Springtime awakenings

poppy-115436_640It’s been a long time since we’ve updated here, and a lot has happened since October when we last posted.
What have we been up to? Recovering from the personal shake-up we experienced after being a runner-up to the Illinois M/s contest. Not winning ended up pushing a lot of negative buttons for me personally, and it took awhile to get over that. Right after that, we experienced a lot of personal/family issues and then work became crazy for me. Slave angie had a bout of illness due to lupus and it was just a rough stretch from about late October through the holidays.
All hasn’t been bad though – Chicago Leather Club is celebrating their decade anniversary and we’re planning a 1 day run (“dash”) on Labor Day weekend. This has taken up time, as has teaching Master/slave topics at local/regional venues. We gave a presentation on “Ebbs/Flows in M/s relationships” in October at the Greater Chicago MasT group. In January, we braved the unpredictable lake effect snows of Lake Michigan to visit GRALE in Grand Rapids, MI and teach about long-term 24/7 Master/slave relationships.
The unusually warm winter/early spring also means we’ve been busier around the house and busy riding the Harley when we can. We traveled to Nashville in mid-March to celebrate with the Conductors LL on their 30th anniversary run. What fun!
After really struggling for awhile, I’ve also regained my confidence and I’ve decided to give the M/s title run another shot with angie. We’ll be competing this year at the IL contests again, which should happen in mid-September. It is going to be a busy time though, between CLC’s dash, the Corn Hauler’s run and the contest, we’ll be busy as all hell. But we’re hopeful that our experiences from the previous title contest will help us for this one.
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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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