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2010-01-07 12:40 am
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DARK ODYSSEY: WINTER FIRE 2010 -- WORKSHOP LIST NOW ONLINE!

DARK ODYSSEY: WINTER FIRE 2010 -- WORKSHOP LIST NOW ONLINE!
http://www.darkodyssey.com
February 26-28, 2010
Washington DC

The confirmed list of presenters and workshops for Dark Odyssey: Winter Fire
2010 just went live on the website and we are so excited to share it with
all of you!

From world renowned Tantra experts, to infamously skilled deviant dominants,
to nationally acclaimed authors and award-winning educators, we have
presenters from around the world, including:

Amy Jo Goddard * Angel & Sebastien * Anita Wagner * Barbara Carrellas *
Bobby * Ms Cynthia (CM Hurt) * Dan & Dawn * Danielle dv8 * Julian Wolf *
Lady Hilary & Marine * Lqqkout! * Marc B * Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson
* Mistress Max Rulz * Mollena * Q * Sarah Sloane * SwitchMe * Whittney *
Wintersong Tashlin

The most unique, exciting workshops anywhere, with an emphasis on hands-on
demonstrations. Plus, there are classes are ones you will ONLY see at Dark
Odyssey, some of which have been created especially for the DO community,
including:

Cock Sucking & Deep Throating Even The BIG Ones! * Ageplay & Erotic
Regression * Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't - Predicament Scenes *
Erotic Breathwork Workshop * The Fine Art of Dirty Talk * Locks of Lust
Hair Fetish & Beyond * Minority Within A Minority * Polyamory Boot Camp *
The Ritual of Sex * Rough Rope * Sex, Kink, and Disability * Sounds,
Catheters, and Other Fun Things in Your Little Hole


PLUS, LOTS MORE ON...

Sex: Flirt Like You Mean It, Male Member, Aghora Tantra

Kink: Chest & Breast Bondage, Bootblacking 101

Relationships: Fine Art of Compersion, Chosen Family

Spirituality: S&M Spirit & Meaning, Trance 101

In addition to workshops, Dark Odyssey features creative social activities,
nightly special events, erotic rituals, an optional banquet with sexy &
spectacular entertainment, the Sex-O-Rama playspace, and a huge, fully
equipped dungeon so you can play to your hearts desire. Our legendary
special events include:

Dirty Talk Olympics * Genderqueer Mixer * Prostate Play 'Hands In' Event *
Banquet and Show featuring "The Wet Spots"

All this happens in a nationally known, upscale hotel located in the heart
of Washington DC, with easy access to metro, Amtrak, and DCA airport. Our
host hotel offers us private ballroom-level event space so we can play the
way we want, and has wonderful amenities including onsite lounge &
restaurant, gift & snack shop, and saunas & exercise rooms. Even better
we¹ve locked in special rates of $129 per night (for two or more nights) for
king & double rooms, so you can relax and enjoy the event without having to
travel all weekend!

Current registration rates are good through January 10!

Visit our website, http://www.darkodyssey.com for more details. We hope
you will join us for this exciting event!



Best Regards,

The Producers of Dark Odyssey:

Tristan, Greg, Karri, and Colten
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2009-12-31 02:56 pm
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Woot!!

Work is letting us leave at 3 today instead of 5:30!! Means I will be able to get on the road sooner and to my friends in ATL. I have missed seeing everybody and have been looking forward to tonight for a while.

Be careful if you're out and about tonight. If you're in the ATL area, I think Check cabs is offering free rides tonight and a local news station is picking up the tab. Use it folks!! We've all made it through a trying year. I hope you get to be with those you love and care for. If you can't know that they are thinking about you and miss your presence as much as you miss theirs.

Happy new year folks and may 2010 bring you all you need and even more of what you want!
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2009-11-03 09:55 am
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Contact info

So it looks like my phone may not be making it to me anytime in the next week, so I have a different phone. I will be glad to get it back, since there are contacts in there that I have nowhere else. In the mean time, if you would be so kind as to post your name, number, and any other info you'd like me to have (birthdays, anniversaries, kids names, pets names). Or if you have my number text me your info.

All comments screened of course :)
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2009-11-02 08:52 am

Cuz I'm brilliant like that

I managed to lose my cellphone in San Francisco yesterday while on my way to the airport...doh!! Apparently, my karmic debt must be at a beautiful balance though and for that I am incredibly thankful. My phone was actually found by a (new to our country) student attending Berkeley. She contacted the last person I contacted (my Auntie Melissa) and left her phone number for me to contact her. Called her and got an email address to send her my mailing info.

I was coherent enough to remind the nice lady to shut my phone off because I have two early morning alarms set for Monday through Friday. No reason she should suffer for her kindness. The point of this rambling little note my friends? If you desire to contact me in the next 72 hours or so, you'll have to go old school...email, letter, postcard, carrier pigeon...you get the idea.

This is only the 2nd time I've lost my phone in the two years I've had it and the 2nd time someone found it and returned it. Just when I think it's time to give up the good fight and join the barbarians at the gate, humanity lights a candle.

(man, that sounds kinda woo)
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2009-06-22 11:44 pm

Just found out...

...that my flirting workshop was accepted for:



Checkout Butch Voices for more info!! This will be my first presentation outside of the kink/BDSM/leather community in a couple of years.
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2009-03-12 11:44 pm
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Temptation.....The Dance @IMsL

For ONE night only...

TEMPTATION...The Dance

Whether you are just a little bit nice or a whole lotta naughty (or, like most of us, somewhere in between) you will definitely want to dance your heinie off at TEMPTATION...The Dance.

A seriously bigass dance party?? Check.

Nationally renowned DJ Olga T spinning everything from Beyonce to Brick House?? Check.

Biggo dance floor?? Check.

Hot ladies in leather?? Lace?? Levi's?? Or...less?? Check.

Sexy Uniform Party you can swing by, for FREE, when your tootsies need a break?? Check.

Ridiculously affordable?? Check.

The hottest possible way to spend your Friday night?? Check.

(and you can pony up an extra $15 to get into the official International Ms Leather play spaces downstairs...ask us at the door and we'll fill you in on all the details!)

Visit the IMsL website to learn more about International Ms Leather weekend.

Come for the dance or stay for the weekend - it's what all your friends will be talking about come Monday morning!

TEMPTATION...one night only!

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (Emerald Ballroom)

1500 Van Ness

FRIDAY, MARCH 20

10:30 until we're done, dammit (aka 2am)

$5 in fetishwear, $10 in street clothes
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2009-01-08 01:41 pm

Black Beat first timers

Playful Fashions Essay Contest. Receive a COMP Black BEAT 09 Registration.


Essay Contest & Scholarship

Never attended a Black BEAT Conference?

Playful Fashions, proudly announces it's second Essay Contest Scholarship for one creative person to attend Black BEAT 09! The winner will receive a general registration scholarship/package ( $150 value) to attend Black BEAT 09's Caribbean Theme Conference, August 13-16 in Maryland. www.BlackBEATInc.org

General Registration includes the following:

Meet and Greet Social, Two (2) group dining meals (Friday evening, Saturday lunch), Two (2) nights of private dungeon admission, Two (2) day admission into all workshops/demos, vendor market admission, One (1) souvenir booklet, personilized registration badge, conference materials, After Parties, and Free shuttle service to and from the BWI airport or train station to the host hotel. Exclusive Invitation after the conference to the After Care Party.

*PLEASE NOTE:

Travel, Lodging, Ground Transportation, and all other "add on's" are not included in the general registration package. The scholarship prize is non transferable and not redeemable for cash. To give back to our community, the winner must also volunteer 4 hours at the conference.

To Apply:

Applicants must be a first time attendee and able to attend the conference- August 13-16 in Maryland.

Must be 21 years of age or older.

Essays must be received on or before March 1, 2009

Applicants must write a 400 word essay regarding why you desire to attend Black BEAT 09. (Example: Your kink experience, lifestyle self exploration, etc.)

Winner must volunteer 4 hours at Black BEAT Conference

Essay submission are to be sent to BlackBEATInc@aol.com by the due date. Be sure to put in the SUBJECT Line: Playful Fashions Essay Contest

Must include screen name, legal name, and email address with your entry.

If you have any questions, please feel to contact us at BlackBEATInc@aol.com

Good Luck!
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2008-12-05 12:45 pm

Can this day go any slower?!?!?!

I know, I should be thinking of the present. Why am sitting at my desk, what I should be working on and I am to some extent. However, I cannot help but wish for the end of my work day today. At the end of my work day, I get to hop in the car and drive down to Macon to visit [livejournal.com profile] willowrrain!!

Moving on, my new Jawbone arrived yesterday!!! I will post pics sometime this weekend. I haven't really had a chance to test it out yet, but I tend to talk on my roadtrips so I'm sure it'll get a workout today. I HIGHLY recommend reading the manual FIRST before tinkering with it...especially the part regarding removal of the ear pads.

My iPod was trying to make me kill it, but it is doing my bidding now so I win. The iPod is a must have for roadtrips, especially if I am driving by myself.

Work has been stressful this week, but I am thankful that I have a job to get up everyday and go to. I am loved and love many. I have beautiful friends, an absolutely amazing wife, a cute dog and a place to lay my head at night. When it seems like my world is bad, I step back take a good look at it and see that my world is a really good one.
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2008-11-09 02:31 pm

Website Help

So I have been trying for three days to get into my website, but WordPress says I have the wrong password. I know I have the right password. I have tried to rest the password, but when I am emailed the password rest link, I get a message saying the link doesn't work.

I have tried finding a resolution to the issue online, but the couple of fixes I have found regarding this issue require updating the WordPress version on my server, but I need to be careful not to overwrite certain files....and then it is all Greek to me after that.

The other thing that may be part of the problem is that I am using GoDaddy as my host. Yes, I know now that GoDaddy and WordPress aren't a good match. It didn't know that going into this little venture that is making me crazy now.

So, if any of you can help me resolve this I would be super appreciate. Also, if you know of any hosting companies I could switch to that work easier with WordPress let me know especially if they are kink-friendly/kink-owned. Does anyone know if I switch hosting companies will the new one assist (and by assist I mean move it for me) me in moving what I have up now?
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2008-11-04 12:42 pm
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I am proud...

to have all of you as friends. As far as I can tell, all of my LJ folks that are state-side have either already voted (through early voting, absentee ballot or early to the polls today) or have plans to do so sometime today. Hell, even people on my friends list that aren't from the US are wishing they could participate in this election. Kathy and I voted over a week ago.

Thank you all for participating in the shaping of our country, no matter who you voted/vote for. My friends definitely kick ass!!
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2008-10-06 03:18 pm
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Come (Again) This Spring for International Ms Leather 2009!

International Ms Leather and International Ms Bootblack are more than contests and titles. IMsL is the world's largest event dedicated to leatherwomen and the folks that love them. From March 19 to March 22, 2009 San Francisco, California graciously hosts this contest-come-conference packed with performances, friendly competition, workshops, BDSM vendors, and dungeons open round-the-clock. Come witness the trials and tribulations of the contestants, learn about fascinating fetishes, and if you're willing, experience the pleasure of pain.

Do you have hot and entertaining BDSM fantasies? Do you have heart and soul? Can you think on the spot? Have you been committed to making and supporting your leather community? Then take a stand and compete for the title of International Ms Leather or International Ms Bootblack!

Check out all the hot details at www.IMsL.org including competition guidelines to see if you've got what it takes to be International Ms Leather 2009!
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2008-09-19 01:11 pm

The light at the end of a very dark tunnel

This has been the worst week I've had in quite some time, but I somehow managed to not jump off a cliff or go on a homicidal rampage. My cookie for being a remotely descent human being and not going bat shit...(drum roll please)...a weekend in Atlanta with my family of choice!! I even arranged to leave work early today at 3PM!

Super extra double bonus, I get to see Willow (again) as well! This week aside, I am still a fortunate boi.

Did I mention that this week sucked so hard on so many levels?

2 more hours and I am hittin' the road!
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2008-09-18 08:39 pm
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The Dolphin video I posted

In case you missed it or really aren't in the mood to backtrack through your friends list her eit is again.




I wanted to post it first with absolutely no context, because the video is just that cool to me. The ability to do that at will is incredible in my opinion. Now, here is the story to go with it:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/dolphinrings.asp
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2008-09-17 12:18 pm
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Dreaming With a Broken Heart

This song is in rotation on my shuffle. Plus I love this routine.



Dreaming With a Broken Heart - John Mayer
When you're dreaming with a broken heart
The waking up is the hardest part

You roll out of bed and down on your knees
and for a moment you can hardly breathe
Wondering was she really here
Is she standing in my room?

No, she's not
cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.

When you're dreaming with a broken heart
The giving up is the hardest part

She takes you in with her crying eyes
then all at once you have to say goodbye
wondering could you stay my love
will you wake up by my side?

No, she can't
cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.

Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my hand?
Do I have to fall asleep with roses in my, roses in my hands?
Would you get them if I did?

No, you won't
Cause you're gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.

When you're dreaming with a broken heart
the waking up is the hardest part.
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2008-09-16 02:22 pm
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I promise this will be the last one today

Sorry, started wandering the internet and came across this. I can never really explain to people what it feels like to me to have ADHD. The best answer I can give is that I fee like my body is always vibrating and not in that fun Hitachi kinda way. I started reading this and thought I'd post it now before I forgot to do it tomorrow or later in the week.

What's It Like To Have ADD? )
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2008-09-16 12:25 pm
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Adult ADHD

ADHD or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder affects thirty to fifty percent of adults who had ADHD in childhood. )

*In case you're wondering why the ADHD posts (and missed the explanation previously) September is ADHD awareness month. So I'm posting random bits of literature I'm reading on my LJ.
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2008-09-14 10:24 pm
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Adventures in international title holding (part 20*)

As my lovely wife/partner/girlfriend laments being a sash widow, I post for you my travel schedule for the next 3 months. Let me know if you'll be attending any of these events. It's always nice to see friendly faces

Sept. 20 Whippersnappers (ATL)
http://www.whippersnappers.ws

Sept. 26 Folsom Foreplay (SF)
https://www.frantix.net/frantix-s/cgi-bin/ExilesParty_8.cgi

September 28 Folsom St. Fair (SF)
http://www.folsomstreetfair.org/

Oct. 10 – 13 DomCon (ATL)
http://www.domconatlanta.com/

Oct. 17 –19 Mr/Ms NJ Leather (Asbury Park)
http://www.leathernjonline.com/main.htm

Nov. 22 CAPEX (CLT)
http://www.capex.info/

Nov. 26-30 Mr. Leather Toronto (Toronto)
http://www.mrlt.com/

*the adventure series is in no real numerical order.
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2008-09-13 09:46 pm
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Adult ADHD: 50 Tips on Management

Adult ADHD: 50 Tips on Management

by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
1992

The treatment of adult ADHD begins with hope. Most people who discover they have ADHD, whether they be children or adults, have suffered a great deal of pain. The emotional experience of ADHD is filled with embarrassment, humiliation, and self-castigation. By the time the diagnosis is made, many adults with ADHD have lost confidence in themselves. Many have consulted with numerous specialists, only to find no real help. As a result, many have lost hope.

The most important step at the beginning of treatment is to instill hope once again. Individuals with ADHD may have forgotten what is good about themselves. They may have lost, long ago, any sense of the possibility of things working out. They are often locked in a kind of tenacious holding pattern, bringing all theory, considerable resiliency, and ingenuity just to keeping their heads above water. It is a tragic loss, the giving up on life too soon. But many adults with ADHD have seen no other way than repeated failures. To hope, for them, is only to risk getting knocked down once more.

And yet, their capacity to hope and to dream is immense. More than most people, adults with ADHD have visionary imaginations. They think big thoughts and dream big dreams. They can take the smallest opportunity and imagine turning it into a major break. They can take a chance encounter and turn it into a grand evening out. They thrive on dreams, and they need organizing methods to make sense of things and keep them on track.

But like most dreamers, they go limp when the dream collapses. Usually, by the time the diagnosis of ADHD has been made, this collapse has happened often enough to leave them wary of hoping again. The little child would rather stay silent than risk being taunted once again. The adult would rather keep his mouth shut than risk flubbing things up once more. The treatment, then, must begin with hope.

We break down the treatment of adult ADHD into five basic areas:

  • Diagnosis
  • Education
  • Structure, support, and coaching
  • Various forms of psychotherapy
  • Medication

In this pamphlet we will outline some general principles that apply both to children and adults concerning the non-medication aspects of the treatment of ADHD. One way to organize the non-medication treatment of ADHD is through practical suggestions or "tips" on management. Fifty such tips are presented below:

 

Insight and Education )