(I’m back dating some of these posts to set them in chronological order.)
Angie and I traveled to Dallas to attend South Plains Leatherfest (SPLF) to support our GLLA Master/slave titleholders (Master Peter and slave evangeline from Illinois) and to learn what it would take to compete at the International level. What we discovered was a Master/slave family and community that we knew existed, but had rarely found, until now. It was a wonderful event, a wonderful set of folks and an amazing time. We left having learned a lot and having the pleasure to meet people from all over the country.
We followed Master Peter and slave evangeline to the interview and presentation portions of the contest and came away with a deep respect for how tough it is to compete at that level. The judges were sharp and on it, asking probing questions that got our attention very quickly. I came away with a respect for what we’ll have to do to prepare for GLLA and (if we are honored to be chosen) beyond.
We also attended the various MAsT meetings which gave us a much broader sense of what MAsT really has been doing and how they’ve been growing. MAsT has been the place for slave angie and I to be able to connect with other Masters and slaves and learn and grow with each other, but being able to talk to members from across the country was very uplifting and eye-opening.
The event had a couple of memorable moments for myself – attending their first Cigar smoker was fun, hanging out with the folks from the Leather Hearts Clan. Attending a very hot boot sex/play class by Sir Hugh was fun. Master Taino’s discussion of his journey was fun and poked me in some interesting places in terms of coming to grips with not only my role in a Master/slave relationship, but also in my responsibilities to being authentic in the title given to me by my club peers and elders. Lots of food for thought.
The contest shows were well done, as was the brunch the next day, where Master Rick Storer from the LA&M delivered the keynote speech, declaring that we (the leather community) also need to “save our crap!” The point was that we learn as much from our failures, our fights and the not-so-pretty side of things as much as the good stuff and the successes. He used the lessons learned from the Dallas Conference in the late 80s to prove his point.
One final event that happened over the weekend that was very special. The founder of the Leather Hearts Clan of Dallas, JLubeJack, was also one of the founding members of the Chicago Leather Club in 2002. He presented CLC with the LHC colors back in Sept 2012, for our decade anniversary. On that Saturday night, slave angie and I presented the CLC colors to LHC, cementing the relationship, admiration and respect between our two clubs. It was a very wonderful moment!
The weekend was over far too soon. We hope to be back in 2014!
Pictures below. We were so busy and involved in what was going on, we kept forgetting to take pictures!
|On our way!|
|Angie in her new underbust corset.|
|At the contest evening Saturday|
|CLC presents colors to LHC|
|No, don’t run away when we laugh!|
|At the Dallas Eagle for the IMsL HighShine on Sunday|