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.

[M/s 365] The year is over!

A little over a year ago [1], we started a project to blog daily about our lives as a Master and slave, as well as our lives as the International Master/slave titleholders.

Today, that project and that year is over. Last night, a new couple was named International Master/slave 2015 and we have stepped aside. Tired, luggage duct-taped, wallet a little (a LOT) lighter, but we are so much richer for the experience.

We wanted to show the good, the bad, the ugly and the amazing in our dynamic and our year. It’s been a crazy, whirlwind year. We learned a lot about each other and the small, wonderful M/s community around us. In a few days, I’ll hopefully be able to post the video of our step-aside speech, depending on how it turned out.

I don’t know what our future project for this blog will be, but it will not be ending! We’re not going anywhere. Although we never got much traction on our “ask us anything” posts (are we that scary? 😀 ), we did hear from people that you do read us and you do like our posts. Thank you for sharing that, and for sharing our year with us. We’re thinking about doing some video blogs going forward, as that would be a medium that slave Angie would be good at, I think. I’ll continue to write, although without the pressure of trying to do something daily. THAT will be a relief!

Thank you. Thank you for your comments, for your words and just for reading and being here.

[1] According to the Internets, it has been 1 year and 6 days, or 371 days. 🙂

(Picture from: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=93446&picture=race-track )

[M/s 365] One journey ends, another begins.

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In about 36 hours, we’ll be taking our final flight as the current International Master/slave to return back home to South Plains Leatherfest and our step-aside. An extremely bittersweet moment. We’ve mostly kept it together, mainly by being busy (hair-on-fire busy, actually) but like any other journey, time and the travels come to the end of the journey. (PS. If you’re going to be there, please come say “HI” please!)

We started out just under four years ago and the people we are today are not the people who nervously decided to send in an application to a brand new state contest. We will be learning lessons from this journey for years to come, as we move on to new things. We are starting to think about all that though. On our way back home from Louisville this past weekend, we were remembering some really funny moments from our year, and the good moments.

We both agree that the best part of this whole journey has been to share and learn from so many people across the world. Talk about privileged! To have had the chance to meet wonderful people and learn a little bit about them, about their hopes and interests and dreams and questions. When else would we have had this chance to be so blessed and to have found a vibrant, passionate community like the Master/slave community?

We’re going to have more to say when we get past this weekend, but in the meantime, I wanted to share bits of the “The Road Goes Ever On” from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. About ourselves and the couple who will be on the road next come this Saturday evening…

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!

Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.

(from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkein)

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