Category Travels

International Mr Leather

June 2, 2017 EventsKink EventsLeather ContestsTravels  No comments

It’s Monday of a long weekend in May, and we are home from Chicago.  We went up on Saturday morning early, about 300 miles, and stayed the night, then headed home on Sunday.

We didn’t get to the contest itself, though I had been previously.  In 2008, I saw Gary Iriza win, and in 2013, I saw Andy Cross win.  This year, Ralph Brunneau won.  He’s not someone I know, though I knew about a dozen of the contestants, and I knew about a quarter of the top 20.

Two of the hometown guys went, and one of them did make top 20.  It was great to see Daddy Jeff representing Kentucky; I’m only sorry that Jody wasn’t there right by his side.

International Mr Leather had a huge class this year, 63 in total,  IML is probably one of the easiest contests to get to, if you are male, simply because so many c...

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Bluegrass Leather Pride

February 20, 2017 Bluegrass Leather PrideEventsLeather ContestsTravels  2 comments

Calendars are a very tidy way of marking time, all nicely divided into equal seconds and minutes and hours, with an extra day thrown in once every four years to make sure it all REALLY comes out even.

People, however, are rarely tidy in their habits, not as a whole, or often even individually, so we don’t remember those equal measures of time quite so out so equally and tidily.

What we use to count out time, to measure it out in front of us or remind us of when it was meted out in the past are the incidents, the celebrations, the gains and losses, or the routines leading up to them.  Sometimes it’s big and uncommon things, or experiences we either share, or can relate to.

“Did it happen before or after we moved out of the apartment, or before Joe and Sheila divorced?”  “Well, I know that ...

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Winding Down

December 28, 2012 Kink EventsLeather ContestsMemoriesslave drewslave thomasTravels  2 comments

The year 2012 is winding down.

There are three days left and then this year will be over.  I can’t say I will be unhappy to see it in the rear-view mirror.

It hasn’t been a bad year, in many ways.

In February, my own Bluegrass Leather Pride contest went well, despite having lost two venues in the last month or so before.  We ended up doing it in a private home and the upstairs of a local restaurant, and while it wasn’t ideal, it worked.  My contestants didn’t end up competing at GLLA, but that happens sometimes.

I was also in Indianapolis in February for Beat My Valentine, an event sponsored by IMAS, Indiana Masters and Slaves.

In March I drove out to Dallas, to South Plains Leatherfest, to watch Charles and jacki compete for International Master and slave.

In April, we went to Fort Lau...

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Kink First – My First Event

November 16, 2012 EventsKink and BDSMKink CommunityMemoriesSubmissivesTravelsUncategorized  7 comments

I’ve talked before about my first event, which was Black Rose 10, in November of 1997.

It was called Black Rose 10 because it was a party to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Black Rose organization, out of Washington, D.C.

My submissive at the time was Bill, who lived outside Chicago and was some minor Republican elected official, one that sent him to Washington on a fairly regular basis.

Who knows, maybe he wasn’t so minor of an official.  If I could only remember anything other than Bill, I might be able to find out, but then, I’d have to be particularly interested, too, and I’m not, so there’s that.

Anyway, Bill spent enough time in D.C. that he knew about BR and knew about the party, and wanted to go and wanted me to go with him.

I don’t know what I expected, or what I knew abou...

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Kink First – My First Toy

November 12, 2012 Kink and BDSMMemoriesTravels  3 comments

I was thinking, while I was driving to and from slave drew’s house, that one of the things that might be interesting was to blog about some of my kinky first, and one I thought about in particular was my first “real” toy.

By real, I mean, something that was not meant for something else, a pervertable, but something that cost more than a few dollars.

When you lay out real money for a toy, an implement that isn’t used for anything else but to indulge your kink, well, you’ve kind of crossed over from just dabbling.  You’re committed.

So, the first event I went to was the very first Black Rose.  One of the presenters and vendors there was Sarah Lashes, a British Lesbian out of San Francisco.

She did an amazing class on floggers and flogging, one which probably influenced me more than any oth...

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Home Again

November 11, 2012 Natureslave drewTravelsVanilla Life  8 comments

I never type that without hearing the kid’s rhyme, “Home again, home again, higgelty pig.”

My ex, Beth, and I used to disagree over the wording, she’d learned it as “diggity dog,” but it was clearly “higgelty pig.”

It was not as pretty a drive back as it was down, though it wasn’t bad.  It was very windy for the first 60 miles or so, or about the first third of it.

The leaves were whipping around the highway, that last sort of rattle of Autumn saying, “No, really, I’m serious, he’s RIGHT behind me.”

It was still warm, but it didn’t look so much like fall anymore, it looked a lot more like winter.

About 30 miles from drew’s house, I saw a bald eagle snag a bird in mid-air about 20 feet in front of me.

It was certainly swooping low enough to clearly see it wasn’t a hawk...

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Amish Photo Gallery

November 11, 2012 TravelsVanilla Life  One comment

So, the first three photos are photos of Amish country, taken while sitting at a picnic table under a tree, sharing an Amish doughnut.

The rest are slave drew’s home, inside and out, including the Paul McCobb pieces and the German radio.  The sculptures you see in the yard are all ones drew has carved.

We had a lovely weekend, I hope you did, too.

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Amish Country

November 10, 2012 slave drewTravelsVanilla Life  5 comments

I am at the moment sitting in slave drew’s living room.

For those of you in the know, it might matter that I’m typing on a Paul McCobb dining room table, sitting on one of four of his “shovel” chairs, and facing a buffet piece with two jewelry chests on top of it, all also done by the same Danish modern designer.

drew’s house is as eclectic as he himself is. It has a lot of art made by prisoners scattered around.

He curated an art show ten years or so back of art produced by prisoners in Kentucky prisons, and that lead to a couple other pieces, as well as the stuff he bought or was given by prisoners.

On one wall is a leather nature scene by a guy who killed three members of a rival biker gang, with one of the motives being the theft of a motorcycle jack with on of the victim’s club colors...

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Western Kentucky

November 9, 2012 slave drewTravelsVanilla Life  No comments

I am at slave drew’s house this weekend, in Western Kentucky, in the Land Between the Lakes area – between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley.

Both lakes are man-made.  Back in the early 1960’s, the old town of Kuttawa was flooded to form the lakes.

Think “Brother, Where Art Thou.”

Somewhere at the bottom of the lake, the old buildings are, or whatever is left of them, anyway.

We went out to dinner and by the time we finished at 7pm local time, the restaurant was emptying out, the rush over.

People eat early down here.

Tomorrow, we’ll go to Amish country, about 45 minutes away.

I suspect I’ll have a more enlightening blog tomorrow, but tonight, I believe, we are going to settle in and watch Goldfinger, then it’s likely to be early to bed.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Events

July 16, 2012 EventsKink and BDSMLeather ContestsTravels  2 comments

I just got an invitation this week to present at Kinky Kollege in Chicago in October.  An old friend, Jack Rinella, asked me to do a 101 sort of class for them, as well as a couple more.  I don’t know what else I’ll present for him, I sent him a long list of classes I have available.

I will also be presenting with my friend Ms Tammy at Mr. Georgia Leather in Atlanta in September, and of course I’ll be presenting at GLLA in August in Indianapolis.  I presented last month at Corn Con in Bloomington, Illinois, and in April at Beyond Leather, in Florida.

I also do local classes once a month at least, too.

I like presenting.  I’m a dominant, what’s better than standing in front of a bunch of people, all of who are gazing at me with rapt attention, hanging on every word I say...

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