April 7, 2001:

This was a huge day for me.  I finally took a huge leap forward and went out in public for the first
time as Madeline.  Even though it was just to return a video, fill up on gas, and withdraw money
from the MAC, I was still a bundle of nerves the whole time.  I didn't talk with anyone but I was
among several people and didn't elicite any stares from them.  I guess that means I was passable.  I
may have even looked pretty good.  When I finally got home, I was so relieved but also
disappointed that it was over.  This experience was a big confidence builder.  Hopefully this is just
the beginning.  I can't wait to go out again.
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