June 1, 2011

1. Confessions of From the Road
2. June Classes/Events (Chicago, Milwaukee, CA coast, Santa Cruz, San Rafael, Dallas, MD)
3. July Preview (SF, NYC, Edison NJ)
4. July Rope Dojo registration opens May 15
5. SF ForteFemme (Sept) registration opens July 15
6. AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising - Need Your Support
7. My Weekly Columns, Twitter, Yahoo, FaceBook, etc.

1. CONFESSIONS FROM THE ROAD

During last eight and a half weeks I've been in 4 different countries, 9 cities, taught tons of classes, had scads of cool experiences, met amazing people, been generally sleep deprived, and have been home for only four days.

Look up "nuts" in the dictionary and I think I've got an entry somewhere.

As a repeat offender traveler, I have some quirks to confess to...

I often pretend I'm a local.
I get my jollies off of having commuter public transit passes for the cities I visit frequently.
It thrills me to confidently give tourist strangers directions and opinions while in other cities - even if sometimes I have no clue.
I feel like I've 'made it' when clerks and dive joint waiters elsewhere remember me, think I live there and ask when I'm going out of town next.
I now have ropes and toothbrushes stashed in several different homes in several different cities and countries.

Anywhere I go, I can't seem to get to sleep before 2am, local time.

When I'm most exhausted from work travel and the tour schedule, I escape by reading travel magazines obsessively.

I am more likely to run into someone I know in the streets of New York, Toronto or Tokyo rather than in San Francisco.

I listen to San Francisco traffic report regardless of where in the world I am.

When alone in hotel rooms, I sing and dance to really truly terribly to show tunes, complete with Jazz hands.

I travel with a security blankie to sleep on. It's made of fur. I snuggle into it like a catnip-stoned kitten in it as I fall sleep

I fantasize about spraying down coughing children with Lysol from head to toe.

I give lollipops to crying kids in airplanes. It helps them to equalize their ears and stop screaming. I've yet to tell their parent that the lollies came from my blowjob classes.

By the way, my next trip won't be for work. It's my annual bit of being in service to the world and obsessing about something other than my work and calling. I'll be volunteering as a roadie for AIDS LifeCycle. As usual I'll be voice blogging twice a day with tales from the Bunny Van, staring Saturday, June 3rd. I hope some of you will tune in!

http://fd-midori.livejournal.com

Wishing you light and delight,

Midori

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2. UPCOMING CLASSES / EVENTS JUNE: EVENTS EVENTS (Chicago, Milwaukee, CA coast, Santa Cruz, San Rafael, Dallas, MD)

MILWAUKEE, WI

Classes at The Tool Shed. 414-906-5304
• 6/1 Wed "Art of Feminine Dominance Level 1"
• 6/2 Thr "Hands-on Rope Bondage"

CA COAST

• 6/5 through 6/11. AIDS LifeCycle!

SANTA CRUZ, CA

@ Pure Pleasure Shop
• 6/15 Wed "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man"

SAN RAFAEL, CA

@ Pleasures of the Heart boutique. Tel. 415-482-9899 (Call them to get tickets - their site is under construction and may not have current information.)
• 6/16 Thr "How to Eat a Peach: Her Thrills"

DALLAS, TX

Workshops at Leather Masters
· 6/18 Sat "Hands on Rope Bondage"

• 6/18 Sat "Predicament Bondage"
• 6/19 Sun "Beyond Twisted: Kink Outside The Box"
• 6/19 Sun "Military and Interrogation Sceness"

DARLINGTON, MD

• 6/24 to 6/26 Dark Odyssey Fusion . Teaching several classes

3. PREVIEW: JULY CLASSES / EVENTS (Milwaukee, CA coast, Santa Cruz, San Rafael, Dallas, MD)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

• 7/9 7/10 Rope Bondage Dojo ®

• 7/13 Good Vibrations. Class topic to be announced

NEW YORK, NY

• 7/28 "Playing With Cultural Trauma" @ Purple Passion

• 7/31 "Hands-on Rope Bondage" @ at Babeland SoHo

EDISION, NJ

• 7/29 - 7/31 Series of classes at Floating World

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4. JULY ROPE BONDAGE DOJO Registration opens May 15th

The next Rope Bondage Dojo will be in San Francisco, July 9th to 10th.

At time of this writing only three seats remain.

For more info: www.RopeDojo.com

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5. SAN FRANCISCO FORTEFEMME 9/9-9/11

The fall ForteFemme Women's Dominance Weekend date and location now set.

When: Friday, September 9th, 2011 (7pm start time) through Sunday, September 11th (6pm end time)

Registration Opens: Friday, July 15th, 9am Pacific time

Where: San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency

Cost: $700 / Early Registration. $750 Regular Registration

FAQ and info www.ForteFemme.com

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6. AIDS LIFECYCLE FUNDRAISING - NEED YOUR SUPPORT

I'm at it again. I'll be volunteering as a Roadie at this year's AIDS LifeCycle, helping 2,000 cyclists ride down from San Francisco to LA in 7 days, raising awareness & funds while having a challenge of their life... Some for their own lives.

I lost a beloved friend this year. Monte - he left us too young, too soon with so many stories untold and so many seas not sailed. I'm dedicating this ride to him.

The economy sucks so the fundraising this year's been really bad. I'm also terribly shy about asking people directly, especially in tough times. Would you consider supporting me? Perhaps for the amount of a cup of coffee?
Thanks. (Yes, it's tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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7. WEEKLY COLUMNS & THE DIGITAL BACK ALLEYS

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

Regular Articles:
SexIs column "Postcards from a Sex Nerd" where I write from my travel adventures.

CarnalNation Mondo Midori column. While the site is no longer updating, you can still see my recent columns here Social Networking Sites:
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Personal Blog
Sexuality Q&A
Facebook
FetLife Midori_SF ("Midori's Lounge" is my group there)
Kink Q&A


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