July 5, 2005

Firehorse Productions, Inc. and Midori's Newsletter
July 5, 2005

Table of contents

1. Mini Adventure Report (ALC, LJ, hang gliding, wild Pride, my new baby)
2. Next 2 Weeks: DC+Rope Dojo, NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco
3. Midori's Blog on Live Journal
4. Kinky Student Lounge. Ask questions! Meet others like you!

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1. MINI ADVENTURE REPORT

Dear Readers,

Greetings!
I'm writing this as I sit in seat 16A, flying somewhere over beautiful gorges, deep canyons and verdant forests in the Western United States. I'm on my way to the East Cost for classes. I'll need to keep this short, so I can actually get this out to you tonight.
The past month has been really exciting. I've had several "firsts" of my life.

ON THE ROAD FOR ALC 4
Most notable were the eight days I spent on the road as a volunteer roadie for AIDS Lifecycle. It's a remarkable event all for the sole purpose of raising money for critical care services for HIV/AIDS. Over 1,600 bicyclists and 400+ roadies travel 585miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 7 days.
Through all of our efforts we raised over 6.8 million dollars. I want to thank all of you who sponsored my efforts. You'll each be getting a personal e-mail from me as soon as the final stats are out. As a roadie I wasn't required to raise the money, but how could I not? Remember the sell-out sex and play parties called "Bang 4 the Buck" that Kelly B and I threw last year in San Francisco and Seattle? 100% of the proceeds from went to the ALC efforts to end the disease. It was a profoundly moving experience.
I want to thank Kumi and Red Stick Man who turned me on to LiveJournal.com as a way to report in live blogs from the road without a computer. I used my cell phone to upload 5 minute long daily reports to my page. You can listen to them by going to:
http://www.livejournal.com/users/fd_midori/ and look in the archived entries you'll find them starting on June 3rd. (My audio journal entries for the AIDS LifeCycle are very PG, so it's office and kid safe.)

I used to do a lot of volunteer work for San Francisco Sex information. I would like to be able to do more socially positive volunteer work.

Unfortunately my teaching tour schedule doesn't much allow for that. So this is my creative solution. Once in a while I mobilize to throw some wild parties for this great cause, ask my students and friends to sponsor me on the ride and then spend 8 days per year out of my life to keep all these cyclists safe on the actual ride.
This is something that I can do to change the things that bring sorrow and darkness to the world. I am tired of my friends dying. I'm tired of sex, such a wonderful and beautiful thing, being associated with death and disease. If I can't have my dead friends back, then I'm going to stop the disease from taking more!
I'm continuing my efforts with fundraising. Once the details for my next AIDS LifeCycle fund raising page is set up I'll let you all know.
(By the way, we've already begun working on the 2005 and 2006 Bang 4 the Buck parties in Seattle and San Francisco!)
Oh and if you go to http://www.aidslifcycle.org and look in their official photo section, somewhere in day 2 or Day 3 you'll see a photo of a goofy gal in a bunny hat, sun glasses and pom-poms leaning out of a car. That's me. Apparently that photo is now the screen saver for the computer at Grand Opening Sexuality Boutique in Boston?

HANG GLIDING
That's another first. I'm learning to hang glide. I arranged for some lessons with the Mission Soaring Center this past winter, but my schedule was so wicked I didn't get the chance to. I finally had my first lesson! Did you know that hang gliding has it's own equivalent of a bunny slope? Yup, they do! I actually did manage to catch air and soar for a bit. I was up about 6 feet for a distance of 10 yards or so. Can't wait to go back.

WILD PRIDE
I got to ride on the back of the lead/pace bike for the San Francisco Pride Parade and San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent. Wow, that was an exciting first! There I was, looking over Kelly B's shoulder down Market Street and there was not a single car on our huge main boulevard that cuts through the center of the entire city. We were at the head of this ginormous 5-hour party of a parade!
It sure was good to be home for a change. With all the friends in town and parties everywhere, it was party, party, party, all weekend long. After the parade I headed to Leather Alley, a whole area within pride just for kinky folks.
I got one of the sexiest boot-blacking ever from this hottie boot black gal. There I sat, atop the throne of a boot-blacking stand, wearing an oxblood leather mini police dress with knee high fetish boots. She stoked and massaged my feet through the boots in every possible way. By the time her wet tongue pressed eagerly into the supple leather of my boots, I was melting. Then I go to go into the back "play" area and do a demo with an adorable blonde called Lorelei. It was supposed to be a rope and SM demo but we got a bit carried away. . . and well . . . It turned into a scene. Later I was told that was the first orgasm officially noticed at a Leather Alley demo. I guess they couldn't help but notice as the sound of her climax got broadcasted over the speaker there. Tee hee - another first!

AND THE NEW BABY IS DOING FINE!
I birthed another baby - my new book that is! This is the first month of existence for my essay/how-to book "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink" from Daedalus Publishing. It was along and painful labor but I'm very happy with it. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Chicago and San Francisco book launch!
(Linda, the ├╝ber-vixen publisher of Daedulus is looking for folks who've read it post your reviews on Amazon.com. She asked me to ask you so here it is. Thanks!)

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2. NEXT 2 WEEKS

DC
July 8, Fri 7pm - 9pm
"Eroticizing Pain "
$40 including play party entry
at The Crucible

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DC ROPE BONDAGE DOJO Weekend Intensive!
** Only a couple of slots remaining.
16 hours + concentrated personalized instruction from Midori and DeLano.
July 9 - 10
at The Crucible
Space limited to 30. Pre Registration Required. Play party included.

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New York
Tue, July 12, 7pm - 9pm at the Museum of Sex
"Aural Sex 1: Seduction by Voice & Erotic Story Telling"
(Immidiately usable seduction skills and excercises!)
$20 non members / $15 members and seniors
http://www.museumofsex.com

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New York
Wed, July 13, 7pm - 830pm at Purple Passion
"Wicked and Fun Cock and Ball Play for the Adventurous"
http://www.purplepassion.com/upcoming.html

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Philadelphia
4 fun classes at Passional boutique! Sign up early. 215-829-4986
http://www.passional.net
Fri July 15, 7pm - 9pm "Erotic Humiliation Play"
(great explanation and demo class)
Sat July 16, 3pm - 5pm "Erotic Foot Pampering for Couples"
(New! Very sexy hands-on)
Sat July 16, 7pm - 9pm "New to SM? Beginning to Bottom"
(Practicle insights from a switch)
Sun July 17, 3pm - 5pm "Military & Interrogation Scenes"
(Hot demos and psychology of how to do it well.)

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San Francisco
Tue, July 19, 8pm - 10pm at Good Vibrations
"Aural Sex 1: Seduction by Voice & Erotic Story Telling" at their Polk Street store
$25 Pre-registration highly encouraged (415) 345-0400
http://www.goodvibes.com

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3. MIDORI'S BLOG ON LIVE JOURNAL
As if I didn't have enough things to do! As mentioned earlier, I just started a blog on Live Journal, or "LJ" as the denizens there refer to it. Why the LJ when I already have my yahoo group? Well my yahoo group is a discussion space. I'm there as the moderatrix. I keep the yahoo student lounge free from spam and off-topic conversations. But my LJ is where I can talk about my day's adventures, personal thoughts, pondering and sometimes totally off topic stuff. I choose to remain the calm moderator on my list, but on my LJ? Watch out! I just might go off on something or get totally emotional. Many of you listed to the live, audio broadcast that I did from AIDS LifeCycle. You heard me crying and laughing. That's what you'll get there.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/fd_midori/

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KINKY STUDENT LOUNGE ON YAHOO
Any question about kink or sex answered! Meet sexy, interesting and intelligent people from all over the world! All orientations, genders and experience levels. (Populated mainly by people who've been to my classes, ranging from Denmark to Australia) join the discussion at my yahoo group called DivaMidori (it is Adult Access only) the URL is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/divamidori/

See you around!

Midori