Out.  She has a veternary conference to go to anyway, so it all worked out. Lexi is still working out the details for her visit.  We shall know soon.Anyhow, I am tired out and going to sit in bed and do some reading.  I have my regular shift at the museum, then our department is having a nice little party.  Ought to be interesting.
    Sep 26, 2007 601
  • 12 Sep 2007
    Lately I have been speaking to some of you newer members on the phone, communicating through e-mail, etc., and many of you have asked questions that I seem to have to address from time to time.  No, this is not selfish self-promotion, but questions I encounter on a regular basis.  Here we go again.Why am I the Psycho Ninja?This is the result of two different parts of my life:Psycho - I am a total klutz.  I am the biggest threat to myself.  I cannot perform any sort of physical labor without inflicting bodily harm upon myself.  Just the other day, while chatting with Lilienne, I managed to burn the heck out of my pinky while broiling steaks at the same time.  I have listed many of my self-inflicted wounds before, so I will refrain from those now.  It is truly amazing the ways I have managed to hurt myself.  I am so surprised I have not yet suffered any injuries at work, especially inside the U-505 or coal mine.Ninja - This comes from a TW group known as the MSS - Meredith's Secret Service.  Kendra Katana Yunalesca has this LBD (little black dress) that I have been threatening to steal for years, ninja-style.  Many of the TW girls here are part of this conspiracy.  Although Kendra has moved on to other interests, as have many of the MSS members, the dream of stealing this hot little dress still remains.Why is my car called the Dirty Bird?This is because of Lexi.  Well, it is not quite her fault, but it is due to our relationship.  I bought my car almost a year ago, a 1990 Oldsmobile with a lot of mileage on it.  I was still working for the boats at the time.  One Saturday morning last October I woke up in a bad mood, and when I checked my e-mail there was a message there from Lexi.  Let's just say it was a VERY interesting message!  It reversed my mood, in more than one way.While on the docks I thought I would repay the favor, so to speak.  So, I called her house and left a VERY interesting message on her answering machine, completely forgetting she would be the only one to hear it.  Whoops.On the way home from work there was a voice message from Brandi Rose, Lexi's roomie and best friend, as well as the one who introduced us.  Apparently B and Helen, who happens to be a heavy set, and very devout Baptist woman, entered the house and saw the message light blinking.  B gave Helen permission to hit the button to hear the message, and there I was in all my glory telling Lexi a variety of, shall we say, interesting thoughts that, if performed, might be illegal in some places.  I damn near caused Helen to have heart failure.  "Y'all being a couple of dirty birds," B said.  The name stuck.Okay, back to the fun.
    485 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Lately I have been speaking to some of you newer members on the phone, communicating through e-mail, etc., and many of you have asked questions that I seem to have to address from time to time.  No, this is not selfish self-promotion, but questions I encounter on a regular basis.  Here we go again.Why am I the Psycho Ninja?This is the result of two different parts of my life:Psycho - I am a total klutz.  I am the biggest threat to myself.  I cannot perform any sort of physical labor without inflicting bodily harm upon myself.  Just the other day, while chatting with Lilienne, I managed to burn the heck out of my pinky while broiling steaks at the same time.  I have listed many of my self-inflicted wounds before, so I will refrain from those now.  It is truly amazing the ways I have managed to hurt myself.  I am so surprised I have not yet suffered any injuries at work, especially inside the U-505 or coal mine.Ninja - This comes from a TW group known as the MSS - Meredith's Secret Service.  Kendra Katana Yunalesca has this LBD (little black dress) that I have been threatening to steal for years, ninja-style.  Many of the TW girls here are part of this conspiracy.  Although Kendra has moved on to other interests, as have many of the MSS members, the dream of stealing this hot little dress still remains.Why is my car called the Dirty Bird?This is because of Lexi.  Well, it is not quite her fault, but it is due to our relationship.  I bought my car almost a year ago, a 1990 Oldsmobile with a lot of mileage on it.  I was still working for the boats at the time.  One Saturday morning last October I woke up in a bad mood, and when I checked my e-mail there was a message there from Lexi.  Let's just say it was a VERY interesting message!  It reversed my mood, in more than one way.While on the docks I thought I would repay the favor, so to speak.  So, I called her house and left a VERY interesting message on her answering machine, completely forgetting she would be the only one to hear it.  Whoops.On the way home from work there was a voice message from Brandi Rose, Lexi's roomie and best friend, as well as the one who introduced us.  Apparently B and Helen, who happens to be a heavy set, and very devout Baptist woman, entered the house and saw the message light blinking.  B gave Helen permission to hit the button to hear the message, and there I was in all my glory telling Lexi a variety of, shall we say, interesting thoughts that, if performed, might be illegal in some places.  I damn near caused Helen to have heart failure.  "Y'all being a couple of dirty birds," B said.  The name stuck.Okay, back to the fun.
    Sep 12, 2007 485
  • 04 Sep 2007
    Do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you do, and try to do, or say, for that matter, you just can't please some people?  Oh, well.  Lord Krishna said I am responsible to action, but not entitled to the fruits of my action.Yep, last week, August 29, the anniversary.  I re-read what I wrote last year on the one year anniversary, and it sounded far more upbeat.  I don't know why!  Things are actually better now than they were back then!  My writings have increased.  I was teaching dream courses. The boat job was only seasonal, and now I am at the museum, which is permanent.  While I might be physically alone, I do have love in my life.  I should be divorced soon, and am in no rush to get remarried right now.  I like things the way they are.  Me and my ex are getting along extremely well these days.  I do wish her the best.  I was actually upset a little while back when I found out she broke up with this guy she was casually dating.  I wanted her to remarry!THE BIG NEWS HERE:  I am now trying to organize a night out here in Chicago for us TG folks!  I am hoping for an October Saturday night.  This is open for discussion.  While those who live out this way can attend far easier, this is not exclusionary.  All are welcome.  Let me know if you are interested.  We can work out the details.I get to see my kid again today.  Her teacher wants her to take a test today to get into a gifted program for reading and math.  I will take her to do homework first, then on to bowling.  For a 9 year old, she refuses to let them put the bumpers in the gutters.  She wants to learn to bowl without them and take her lumps if she gets a gutter ball.  So, say goodbye to my bank account once again.
    558 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you do, and try to do, or say, for that matter, you just can't please some people?  Oh, well.  Lord Krishna said I am responsible to action, but not entitled to the fruits of my action.Yep, last week, August 29, the anniversary.  I re-read what I wrote last year on the one year anniversary, and it sounded far more upbeat.  I don't know why!  Things are actually better now than they were back then!  My writings have increased.  I was teaching dream courses. The boat job was only seasonal, and now I am at the museum, which is permanent.  While I might be physically alone, I do have love in my life.  I should be divorced soon, and am in no rush to get remarried right now.  I like things the way they are.  Me and my ex are getting along extremely well these days.  I do wish her the best.  I was actually upset a little while back when I found out she broke up with this guy she was casually dating.  I wanted her to remarry!THE BIG NEWS HERE:  I am now trying to organize a night out here in Chicago for us TG folks!  I am hoping for an October Saturday night.  This is open for discussion.  While those who live out this way can attend far easier, this is not exclusionary.  All are welcome.  Let me know if you are interested.  We can work out the details.I get to see my kid again today.  Her teacher wants her to take a test today to get into a gifted program for reading and math.  I will take her to do homework first, then on to bowling.  For a 9 year old, she refuses to let them put the bumpers in the gutters.  She wants to learn to bowl without them and take her lumps if she gets a gutter ball.  So, say goodbye to my bank account once again.
    Sep 04, 2007 558
  • 30 Aug 2007
    Today is a rather interesting anniversary for me........It was two years ago today that I was forced out of my home, sent to a hospital for almost ten days, and then spending almost a full year living a nightmare.  I lost my marriage, house, car, you name it, shunned by almost everyone, no place to call home, and struggling to maintain some semblence of self-respect.And I fought my way back.  No, I am not exactly at the top of the world.  But I am not at the bottom, either.  One of the reasons is Trannyweb.  While I was forced to quit for a time, Katie refused to cancel my membership.  When it became clear that I should not have to give up who I am, I came back for good.  I don't want to list any names out of fear I will leave someone off by accident.I'll never forget those first few hours, then the next weeks while I struggled to find my place in this world (to paraphrase that song).  We all still have a long way to go.  At least it is better now than it was then.
    565 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • Today is a rather interesting anniversary for me........It was two years ago today that I was forced out of my home, sent to a hospital for almost ten days, and then spending almost a full year living a nightmare.  I lost my marriage, house, car, you name it, shunned by almost everyone, no place to call home, and struggling to maintain some semblence of self-respect.And I fought my way back.  No, I am not exactly at the top of the world.  But I am not at the bottom, either.  One of the reasons is Trannyweb.  While I was forced to quit for a time, Katie refused to cancel my membership.  When it became clear that I should not have to give up who I am, I came back for good.  I don't want to list any names out of fear I will leave someone off by accident.I'll never forget those first few hours, then the next weeks while I struggled to find my place in this world (to paraphrase that song).  We all still have a long way to go.  At least it is better now than it was then.
    Aug 30, 2007 565
  • 27 Aug 2007
    As I posted in the blogs, me and Lexi just had our one year anniversary.  While we spent it apart, we still exchanged cards and a romantic phone call.  Some of y'all put us down at times but we hung in there.  She is planning on coming up here next month.  I cannot wait.Things were almost getting complicated in my personal life around here.  My very good friend at work Carlita does not know about me yet, and I wonder how she will take the news.  We do spend some time together, especially since she helps take care of my daughter.I also am doing what I can to help out those in need.  I posted a message about helping Karen Brad.  I do what I can to help any of you.  I am also giving me ex a lot of money for my kid's sake.  We made a child support agreement when she took my house away, but I still donate when I can.  I am stretched pretty darn thin financially.Then, on top of all these other complications, my tire was flat yesterday morning, and I had no way to change it!  John, another coworker, is going to help me tomorrow.  I've been taking the bus to work, which is actually a bit of a blessing.  It is relaxing.I was down in the dumps yesterday when I went to work.  One friend at work, Robert, always senses when I am down and manages to make me laugh.  While I am having a little problems with a Lead there, someone who I thought was my friend, I constantly see how valuable these friendships are.Overall, I am doing fine.  I hope you are, too.
    552 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • As I posted in the blogs, me and Lexi just had our one year anniversary.  While we spent it apart, we still exchanged cards and a romantic phone call.  Some of y'all put us down at times but we hung in there.  She is planning on coming up here next month.  I cannot wait.Things were almost getting complicated in my personal life around here.  My very good friend at work Carlita does not know about me yet, and I wonder how she will take the news.  We do spend some time together, especially since she helps take care of my daughter.I also am doing what I can to help out those in need.  I posted a message about helping Karen Brad.  I do what I can to help any of you.  I am also giving me ex a lot of money for my kid's sake.  We made a child support agreement when she took my house away, but I still donate when I can.  I am stretched pretty darn thin financially.Then, on top of all these other complications, my tire was flat yesterday morning, and I had no way to change it!  John, another coworker, is going to help me tomorrow.  I've been taking the bus to work, which is actually a bit of a blessing.  It is relaxing.I was down in the dumps yesterday when I went to work.  One friend at work, Robert, always senses when I am down and manages to make me laugh.  While I am having a little problems with a Lead there, someone who I thought was my friend, I constantly see how valuable these friendships are.Overall, I am doing fine.  I hope you are, too.
    Aug 27, 2007 552
  • 24 Aug 2007
    We've been having a lot of violent storms here in the Chicago area.  It is wild to watch the lightning over the lake.Anyhow, I am not much in the mood for any sort of talking.  Right now about 99.99 percent of the human race has found some way to irritate me, so for now I am just crawling into my little cubby hole and not coming out for a while.I have tomorrow off, and going to spend it with my kid.
    545 Posted by Meredith Newton
  • We've been having a lot of violent storms here in the Chicago area.  It is wild to watch the lightning over the lake.Anyhow, I am not much in the mood for any sort of talking.  Right now about 99.99 percent of the human race has found some way to irritate me, so for now I am just crawling into my little cubby hole and not coming out for a while.I have tomorrow off, and going to spend it with my kid.
    Aug 24, 2007 545