Lisa Rivers couldn't believe she was finally here-CASTRO STREET!!! Being gay and from a small town in Kentucky, you could feel mighty lonely, but here in San Francisco, the mecca for gays and lesbians, being queer was almost a badge of honor! Just walking down the street and seeing men arm in arm, and women openly kissing, well it did her heart good! After only ten minutes, she knew that she felt at home.

After finding a rooming house for a temporary place to stay, Lisa picked up the local paper and sat down at one of the many open air coffee shops, and looked over the help wanted ads. Even though she had saved up enough money to last her several months, she thought it best to get busy finding a job. Having completed secretarial school back home in Shady Creek, she didn't think she would have too much trouble landing something descent. Frisco is a very expensive place to live, so when she moved into a permanent place of her own, she would probably need to find a room mate. The Examiner was loaded with employment possibilities, so she underlined the interesting ones and headed off to see some more of her new hometown! That afternoon she sat down and called several of the numbers she had checked off, and made appointments with two of them for the next day, a law firm at 9:00AM, and an advertising agency at 2:30 in the afternoon. Both of them sounded promising, and she hoped one of them would pan out. She decided to get to bed early, so she would be alert and ready for the next days interviews.

Waiting in the outer lobby of the law firm of Cole, Jones and Epps, Lisa was given an application which she was told to fill out. It was full of the usual job application information and she quickly filled in all the pertinent data. When she was finished she gave the completed form to the receptionist and waited to meet the personnel director. Ten minutes later a woman who introduced herself as Calley Ewing ushered her back to her office. Taking a seat in front of the large desk, Lisa waited quietly as Calley Ewing looked over her application. Finally looking up from her reading, Calley said, "So you come from Kentucky, how did you end up in San Francisco ?" Lisa wasn't expecting to be asked that question, and she hesitated a second, but decided to be truthful, and replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I'm gay, and I just decided I wanted to live in a place where I would be comfortable." "I see," said Calley, as she eyed Lisa for a moment before continuing, "a lot of the people who work in this office are gay, so that's no problem at all!" "From what I see from your application, you would be perfect for the position now open." "The pay is very competitive, the benefits are great, and there is room for advancement!" "I hope that you will come to work for us here at Cole, Jones, and Epps." "You mean you're offering me the job," asked Lisa? "Can you start tomorrow," replied Calley? Standing up and extending her hand, Lisa said, "You got a deal, tomorrow morning at 9:00 sharp!!!" Calley gave Lisa some more forms to take home and fill out, and some information on the firm that would be useful to her. She then thanked Calley and floated out the door on cloud number nine!

Bright an early the next morning Lisa arrived at her new office. The first two hours were spent in orientation, and since Coles was a big law firm, with forty partners and associates, and there was a lot of information to be digested in a hurry! At eleven thirty Lisa was introduced to her new boss, Tara Lynx, a junior partner who had been with the firm for ten years. Her previous secretary had gotten married and moved to L.A., so the work was really piling up! Tara invited Lisa to lunch so that they could spend a little time going over office procedures, as well as what Tara would personally expect from Lisa. After they were seated, both women spent a few seconds sizing up the other. Lisa could tell right away that Tara was someone that liked to be in control. She was a tall woman, about 5'8" guessed Lisa, and very well dressed with a light gray business suit and light blue silk blouse. Because of her heavy suit, Lisa couldn't tell exactly how Tara was built, but she was slim and carried herself with self assurance. Although she wasn't too good with ages, she guessed her to be in her late thirties or early forties. Tara spoke first, welcoming Lisa into the firm, and hoping she would find it a rewarding experience. After lunch they headed back to the office when Lisa would begin her career at Cole, Jones, and Epps.

Lisa's first job was to photo copy some documents for a client and thankfully one of the things that she had learned in orientation, was the operating of the Xerox machine. Taking the huge stack of papers, Lisa was off to the copying room, one flight down on the eighth floor. The copying room was pretty big, as it accommodated three large main copiers with full collating capabilities, as well as six or seven smaller models for less extensive jobs. Walking over to one of the main units, Lisa inserted her documents and hit the copy button. While she was waiting for her copies, another girl entered the room with a large stack of papers to be copied. After getting her machine set up and going, she came over to Lisa and introduced herself. Here name was Paula Franklin, and she worked up on the ninth floor just around the corner from Lisa. She was a vivacious girl with big brown eyes that seemed to sparkle when he talked! Lisa was immediately taken by her out going friendliness! Both girls exchanged a little info about each other and decided to meet after work for a drink. Their copying done, they scooped up their papers and headed back upstairs, not by the elevator, but by the fire stairs. Paula explained that they were much faster than those old, slow elevators! The rest of the day flew by as Tara threw the work at Lisa, not giving her a moments rest! Mercifully, five o'clock came and Lisa and Paula were off to Paula's favorite hangout.

The Orchid was crowded with people who just had gotten off work, and Paula and Lisa found a semi quiet table, sat down and ordered a couple of white wines. While they were waiting for their drinks, they made small talk about work, families, schools, etc. It was only after about five minutes that Lisa noticed that all the patrons in the bar were female! Looking back at Paula, she could see that her new friend had a understated smile on her face. She was about to say something when Paula said, "They all are, and so am I!" "Does it bother you?" Lisa laughed out loud, shook her head, and replied, "I am too!!!" "I just left Kentucky to be with people just like me!" Now both girls laughed together, and reached out to hold each other's hand. Lisa had a million questions she wanted to ask, but took a sip of her drink and just sat quietly for a few moments, savoring the last minutes discovery! Lisa the offered, "Do your folk know?" "Yeah," Paula answered, "but they act like nothings out of the ordinary, and never talk about it." "What about you," Paula asked? "Mom knows, but not Dad!" "If he did, he would kill me!!!" Not laughing now, both girls nodded and sipped their drinks.