Cracking the Code

[This is a story I wrote in November of 2007.  It was one of my first experiences with gender profiling as a single woman, other than the time in Home Depot when I was directed to the aisle that contained switch plate covers after having asked in what aisle the electrical outlets were located.] 

I have had to learn many lessons, and challenge many prejudices in the course of my lifetime.  Some have been easier than others; some require a lot of perseverance and self-confidence. The one I write of here is the latter.

Just over a year ago, I bought half a house. To clarify the previous sentence I will explain that I already owned one-half of the building and the purchase of the other half would make me the owner of one whole house.

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