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During IML my friend boundand (113) was in town and TOIL and I were lucky enough to play with him a couple times back at our playroom.  Once back at our playroom from the host hotel TOIL, boundand, and I each had a drink and chatted for awhile.  Then we brought 113 back to the playroom.

In advance of our first session I had 113 put on his Under Armour compression shorts.  Prior to his arrival I knew I wanted to have him in some good Under Armour, a chain locked around his neck to the ceiling, and his hands cuffed behind his back.  The addition of the double rigid on his ankles really left him vulnerable to anything TOIL and I wanted to do.  The double rigid would allow him some extremely limited movement but if he moved his neck would simply be pushing against the chain.  I think my enjoyment of this position comes from the fact that a sub has very minimal movement before he puts himself into at least a little discomfort.  As my friends and most regular readers of my blog understand, I like to give the sub some minor choices so they can always make things worse for themselves.

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Another position that we leveraged that evening was simply against the wall which also allowed for adequate access to 113’s body.  The position is simple and effective.

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You can read a bit more about 113’s first experience with us over 2013 IML at his blog post here.  Also, at some point in the near future one of my additional posts will be a new position that I used for the first time with 113.  The position is reminiscent of the one described in this prior post.

2013 Woof Camp Recap

Fossil9 —  June 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite events each year at IML is Woof Camp.  This was the first year that my partner and I volunteered to help with it and I am glad I did.  We spent most of the day Saturday with our friend 31 and he was also kind enough to help out with Woof Camp.  We kept 31 in our heavy metal collar (10 pounds) and heavy metal wrist shackles (12 pounds) the whole time we were there.  Our primary responsibilities during set-up was to tape up the various Woof Camp and water station signs.  We also had plenty of fun putting up the colored paws that were throughout the room.  Here is a picture from when we were setting up the event (notice TOIL with the K-9 Unit patch on the back of his vest).

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During Woof Camp we helped entertain some strays and took care of a few random things that came up.  The most interesting thing I helped out with was unlocking a pup’s collar because his handler’s key broke.  Luckily I have a universal handcuff key that opened the lock but it would have been easy enough to pick the lock if the key did not work.

About halfway through Woof Camp it was time for the pups to play with pinatas.  The picture below is from when the pups were getting ready to attack the pinatas that a few other handlers and I held up for them.

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Towards the end of the evening I took a panoramic picture of the room.  You can see plenty of worn out pups and handlers.

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You can see more pics by going to this link or checking the Woof Camp website later this week.

Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Brue and Square Peg Toys.  Brue worked tirelessly to ensure that the 2013 Woof Camp would overcome several obstacles to be the success it was.  Square Peg Toys is the sponsor of Woof Camp and funded the event so it was free to all those in attendance.

I am already looking forward to 2014 Woof Camp!

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2013 International Mr. Leather is just a few days away in Chicago!  I am fortunate that IML is held in Chicago and I appreciate that most attendees come here from out of town to make IML such a great experience every year.  If you see me and my partner around the host hotel feel free to say hi.

I have lived here all my life (except while I was out of state for college) so I wanted to share some general tips you may find useful while visiting Chicago:

  • Arrival by Air:
    • O’Hare International Airport – If your entrance to Chicago is through ORD you have a number of options to get down to the Host Hotel
      • Public Transportation (via Blue Line “L” and Bus) – If you are traveling with light bags this is your best shot.  Click here to see the route I have saved on Google Maps.  More information can be found at the Chicago Transit Authority’s Airport Transit Page
      • Shared Ride – Airport Express (Offering Discount for IML attendees – just follow the link).  I will caution you that traffic on the highway between O’Hare and downtown can be terrible in the afternoon and evening.  Especially on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.  It may take 1-2 hours to get from O’Hare to downtown in peak rush hour on May 24th.
      • Do not rent a car.  It is easy to get downtown from O’Hare via alternate means and parking over the weekend is very expensive.  Instead would recommend saving that money and putting it towards some new gear
    • Midway Airport:
      • Public Transportation (via Orange Line “L” and Bus) – If you are traveling with light bags this is your best shot.  Click here to see the route I have saved on Google Maps.  More information can be found at the Chicago Transit Authority’s Airport Transit Page
      • Shared Ride – Airport Express (Offering Discount for IML attendees – just follow the link).
    • Grocery Stores
      • Dominick’s – About 2 blocks east of the hotel you will find this full service grocery store.  This location is open 24 hours a day and it sells beer and liquor.
      • Jewel-Osco – Just 3 blocks west of the host hotel you will find a full service grocery store.  This is open 6 am until midnight and it sells beer and liquor.

 

  • Chicago is a city of distinct neighborhoods.  There are plenty of neighborhoods to explore but the the ones with the largest gay populations are Lakeview  and Andersonville/Rogers Park.
  • Lakeview
    • Boystown is where the gay population of Chicago is centered.  While the gay bars certainly extend beyond this boundary take a walk down Halsted St. between Addison St. and Belmont Ave.  You can find gay bars in just about any direction within a few blocks of there.  There are Redline L stops just west of Halsted on Belmont and Addison.  Here are a few bars I would recommend in Boystown:
      • Cellblock  – Cellblock is a kink friendly bar on Halsted just north of Addison
      • Sidetrack – Located on Halsted a bit south of Addison Sidetrack is a good bar to check out; especially if you need a break from IML activities for an hour.
      • Roscoe’s – Also located on Halsted a bit south of Addison Roscoe’s is a good bar to meet friends at.  If you want you can play pool, dance, or just listen to the music.
    • Vic Theater – This theater will hold the IML contest/events on Friday and Saturday.  The theater is just a little west of the Belmont Redline stop and a short walk from Boystown.
    • Cheesies Pub and Grub – If you need some good greasy food and you are at Boystown head to Cheesies.  The restaurant/bar is just a few feet from the Belmont Redline stop and Vic theater so it is in a good location and they serve great grilled cheese.
  • Andersonville/Rogers Park – About 6 miles north of downtown you will find the Andersonville & Rogers Park neighborhoods.  While the neighborhoods are nice if you are in town for IML I would recommend these are the three locations:
  • Other Tips
  • Skip Navy Pier – Although Navy Pier is somehow the #1 tourist attraction in Illinois you will find yourself hard-pressed to be entertained there for more than thirty minutes.  Navy Pier is a great place for bored families to entertain the kids for a few hours.
  • Skip the deep dish pizza – most Chicagoans I know do not actually eat deep dish pizza.  I think it is food that was invented for tourists…the only time we eat it is when we have friends from out of town come in and want to try it.  If you want some Chicago style food get yourself a Chicago style hot dog or Italian beef instead.

Finally, have fun and play safe at IML!  My partner and I will see you there!

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Update #1 – My friend (and sub) 31 thought it would be worth mentioning that the Art Institute of Chicago is just a short walk south from the host hotel.  He suggested that the weekend patrons would enjoy the look of leather daddies amongst the Monet’s.  In all seriousness though, the collection at the Art Institute is excellent