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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Upcoming Events

ALERT ALERT ALERT

The huge, wildly wonderful BELT Party we had planned for October 27th is NOT happening until we can figure out what to do. We lost the venue (no idea why), which means that the team has a lot of reconfiguring and rethinking to look forward to.  I will keep you posted on further changes.

My viewpoint is that this hardly matters at all - We can move our traveling roadshow to any venue, straight or gay, anywhere in San Diego. We have the constituency and the credibility to just shift things around, and the crowds will show up.

LEATHER NIGHT SAN DIEGO STARTS IN ONE WEEK

The first monthly LEATHER NIGHT SAN DIEGO grouping of coordinated events begins on Friday, Oct. 12. It will happen on the Second Friday of every month:



- It starts at 7PM on the patio at Bamboo Lounge at 1475 University for a FORMAL GEAR DINNER BENEFIT to help add finances to Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron's Travel Fund. We're asking ten bucks per person as a suggested donation. This event will be hosted by Ron, who plans to run for Mr. San Diego Leather next year. "Formal" means no bare ass-cheeks or pecs. You do NOT have to be all gussied-up in expensive gear if you don't own any yet. Just stand tall and help us send Aaron out into the world as our ambassador!



- At 10PM, we are kicking off the new, monthly HARNESS dance partyThis fun event will be hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli.  At 11PM, we will have a dedication dance in honor of our brothers who are no longer among us.  When you hear a large crowd of men woofing like dawgs, you'll know that the special Dedication Dance is about to begin. There will also be flogging, bondage, mummification, electrical play and who knows WHAT else. These wild men are out of control!



- Simultaneously, for you men who need a rougher sort of action, the Eagle is now hosting its  WOLFS REVISITED back room party as a monthly event. Personally, I think they should call it MINESHAFT REVISITED, since I've been to both.

This monthly group of events will become much, much richer in content and shared goals as time goes by - we are still coordinating vendors, groups, and locations to get the excitement pumping every month, and maybe all weekend at some point. Men will travel from far away to come help us celebrate our Tribe's joy and brotherhood!


PALM SPRINGS PRIDE GOES KINKY


For years, there have been two separate weekends in Palm Springs that express Pride:

-First weekend in November is GLBT Pride, minus the kinky crowd (Nov. 3-4 this year)
-Second Weekend in November is always Leather Pride. (Nov. 8-11)

This system has been in place for a long, long time (I was there, helping out when the newly-formed Leather Pride started, in 2000, I believe).

However, the folks who run GLBT Pride are insisting that it's time to bring our kinky brothers back into the larger community, who has missed us all along.  Frankly, PS Leather Pride has kind of gotten moldy, in the sense that it has become more and more about exclusivity. There hasn't been any entry-point for younger folks to feel included and wanted. Now that there is a whole new generation who wants access and the benefits of Tribe, it's time to let in some fresh air.

So, Desert Fetish Authority (FMSD's brother club) is gladly supporting the goal of throwing the doors open wide, and letting the newer, energetic, curious and inexperienced folks have a taste of our culture. Their website says it better than I ever could. They are starting their own Leather Realm!

You should definitely attend the new Historical leather community exhibit during Palm Springs Pride.

There will be a full crew of FMSD brothers attending both weekends.  If you want to hang out with us and maybe find some lodging to share, keep me posted at papatony @mac.com.

EXCLUSIVE NEW CONTACT-SYSTEM FOR PLAYERS IN SAN DIEGO


We now have such a high level of participation in our events, we are now able to create a sub-group called PLAYERS. These are men who are willing and able to show up at public events and enjoy some flogging, bondage, electrical play, mummification and so forth. The rest of the crowd always enjoys these efforts as pure entertainment, but for those men who are serious and share the same intentions, we now have a "flash mob" system where we can alert the entire team via text-messaging. That way, a slow evening at the Eagle can suddenly turn VERY frisky, as just one example. 

Our first official gathering will be at the HARNESS Dance Party on Friday the 12th. There will be much more than just dancing going on!


There are currently 24 men on the list, and we are now taking applications. If you want to be on the list, you have to come up and talk to me (Papa Tony) about it, face to face, at one of our events. This new kind of network will be imitated in other cities as time goes by, but we have it here first.



RECENT ARTICLES

Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron is on fire these days, posting enormous amounts of great articles about the work he's doing, representing us all as he travels. Check out his recent postings about Folsom Street Fair, the highly successful AIDS Walk fundraiser, the gear photoshoot, and much, much more.  He lives an exciting life!


EVENT UPDATES

Yes, things are changing around. Why? We need to deal with so many successes, and so many wonderful men who are contributing to our Tribe's growth. I will always do my best to keep the following list up-to-date.

Dress It Up/Strip It Down Gear Night has been moved from the second Friday to the Fourth Friday of each month at the Eagle. The new STUD NIGHT has been announced, and the last Men's Discussion in October will be canceled since it will be Halloween!


UPCOMING EVENTS


Thu. Oct 4 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. First and Third Thu. of each month.


Fri, Oct 5, 7-9PM; SDLOG educational event. First Friday of each month. at the Joyce Beers Community Center, by the Aladdin restaurant near Ralph's supermarket on University. Topic this month: Where are you on your Leather Journey? A round table discussion led by Al Smith.
Please join us as we talk about our journey in leather and where we are, how we got here and where we are going.


Oct 5-7: Gay Days at Disney Who wants to go with other San Diegans in a group? If you do, RSVP with papatony@ mac.com - Don't forget to wear red!



Sat. Oct. 6, 4-7PM: CIGARS & BOOTS.  Bourbon Street, at 4612 Park Blvd is our new host bar.  This event is now on the first Saturday of every month at our new location. Join us for 1/2 priced pitchers of beer and $4.25 Smirnoff cocktails. Don't worry about eating before you come, as the kitchen will be open. Don't forget that Saturday night at Bourbon Street beginning at 7:30pm is the Dream Girls Review. We will have cigars available for purchase. Please come out and join us whether you are a seasoned smoker, or curious to learn.  Here are some reviews.


Sat. Oct. 6, 9PM-2AM; BearNight Dance at Numbers, at 3811 Park Blvd. $5 before 10PM. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews

Wed, Oct 10, 7PM: Men's Discussion: Men's Discussion. Second Wed. of each month. This week's discussion is a fee-form discussion that lets the issues that matter come to the front so we can deal with them.

Thu. Oct 11, 9pm-1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. Second Thu. of each month



LEATHER NIGHT SAN DIEGO

These events all occur on the same night (second Friday of each month) as a coordinated effort. The goal is to create one whole superb monthly evening where NOBODY will want to stay home.

- It starts at 7PM at Bamboo Lounge's patio for a FORMAL GEAR DINNER BENEFIT to help add finances to Mr. San Diego Leather 2012 Aaron's Travel Fund.  We're asking ten bucks per person as a suggested donation. This event will be hosted by Ron, who plans to run for Mr. San Diego Leather next year. "Formal" means no bare ass-cheeks or pecs.

Fri. Oct. 12, 10pm onward: HARNESS Dance Party at Numbers, 3811 Park Blvd.


Fri. Oct 12 from 9PM-1:30AM: Hey, all you horn dogs - the Eagle is hosting Wolfs Revisited. Personally, I think it should be renamed MINESHAFT REVISITED, since I've been at both places.  It gets awfully dark in there…

Sat. Oct 13, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHTat the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.


Wed. Oct 17, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONS. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. EVERY Wednesday of each month. This week's discussion is meant for a single theme, and it's usually tied in with the following Wednesday's hands-on demo.


Thu. Oct 18, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. First and Third Thu. of each month.

Fri. Oct 19, 8:30PM-1AM: FRIDAY NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy 2010, tiger - Ms San Diego Leather 2010, caryl - San Diego's premier Sea Monkey Trainer, and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. Third Fri. of each month. This is a GREAT educational event if you want some hands-on training in a safe environment.



Fri. Oct. 19, 10:30PM: STUD NIGHT at the Eagle, at 3040 N Park Way. Porn actor Derek Parker will be interviewed, hand out porn and otherwise entertain the troops.  This night tends to get a bit wild, and the last STUD NIGHT in September had a line outside the Eagle until 1:30am!


Sat. Oct 20, 9:30PM-2AM: LL Bear Dance Party @ Rich's, at 1051 University. Third Saturday of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event. Shirtless with a harness appears to be the dress code! 


Wed. Oct 24, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONSThis has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. EVERY Wednesday of each month. The fourth Wednesday is usually set-aside for a hands-on demo/show and tell. More coverage of practical technique.


Fri. Oct 26, 9PM-1AM: DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way; 4th Fri. of each month. Hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012 Eli. It's the nicest, friendliest crowd you'll see at a leather bar. Here are a few reviews, if you haven't been to one yet. Dress to impress if you've got the gear, or show us some skin - I promise you'll be glad that you did. Here are some pictures from Oct.FebruaryMarchAprilJune and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.

Sat. Oct 27, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way. Fourth Sat. of each month. Everyone is invited to strip down to those boxers, briefs or "street" legal jocks and join in the fun, you do not have to enter the contest. Although our 1st prize is $100 Cash and 2nd prize is a $25 bar tab., Clothes check opens at 10pm and the contest will be held at midnight. Your evening will be hosted by Mr. San Diego Eagle 2012, Eli




Wed. Nov. 7, 7-9PM: MEN'S DISCUSSIONS. This has turned out to be ideal for building friendships by getting to know men outside of the bar/cruising scene. EVERY Wednesday of each month. Past topics: Tips for bottoming for the first time, dealing with excessive religious programming, how to deal with unwelcome attention (without being a jerk), and so on. This is where you can bring your questions and get them answered!


Wed. Nov. 7, 9PM: PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, at 3040 North Park Way, hosted by Dayton O'Connor. First Wed. of each month.

Nov. 3-4: Palm Springs Pride Goes Kinky

November 8-11: Palm Springs Leather Pride - Get your VIP tickets soon: they are going fast!

Fri. Nov. 30, 8:30PM-1AM: MEN-ONLY Fri. NIGHT BEAT AND GREET, downtown, hosted by Bryan Teague - American Leatherboy and Mike Underwood - San Diego's very own Curmudgeonly teddy bear. The Men-Only version is on the FIFTH Fri. of each month, such as Nov 30 of 2012, and Mar 29, May 31, Aug 30 and Nov 29 of 2013. There will be hands-on training for folks who want to learn from experts in a very safe environment.

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