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Video from Our Performance in Oaxaca! + Jan classes San Francisco + Bang 4 The Buck Women's Party in Seattle


Wednesday December 18, 2013, Table Of Contents


  1. Video from Our Performance in Oaxaca!
  2. January Classes/Events (San Francisco)
  3. Bang 4 The Buck Women's Party. Tix on sale Jan 4!
  4. Rope Bondage Dojo Washington DC (Mar 29-30) only 8 seats left!
  5. ForteFemme NYC (Jan 31-Feb 2) Early Registration Rate ends soon.
  6. My Online Hangouts



1. A DEBRIEFING ON OUR PERFORMANCE IN OAXACA



The performance happened! It totally rocked. Amazing piece. Beautiful, moving, innovative… Thank you to each and everyone of you—from our backers to the amazing international crew. YOU made this happen and your support during this journey is heartwarming.


We wanted to reach out to you to talk about the live-streaming element of the project.


There's the sad news and great news… First, the heartache…


Following our thrill of pulling off a beautiful performance, we were crushed the next morning to find out that there was a great technical complication and many viewers in the US weren't able to see it at all! We don't know what went wrong.


Your funding made it possible for us to prepare everything we thought we would need to live-stream the performance. As you can imagine, there were lots of challenges to overcome in a place where we don't speak the language and don't know the way around, but we thought we had done everything right. Here's what happened…


We rented equipment, worked with local staff, rehearsed and rehearsed, and arranged a live stream channel. We set up duel cameras. We checked the equipment, double-checked that the feed was happening. All was good. To add last minute tension to the air, as we prepared for the show the building blew a power fuse, but the local staff jumped on that immediately and it was fixed. We also discovered that the internet access was not stable, so we made the decision to buy more service to the venue. Finally as luck would have it, right before the show began, it rained! Thanks to the quick reflexes of the media team to protect the equipment, all was saved, and the rain passed. Everything looked A-okay to go and we went on with the show—it rocked.


After the high of the great performance, we are all so heartbroken to discover that a good segment of viewers in the US were not able to watch the performance that day! If that was you, please accept our sincerest apologies for the technical snafu. It is important to us to fully share this experience with you.


Now for the great news!


We were able to capture the footage from the cameras. Eliza, through her brilliance, talent and patience, put together a video of what you would have seen. (with any long pauses edited out for you.) Here it is!


Bridge of Mud and Feathers from Eliza Barrios | MOB on Vimeo.



Even better news…


The mini instructional videos we promised all the backers are starting to come out. You'll find them at Eliza's vimeo page:



We'll be releasing more soon…


And to cap this off, sometime during the next year, Eliza will release her own artistic interpretation of the Bridge of Mud & Feathers as a video.


Thank you for supporting us through both the highs and lows of this project, it means the world to us. <3


With love and lunacy,


Midori


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2. JANUARY CLASSES/EVENTS (SAN FRANCISCO)


SAN FRANCISCO



• Sat 1/4 Performing at "100 Performances For The Hole" at SoMArts


• Thrs 1/9 "Whip Exquisitely: Hands On Flogging Training" at
The Citadel No experience necessary


• 1/18 to 1/19 Rope Bondage Dojo® Sold out! The waiting list is long. I encourage you to sign up for the Dojo in Washington DC, March 29 to 30.


• Thrs 1/23 "JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man at Good Vibrations on Polk Street


• 1/31 to 2/2 ForteFemme: Women's Dominance Weekend Intensive Sold out! Please sign up for the weekend in New York, May 16 to 18.


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3. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN’S PARTY! Tix on Sale Jan 4th



Tickets go on sale January 4th: http://bang4thebuck.org



  • When: Saturday, February 22, 2014. 6 pm – 2 am
  • Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA


SUPER HERO ADVANCED TICKETS (sold on line only)
$75 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:


  • Big Bang all night ticket
  • Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
  • Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area. Front Row baby!
  • $20 Bang Bucks
  • 20 free raffle tickets
  • Special Thank You gift bags

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS (sold online only)
$50 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:

  • Big Bang all night ticket
  • Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
  • Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the premium seating area
  • $10 Bang Bucks
  • 10 free raffle tickets
  • Special Thank You gift bags

Big Bang General Ticket (sold online & at the door)
$25
You get:

  • Attendance to the hottest party of the season!
  • General seating

Event Schedule:

  • 6pm - 7pm: Strip lesson for butches and femmes
  • 7:30pm - 10pm: Amateur Strip-O-Rama / Auntie Midori's Meet Market
  • 10pm to 2am: Sizzling Sex & Play Party

BANG BUCKS
Turn your dancer tipping and raffle tickets into tax deductions! You've got 2 ways


1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page. Go to either Midori's Page www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori, or Kelly's Page www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/KellyB and put BANG BUCKS in the message.
Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of Bang. Your wholesome and entirely non-suggestively titled tax deduction receipt will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.


2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle to score tipping money, tax deductions and good karma.


Major Sponsors: The Pleasure Chest, Babeland, The Stockroom, Center for Sex Positive Culture, TwistedMonk, Rope Bondage Dojo


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4. DC ROPE BONDAGE DOJO (Mar 29-30)



The only East Coast Rope Bondage Dojo ® this year



Info & Registration RopeDojo.com
Space Limited: 30 students
Cost: $425 /solo $750/pair


Instruction hours: 10am - 7pm both days Rope Dojo logo


Confidence, skill, speed, beauty, intensity, deeper connection, presence and amazing scene control - learn how to make your rope play hotter and better with Rope Bondage Dojo. Now in its 12th year, experience this immersive and balanced training focusing on "Heart-Mind-Hand" approach and the Rope Dojo philosophy.


16+ hours of intensive rope education from five experienced Dojo Cadres. A weekend for all rope players, for those who tie and those who are tied.


Curriculum and FAQ at RopeDojo.com


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5. FORTEFEMME: WOMEN'S DOMINANCE WEEKEND INTENSIVE NYC. May 16 - 18, 2014


www.ForteFemme.com
NYC ForteFemme. Held at an elegant private loft in SoHo
Limited to 9 women

  • Early registration (ends Jan 31): $800/per woman.
  • Regular registration (from Feb 2): $850/per woman.


ForteFemme logo
To all the wonderful women out there - Be the best dominant you can be!
Find your authentic power, erotic fulfillment, confidence and skills in this unique and transformative intensive.


Experience 3 days of personalized education, psychology, support, technique and more, all in an elegant private setting. Includes a field trip of kinky shopping and dinner. Original material workbook. Meals and refreshments


Registration & Info: www.ForteFemme.com


Sponsored by: The Stockroom , Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.> & New York's very own Purple Passion


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6. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS



Social media slums & places I procrastinate at





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devileyes

7 Steps to Find the Best Lube for You!

Table Of Contents
1. 7 Steps to Find the Best Lube for You!
2. Feb/Mar Classes/Events (Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver)
3. Bang 4 The Buck Women’s Party. Feb 23
4. Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective D/s Protocol weekend w Laura Antoniou and Midori in April! Tix on sale now!
5. Rope Dojo DC (April) tix on sale March 1st!
6. AIDS LifeCycle – Please support me
7. My Online Hangouts. Now on Vine & Instagram!

1. 7 STEPS TO FIND THE BEST LUBE FOR YOU

The right lube can make your good sex great. But the market is flooded
with tons of wildly varied lube. How do you pick the one that’s best for
you? You don't want to waste time or money, and you certainly don’t
want to end up with some icky discomfort or complication from a tragic
lube choice.

Here’s the “7 Steps to smarter lube shopping” I’ve developed. I talk
about this in many of my classes, and frequently get asked about this -
so this month, instead of reporting what’s up with me, let’s talk lube.

You’re at your friendly neighborhood sex shop, standing before a massive wall of lube… what do you do? You could take your BFF’s suggestion, but that’s just what works for them. You could go for store’s suggestion, but maybe that’s just what they’re promoting this month. Base your decision on the price point – because you get what you pay for, right? Nope. Actually the price has more to do with packaging and marketing cost than what’s in the bottle.
Make the best choice for you by following the 7 steps below. It’s like a reality show of lube. Anytime the answer is “No”, it’s voted off the island.

Step 1: Read the Label
- Check out the ingredients. Water based and silicone lubes are great for shagging, oral sex and are condom safe. Oil based is fine for just hand jobs, but not good for many insides, especially for vaginal health. And oil based busts condoms.
- Prone to yeast infections & UTI? Avoid glycerin, glycol, and glycerol. They’re sugar derivatives and will just feed them yeasty beasties in your happy bits.
- Parabens, a class of preservatives, may be linked to certain forms of cancers. So responsible manufactures have stopped using them
- Manufacturer contact info: Do they want to be reached or do they want to hide from you? I like companies that can be easily reached and proud and responsible. Currently I’m avoiding lube manufactured in China, as lately manufacturing standards in a lot of products (baby food, pet food, construction supplies) have been substandard or adulterated. Until their production standards rise at a general level, “made in China” isn’t going in my Miss Kitty.
- Are you vegan? Look for vegan friendly lube.

Step 2: Initial Texture
- Pour a bit on your palm. Rub it around. Do you like the initial texture or not

Step 3: Slickness Duration
- Keep rubbing the lube on your palm for several minutes. Does it stay slick or does it get tacky?

Step 4: Bouquet
- Put your lube rubbed palm up to your nose. Do you like how it smells? If you don’t like how it smells, you’re not going to get down on it.

Step 5: Taste
- Lick it. Better yet, pour it in your mouth. If you’re sexing like a mad weasel, you’re going ingest a lot of lube. Might as well try it now. Do you like how it tastes? If you don’t like how it tastes, you’re not going to lick it.
lube hugging
(Chug it! Me, downing Sliquid at Venus Envy in Ottawa, Canada. Sliquid makes a fabulous range of excellent lubes )

Step 6: Allergy Test
- If you have allergies, especially to skin products and foods, this is important. Take a gob of lube and rub it on your gum line. Wait. Any reactions? I’d rather have you find out in the store, on your gum, rather than in bed with your organs swelling up for all the wrong reasons.

Step 7: Shag Test
- If the lube passes all the steps above, buy the smallest bottle, take it home and commence shagging, whether solo or with others. Partnered
sex? See how they likes it and how it does in the “action testing” phase

Now go forth and have a great time!

hula lube

(This is my favorite flavored water based lube. Really delicious tropical fruit flavors! Hula lube )

With love and lunacy,

Midori

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2. FEB/MAR CLASSES / EVENTS: (Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle)

SANTA CRUZ

• Tue 2/12 “Hands-on Rope Bondage” at Pure Pleasure boutique

SAN FRANCISCO
• Wed 2/13 “JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man” Pink Bunny boutique
• Thr 2/14 “How to Make Anything Sound Sexy” at Academy of Science Night Life
• 3/1 – 3/3 ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive. Sold out! Waiting List available here

PROVIDENCE

• 2/15 – 2/17 Fetish Fair Fleamarket Presenting several classes and hanging out

SEATTLE

• Thr 2/21 "Mapping Your Power Exchange Archetype" at Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex. Tix
• Fri 2/22 “Wrapped for Pleasure: Easy Bondage for Steamy Sex” at Babeland. Register here
• Sat 2/23 Bang 4 The Buck women’s party! Notorious & sexy annual party. Proceeds benefit AIDS LifeCycle & LifeLong AIDS
Alliance Get tickets at www.bang4thebuck.org

DALLAS

• 3/8 – 3/10 South Plains Leatherfest

DENVER
• 3/21 “JoyStick Secrets: How to Thrill a Man” at Fascinations
• 3/22 "Bedroom Bondage For Hot Sex & Fantasy Role Play" at Fascinations
• Mon 1/28 3/24 BDSM! Bent Denver Sunday with Midori

3 class special day! Tix here
9:30am “Hands-on Rope Bondage
1pm “"Mapping Your D/s Archetype: Towards Successful D/s M/s Relationships"
4pm “Art of Feminine Dominance”

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3. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN’S PARTY!

Tickets go on sale January 10th

A night for women of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause!
All proceeds go to AIDS LifeCycle, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Center for Sex Positive Culture
Bang4TheBuck.org

When: Saturday, February 23. 6 pm – 2 am
Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA

Tickets:

SUPER HERO ADVANCED TICKETS (sold on line only)
$75 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:
• Big Bang all night ticket
• Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
• Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area. Front Row baby!
• $20 Bang Bucks
• 20 free raffle tickets
• Special Thank You gift bags

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS (sold online only)
$50 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:
• Big Bang all night ticket
• Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
• Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the premium seating area
• $10 Bang Bucks
• 10 free raffle tickets
• Special Thank You gift bags

Big Bang General Ticket (sold online & at the door)
$25
• Attendance to the hottest party of the season!
• General seating

Event Schedule:
• 6pm - 7pm: Strip lesson for butches and femmes
• 7:30pm - 10pm: Amateur Strip-O-Rama / Auntie Midori's Meet Market
• 10pm to 2am: Sizzling Sex & Play Party

BANG BUCKS
Turn your dancer tipping and raffle tickets into tax deductions! You've got 2 ways

1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page. Go to either Midori's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori), or Kelly's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/KellyB) and put BANG BUCKS in the message.

Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of
Bang. Your wholesome and entirely non-suggestively titled tax deduction
receipt will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.

2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the
Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle to score tipping
money, tax deductions and good karma.

Major Sponsors: The Pleasure Chest, Babeland, Stockroom, Center for Sex Positive Culture, TwistedMonk, Rope Bondage Dojo
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4. PASSIONATE BONDS: CREATING EFFECTIVE REAL LIFE D/S M/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND

Registration open now: www.plassionatebonds.com

Space limited to 20 people

Laura Antoniou and I are teaming up once again to bring you this amazing weekend.
Learn how to create customized protocols and etiquette that work
effectively for your unique relationship. Discover how to design
protocol that enrich and strengthen your D/s or M/s relationship, and
serve well through all aspects in your everyday life. By the end of the
weekend you will have in your hands your own customized protocol manual
as well as skills necessary to nourish a sustainable and fulfilling
power exchange relationship.

Whether you are already in a relationship or are seeking one in the future, you’ll gain powerful tools.

When: April 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Resource Center Dallas, 2701 Reagan St., Dallas TX 75219
Cost: $250 / first person. $150 / each additional person in your Relationship Unit

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5. DC Rope Bondage Dojo (April 13-14) Registration opens March 1st

The next Rope Bondage Dojo ® weekend intensive will be in Washington DC over the weekend of April 13-14, 2013

Registration opens Friday, March 1st, 7am Pacific Time.

Learn how to create customized protocols and etiquette that work
effectively for your unique relationship. Discover how to design
protocol that enrich and strengthen your D/s or M/s relationship, and
serve well through all aspects in your everyday life.

Info & Registration: www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students
Cost: $400 /solo $700/pair
Location: The Crucible
Instruction hours: 10am – 7pm both days

Confidence, skill, speed, beauty, intensity, deeper connection, presence
and amazing scene control – learn how to make your rope play hotter and
better with Rope Bondage Dojo. Now in its 11th year, experience this
immersive and balanced training focusing on “Heart-Mind-Hand” approach
and the Rope Dojo philosophy.

In this Level 1 Dojo you’ll receive16+ hours of intensive rope education
from five experienced Dojo Cadres. A weekend for all rope players, for
those who tie and those who are tied.

Included: Morning nosh. Delicious lunches. Afternoon snacks. Limited edition Dojo goodies & more

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com

Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie yourshoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be challenged.

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6. AIDS LIFECYCLE

I’m at it again. I’ll be volunteering as a Roadie at the next 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….

I suck at asking people directly for this, especially in tough economic

times. Would you consider supporting me? How about just the amount of a cup of coffee? Or a couple of days’ worth of coffee?

Thanks! (Yes, it’s tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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7. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at

Vine: I’m making videos on Vine. You can see my videos in "Planetmidori" with the app from www.vine.co
Instagram
Tumblr
Twitter: @PlanetMidori
Facebook Midori |


Google +: Midori Midori
FetLife Midori (Drop by “Midori’s Lounge” group there!)
Personal Blog
Kink Q&A
Sexuality Q&A Midori's Yahoo group

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devileyes
Here's my newsletter. Lots going on!
Hope to hear from you. Ask me anything, ok? Going to any of these? Let me know!


  1. On Grief
  2. Jan/Feb Classes/Events (SF, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa, Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle)
  3. Next ForteFemme San Francisco: March 1-3
  4. Bang 4 The Buck Women’s Party. Feb 23.
  5. Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective D/s Protocol weekend w Laura Antoniou and Midori in April!
  6. AIDS LifeCycle – Please support me
  7. My Online Hangouts. Instagram & Tumblr too!

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  1. ON GRIEF

I thought about writing a cheery New Years wishes note. Instead, I decided to write about what’s been on my mind lately.


Grief and grieving – and it’s deep power.


Recently I’ve lost several friends, and many close to me have lost their loved ones. Some, suddenly and painfully. Others, after a long struggling fight.


The roller coaster of grief tosses the heart, mind and body through stomach churning loops. We want to get off the ride, but there’s no choice. You have to go through it. Memories come crashing at us. Foreknowledge of their absence stab at us. Regret and sorrow drown us. The past, present and future assault us simultaneously like a hydra-headed temporal monster.  We come through grief, battered and warn, like warriors scarred yet still standing. We know it will come again. I have met people who have been through profound grief. There’s a powerful serenity to them – much like monks who once were warriors. That kind of strength doesn’t come from avoidance or denial of grief. You can’t medicate it away either. I feel like we live in a happiness-obsessed culture. “Don’t be sad. Be happy. Take a pill. Smile. Be an optimist.” Etc etc. After a while it seems an inhumane tyranny of Happiness. Consequently we aren’t good at dealing with our own grief, grief of others, or the grief of a people.


Recently I learned that ravens mourn the loss of their flock members. I like ravens, and that endeared them to me all the more. It made them seem more “human”.  To grieve is human and humane. It allows us to feel our heart beating, our blood coursing, the rawness of other’s sharing the grief and the profound blessings of others connecting to you.


It’s ok. It’s good. It’s human.


With love and lunacy,


Midori


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  1. JAN/FEB CLASSES / EVENTS: (San Francisco, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa, Vancouver, Santa Cruz, Providence, Seattle)

SAN FRANCISCO


TORONTO & OSHAWA

OTTAWA

VANCOUVER

  • 2/1 – 2/3 West Coast Bound event      Presenting “Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You”, “Protocol: The 4 Environments” & “Kinesthetic Rope: Passionate Dynamic Play”    http://westcoastbound.ca/

SANTA CRUZ

PROVIDENCE

SEATTLE

  • Sat 2/23     Bang 4 The Buck women’s party!    Notorious & sexy annual party. Proceeds benefit AIDS LifeCycle & LifeLong AIDS Alliance      www.bang4thebuck.org

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  1. FORTEFEMME WOMEN’S DOMINANCE WEEKEND INTENSIVE: March 1-3

ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive returns to San Francisco     www.ForteFemme.com


March 1-3 at the SFO Hyatt Regency


Registration now open


Cost:

  • Early Registration $750 (through Jan 21st)
  • Standard Registration $800 (from Jan 22nd)


To all the wonderful women out there - Be the best dominant you can be!

Find your authentic power, erotic fulfillment, confidence and skills in this unique and transformative intensive. This program is limited to 9 women.

Experience 3 days of personalized education, psychology, support, technique and more, all in an elegant private setting. Includes a field trip of kinky shopping and a very special erotic dinner event hosted by www.ourgourmetlife.com

Original material textbook. Meals and refreshments

Registration & Info: http://www.ForteFemme.com

Sponsored by:   www.stockroom.com & www.pleasurechest.com

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  1. BANG 4 THE BUCK WOMEN’S PARTY!

Tickets go on sale January 10th


A night for women of debauchery and glorious fun for a good cause! All proceeds go to AIDS LifeCycle, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Center for Sex Positive Culture

http://bang4thebuck.org/parties.php

When: Saturday, February 23.   6 pm – 2 am

Where: CSPC/The Wet Spot, 1602 - 15th Ave W., Seattle WA

Tickets: http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/bang2013/

SUPER HERO ADVANCED TICKETS (sold on line only)
$75 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:

  • Big Bang all night ticket
  • Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
  • Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the best area. Front Row baby!
  • $20 Free Bang Bucks
  • 20 free raffle tickets
  • Special Thank You gift bags

VIP ADVANCED TICKETS (sold online only)
$50 Skip the line, get the best seats and win more stuff!
You get:

  • Big Bang all night ticket
  • Preferred entrance. Skip the line.
  • Special reserve Strip-o-Rama seating in the premium seating area
  • $10 Free Bang Bucks
  • 10 free raffle tickets
  • Special Thank You gift bags

Big Bang General Ticket (sold online & at the door)
$25

  • Attendance to the hottest party of the season!
  • General seating

Event Schedule:

  • 6pm - 7pm:  Strip lesson for butches and femmes
  • 7:30pm - 10pm:  Amateur Strip-O-Rama / Auntie Midori's Meet Market
  • 10pm to 2am:  Sizzling Sex & Play Party

BANG BUCKS

Turn your dancer tipping and raffle tickets into tax deductions! You've got 2 ways
1. Before the party, donate directly to AIDS LifeCycle fundraising page. Go to either Midori's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori), or Kelly's Page (www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/KellyB) and put BANG BUCKS in the message.
Your Bang Bucks will be waiting for you at the party with the Bank of Bang. Your wholesome and entirely non-suggestively titled tax deduction receipt will be mailed to you from AIDS LifeCycle.


2. Buy Bang Bucks at the party. Buy $50 bundles of Bang Bucks at the Bank of Bang, donated directly into AIDS LifeCycle to score tipping money, tax deductions and good karma.

Major Sponsors:  The Pleasure Chest, Babeland, Stockroom, Center for Sex Positive Culture, TwistedMonk, Rope Bondage Dojo

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  1. PASSIONATE BONDS: CREATING EFFECTIVE REAL LIFE D/S M/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND

Laura Antoniou and I are teaming up once again to bring you this amazing weekend.

Learn how to create customized protocols and etiquette that work effectively for your unique relationship. Discover how to design protocol that enrich and strengthen your D/s or M/s relationship, and serve well through all aspects in your everyday life.

When: April 26 – 28, 2013

Where: Dallas, TX.  Location TBA

Information will be updated soon on www.passionatebonds.com

We wanted to give you early notice so you can start planning!

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  1. AIDS LIFECYCLE

I’m at it again. I’ll be volunteering as a Roadie at the next 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….

I suck at asking people directly for this, especially in tough economic times. Would you consider supporting me? How about just the amount of a cup of coffee? Or a couple of days’ worth of coffee?

Thanks! (Yes, it’s tax deductible!)

www.ToFightHIV.org/goto/Midori

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  1. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at

devileyes

A busy month behind me... and ahead of me!

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November 15, 2012

  1. Tossed by Sandy! My New York moments
  2. Nov/Dec Classes/Events (London, San Francisco, Oakland)
  3. January Rope Dojo SF registration opens Dec 1st
  4. Next ForteFemme San Francisco: March 1-3
  5. Passionate Bonds: Creating Effective Real Life D/s Ms Protocol weekend w Laura Antoniou and Midori next April!
  6. My Online Hangouts. Instagram Tumblr too!

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  1. TOSSED BY SANDY! My New York moments

I have a talent / blessing / curse for finding myself in or near disasters and coming through it generally unscathed. I always thank my lucky stars, and what ever else, for that.

When I arrived in New York City, there was talk of a storm. As the days went on the forecast grew to a hurricane. Next thing I know I’m in the middle of the Storm of the Century. Fortunately all the ForteFemme students, TA, partners, and myself, we were fine. We cut the class short by half an hour and made it out before the subways closed.

If you or your loved ones were impacted by this super storm, my heart goes out to you.  I hope you get the assistance needed ASAP. New Yorkers and New Jersey folks are an amazing lot. I can’t think of better people to be with when catastrophe strikes.   For more news, help and resources, there’s a great twitter feed.   https://twitter.com/OccupySandy

I did experience a post-Sandy moment of beauty & bliss I’d like to share…

Two days after the disastrous storm I assisted my friends D & M deliver food, water and flashlights to M’s parents. They had no power, dwindling food and even less water. We trudged up 18 floors in a pitch-dark stairwell, lit only by our flashlights, lugging backpacks full of the goods. We delivered the supplies, hugged, talked and started to leave... When we heard loud knocking on the doors of the apartments on the floor.


We opened the door and were met by the smiling face of a handsome young man with a white clerical collar. Then two women in their 20's, wholesome with disarming smiles. These three friends, the Episcopalian priest from St. Bart’s and the women, made sandwiches themselves. They were going from floor to floor, apartment to apartment, checking to see who was around and needed food, water or assistance. They brought up the FEMA food items left in the lobby of the high-rise. Without the elevators working, many of the residents were not able to get down to get these items themselves.

One of the women wrote down notes on who got food, who needed looking into the next day. They said that if the outage were to continue they would send in another group of friends the next day and follow up with each resident.
We asked them whom they were working for, figuring perhaps this was an organizational effort. They said "no. It's just us. We're just friends – we got together and decided to do this."


On the long dark walk down 18 floors I couldn't stop crying.

Beauty. True meaning of grace.

Thank you to these three souls and thousands like them…


With love and lunacy,
Midori

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  1. NOV/DEC CLASSES / EVENTS: (London, San Francisco, Oakland)

LONDON, UK

Private coaching and salons available by appointment.
For individuals, couples and small groups.

Contact me directly!

Series of Salons through Coco De Mer     https://www.coco-de-mer.com/salons/

~ Mon 11/19 “Joystick Secrets: How To Thrill A Man” SOLD OUT

~ Tue 11/20 “Bedroom Pleasure Toys: Tips, Tricks and Bloopers”

~ Wed 11/21 “50 Shades Revealed”

~ Fri 11/23 “Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture-Revealing Travel Talk for the Erotically Adventurous & Sensually Curious”

~ Mon 11/26 “Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage”

~ Tue 11/27 “Erotic Role Play Games for Couples”

~ Wed 11/28 “Joystick Secrets: How To Thrill A Man” SOLD OUT

~ Mon 12/3 “Backdoor Antics: Practicals of Anal Sex”

~ Tue 12/4 “50 Shades Revealed”

SAN FRANCISCO

~ Fri 12/7 “Erotic Role Play Games for Couples” at Pink Party, Mission Control.    http://missioncontrolsf.org/category/playparties/pink/

~ Tue 12/11 “Stripping for Klutzes: Foolproof Moves for EveryWoman” at the Pink Bunny.   http://www.pinkbunny.biz/


OAKLAND

~ Sun 12/9 “How to Eat a Peach: Exquisite Pleasures for Her” at the Looking Glass Studios http://thelookingglassarts.com


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  1. JANUARY ROPE BONDAGE DOJO SF REGISTRATION OPENS DEC 1ST

The next Rope Bondage Dojo ® weekend intensive will be in San Francisco over the weekend of January 19-20, 2013

Registration opens Saturday, December 1st, 8am Pacific time.

Info & Registration: http://www.RopeDojo.com

Space Limited: 30 students

Cost:        $380 /solo   $675/pair

Instruction hours: 10am – 7pm both days


Confidence, skill, speed, beauty, intensity, deeper connection, presence and amazing scene control – learn how to make your rope play hotter and better with Rope Bondage Dojo. Now in its 11th year, experience this immersive and balanced training focusing on “Heart-Mind-Hand” approach and the Rope Dojo philosophy.

In this Level 1 Dojo you’ll receive16+ hours of intensive rope education from five experienced Dojo Cadres.   A weekend for all rope players, for those who tie and those who are tied.


Included:   Saturday night play party. Morning nosh. Delicious lunches. Afternoon snacks. Limited edition Dojo goodies & more

For more information see the curriculum and FAQ at www.RopeDojo.com


Prerequisite: Willingness for serious learning. Must be able to tie your shoelaces. No experience necessary. However, those with experience will be challenged.


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  1. Next FORTEFEMME San Francisco: March 1-3

ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive      www.ForteFemme.com

SF ForteFemme. March 1-3 at the SFO Hyatt Regency

Registration opens January 1st


Cost:

  • Early Registration $750
  • Standard Registration $800


To all the wonderful women out there - Be the best dominant you can be!


Find your authentic power, erotic fulfillment, confidence and skills in this unique and transformative intensive. This program is limited to 9 women.


Experience 3 days of personalized education, psychology, support, technique and more, all in an elegant private setting. Includes a field trip of kinky shopping and a very special erotic dinner event hosted by www.ourgourmetlife.com


Original material textbook. Meals and refreshments


Registration & Info: http://www.ForteFemme.com

Sponsored by:   www.stockroom.com & www.pleasurechest.com


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  1. PASSIONATE BONDS: CREATING EFFECTIVE REAL LIFE D/S M/S PROTOCOL WEEKEND

Laura Antoniou and I are teaming up once again to bring you this amazing weekend.


Learn how to create customized protocols and etiquette that work effectively for your unique relationship. Discover how to design protocol that enrich and strengthen your D/s or M/s relationship, and serve well through all aspects in your everyday life.


When: April 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Dallas, TX.  Location TBD


Information will be updated soon on www.passionatebonds.com


We wanted to give you early notice so you can start planning!


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6. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at

devileyes
I've got a lot of exciting things going on this month!

1. Flowers + Rope + Flesh + Sumi = Art. Come Play With Me
2. Oct Classes/Events (SF, Edmonton, NYC)
3. Nov Classes/Events (NYC, SF, LA, London)
4. AIDS LifeCycle – I’m frustrated
5. My Online Hangouts. Instagram Tumblr too!

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1. FLOWERS + ROPE + FLESH + SUMI = ART. COME PLAY WITH ME!

If you’re in the Bay Area tonight, and not fortunate enough to attend Bawdy Storytelling in Oakland (www.bawdystorytelling.com), then come on by and help me make messy art with a beautiful women!

Kelly B, Still Motion Glass (www.stillmotionglass.com), is showing her utterly stunning glass art during San Francisco Open Studios… and I’m getting to share in her creative space and show some of my work.
Tonight is a special sneak preview and art making demo. (You see, Open Studio is officially Saturday and Sunday.)

I’m working on an ongoing project of physicalizing moments of irrational beauty and creating artifacts of the process of memory formation. This starts with me tying up people, flower arranging them, painting them and using their bodies to create abstract prints on paper. These are the artifacts of fleeting beauty; like dust left behind your hands when you try to catch a butterfly…. These shapes are beautiful and strange. They’re imperfect and distorted as memory. I will then work on these prints, embellish and alter them, like dreams retold over and over, to make scrolls of odd pleasures.

Thursday, October 18. 7pm – 9pm.
Come and help me make these moment prints of a beautiful bound body. Enjoy beautiful glass art. Get a sneak peek and share in my art. Let’s talk rope and art and weird dreams! Maybe I’ll want to print YOU!
1258 Fitzgerald #109, San Francisco CA 94124 http://www.artspan.org/artist/midori


With love and lunacy,

Midori

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2. OCTOBER CLASSES / EVENTS: (SF, Edmonton, NYC)

SAN FRANCISCO
~ Thr 10/18 Special Sneak Preview & Flesh Flower Bound Body Printing Demo! Open Studios event at Kelly’s Still Motion Studio glass arts. 7pm.
1258 Fitzgerald #109, San Francisco CA 94124
http://www.artspan.org/artist/midori

~ 10/19-10/21 Open Studios event at Still Motion Studio glass arts. 7pm. 1258 Fitzgerald #109, San Francisco CA 94124
http://www.artspan.org/artist/midori

EDMONTON, CANADA
~ 10/19 “How to Eat a Peach: Exquisitely Pleasuring Women”
Traveling Tickle Trunk
http://www.travelingtickletrunk.com/catalog/item/7566149/9499733.htm

~ 10/19-10/21 “Alberta Ropegasm” event. Several classes. Yellowhead Inn.
Teaching “Kinesthetic Rope: Dynamic Passionate Movements”, “Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You”, “Rope: Flow & Speed Drills”
http://www.ropegasm.net/

~ 10/21 “Art of Feminine Dominance”
Traveling Tickle Trunk
http://www.travelingtickletrunk.com/catalog/item/7566149/9499744.htm

NEW YORK CITY

I've organized a series of special, intimate classes and events in my New York salon space. I'm inviting all of you to enjoy a place where playing, learning, exploring and enjoying are the priority!

~ 10/24 “Kinesthetic Rope: Dynamic Movements to Revolutionize Your Play”
Learn the foundation and secret of truly hot rope bondage play through
this ingenious and unusual class.
Purchase tickets at http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/nyc-kine/

~ 10/25 Bawdy Luxe, presented by Dixie de la Tour and Midori
The Nation's Original Sex + Storytelling series featuring Real People &
Rockstars sharing their Bona Fide Sexual Exploits in 10 minutes or
less
http://bawdyluxe.eventbrite.com/

~ 10/29: “Real Life Protocol & Etiquette: The 4 Environments” w Laura
Antoniou & Midori
Learn practical parameters of creating effective protocol for your M/s
and D/s relationships that seamlessly mesh into real life and all
levels of different formalities.
http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/nyc-protocol/

~ 10/30: 2pm - 6:30pm
“Afternoon Oasis of Pleasure: Play, Learn, Explore & Enjoy”
Escape to Midori's gorgeous private weekday afternoon oasis of delight
in the heart of New York & indulge your sensual desires!
http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/nyc-oasis/

~ 10/30: 7pm - 9pm
"Rope Bondage: Hands-on Body Harness"
Learn to create gorgeous, effective and arousing rope body harnesses!
Body harnesses are fantastic for all types of bodies and many
different sorts of scenes.
http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/nyc-harness/
Why not enjoy both the Oasis and the class? Buy tickets for both at a discount!

~ 11/1: "Art of Feminine Dominance"
at Purple Passion boutique. http://store.purplepassion.com/servlet/Detail?no=1289

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3. NOVEMBER CLASSES / EVENTS (NYC, SF, LA, London)

NEW YORK CITY
~ 11/1: "Art of Feminine Dominance"
at Purple Passion boutique. http://store.purplepassion.com/servlet/Detail?no=1289

SAN FRANCISCO
~ 11/3: San Francisco Sex Information 40th Anniversary Party.
I might be doing something sexy there! Come and find out.
http://sfsi.org/party/

~ 11/8: “Aural Sex: Seduction by Voice”
Center for Sex & Culture
http://planetmidori.ticketleap.com/sf-aural/

~ 11/9-11/11 Dark Odyssey: Surrender Weekend Kink Party!!!
Teaching “Erotic Humiliation Play” & “Best Kink Advice Nobody Told You”
http://darkodyssey.com/surrender/home.php

LOS ANGELES
~ 11/4 Possible “Art of Feminine Dominance” workshop for women
Shhhh! I may be coming into LA for a pop-up class. Stay tuned!

LONDON, UK

Private coaching and salons available by appointment. For individuals, couples and small groups. Contact me directly!

Series of Salons through Coco De Mer
https://www.coco-de-mer.com/salons/

~ Mon 11/19 “Joystick Secrets: How To Thrill A Man”
~ Tue 11/20 “Bedroom Pleasure Toys: Tips, Tricks and Bloopers”
~ Wed 11/21 “50 Shades Revealed”
~ Fri 11/23 “Pink Japan: Contemporary Sex Culture”
~ Mon 11/26 “Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage”
~ Tue 11/27 “Become The Fantasy: Erotic Role Play Games for Couples”
~ Wed 11/28 “Joystick Secrets: How To Thrill A Man”
~ Mon 12/3 “Backdoor Antics: Practicals of Anal Sex”
~ Tue 12/4 “50 Shades Revealed”

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4. AIDS LIFECYCLE – Frustrated. Had enough with friends dying.

I’m cranky.
Lately we've become really complacent. We trivialize the effect of HIV. This year my spouse and I lost yet another close friend - so close that he was family. He was a long-term survivor. Yeah sure - you could say he had a heart attack and that's got nothing to do with HIV. But it does. With all the meds and treatments wrecking the body, the heart gives out early. Dementia comes unexpectedly. Others things go terribly wrong.
On top of that people are making stupid sexual decisions because HIV's considered "no big deal" by way too many people.
This isn't a gay thing, by the way. I teach a ton of classes to the het population - you'd be surprised how little condom usage is out there. This means the creepy crawlies and deadlies are having a feast on our flesh.
If I sound a bit frustrated and edgy, you're right. By now I thought we'd kick this crud in the butt... but no. So I keep doing this year after year. I'll be honest; it's really maddening at times... Thus this note is not as optimistic in tone as I've been in the past.
Dammit, help me support HIV services and education work by giving what you can. We'll keep doing this crazy thing called activism until HIV gets its ass kicked

http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/midori

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5. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at

Instagram PlanetMidori
Tumblr: http://planetmidori.tumblr.com/
Twitter @PlanetMidori
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/PlanetMidori
Google+ Midori Midori
FetLife Midori_SF (Drop by “Midori’s Lounge” group there!)
Personal Blog http://fd-midori.livejournal.com
Sexuality Q&A http://groups.yahoo.com/group/divamidori
Kink Q&A http://www.KinkWire.com
devileyes
Teaser on my 9/15 performance. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts video on upcoming ASKEW Film & Performance Festival curated by Femina Potens gallery @ YBCA.   (Video also features Sadie Lune and Madison Young and lots of pics from the upcoming event.)

Femina Potens: ASKEW Film and Performance Festival @ YBCA

devileyes
Here's this month's newsletter.  I have a very exciting and busy fall coming up!
(hmm the formatting in L's doing something weird. Apologies on that.)

MIDORI'S  NEWSLETTER     August 27, 2012

1. Big Step Forward with My Art This Fall – Come to My Exhibitions!

2. September Classes/Events (MD, Phoenix, SF, Santa Cruz, Tokyo)

3. ForteFemme SF & NYC October. Registration open now!

4. October Classes/Events (SF, Edmonton, NYC)

5. My Online Hangouts

(If you want to subscribe directly just go to: http://fhp-inc.com/newsletter )

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1. Big Step Forward with My Art This Fall – Come to My Exhibitions!


It’s a little bit scary and a whole lot exciting for me.

I feel like I’m taking a big huge leap forward with my art and showing of my art. This fall brings events that have my heart racing with excitement.

I hope you’ll be there at these events to share my art, passion and excitement!


Now for a bit of a candid confession….

I’ve been steadily creating art for many, many years now. But I’ve often felt frustrated with my work being ghettoized and dismissed, or forced into categories I did not consent to. Still I create. Maybe I’m a fool. True, my venues, my ‘studio’, my laboratories have been non-conventional and out of the refined art milieu. But doesn’t art and expression belong everywhere? The reality is that art is dismissed or discounted if it’s not curated into digestible and socially acceptable context – this is especially true for works that make people uncomfortable. My work isn’t made to match the sofa. (Although I’ve made sofa art that’s meant to match the art. http://youtu.be/iZWZAN8AYBM )

LoveSeat 2009

Still I create. Sometimes this very frustration drives me forward to continue with this madness called art.


I have notebooks full of sketches, scripts and ideas. A bit at a time, they are coming to life. Will I have enough time and resource to birth all of them and the others that I keep conceiving? It’s my hope to have you to witness the births and growth of my creations. Some of these creations want to play with you. Sometimes they have strange ideas of entails play, but you just might enjoy them.

This fall I have three big art steps I’m taking.

  1. September 15th in San Francisco, my Yamamba character will set foot in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and perform a new piece. Will I defile this hallowed hall of contemporary art? Femina Potens Gallery is guest curator of the Askew Film & Performance Festival. http://www.ybca.org/femina-potens-askew-film-and-performance-festivalI’m in the midst of creating accompanying video, collaborating with Eliza Barrios http://elizabarrios.com, Michele Serchuk http://serchukphoto.com, and LissaIvy Tiegel
  1. September 29th in Tokyo, my Yamamba appears again, to create beauty and mark time and memory using bodies and flowers at Sadistic Circus… Which will then create source material for….
  1. My first participation in San Francisco Open Studios on October 18 – 21st.  There, for the first time, the scrolls created form moments of madness and beauty will be publicly displayed. I’m also planning to create body prints on the spot for a special event on the 18th. http://www.artspan.org/artist/midori


Yamamba
Please come and share my passion and witness a step in my journey.


With love and lunacy,

Midori

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2. SEPTEMBER CLASSES / EVENTS: (MD, Phoenix, SF, Tokyo)

RURAL MARYLAND

  • 8/31 – 9/3 FetFest – several classes and salons. Use my code “FemDom” for a discount on your registration! http://fetfest.com

PHOENIX, AZ Sponsored by Fascinations.

SAN FRANCISCO

SANTA CRUZ, CA

TOKYO, JAPAN

  • Fri 9/28 “Bedroom Body Moves” for women at Love Piece Club http://www.lovepiececlub.com/news/
  • Sat 9/29 Performance at “Sadistic Circus” produced by Vanilla Gallery. http://www.sadistic-circus.com/

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3. FORTEFEMME SF & NYC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

ForteFemme: Women's Dominance Weekend Intensive. www.ForteFemme.com
  • SF ForteFemme. Oct 12-14 at the SFO Hyatt Regency
  • NYC ForteFemme. Oct 26-28 at an elegant 3000 sq ft private loft in Chelsea

Cost:
Early Registration $700 (through Sep 11)
Standard Registration $750

To all the wonderful women out there - Be the best dominant you can be!

Find your authentic power, erotic fulfillment, confidence and skills in this unique and transformative intensive. This program is limited to 9 women.

Experience 3 days of personalized education, psychology, support, technique and more, all in an elegant private setting. Includes a field trip of kinky shopping and dinner in NYC. Original material textbook. Meals and refreshments

For more information on the weekend go to: www.fortefemme.com

Registration & Info: http://www.ForteFemme.com

Sponsored by:   The Stockroom, The Pleasure Chest, Purple Passion

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4. OCTOBER CLASSES / EVENTS (SF, Edmonton, NYC)

SAN FRANCSICO

EDMONTON, CANADA

NEW YORK CITY

  • Wed 10/24 Class. Topic to be announced
  • Thr 10/25 “Bawdy Luxe” Bawdy Storytelling comes to NYC! Midori co-producing this special evening of real people & rock stars sharing their bona fide sexual exploits in 10 minutes or less. More details soon! http://bawdystorytelling.com
  • 10/26-10/28 ForteFemme: Women’s Dominance Weekend Intensive NYC. www.fortefemme.com
  • Mon 10/29 Class. Topic to be announced
  • Tue 10/30 afternoon:       Tuesday Afternoon Delight – A Special Salon. More info soon
  • Tue 10/30 Class. Topic to be announced
  • Thr 11/1 “Art of Feminine Dominance” at Purple Passion.
  • http://purplepassion.com/Events.htm

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5. MY ONLINE HANGOUTS

Social media slums & places I procrastinate at

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