June 1, 2010

1. My Big Fat Bottoming Scene to the World
2. June Classes/Events (San Francisco, San Rafael, California, Tempe, Phoenix)
3. Passionate Bonds: D/s Protocol & Relationship Weekend Intensive, 7/30 to 8/1 Toronto
4. July Preview (San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Denver, Toronto)
5. Forte Femme: Women's Sensual Dominance Intensive, 9/17 to 9/19 San Francisco
6. On-line Haunts: Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc

1. MY BIG FAT BOTTOMING SCENE TO THE WORLD

Let's start with this question: What's a scene?

A scene begins with consent from the participants to step into a situation out of one's ordinary, day to day life. The objective is ostensibly about fun, but often there's more to it, and not every part is a giggly thrill ride in funville. There are activities that create many different sensations. There may be ordeals to be put through. Emotional and physical response to the ordeals are super charged and heighten the sense of life lived, often remembered with its uniqueness and intensity for rest of one's life. For most part there is a clear beginning, middle and end. There are special arrangements to allow the participants to take a break from or even step away from the experience. Specialized garments may be worn. The participants speak in unique jargon and argot. Unique terms of address and names may be used. Hierarchy and power dynamics are shifted. Often one party feels they are serving another or subservient to another. And after enduring all that sensible people think are nuts, you come out feeling irrationally accomplished, ecstatic, exhausted, bonded to others and proud.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 5th, is Day 0 of AIDS LifeCycle and beginning of my big fat bottoming scene to the world.

I was going to write something sappy, waxing romantic, but then I realized that all this is a big old D/s scene I've carefully orchestrated for myself.

I consented to spend 9 days, having a clear beginning and an end, to be roadie for this 3,000 people event. We'll be on the road all day, sleeping in tents. I can't do much about my regular work or any of my other day-to-day concerns. Most of the time I won't even be able to get phone reception, removing me from the ordinary. I will wear dorky safety neon colored t-shirts worthy of any humiliation scene, bunny ears and walkie-talkies. I will be given tasks to complete, wake up before dawn and come in after dark, and not necessarily enjoy everything I have to do. I can always step away from the whole event should there be a good reason - but I manage to conveniently forget that. The powers that be constantly check in about our wellbeing, but it's up to me to speak up when I just can't take it anymore. We've got our own community lingo; "On your left", "clicker count", "loop back", "I'm a kitty you're a kitty", etc. My name isn't Midori during the ride, and most people at ALC have no idea what I do day-to-day. My name for the week seems to be "Sweep" or "Roadie". Superficially my job is to making the ride a great and safe event for the cyclists, but the real authority that I serve is the Greater Good where HIV, and all the issues around it, is history. I do this year after year, and yet I know that in just over a week I'll be totally exhausted, bonded to folks I would have never met other wise, feel accomplished, proud and tired to the bone. I have a very odd idea of "fun".

It's one big weird scene for me.

I'll be voice blogging my insanity, at least twice a day, on my personal blog site. Log on and listen to my bottoming adventure.

Here's the info about my AIDS LifeCycle fundraising

See you on the cyber-road!

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JUNE: (San Francisco, San Rafael, California, Phoenix & Tempe)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• Tue 6/1 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Good Vibrations Polk St store.

• Sat 6/20 "Rope Dance: Passionate Dynamic Movement" at the Citadel 1277 Mission St. (at 9th St.), San Francisco, CA 94103
Doors open 1:30pm. Class 2pm - 3pm. $30 solo / $50 pair. Wear yoga clothes and bring one length of 15'-25' rope.

Yoga meets assisted stretching, meets contact improvisational dance, meets Tango with a touch of Fight Club! A hands-on movement class using rope in an entirely new way... Learn to dance, stretch, seduce, power-exchange and connect at a deeper level using the rope. If you think rope play is just about tying knots, you're missing the core of the seduction. This is the foundation of truly sexy and evocative rope scenes.
No rope experience necessary. Adjustable to all fitness and mobility levels.
Wear yoga-type clothing and floor gripping shoes or go barefoot.
What to Bring:
- one length of rope, about 15' to 25' per person
- a yoga mat or a large beach towel.

SAN RAFAEL, CA
• Thr 6/3 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Pleasure of the Heart 1310 Fourth St. San Rafael. Tel. 415.482.9899.

CALIFORNIA
• Sat 6/5 to Sat 6/12 at AIDS LifeCycle!

PHOENIX & TEMPE, AZ
Classes for Fascinations
• Thr 6/24 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

• Fri 625 "Hands-on Japanese Rope Bondage"

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3. PASSIONATE BONDS: D/S PROTOCOL & RELATIONSHIP WEEKEND INTENSIVE

WHAT: "Passionate Bonds: Weekend Intensive for Conscious D/s & Protocol"
This is the last time we'll teach this in 2010. Stay tuned for its return in 2011

WHERE / WHEN: July 30 - August 1, Toronto, Canada

COST: US$450 first person in the order. US$400 for each additional individual in the relationship. Event limited to 15 participants.

Registration and information opens June 15th at FHP-Inc.com/classes

Join Marketplace author Laura Antoniou and educator Midori for a special weekend intensive designed for people who enjoy authentic power dynamics and D/s, who want to consciously create quality relationships that suit their personal hungers and needs in the context of the real world. Far beyond what you can learn from a book or a standard seminar, participants will be guided through a special curriculum designed to clearly identify their value system, behavior preferences and relationship goals.

Through the unique curriculum and its innovative tools, each individual or relationship unit will create their own customized manual of effective protocol, rules, etiquettes and codes of conducts.

Class size will be strictly limited to allow for a unique quality experience emphasizing individualized attention.

Sponsored by North Bound Leather

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4. PREVIEW: : JULY CLASSES / EVENTS (San Francisco, Berkeley, California, Phoenix & Tempe)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA
• 7/10 - 7/11 "Rope Bondage Dojo®"

BERKELEY, CA
• Mon 7/12 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Good Vibrations

SANTA CRUZ, CA
• Thr 7/15 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Pure Pleasure boutique

DENVER, CO

• Sat 7/17 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man" at Smitten Kitten's new Denver shop!
• Sun 7/18 "How to Eat a Peach: Pleasuring Her" at Smitten Kitten
• 7/16 - 7/18 Presenting 2 classes at Thunder in the Mountains

TORONTO, CANADA
• Wed 7/28 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" at Come As You Aree
• 7/30 - 8/1 "Passionate Bonds: D/s Intensive" See above.

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5. FORTE FEMME: WOMEN'S DOMINANCE WEEKEND

A little heads-up... I know many of you like to plan ahead.
Forte Femme, Women's Weekend Intensive on Sensual Dominance returns to San Francisco! This immersion weekend is limited to 10 women.

SAN FRANCISCO Forte Femme:
When: Fri 9/17 through Sun 9/19/2010
Where: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Cost: Early registration $650/per person. Regular registration $700/per person
Register: Advanced registration required. Registration opens August 1

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6. DIGITAL GHETTOS I LURK ABOUT IN

Here are the various places I waste time at when I'm on-line... Drop on by!
Regular Articles:
Mondo Midori columnat Carnal Nation
SexIs column

Social Networking Sites:
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook as "Midori ReallyMidori"
FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
Kink Q&A
Facebook"MySpace" (although I'm rarely there)

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Midori