I've added more nice pictures to the recap of what happened during Pride 2012.
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Video: First Ever Active Duty Uniformed Military Contingent Approved by the US Government (h/t Christie)
FetishMenSanDiego AIDS Walk & Run Page - Organized by Aaron Duke, who says "Please join Aaron Duke and the men of FMSD at the San Diego Eagle on Friday, August 10 from 10PM – 2AM. We will be signing people up to walk or run with our team. In addition, we will be collecting donations in the form of credit cards, PayPal, or cash. NO CHECKS."
I've also found some great pictures from the Up Your Alley Street Fair in San Francisco that happened last week, for the enjoyment of folks who couldn't attend. Here are Biron's pictures, and Rich Trove's.
Spanky, our own Senior Officer in the Marines, has found some great pictures from the 2012 Pride Parade.
Kink Crusaders Movie Night is coming up in two weeks. It's going to be one of those major social events that attract a LOT of local men, and I can sweeten the deal - I will be at the theater at 6:30PM, with twenty free tickets to hand out, but you have to march right up to me and ask! I'm pretty easy to spot. They've spent $2,000 to get the movie just for us, which shows how confident they are in our community. I will be co-emceeing the Gear Contest, but YOU get to be the judge!
This next week's Planning the Future event is changed from Wednesday to Thursday, for this one time only - Scheduling conflict. We will have a LOT to talk about, with so many events coming up. I will be at this event an hour early, at 6PM, if somebody wants to chat with me before enjoying the general discussion at 7PM.
My good friend Stephen says "I know most men go to The Hole on Sunday afternoons. For those looking for an alternative, there is a Bear Tea Dance at Numbers at 3811 Park Blvd, every Sunday from 3-8 pm. One of my good friends alternates as the DJ. He plays music from the 70s-today. He has a notebook full of his music, and he's happy to take requests."
Our local heroes CubClub (the same men who put on the big BELT parties here in town) are hosting an official dance-party during Folsom Street Fair Weekend in San Francisco. They are hitting the big time!
PUPPY NIGHT at the Eagle, hosted by Dayton O'Connor. First Wed. of each month.
Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.
Fri, Aug 3, 7-9PM; The 6th annual Kinky Swap Meet. Get ready for some cost-effective gear-swapping! Dizzy picked up a great harness for $15 last year.
BearNight Dance at Numbers. $5 before 10PM. First Sat. of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event, and it comes highly recommended… Here are some reviews
Bamboo Lounge, 1475 University. Eli says "Please join me in celebrating my 30th birthday in style. I will have snacks, drinks, and music provided by DJ WOOFY B. Cash bar will be available, but you're welcome to bring your own alcohol if so desired and party longer. Also I will be doing some raffles throughout the gathering with proceeds going to local organization (TBA)."
Thu. Aug 9, 7PM: PLANNING THE FUTURE meeting. USUALLY on the the Second Wed. of each month, but changed for this one month only.
Thu. Aug 9, 9pm-1am; Red Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. Second Thu. of each month
DRESS IT UP/STRIP IT DOWN at the Eagle; 2nd 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., February, March, April, June and September. Notice how HAPPY everybody is. You deserve to be that happy too.
Bears Care Rummage Sale, benefiting The Family Health Centers and Special Delivery.
Sat. Aug 11, 9PM onward: UNIFORM NIGHT at the Eagle. Wear Military Gear or Civil Uniform Gear. Second Sat. of each month.
North Park Birch Theater. We are greatly honored to have Micheal Skiff, the director of Kink Crusaders joining us at 7PM on Wednesday, August 15th, when the movie is shown SPECIFICALLY in our honor. Once again, this would be a very good occasion to get geared up, if you have it, but there is no dress-code required. Tell your friends - this will be a very big social event!
Thu. Aug 16, 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.
Thu. Aug 16, 9-PM-Midnight: Yellow Hankie Social Night at the Eagle. First and Third Thu. of each month.
Fri. Aug 17, 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.
FLOG FEST in Long Beach. For the first time ever, legendary Flogging Tops from all over Southern California are gathered under one roof to demonstrate, teach and THRILL. A new annual event.
Sat. Aug 18, 9:30PM-2AM: LL Bear Dance Party @ Rich's San Diego. Third Saturday of each month. Lots of leathermen attend this event. Shirtless with a harness appears to be the dress code!
Aug. 25-26: ROMP Weekend Run, including the Mr. and Ms. San Diego Leather 2012 contests.
Fri. Aug. 31, 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. I will be there, teaching flogging as usual.
Fri, Sep 7, 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.
Wed. Sep 19, 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. First and third Wednesday of each month.
Sat. Sep. 22, 10pm: Underwear Party and Contest at the Eagle. 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
Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco.
Sunday, September 30: AIDS Walk San Diego
November 8-11: Palm Springs Leather Pride