Archive for May, 2011

IML — Travel day, Friday

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Traveling from San Diego is a little like going somewhere on a sailboat. You tend to leave early in the morning to get anywhere by late afternoon.

And this trip was no different! I had to be at the airport by about 5:00 am. So, daddy and I were up at 4:00 am, and headed out the door at 4:30.

He dropped me off at the airport, and I navigated my way through security and found my gate. When I fly South West, there are a number of restaurants to eat at early in the morning. Sadly, in the United terminal, there is Starbucks, and that’s pretty much it. Starbucks wasn’t even open!

So I sat there watching as people stood in line for a shop that wasn’t open. By the time it was open, the line stretched half way back to the checkpoint. So, I went over to the convenience store and grabbed a snickers bar and water.

I was really glad that I did, as the flight was “to short” to serve real food!

For the first time, I had a flight that had a 2 year old sitting next to me. She was well behaved for about half the flight, and then started crying. Loudly!

I noticed an e,pry seat further back in the plane, and made the hard decision. Risk missing my contacting flight to retain a portion of my insanity. I moved. It was a relatively peaceful flight after that..

We arrived in Denver a few minutes early, and OMG, they had a smoking area IN THE TERMINAL! I love the Denver airport! So I ran to the area, smoked,and then headed to my connecting flight with about 10 mi it’s to spare.

I landed in Chicago and missed Dakota by about 30 minutes. We chatted by text for a few minutes while I made my way to transportation.

I arrived at the hotel in the company of Mike Tattresel. It was funny because we met up and started talking without realizing that we had talked that morning via Facebook! He was great company on the way to IML.

I met up with. Dakota and Kim, and we got me settled in the room.

First item on the agenda — FOOD! Because yet again, my flight to Chicago was deemed to short to serve food, and a smoke was more important than eating!

We ate ate houlihans, a little pub close to the hotel. It was good food, and great company with Dana, Dakota, and Kim!

We returned to the hotel, and, started running in to people I knew, so getting back to the room was a challenge! I received a text from Adam, asking if I had made it in, since he had received questions about where I was since the rest of the family had already been visible. — there is nothing quite like having family keep track of their boy 🙂

Friday night was opining ceremonies for IML, and we sat with Mama Sandy Reinhart (please forgive spelling if it is not correct). She is an amazing woman who has worked hard for our community throughout the country.

After opening ceremonies, we changed, and I spent the evening catching up with friends and family from across the country, and catching up with many of the contestants for IML that I have met in my travels — people who are both friends and family.

For being tired when I arrived I was stunned to realize that the time had flown, and at 4:00 am, I was finally headed to my room.

Saturday was going to be a fun day!

IML Saturday – Pecs and Personality

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Kim and Dakota were smart. They went to bed around midnight, so they were up and raring to go at 8:30 in the morning. Apparently I was supposed to get up because even as quiet as they were, I still woke up.

We got dressed, and headed out in search of food. Along the way, Rich Stadmiller joined up with us, and it was a small parade of folks! We decided that we wanted bagels, but the only thing they had close to the hotel was a place that served “squagels”, square bagels. As we were ordering, Mama Sandy texted Dakota, and we picked her up one as well.

We headed back to the hotel with our food, and went to Mama Sandy’s room and had breakfast.

From there, we wandered around for a bit, and then I met up with Randy, Bob and Jim for lunch, then went to a cigar social at a local cigar shop.

While we were there, one of the locals came in and looked me up and down. They asked if I came on my Harley, and without thinking, I replied “Not yet.” I thought the staff were going to fall over they were laughing so hard!

It was a fun time, and thanks to Rob, who took some good shots of me enjoying a cigar!

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After that, we headed back to the hotel. I headed down to the vendor mart, and didn’t make it but two booths, before again, I was busy talking with friends.

A special thank you to Off Ramp Leathers for giving me a new leather medallion strap for my ABW medallion!

I met up with Randy again for dinner. We headed to Buca DI Beppo for dinner, along with Bob and Jim again. We met up with 15 other folks there. The room we ate in had religious artwork and a bust of the pope in the center. We played around a bit with the bust of the pope, Bob took this great picture of the bust where the reflection actually created a symbolence of a cross. It was really a cool picture! We also put one of the contestant medallions on him and took additional pictures with various different items that folks had on them. I don’t think i have laughed so much at a dinner in a long time. The wit staff was phenomenal, and I think enjoyed themselves as well.

Thank you Lady Justice for organizing the dinner.

I started getting a head ache, and took some aspirin. That evening, it was Pecs and Personalities. I still had my head ache, so was drinking slot of water. It was actualy a fortunate thing, since I headed to the bathroom right before the beginning of this portion of the contest. While i was in there, I ran into Mr Ottawa Leather2003. He had a wardrobe malfunction with the zipper on his chaps, and I was able to help him get them fixed. Unfortunately, in the process the zipper lost a tooth, so hfe was going to have to be careful from that point on.

returning to my seat, I watched the contest, but with my headache it was sometimes difficult to follow along. We listened to 53 men stand in their jocks and answer a humorous question. It was a great time. Unfortunately, about half way through the contest evening, my head ache lifted, and. Discovered I was exhausted. If I did not take a break, I was going to fall asleep. So i headed out to smoke, and that helped me immensely.

I returned to the contest to disco err that I had missed 4 of the people I really wanted to watch and listen to. My apologies to Alex, Mr Maryland Leather, Tim, Mr Connecticut Leather, Scruffy, Mr New Jersey Leather and “D” Mr Mid Atlantic Leather.

The pecs and personalities contest was a lot of fun. And when it w over, it was time to get out of high holy cow and down to some fun parties!

On my way out from the contest, I stopped by Woof Camp, with JB, Mr Hays Valley Leather. It was fun to watch the puppies, but I found myself thinking of my own puppy, and missing him, so I made a quiet exit. Of course, Scooby had called me right before Pecs and Personalities, so I was already missing him.

On the way to Onyx, I ran into boy Chris, American Leatherboy 2008, aka grandpa :). We chatted for a minute before he went off in search of his Daddy and I headed towards Onyx. I do need to apologize to the Windy City Boys troop for missing their event Sat afternoon, for some reason I thought that it was Sunday!

The men from Onyx through a fantastic party! Unfortunately I didn’t want my headache to come back so after putting in an appearance there, I headed out. I was on the way back to my room when I passed by a guy I had met that morning, who was distraught because he had lost his wallet. I worked with him to notify the hotel, and then the Onyx folks to keep an eye out for his wallet, then was again, working with him to remember what room he was in. That was when he was describing how he lost his wallet. He was wearing thigh high Wescos, and had put his wallet in the leg of one. I stopped him at that point, patted him down, and found his wallet. He was a little inebriated, so I put him to bed and made him promise to call me in the morning,because he was feeling so ashamed about what happened.

I headed back to the Onyx party to let them know we had found his wallet, and then notified the hotel of the same thing.

From there, I went back to the other tower, and spent the rest of the night hanging out and talking with people. I was surprised to see that, again, it was almost 4:00 am before I finally went to bed.