Ohana and Thank Yous – our Step-Aside Speech

Slave angie and I stepped aside this year at this past weekend’s South Plains Leatherfest. SPLF is the home of the International Master/slave contest. We’ve had a wonderful year, but it was time for our year to come to an end and new titleholders to be selected.

A quick explanation because I know that the terminology of leather/kink titles and title-holding can be a little odd to folks who don’t know about them. “Step down” or “Step aside” is what happens when the term of the title is complete. Most titles go for about a year. So when that year is up, the current titleholders step-aside or step-down and new titleholders are chosen, if there are contestants. Usually, the out-going titleholders are allowed to make a speech, to put an end-cap on their year, perhaps to share it and to let people know how they feel about the year.

We weren’t able to shoot video, although we’ll watch YouTube and Leatherati’s channel to see if they did. We were, however, allowed to make an audio recording, which we’re very happy to share here with you. This speech was somewhat planned, somewhat ad-lib, but very much from the heart about our “ohana”, our journey and discoveries.

We’re also happy to say that our successors are Master Kevin and slave feyrie from the Southeast region of the US. As I said to them – “Buckle up. It’s one helluva ride.” We both wish them well and hope they have as much fun in their coming year as we did this past year.

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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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