Kinky Karnival and Orlando

Kinky Karnival was a very fun event that I got to attend this past weekend.  It was an exciting conference out in eastern Kansas. If you ever have the chance, I do recommend you visit it.  I got to start my trip by being joined by Matt who owns Reclaimed Timber Paddles a wonderful local merchant in Colorado Springs who makes toys but only from reclaimed materials instead of new so that he can help the environment.  On our trip, we stopped in at the Kit Carson Carousel a carousel over 100 years old with much history and I got to ride it.  I also have begun conversations with them about getting some of the “leather care specialists” I know to be able to come out and help restore and care for the leather on it as it is very dry and brittle.  I hope to be able to share more about that as conversations with them continue.  

Friday night we arrived, enjoyed a dinner nearby and I got to meet slave adeena, the 2015 Heartland Person of Leather,  as she and Master Malik happened to come in shortly after we did.  We then all headed over to the dungeon to see what was going on.  I had not intended to scene at all Friday as I was teaching three classes on Saturday.  When the offer came for a wax scene though, I couldn’t say no.  There were many hot sexy kinky scenes going on that night and everyone was very respectful of the scenes and the DMs did an amazing job of helping out when needed and staying present yet out of the way the rest of the time.  Thank you, DMs!  

Saturday started with my Rituals, Protocols and Positions class for me.  I love getting to teach this class and share my passion for these things with others and watch their passions as well.  I learned 2 new positions in addition to the ones I taught.  This is one of the things I love about teaching, I get to learn so much!  I then attended a Primal Play class that had me growling and ready to go.  It was very well taught and I had many Ah-Ha! Moments during it.  Thank you slave adeena for teaching this!  

Lunch was slightly delayed so I talked in the hall with a few people about bootblacking and what it was and asked about the local bootblack community to discover there wasn’t much of one at all.  Many folks had never even met a bootblack before!  I had the opportunity to address a few misconceptions about bootblacks (the first one being that we are not all submissives or slaves - this one pops up a lot!) I saw people’s interest being piqued and I hope to be able to make it back out there and see if I can help get a bootblack community going out there.  If you are interested in learning how to black and in that area, please reach out to me.  If nothing else we can skype and get you started that way.  The community out there all seem very supportive of the idea of having a bootblack community.

 After lunch, I had two more classes I would be teaching: Swiss Army Slave and Let me in the Dungeon Damn It!.  These two classes are the most popular ones I teach currently. The first is on anticipatory service and the whys and hows for larger groups and poly families and the second is about making bootblacking a scene.  Even a ten minute quicky shine can be a scene and is a scene in the bootblack stand and many people don’t realize that.  I also ended up as the stunt bottom/demo dummy for Master Malik’s biting class.  That Master can BITE!!!!! With the primal class earlier and him chewing on me, I was very much ready for anything bestial and I am very glad I do let my primal out to play often enough that, once his class was done, I could convince her to take a nap so that I could think clearly enough to teach my last class. I did promise her time in the dungeon that night, though.

The class went well and for the first half of the dinner break, I was in the social area blacking boots and letting people see me in action; talking, teaching and demonstrating a couple of things to those who expressed interest.  Then, I did go eat.

My dungeon time started with a three stage scene that began with me caring for some lovely Italian leather, soft and glorious shoes with a very sadistic “bottom” who had attended my Let me in the Dungeon class and been inspired. (I must admit this is the first time someone has jumped so quickly on the idea of bootblacking as a scene and helped create one so quickly.  As a teacher, I was having teacher-gasm already.  Yes, that is now a word!  Having those beautiful shoes standing on my thighs while I had polish tin lids between my thighs and calves as I knelt caring for those shoes is something I will never forget.  Damn I love good students!!! The scene then flowed into needle play and the final part included needle removal and blood play.  It was dark, primal, painful and wonderful.  In the end, the primal in me lay there in a pile with 5 other primals, who also had had wonderful scenes that night, all mostly sated at least for that moment.  

Some people forget that Leather is about the hot sexy scenes as well as our history and our identities.  This weekend was a glorious reminder for me to indulge in those scenes as well as continue learning and living Leather.  I was privileged to watch as a couple began to realize and blossom into their Leather identities as they asked history question of many of us.  Which wrist means which and why regarding leather cuffs?  You mean it can mean whatever I say it does and that is ok?  YES!  Exactly, Leather is about living your Leather.  Walking your path and YOUR journey.  Respecting and learning our past while building our future as ours.  We all gather at events like this or social gatherings so that we can share and celebrate each of our journeys and paths.  

I hope that me sharing a little bit of mine here today helps inspire you to take a few more steps in yours and share in your joys and sorrows with your community.  

When I arrived home, I heard the news about the shootings.  You can hear many of my thoughts on that here.  I was glad that I heard the news after the event instead of at it. It is because of hate like this that I am, out and I travel and I teach.  This is why I keep on going, even when I am afraid.  I try to show loving kindness, tolerance, and respect to everyone I meet to help show the larger community that those of us who practice “alternative sexuality” are not evil.  We are humans in love.  Please, reach out to your communities, to those you love and remind them, we are never alone.  We are a tribe and we will stand together.  I stood at a candlelight vigil last night,  together.  It is my hope that as people see us all standing together in our grief and pain, in our support of each other as we give tribute to those who have fallen, that our humanity might reach even one of those who currently hate “us” and they will begin to see we are all human and that our humanity and love breaks through and helps them learn to live and let live.  Please do not let your anger and hurt turn into a rage that lashes out at others, instead channel that anger into finding ways to support your local communities and create ties and bridges together.  Let us all stand together united so that people can learn we are here to stay.  You cannot change us and we will not go away.  We go on!

~xiaoyi
Dedicated Serveice and Excellence Always!

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