April 30, 2008

Midori's Newsletter April 30, 2008

Table of contents

1. A Season of Gratitude
2. Be My Hero! My California Adventure
3. Looking for Bunny Stuff & Bunny Outfit
4. May classes/events (SF, London UK, Paris FR, Chicago)
5. June preview (LA, San Jose, Toronto)
6. New columns, new venues
7. Hang out with me! My on-line haunts


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- - - - - - - - 1. A SEASON OF GRATITUDE

Another busy month is about to wrap up for me - leading into more adventures in May. All in all, my April can be summed up as "gratitude for amazing experiences and quality people."

Last Friday was the San Francisco Bang 4 The Buck women's party, raising funds for AIDS Lifecycle. Nearly 200 women and transfolk got wild and debauched having good clean fun as we raised $2044 for critically needed HIV services. I am grateful for all the people and companies that joined in to make this possible.

We'll be doing this again next year, in Seattle and San Francisco, so don't miss the fun!

I'm also grateful for, and admittedly nervous about, my birthday bash this coming Friday. We're taking over Beach Blanket Babylon on Friday, May 2nd to celebrate my 42nd birthday.

My gratitude goes to all those who fill my life with joy and friendship.
It goes to all my HIV positive friends living and gone - to all those who value a year, a month, a week, a day and each moment in a life well lived.
And my gratitude goes out to all those who will come out to help celebrate! (There are still a few tickets available - so find something fun to wear and come on out! Of course, all the proceeds from the tickets will go to AIDS LifeCycle.)

Travel - I'm always grateful for travel, especially when it's the rare 100% vacation travel. With the current weak US dollar, I was happily surprised to see how far the $ went in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sharing Buenos Aires, a gorgeous city, with my fabulous travel companions really made the travel special. It's just a remarkable treasure when you find people you can travel well with. I highly recommend Buenos Aires and look forward to returning. I wrote extensively about the food and other adventures in my blog, for those who are interested.

Wishing you peace, pleasure and joy!

Midori

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2. BE MY HERO! MY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

From May 31st through June 7th I'll be on the road with AIDS LifeCyle. I know, you've heard me talk about this a lot before - and as you know it's something that's near and dear to me.

For a week I spend my life in service to a greater cause and in service to the cycling efforts of others to accomplish their difficult journey. Over 3000 people gather for a 7-day bicycle trip of 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I laugh and cry more in this one week than I do in a year. All the funds raised will go to critically needed HIV services. Did you know that sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV is on the rise among the young? There's still suffering, denial and there's still no cure.

I hope that some of you will be my hero and sponsor my participation as a roadie on this crazy event. Every bit counts, even the equivalent of a cup of coffee.

If any of you out there have names of loved ones you've lost to HIV/AIDS/ARC, I'll be happy to wear their names on my roadie jersey. Just let me know and I'll take a part of your love on the ride with me! I will take their name and memory with me to the candle light vigil on edge of the Pacific.

Love and light

Midori

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3. LOOKING FOR BUNNY STUFF & BUNNY OUTFIT

Speaking of AIDS LifeCycle...
My roadie job is that of a Sweep Van team. We drive along the cyclists to help with safety. Our van's theme is Bunny Love. So I'm looking for cute bunny stuff, and especially a bunny outfit that would fit me! Send them my way!

(Also good: Hello Kitty and octopus items. I know, it's weird. I'm Japanese - I can't help it.)

4. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
· 5/1 - 5/4 Presenting at International Ms. Leather Weekend.


· My Birthday Party at Beach Blanket Babylon


• Tue 5/6 "Art of Feminine Dominance" at Good Vibrations on Polk Street. 415.345.0400

LONDON, UK
A series of sensual Salons at the luxurious Coco De Mer boutique, located at 23 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD. tel. 0207 836 8882. Pre-registation highly encouraged
· Thr 5/8 "Secrets of Sensual Whipping"

· Sun 5/11 "Erotic Japanese Rope Bondage - Hands-on"

· Mon 5/12 '"JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure Him"

· Tue 5/13 "Lesbian Sex Secrets: How to Pleasure Her"

· Wed 5/14 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure Him"

PARIS, FRANCE
· Sat 5/10 A book signing at Demonia Boutique

• Sat 5/10 Appearance at the fetish party, La Nuit Elastique

CHICAGO
Classes locally while attending International Mr. Leather contest.
· Wed 5/21 A class at G Boutique 2131 N Damen Ave?Chicago, IL 60647. Tel. 773.235.1234


• Thr 5/22 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure Your Man" at The Pleasure Chest 3436 North Lincoln Avenue?Chicago, IL 60657. Tel. 773.525.7151

• Sun 5/25 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage" at Early 2 Bed. 5232 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago IL 60640. Tel 773.271.1219

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5. JUNE PREVIEW

ALONG THE CALIFORNIA COAST
• 5/31 - 6/7 AIDS LifeCycle ride

LOS ANGELES, CA
Thr 6/8 Erotica LA. Presenting 2 classes for The Pleasure Chest
· 1:35 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. "Back Door Betty: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Anal Sex"

· 3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m "Live the Fantasy: Erotic Role Play for Couples"

More info at:Erotica LA

LOS ANGELES, CA
class series at Coco De Mer. Tel. 1.310.652.0311. Address: 8618 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (The site is hard to navigate. You might just want to call them.) · "JoyStick Secrets"

· "Japanese Bondage"

• "Sex Toys for Couples (and Singles too!)"

SAN JOSE, CA
• Sat 6/17 "Predicament Bondage"at Edges

TORONTO, CANADA
· Sat 6/21 2 classes for DEVIANToronto


Series of classes at Come As You Are, that sexy sweet boutique! Seats go fast so sign up early! Address: 701 Queen St W, Toronto Ontario, Canada M6J 1E6. Tel. 416.504.7934 or toll-free 1.877.858.3160
· Sat 6/22 "Pussy Purring Pleasures"

· Mon 6/23 "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

· Tue 6/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Pleasure a Man"

• Wed 6/25 "Hands-on Sensual Flogging"

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6. NEW COLUMNS, NEW VENUES

For those of you who enjoyed my monthly column on ErosZine.com for the past three years, I have sad news for you. The site has discontinued new columns. They are, however, keeping my old columns in the archives with photos. I really enjoyed my writings for them and the editorial freedom, so I hope you'll enjoy the archives as well. Diva's Debauchery

In the mean time I continue to write for various other publications.

~ Men's Health magazine in UK features me as their monthly sex advisor and problem solver in "Ask Midori".

Social Kink has me as their featured blog columnist. This month I wrote about "Your Dirty Mind and World Peace". Last month I wrote "Suitcase Dungeon: The Traveling Kinkster?". Next month I'll tackle the topic of "Dominant or Just a Jerk?".

My monthly column in Bondage.com often gives me a chance to engage in educational smut fiction to include medical play, electrical play, and upcoming episodes on role play and the single tail!

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7. HANG OUT WITH ME!
Come and hang out with me at my various on-line haunts! I run two really good sexuality discussion groups, have some blogs at LiveJournal and MySpace as well. They're all listed www.PlanetMidori.com
Live Journal
KinkWire.com
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
My Space

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Midori