Kink First – My First Play Party
The first play party I remember going to was in Lexington, Kentucky, probably in the early summer of 1997.
I had found people in the area through a channel on the internet, which was still a fairly novel way to meet people way back then.
It was a small group of people, A and R, D and J, BJ and some other stray folks whom I don’t remember as well.
I remember going to an apartment in Lexington for a party. We were all, I think, relatively new to at least playing in front of other people, and there wasn’t any real equipment. We used what was there, footstools and chairs, etc.
I remember giving one person, BJ, his first spanking, but it wasn’t anything really special or intense, at least for me. Maybe it was for him.
It’s funny, it all seems so long ago, and so much, I don’t know, more innocent or amateur, in the nicest sense of the word.
We were all so much younger and the kink community was so much younger.
Not the Leather community, that had been around a long time, but the sort of straight kink community was much younger.
There were groups, certainly. The Eulenspiegel Society (TES) was founded back in 1971. The Society of Janus was founded in 1974. There are others, I know, but I’m not trying to create a history, either, so forgive me not citing more.
But there were not groups everywhere, like there are today. They were just beginning, a lot of them, but they often stuttered in their beginnings, a few meetings here, then a long break and a new group with a new name coming along.
There were events, but they were not as common as they are, nor did they have as much experience. I don’t think as many people went to them, either. It seems like in the “old days,” I’d see a lot of the same people at every event.
One of my old friends, a guy who used to run the Leather Harvest business, said to me once at an event, “I remember when there were like 100 of us in the country who were into this and we all knew each other.”
That’s an exaggeration, obviously, but the point of it is kind of true.
It’s always been interesting to me how few people have been to events, or have been to events regularly. Clearly, it’s been a priority for me, and that’s why I went to so many, too.
I’m glad I started going to events. I’ve made lots of friends, hundreds of them.
I’ve seen great classes by presenters who were wonderful. I’ve seen crappy classes by presenters who were badly prepared.
I’ve stood on stages and at my seat when the asked presenters or volunteers to stand.
I’ve seen some amazing scenes, some incredibly creative scenes, some brutal scenes and some tender scenes.
I’ve done a lot of traveling because of events, and I am really grateful for that opportunity.
It seems like that last part maybe belonged more in the event one, but here it is anyway, and here it will stay.
I do appreciate the comments on other people’s “firsts,” and thank you all for those.