Bree.

As I posted earlier, a local character I know robbed a bank and is in jail.

Bree (formerly Brian) is an odd duck who frequents my local hangout coffeehouse, and until recently was also a bagger at the local supermarket. She’s transgendered and wants the operation, and is chronically broke and works various bad jobs, or none at all.

Her obsession is Magick, of the Crowleyian variety. Any conversation with Bree will eventually arrive at a lecture on the failure of Judaeo-Christian morality and theology, the unity of Good and Evil, the power and beauty of the Occult, and some Crowleyan wisdom. She’s intelligent in some ways and can carry on a good conversation, but is narrowly obsessed on magickal transformations of various kinds. She’d spend ours at an inside table reading books with titles like “Modern Magick” (modern?) or “Practical Sex Magick”, etc.

Despite the fact that her philosophical and theological ideas gave me a sharp pain in the neck, I always got along okay with her. She was very pleasant and polite, always a big smile, and went out of her way to greet me and be pleasant all the time. As long as she wasn’t lighting incense all over the patio or talking my ear off about the Way of the Inner Something, she was okay.

I wonder what motivated this? I know she really, really wanted money for the operation, and there’s no way she was going to get it. Also, being unemployed for so long during and after the grocery strike couldn’t be fun. I just don’t get it though. She robbed a bank in her neighborhood, where everyone knows her, and then went home and waited, without leaving town or even throwing away the gun or hiding the money. She never seemed that dumb to me. Maybe she just snapped, or maybe she wants to go to jail?

The gun, too. You can rob a bank without a gun. And she never struck me as violent in any way.

Maybe the union of good and evil wasn’t such a smart idea after all. Or maybe she really, really lost it. Sad.

6 thoughts on “Bree.

  1. i agree… that is just about the saddest thing i have ever heard.
    she was always so nice… this is really one of the saddest things i have heard…poor thing… i’m going with the just snapped scenario…

  2. Crackle. Pop.
    We had a family friend who stayed with us when my parents were out of town. Nicest guy…super fun and also very hyper. Left Newport to start a sushi bar in Idaho.
    Turns out he had some kind of falling out with his girlfriend there. He flipped…kidnapped her…and tried to kill her.
    Last I heard he was in an Idaho jail. Snapping is sad.

  3. Sounds like the robbery version of what people refer to as “suicide by cop”. Deep depression and internalized transphobia leads people to do stupid shit. When she goes to jail, she’ll probably be put in a men’s prison, or in solitary confinement “for her own safety”.
    The real suck here is that Medicaid in CA has been required to pay for sex reassignment surgery in cases where doctors believed it would materially improve someone’s life; that to advocate Medicaid/Medical to cover this takes a bit of knowing the right people; and that if she had a good-paying job, most insurers wouldn’t cover her trans-related care.
    However: you should know that transfolk typically consider it the height of rudeness to be referred to as “X (formerly Y)”; also that referring to it as “the operation” marks you as someone who doesn’t have a very close knowledge of things. More typically, people refer to “top surgery” and “bottom surgery”.

    1. I don’t know a damned thing about transfolk and never claimed to. I do know a bit about Bree’s story, though.
      Depression doesn’t give you an excuse to stick a gun in someone’s face, either. Another “real suck” is the bank teller, who gets $7.50 an hour to look down the barrel of Bree’s .38.

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