Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Back To Normal

After writing the title to this post, I chuckled. "Normal" -- few people would describe me as that. What 60-year old man wears makeup, women's clothing and has a fashion-blog? Well... me. And the fact that you accept me is all that matters.

Anyway, the notion of returning to normalcy is a subject I haven't mentioned on social media because it concerns a private matter. But it's just you and me here, right?

Three weeks ago I had serious surgery. In a hospital with general anesthesia. I won't go into details but, as Hedwig sings, to walk away I had to leave a part of myself behind.

Recovery from the surgery was painful and hard. I had to summon up all the sisu I possess and the experience altered my perception. Now, more than ever, I cherish what I have. The precious gift of life will end all too soon, as I realized with sage clarity when facing mortality.

During this period I vowed that when I recovered, I would savor two of my greatest joys -- riding my motorcycle and wearing a pretty dress. Being able to do those things signals a return to normal life for me. During recovery, those joys seemed beyond my reach and I wasn't sure I'd get them back. But I have.

Yesterday, I unveiled my sport-bike from the Batcave and took her out. I'd forgotten how viscerally exciting riding is when you have a powerful machine and honed skills. I twisted the throttle hard, smiled when the engine roared and blasted off on my rocket-ship. The bike carved curves like a sharp knife moving through butter. My entire body vibrated with vivacity.

Today, I'm returning to my second joy. I found this fancy dress in a thrift-store for $3. Three dollars! How could I not buy it? It reminds me of the Eighties. What do you think?

Welcome to my world. Thank you for visiting.











33 comments:

  1. This is very Dallas! Remember that series? So Crystal! And may I just say those shoes are to die for! I can't imagine just how tall they make you.

    Nothing like a speed bump in life to make us slow down a bit and look around and appreciate our surroundings. We're all going to the same place but making sure we enjoy the trip while we still can is paramount.

    Glad that you are back to normal : )

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Thanks for the kind words and support. I'm 6'6" in these heels. :-)

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  2. I am so glad you have recovered from your surgery, Ally. It's scary being under the knife, isn't it? It does make you very aware of your mortality, and grateful and hungry for the things you love. I am happy to see you indulging yourself in both!

    I used to have a REALLY similar dress to this - it was from the very early 90s. Mine didn't have the slit in the front, but otherwise, right down to the bigass shoulders, this could be my exact dress! I love it on you, Legs McGee! Damn, girl, you should be a hosiery model.

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    1. It's amazing when I choose clothes that someone I admire has chosen. It makes me feel closer to real female life. And thanks for the compliment: my legs are my selling point. :-)

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    2. It makes me feel closer to you, like we're sister-BFs! I must dig up that picture I have of me in the dress and send it to you.

      You have many selling points, darling. Your legs are merely one of them. ;-P

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  3. glad you are doing well Ally and normal? what's that?? :)

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  4. Well normal is overrated...but I'm glad you are feeling better and have recovered well from your surgery. I've been thinking of you my friend! You look great. <3

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  5. I love it, very elegant. Loving the platform heels. This looks fabulous on you!

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  6. Glad to hear you're recovering from your surgery, Ally, and are getting back to normal. It must be a such a joy to be able to ride your bike again. As for that dress: wow, what a stunner! I've said it before, but you've got the most amazing legs, which are really emphasized here with that badass slit! xxx

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    1. Thanks, pal. I celebrate the little I got.

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  7. I'm so glad you hear you are healing and recovering... pursuing one's Joys of Life is indeed Priceless!

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  8. Glad to hear you're recovering, and getting back to normal (only you can define what is normal for you, I think it means different things to all of us). There's nothing like a health crisis to make you appreciate normal life, even the tedious, boring bits of it. But I'm glad you decided to celebrate 'back to normal' with this fabulous outfit instead.

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  9. I think normal is comfortable. I feel that sometimes! A thrift store steal like that is definitely something to brag about. I know me and my family do that. Also, I think the simple joys like getting on a bike or putting on a stellar playlist or just taking time to be is the best recovery of all.

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  10. I am glad that you have made it through this ordeal. Things like that give us all a glimpse of our mortality.
    My view is that when it is my time to go I hope to go out sliding at 200 MPH.
    I love the dress, hose and heels. Your rock the outfit.

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  11. What fun is normal anyways! Live life to the fullest and do you! You are rocking that dress! That slit and those heels! LOVE! Glad to hear you are recovering well and doing things that make you feel happy and alive. XOXO

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  12. I hope you have a full recovery and all the time in the world to wear all those pretty dresses. It's incredible how take things and people for granted when we are all just "passing by".
    Love the dress, I would have probably bought it too-

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    1. Thanks, buddy. One of the real reasons I don't want to die is because I've only begun to live as a woman and I want more time for that.

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  13. Normal is relative. I'm glad you're back to ALLY'S NORMAL. Which includes motobikes and rad dresses.

    I hope everything is healing well for you. I'm currently laid up in bed with the plague that is currently circulating due to the bizarre spring weather. I love being able to finally catch up with my blog reading even if i can't catch my runny nose @____@

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  14. Oh, Ally, I had no idea you underwent surgery. I’m so sorry to hear and hope you are recovering nicely. As you said, bltjst experience really reminds us of our mortality and makes us grateful for the things we have and the days we are completely healthy.

    Also, you look fabulous as always. I’m a fan of the many different sides of you! Xoxo

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  15. Looking great in this outfit with those sexy heels! :)

    Good to read your surgery has gone okay!! :)

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