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Smoke Out – Las Vegas

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

There are those times when work interfere wi fun, and this was one of those times.

We arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday around 11:30 am. We drove, as we normally do, and I spent most of the drive working. Rechecked in, and I spent a little more time working before we wandered down to the smoke out hospitality suite to register and get our arm bands.

We caught up with our friends Tom and Paul, and then it was back to the room for more work.

I managed to wrap up on thursday in time to have dinner with Tom, Paul, Mark, and a few other folks that we have met over the years going to this event.

After dinner, we went back to Toms room and I beat on Mark with floggers. It was fun.

After that, we hit the proverbial wall, and crashed out for the evening.

Friday, we got up, had breakfast, and I took care of the work I needed to do. Frank arrived about 11:00, and I spent the next hour or so making a collar for him as Daddy collared him that weekend. The collar is a braided leather collar with loops to put a lock on it.

After we finished the collaring, Daddy and Frank played while Tom and I played. Tom has been promising to fist me for several year, and we finally got the opportunity! He was well worth waiting for. *WOOF* Not only is he hot, and a fun bottom but he has very talented hands!!

Tom Told me at he wants to play again, and this time he wants to set up a recording device. Apparently when I came I sounded like the end of the “Hanna Barberra ride”.

After fun in the sling, I worked a little more, before heading out for the evening. The bar was fun, but packed. I was fighting head aches all weekend, so the smell of the cigars was not working for me.

Ultimately, we ran out of steam and headed back to the room and to bed.

Saturday was another fun day. Still spent way to much time working but managed to. Work in social time as well. Saturday night, we went to the play party. It was more of a social party, but Daddy and I co-topped Frank, and then I went off with Ian from LA, to play with electricity. Wow what an electrifying experience! Sorry about the pun. I couldn’t resist. After the party Saturday night, Frank fisted me. Unfortunately, I was a little tender from playing with Tom, so this was a more sedate fisting, and ended much more quickly than I wanted!

Sunday, we hung out by the pool, and did ore miscellaneous stuff, And I worked.

Monday we headed home. And I worked. S

All I all I enjoyed this trip, but would vastly prefer to NOT have to do work work during them. Such is the life when you run a small business.

Thank you to the organizers and volunteers who put together Smoke Out. This was our third year, and the best one yet.

Mid-Atlantic Leather weekend 2011

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

After almost 4 months, I finally have the time to sit down and write about MAL2011. I will try not to do that again! waiting this long means you forget things!

For MAL, I shared a room with Dakota, American leather woman 2009-10, her girl Kim and the producer of the Mr San Diego Leather contest, Adam.

I was the first to arrive in DC, which, was a good thing since the room was in my name. Dakota and Kim were supposed to arrive earlier, but had car trouble.

I was able to get checked in and settled before anyone else arrived. Dakota and Kim arrived and after a quick set of hugs, we unloaded their stuff and put it in the room.

Then we headed down to registration. Kim picked up her package, and Dakota and I spoke with another member of our sash family, American Leather Man 1997, Jim Raymond. Jim had arranged for me to be theJudges Boy at the contest, and had also arranged for Dakota’s entry as well.

We were registered in no time at all, but during that time (really seriously, it was about 10 minutes total), we must have seen and talked to about 50 people we knew. I had done enough traveling that this was feeling like a family reunion.

In a way, it was a little bit. Before Daddy and I went traveling on our boat, DC was home. It was where I came out, and came out in Leather. So, not only was I seeing people that o recognized from other events, I was also seeing people that I had not seen in almost 15 years.

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the vendor mart, hanging out in the hotel lobby chatting with friends, meeting new people, and people watching.

Adam finally arrived later that evening, after having flight delays — we got him settled, and ordered some dinner.

I think everyone was tired from traveling, as we all went to bed relatively early, especially considering that Adam and I were operating on west coast time still.

Saturday morning, Michael Brandon has a breakfast club that he does — everyone gets up unspeakably early and we go to breakfast. Dakota, kKim and I joined the crew for breakfast. After that, we hung put in the lobby, checking email, surfing the web, watching Kim upload pictures to Facebook.

The vendor mart opened at noon, so we headed down to check out what was for sale. I did manage to successfully avoid spending money, but there were a few things there that I would love to get one of these days.

Saturday evening was Leather Cocktails. This has always been a favorite event of mine, and this one was very enjoyable as well. I ran into so many people that I haven’t seen thT it made my head spin a little. It was great catching up with folks, and seeing how time has changed the people and clubs that I was familiar with.

Saturday night, I hung put with Adam and some folks he knew from Inferno. I had planned to go to the Eagle, but the conversation kept me intrigued, and of course I was afraid I was going to miss something! Before I knew it, the bars had closed and I was ready for bed.

Sunday was the contest. It took a few minutes, but I finally got in the groove of fetching and delivering drinks for the judges without interrupting their view of the contest or judging.

The contest was as much fun as I remembered them to be, though I was very surprised at the drop off in the number of contestants. I remember 15 or twenty contestants, at this one they had 6.

After the contest, and dinner, I met up with a guy named Dan and hung out with him for the evening. Interesting guy, and a lot of fun.

Monday was the day to head back home. But before that, I wandered around the capital with Tim Starkey International Mr Bootblack and Adam. Had a great time hanging out with them. Ad touring some of the sites.

Mr Palm Springs Leather

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Mr Palm Springs Leather

Brought to you by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert

Daddy, Tiger and Cumho tires!
For this event I actually did take some pictures. But can’t find my camera cord right now, pictures will be coming soon!

Because of a commitment to the Hard Edge, we were not able to make it to Palm Springs until Saturday afternoon. We had the honor of being transported to Palm Springs by Tiger and her van “Lucie” who rides on for Cumho tires. — This is a running joke in San Diego, so I had to mention it here! We arrived with enough time to pick up Duff and have a bit of dinner before heading out to the contest.

We headed out for the contest at the Palm Springs convention center. We got there with a little time beforehand to say hi to people and for Tiger and I to hand out some passes for San Diego Leather Pride coming up in March of 2011 (for more information you can go to Mr San Diego Leather. It was great seeing so many familiar faces there!

We enjoyed the contest, and all three contestants did a great job representing their own titles while competing for the Mr. Palm Springs title. No two contests are alike, and I have to say that the Mr Palm Springs contest is a top notch affair. The work that went into putting this contest on was impressive.

After the contest, we headed back to the hotel and spent a quiet evening. Surprising huh? But Daddy and I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to spend time together, so we took advantage of that.

On Sunday, we met up with Jose (American Leather Man 1992), Randy (American Leather Man 2008), Alex, (American Leather Man 2009), and Louie (American Leather Man 2010) for an ABW photo shoot. It was a fun experience! I am looking forward to seeing the pictures!!

On the way home, we were treated to a fantastic sunset. And I got a totally unexpected totally cool shot that I wanted to share here.

Sunset headed homecool camera trick on the road

Mr International Rubber

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Mr International Rubber

My First Rubber Event

Sister from Germany

This was the first Rubber event that I have attended. So I was definitely looking forward to it. My puppy who is in to rubber was originally going to attend the event with me, but he could not because of work.

I flew in the day before the event started, on Thursday. I was expecting to have some work related meetings during the day on Friday, but those wound up being canceled.

I stayed with Dean and John for the weekend. Dean is the producer for the American Brotherhood weekend. I was re-introduced to Jason Hendrix who is IML 2004. He is a really great guy, and I enjoyed getting to know him better!

Friday, after a late breakfast, Jason, Dean and I loaded up Dean’s car with the leather that we were going to sell at the Chicago Rubbermen booth and headed down to the vendor mart.

After getting everything situated at the booth, I wandered around the vendor mart and tried out one of the vacuum racks, as well as trying on (and ultimately buying) some rubber. I purchased a pair of rubber shorts and a rubber shirt!

The evening progressed with a “Greet the Meat” where the attendees had the opportunity to meet the contestants and socialize before the contest started.

One of the things that stands out in my mind is the relaxed fun atmosphere that was pervasive throughout the contest weekend. No one took themselves to seriously, and just about everywhere I turned, open friendly smiles abounded.

The introduction of contestants was nice to watch. Nine in all, from the US, and 3 other countries! Eddie, the emcee was fantastic, and very entertaining.

After the first part of the contest, everyone headed out to the Cell Block for an after party. It was fun, and only mildly crowded. I spent the evening chatting and flirting with various people from all over the country, and world, before finally calling it a night and heading back to Dean and John’s.

Saturday, I got up, had breakfast with Jason, and then we headed down to the vendor mart. I trailed behind Jason, watching him move through the crowd, flirting, talking and generally having fun. I was introduced to so many people that I will probably never remember everyone’s name! The vendor mart in full swing was interesting to explore, and so very tempting to spend way to much money!!

Saturday night I did remember to eat! Jason and I had dinner at a Thai restaurant before heading back to the house to get ready for the evening. My iPad came in handy as Jason was a tallymaster, and used it to help tally the scores for the evening. I stayed close, in case Jason had any questions or the iPad started acting goofy for some reason.

The second part of the contest opened with a parody of a Lady Gaga song that had everyone laughing! The contest was fast paced and kept my attention throughout. From the games that were played with the audience, to the performances of each of the contestants, it was indeed a superb contest and fascinating to watch. By the end, I wasn’t sure who would win!

Congratulations to G-Man from Georgia on becoming the new Mr International Rubber!

After the contest, everyone headed to the Jackhammer and Touches for the after party, and what an after party it was! I had a lot of fun. One of the very special people I met at this event is Sister Politecca (pictured above). What an amazing person!

Unfortunately, I never did take any pictures other than the one above. I was to busy talking, smiling and drooling to get the camera out!!

Sunday morning (ish) I got up and Dean, Jason and I went to breakfast at Cafe Too. This is a restaurant that works with the homeless, and rehab organizations to help train people in new skills to give people a second chance. The food was oh-my-God amazing, and the service very friendly and good!

After breakfast, we headed down to the vendor mart and packed up the remaining leather. While Dean and Jason transported it back to the house, I stayed and spent a last few minutes at the vendor mart before heading to Side Tracks for show tunes (the final unofficial event for the weekend). Dean and Jason showed up a little later and we hung out at the bar for a bit before it was time to head back to the house.

I flew home monday afternoon with my head still swimming with visions of hot men in rubber dancing in my head.

A special thank you to Dean and John for allowing me to stay with them, and to Jason for taking me under his wing for the weekend and to Rubbewili for producing such an amazing event! I definitely want to go back next year, and bring my puppy with me next time!!

Leatherati Interview

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

While I was attending the Mr Palm Springs Leather contest put on by the Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert,  Loren from Leatherati asked to do a quick 5 minute interview with me!

Thank you Loren for doing that!  I had a lot of fun!

Traveling to Folsom

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

We are driving up to Folsom. We have Tiger, Ms San Diego Leather 2010 wirh us.

Right now Tiger is driving!

Just passed by Stockton, but weren’t quick enough with turning the air conditioning recirculation on… nothing like raw cow in the heat smell. Blech!

Topics have ranged from politics to the international Leather scene!

Tiger is an invertebrate punster, spinelessly unable to resist a pun. Though riding with her is not any kind of PUNishment. It’s lots of fun. 🙂

Daddy says i should stop now. More later on our Folsom adventure.