December 30, 2008

Midori's Newsletter December 30, 2008

Table of contents

1. All Aboard! Next stop 2009. Recent adventures and looking ahead.
2. Upcoming classes/events (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, SF, LA, Seattle)
3. Bang 4 The Buck women's party returns to Seattle
4. Support me in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
5. Preview February classes/events (Seattle, London, San Rafael, LA, Santa Cruz, Providence, Boston, SF, Dallas)
6. On-line haunts: FetLife, Yahoo, Tribe, FaceBook, MySpace etc.

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- - - - - - - - 1. All Aboard! Next Stop 2009!

Did you miss me? I hope so! I missed you guys! I know it's been two months since you've heard from me via this newsletter. I've just returned from the most amazing 6-week tour in the Southern Hemisphere. I had the pleasure of mingling with sensualists, hedonists and kinksters in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and even India. In between classes and performances I got to go hiking in pristine wilderness, swim in the Australian waters, visit ancient temples, join in a traditional Hindu wedding celebration, go on a safari and contemplate Indian toilets. Most importantly I got to spend time with my friends and loved ones. I won't bury you with my over excited travel reports or photos, but if you're interested you'll find all that in my Live Journal blog.

I hope that 2008 has been a good year for you. It's been an eventful and memorable year for all of us for so many reasons. The challenging economic situation has given us all an opportunity to evaluate the real treasures and joys in life. Allowing us to give thanks to what we may have taken for granted.

This year brought great adventures and wonderful people in my life.
I think I cried a lot this year.
The love my life married me, legally, at SF City Hall. I cried in my kimono.
I bid a teary farewell to my 18 year old cat as she died in my arms.
Joyful tears streamed down my face election night and I watched hope erupt all over.
The next day I cried in dismay and disbelief at the prospect that I may be forced to annul my marriage and my constitutional rights will be taken away.
I cried at great movies and wonderful meals.
I balled my eyes out to expressions of love from my friends and family.
I'm just a teary eyed fool!

So now we're about to head into 2009. Where will this journey take us?
What are your hopes and aspirations?
What are your wishes and dreams for your sensuality, intimacy and sexual self-expressions?

Wishing you peace, pleasure, prosperity and joy in the New Year!

Midori


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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, SF, LA, Seattle)

SANTA CLARA, CA
• Sun 1/4 "Rope Dance: Dynamic Passionate Movements" at Edges. Noon - 3pm. 1725 De la Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Online ticket sales:here.
"A hands-on movement class using rope in a entirely new way... Learn to dance, stretch, seduce, power-exchange and connect at a deeper level using the rope in a whole new way. If you think rope bondage is just about tying knots, you're missing the core of rope seduction. This is the foundation of truly sexy and evocative rope bondage scenes. No rope experience necessary. Adjustable to all fitness and mobility levels. It's also a great new path to explore deeper leather intimacy.
How to prepare: Wear comfortable clothing. Bring your own ropes or ropes provided by Midori."

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Thr 1/8 "Backdoor Antics: Anal Play for Him and Her" at Pure Pleasure Boutique. 204 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: 831.466.9870

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
· Tue 1/13 "Mapping Your D/s Archetype" at the Citadel.


• 1/17 - 1/18 "Rope Bondage Dojo® Stage I" Sold out. The wait list for this Dojo is at Rope Bondage Dojo®

LOS ANGELES, CA
• Fri 1/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer. Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.
• Sun 1/25 Love LA show! A fantastic couples and women friendly event with super shopping, classes and hang out. The Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA.
• Mon 1/26 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer. Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069. Tel. 310-652-0311.
• 1/27 "Electro Play" at The Pleasure Chest, LA store! The date might be 1/27. We're working out final details. Stay tuned for some zingy fun! 7733 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Tel 323.650.1022

SEATTLE, WA
• Thr 1/29 "Intimate Evening with Midori" Bondage and Sushi. A special event. Contact BondageLessons.com for more info.
• Fri 1/30 Bang 4 The Buck! That sexy, naughty, fun buzzing party returns! Come and cheer or strip, come with a sweetie or come alone, watch, play, win prizes! All for AIDS LifeCycle fundraising.
• Sat 1/31 "Sexy Bondage for Couples" by Babeland.Class is off-site and sells out fast, so register early. Tel. 206.328.2914.
• Sun 2/1 "Hands-on Rope Body Harnesses" and play party, hosted by Max. 230pm - 5pm at the Center for Sex Positive Culture. 1602 15th Avenue West. $35. BondageLessons.com for more info.

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3. BANG 4 THE BUCK PARTY RETURNS TO SEATTLE!!

Midori, Kelly B, Lydia McLane and Miss Indigo Blue present
STRIP-O-RAMA & BANG FOR THE BUCK 2009!
Special Sex-Positive Queer Event and Fundraiser for AIDS/LifeCycle
Date: FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
Time: 6:00 FREE LESSON, 7:30 STRIP-O-RAMA, 10:00- 2:00 PARTY
Location: THE WET SPOT aka CSPC, 1630 15th Ave W, Bldg E, Seattle.
Cost: $15 - Strip-O-Rama ONLY *or* Party ONLY
$25 - Big Bang Ticket: Strip Show AND Party
More Information: BANG FOR THE BUCK.org

For the fifth sold-out year in a row, international star Midori hosts a hot and steamy night for all Northwest women, transfolk, and genderqueers with proceeds benefiting AIDS/Lifecycle. Kinky folks are still talking about the last four years of spectacular Seattle extravaganzas. This year's event is primed for another sold out success on Saturday, January 30 at The Wet Spot, aka The Center for Sex Positive Culture.

First... Strip-O-Rama! The evening begins at 6 pm with a FREE striptease lesson by Burlesque Star Miss Indigo Blue. Miss Indigo will teach sexy moves for butches, femmes, transfolk and genderqueers to achieve stripping success on the catwalk! FREE, and guaranteed to be fun! Come prepared to take it all off!

Then, at 7:30 pm, Miss Indigo Blue and Lydia McLane join Midori to co-host an outrageous amateur strip-off! This will be a no-holds barred, wild and abandoned show of women, transfolk and genderqeers competing to receive the most tips from the audience, while bumping tunes set the mood. The biggest tip-receivers win BIG prize packages donated by Babeland, Twisted Monk, Pleasure Chest, ID Lube, Stockroom, Stormy Leather and Desire.

Finally at 10:00 pm, the night turns downright debaucherous! For those who want to play, Hostess Midori will conduct her famous "Auntie Midori's Meat Market"! Everyone is invited to stay and play late into the night for at the women, trans, & genderqueer play and shag party. This is THE hottest event of the winter! Pull out your spiciest outfit, and throw your toys in a bag to come out and play for a great cause.

Wet Spot membership not required. Non-members are asked to RSVP midoriparty@wetspot.org.

$15 Strip-O-Rama only, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
$15 Party only, 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM
$25 Big Bang Ticket - Strip Show and Party all night!

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4. AIDS LIFECYCLE: A REQUEST FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Some have told me that it's a hopeless cause - they say it's like draining the ocean with a bucket. Others have told me that there's no point in doing this during this economic crisis and people aren't going to be able to help. I refuse to believe them.

I shouldn't be getting calls about blood tests coming in positive. But I do.
We shouldn't be reading in the headlines that whole demographic sectors are getting more HIV. But we do.
In my travels I shouldn't hear that AIDS "doesn't exist here." But I do.
It scares me... Globally, 50% of those living with HIV are women, 80% of whom are married or with one partner. For every person starting antiretrovirals, 3 go without, and 3 more become infected.

In June I'm volunteering as one of the roadies for AIDS Life/Cycle. A week of my life will be devoted to being in service to the cyclists and ultimately to a greater cause - reduction of suffering.
I am fundraising and I humbly request you support, both emotionally and fiscally.
Please join my team.

When June comes around, send me notes of cheer. It's a tough week and your notes really go a long way keep us going.

Please, sponsor my efforts. (Hey, it's tax deductable too!) Small or big, it's all part of the bucket brigade that stems the tide from overwhelming us.

Through out the year I'll also be doing some creative fund raising. I hope you'll join me on this.

Please let others know of my efforts.
Thank you so much!

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5. PREVIEW: FEBRUARY CLASSES / EVENTS (Seattle, London, San Rafael, LA, Santa Cruz, Providence, Boston, SF, Dallas)

SEATTLE, WA
• Sun 2/1 "Hands-on Rope Body Harnesses" and play party, hosted by Max at bondagelessons.com. 2:30pm 5pm at the Center for Sex Positive Culture. 1602 15th Avenue West. $35.

LONDON, UK - Pre-Valentine's Day Specials
· Tue 2/3 Private salon for a members club.

· Wed 2/4 Private salon for a members club.

• Thr 2/5 "How to Thrill a Man" at Coco De Mer, Brompton Cross Store. 108 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London SW3 3AE. Tel +44 (0)20 7584 7615.
• Fri 2/6 "Valentine Vixen Love Skills" at Coco De Mer, Brompton Cross Store. 108 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London SW3 3AE. Tel +44 (0)20 7584 7615.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Sun 2/8 "Love Letter Writing Workshop" atPleatures of the Heart. 1310 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901 Phone: 415-482-9899 kinky weekend

LOS ANGELES, CA
• Mon 2/9 & Tue 2/10 Special workshops at The Pleasure Chest, LA. Topic to be determined. 7733 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046. Tel 323.650.1022

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Thr 2/12 "Things That Go Buzz in the Night: Tips, Tricks and Bloopers" at Good Vibrations, Brookline 308-A Harvard Street (enter from rear parking lot), Brookline, MA 02446. Please call 617-264-4400 to reserve a seat.

• Tue 2/17 "Art of Feminine Dominance. Level 1" at Good Vibrations, Brookline 308-A Harvard Street (enter from rear parking lot), Brookline, MA 02446. Please call 617-264-4400 to reserve a seat.

DALLA, TX
• 2/26 through 2/28 Classes at SouthPlains Leather Fest.

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6. Here are the places I waste time when I'm on-line... Drop on by!

Live Journal
My Space
Tribe
Yahoo Diva Midori Group
Facebookas "Midori ReallyMidori"
KinkWire.com
FetLife.com


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Midori