Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and, um… oh, that's right, dressing up!


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The virus plays Scrooge at Hippie Christmas

Earlier this morning, Male Mode Me was scrolling through his Instagram feed and noticed a post regarding a certain local “holiday” I had completely forgotten about:

Allison-Hippie-Christmas

Four years ago, in this post, I talked about “Hippie Christmas.”  That’s the name for the time period, normally on or around the 15th day of August, when many off-campus apartments in the downtown and UW areas of Madison see their leases expire, and the students who occupied said places move into other digs.  When they do so, they tend to leave on the curb items they no longer have a use for.  If said items are in good condition, the apartments’ new tenants may make them their own.  If not them, perhaps someone who believes in sustainability who just happened to walk past will claim the item (hence the “hippie” in the holiday name).

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Pride Month 2020, and all’s… uh, well, umm…

Oh, yeah, it’s… [*checks calendar once again*] June, isn’t it?

For me, the month of June usually, more often than not, puts me in a good mood.  This is the month of the summer solstice after all, and like most of you I always enjoy the warmer (though not too hot) temperatures and abundant amounts of sunshine that come with summertime.  The higher the sun’s angle is, the happier the human being’s mood can be.

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Things get back to being civil around here

It’s been 8 days since what started and ended as a peaceful afternoon protest in Madison over the tragedy in Minneapolis and its repercussions turned into a night of serious unrest on State Street downtown.  Last Sunday night was an additional night of vandalism and looting.

But last weekend wasn’t the be all and end all, not by any means.  Indeed, this past week in Madison would see events such as a large traffic jam on the Beltline Highway, our city’s main multi-lane thoroughfare, as well as a Friday night “birthday party” in memory of a black citizen whose life was needlessly lost to police violence back in March, Breonna Taylor of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Allison stays put

A common lament I’ve heard from those who are sheltering in place during this unfortunate time is that the days seem to combine into a blur.  Their normal routines of going to work every Monday thru Friday and spending Saturdays and Sundays either at home or out and about have been thrown out the window.  Now, it feels as if every single day starts out, proceeds, and ends in the very same way, and that the most major of trips goes from the bedroom to the kitchen.

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Allison Remembers How to Drive! (or Trying to Shop for Groceries While On Lockown)

Okay, show of hands:  How many of you have seen your lives changed or impacted in one way or another by the virus situation we’re all going through?  All of you?!  Well, that shouldn’t be surprising when you consider the gravity of the moment.  For me, the changes have included not needing to shave my face every work day, letting my male-mode hair grow too long, shaving that same male-mode hair down to the scalp (not a pretty picture at all)… and the two biggest changes for me, not working in an office (for the next few weeks at least) and shopping for groceries online.

Both of those last two life aspects, for me at least, involved one other thing that, once someone learns it, can be as normal as tying a shoelace:  Driving a car.  As mentioned previously, my current work assignment initially found me taking a long drive (10 miles and 25 minutes one way) to and from work every day.  And from the beginning of February through mid-March, it was in the comfy confines of a new car.  Well, not a 2020 model year, but you get the idea.

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Random personal stuff (4/8/2020 edition)

I’m in the fourth week of my personal lockdown, and for just a little while I gave myself a hall pass.  I’ll talk about that in a moment, but I first must mention the fact that here in Wisconsin, we had an election yesterday.  Perhaps you heard the news and thought to yourself, “Is that state crazy?  Do they really want to make people sick?”  Well, our state’s governor thought it was a bad idea, and late Monday he issued an executive order postponing the election until June.

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Allison in Madison: Soccer it to me time!

There are so many items I wanted talk up on this blog before 2019 becomes 2020 that I know I won’t get to them all.  But at least one of those topics will be brought up in this post.  The topic comes from the realm of… soccer!  The world’s game!  The most beautiful game!  Whatever other superlatives the rest of the planet gives applies to it!  And the topic of that corny title I just made you read (I may be 50, but I still have an 8-year-old’s sense of humor).

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Random stuff (11/2/2019 edition)

Just thought I’d share with you a few photos I had already shared on social media but also want to share to you, dear blog readers.  And I must emphasize, what you’re about to see is indeed from this past week.10-31-2019 713-30amYes, nice and quaint, now isn’t it?  But it’s just a storage shed covered in snow.  That’s right, snow.  At the end of October.  You want more?  By all means, take it… because we had to drive through it.10-31-2019 711-02amBoth of these images were from Thursday morning, when Madison and Southern Wisconsin was hit with a way-too-early snowstorm.  And believe it or not, it wasn’t the first bit of snowfall we saw this week, as a not-so-nasty storm hit late Monday evening.

All in all, Madison received a reported 8.1 inches of snow between the two storms.  It also left us scratching our collective heads and wondering, “It’s way too early for snow.”  I mean, more than a few trees around here still have yellow leaves on them (don’t let the lack of leaves on the above pictures tell you otherwise).  But if we’ve learned anything from previous winters in Wisconsin, it’s that Mother Nature can disrupt things any time she pleases.  Yeah, Mother Nature is one cold, evil, scheming, calculating, uncaring, unsympathetic witch!

But amidst the treachery of this early winter, I spotted a bit of levity.  No, it didn’t involve footage of people frolicking in the snow, but something even better:11-1-2019 746-27amDuring my drive to work on Friday, I came across this sign in front of a dry cleaning establishment.  The intended message of the sign, of course, is to encourage people to bring their not-so-clean suits, gowns, etc. here and they’ll put them back into good use.  But to put it more succinctly, if you look good, you feel good.  In other words… look snappy, feel happy.

I got a kick out of the positive attitude of this sign’s message.  When you think of it, its words are also timely, as adverse weather, not unlike what we’ve seen this week, can prompt even the most hearty of crossdessers to stay inside.  But don’t be afraid to dress to the nines in your best outfit.  It doesn’t matter what season it is, whether you must bundle up first, or if your catwalk or red carpet is within the confines of your home.  Do so, and you’ll give Old Man Winter the fierce brushback [*insert diva finger snaps in a circle*] he clearly has coming to him.


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The light is fading from Prism

I’ve been busy the past couple weeks due to my current work assignment, my blog posts about the OutReach Awards Banquet (which you can read here and here), personal errands, and dealing with very loud neighbors who like to turn up their stereos’ volume to 22 (ugh!).  That’s not to say I haven’t kept up on other things going on.  This includes a significant news item that came about a week ago.

Image source: Prism via Our Lives Magazine (2019)

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may recall my posts earlier this year about an LGBT+ nightclub on Williamson Street that had been known for most of its history as Plan B.  Late in 2018, some drag performers raised a ruckus about being prevented from prepping for their show in a dressing room that was already less than ideal.  The subsequent reaction to that incident revealed lingering issues from Plan B’s customer base, concerns about not only the club’s direction but how its then-owners and staff (mis)treated the bar’s performers and clientele, especially female and black patrons.

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False start! (No offense?)

It’s the weekend, always a prime time to decompress from the work week just past, and recharge for the work week ahead.  For me, this past week was a significant one, in that I started a brand new work assignment through a staffing agency.  The assignment is at… well, uh uh, I’m not gonna tell you all.  I need to let Male Mode Me have his anonymity and professional dignity secure.

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