It's long overdue if you ask me, but here, finally, are my thoughts on International Mr Leather! Because I'm a nerd, I shall place them in numerical order.
1. The joy of watching Jim Deuder, my boot-grandaddy and now, my sash-husband (are we incestuous, or what?) rock out at the competition was just wonderful. He licked every pair of boots he blacked. It...was...amazing.
2. Hot leathermen. 'Nuff said.
3. I finally got to meet, in person, some folks I've only had the opportunity to meet online or hear about. I often feel passionately about our community (in case you didn't notice), but pleasant reminders of our loveliness still stun me.
4. Thank goodness for Pony, International Mr Bootblack 2009. I mean, seriously. She fed me, made sure I got everywhere I needed to be, made sure I got at least 7-8 hours of sleep, and is just incredible. Thank goodness for her.
5. Hot leathermen. Uh huh.
6. Though, I do admit, in regards to #2 and #6, I often forget the following things about myself: a) I am short. b) I may be a tiny bear but I am still female. I think I confused a lot of said leathermen when I woofed at them. Or made them giddy. It's still up for debate.
7. Being able to hang about the IMBB contest and watch the contestants was wonderful. I consider myself a true voyeur - I am so down with just watching. Being a nerdy voyeur, I really enjoyed watching people's styles and personalities.
8. Also, thank goodness for the American Brotherhood family. The ABWs are simply divine. I also feel very taken under their wings whenever I am around them, and I hope to return the favor as soon as possible and as frequently as I can.
9. Back on #6, another wonderful thing about being a ladybear is when you are indeed seen as the ladybear you are. Many times, I'd meet a leatherbrother for the first time, and our greeting was growly and joyous. It would surprise whoever introduced us, and it would remind me that my queers are totally rockin'. Open-heartedness is really the basis for everything, I believe. Maybe that sentence is cheesy. But one could argue this whooole post is cheesy.
10. The opening of "A Room of Her Own" via the Women's Leather History Project at the Leather Archives and Museum was so successful, and I'm so proud to have been there and to have been a part of it. To be a part of it!
Well, I think 10 is a good number to end on... Obviously there was much more to the weekend, but being able to quantify and qualify it all in words is sorta beyond me. Here's a picture of the WLHP A Room of Her Own pin instead.