[M/s 365] Cincinnati/WV Travelogue

We took a three day weekend to travel to Cincinnati for two presentations, then on to Charleston, West Virgina for a Sunday presentation, then a mad dash home.

I grew up in Cincinnati, so going back to my home turf during my International titleholder year was something I didn’t want to miss. It had been five years since I was last in the Tri-State area. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I/we’d been there, but it was August of 2009 when Dad passed away. The last tie to Cincinnati that I felt I had.

Friday evening, we presented on “Ebbs and Flows in a Power Dynamic Relationship” to the Ohio River Valley MAsT (Master And slave Together) chapter. It was a small crowd, asking great questions and we had a good exchange. The space we were at hosts parties and dungeon events and it was HUGE – I want to say 20 to 30 stations and a lot of space in between. The PEER Group of Cincinnati owns and operates the space. If you get a chance to get to Cincinnati for an event or party run by the PEER, this space is worth the time to check out and have some fun in.

After our presentation, we had fun at the PHEERFest Meet and Greet – slave angie got to wear a cute Halloween costume, which I very much approved of…

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Saturday, we presented a new class – “Mythbuster’s Master/slave” – where we had a chance to talk about some of the myths and assumptions that many people have about what the Master/slave dynamic is all about. It was a lot of fun! We had a great audience and lots of good discussion.

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We had a dilemma after our early afternoon class. We had to be in Charleston WV by noon on Sunday. Either stay in Cincinnati for the play party, get up early and drive to West Virginia in the morning, then 9 hours back to Chicago… or skip the party, drive to WV Sat night, sleep in, and drive home after the meeting.

Sleep won. Well, that and taking in some of the amazing sights of rural/Appalachian Ohio. The trees have hit that deep brown/red stage of autumn, right before the last of the leaves drop. The hills and valleys are just amazing. We had a wonderful 3 hour drive through some of the most beautiful country we’ve seen.

And Skyline Chili is never to be missed – wonderful Cincinnati chili on a hotdog with mustard, onions and TONS of sharp cheddar cheese.

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Sunday, we visited the Charleston WV MAsT chapter and led a discussion on Health and Disabilities. We were treated to home made pizza rolls and chocolate banana bread. Yum! The chapter made us feel very welcome and we shared a lot with them and vice versa. We couldn’t stay long, with a nine hour drive back. We did stop for a few minutes to take a couple of photos of the amazing scenery. West Virginia is beautiful!

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As I painfully tap this out on the tablet, we’re between Dayton and Indianapolis, heading home to Chicago. We have the next three weekends relatively easy and Nov/Dec are light, travelwise. We’ve had a really hectic 6 month stretch since April and the start of our travels. I have a feeling the days will fly and we’ll find ourselves in January and traveling starts anew.

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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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