An old friend contacted me the other day. I hadn't seen him in a while. Things had changed since the last time we had seen each other. In fact, they had changed fairly dramatically. You see, the last time I had seen this person, he...was a he. Apparently this is no longer the case.
This friend did not immediately mention this. The email just said that we hadn't seen each other for a while and that we should remedy that, since circumstances would put us in proximity in the next month or so. However, I noticed an oddity about the email address from whence came this message, and being the curious sort, I asked about it. The reply? "A picture is worth a thousand words," along with a picture. A picture is indeed not worth a thousand words, because for a bit, I was speechless. My reply: "And I thought *I* had changed since we last saw each other. :)"
This opened a dialogue about where we had been and what we had done since our last contact (her story was more interesting than mine...).
In a previous life, when she was a he, he ran a nudist colony. The nudist colony had periodic talent contests. I used to do stand-up comedy. At one point he wanted me to come out to the nudist colony for one of their talent contests and do stand-up.
There isn't enough money on God's green earth to get me to have people laugh at me while I'm naked.
However, I did write some material for him to use. He was pretty pleased with it, and it was pretty funny if I say so myself.
The reason I bring this up is that she's (I'm still having some pronoun issues - with most people you don't have to switch them mid-stream) writing a book about her life and asked me to write some transgendered jokes. I haven't written stand-up in a while, but who can resist a challenge like that? I sent her the first batch today. We'll see how things go.
Update: I met with my formerly male friend today, and she loved the first batch of jokes. I guess my comedy writing career is back in gear.