What a fun event! When I arrived in Edmonton, it was 25-degrees below zero. Very low humidity, so any wind gives a stinging sensation. To my total surprise, when we got out of the car in the hotel’s parking lot, the garage was about 70-degrees! I asked about that and learned that they have to keep the garages heated or they’ll have too much trouble with cars being too cold to start. Wow!
I’ve wanted to present here for some time; it’s Western Canada’s largest BDSM conference. I was something of a special guest, I suppose. They certainly took good care of me and I felt right at home.
Scott Smith was there (I’d worked with him back in 2006 when we made a string of DVDs, one of which featured Scott doing suspension bondage) as well as 4-5 other presenters I knew fairly well. I had a booth in vending and sold a great number of books. In the case of this conference, they’d paid airfare.
I met a couple up there and spent a fair amount of time with them. Their names are Nikita and Ursula. My immediate “take” was that Nikita knows a lot about a lot and we jabbered away for a long time. I hope we’re able to see them again; I seldom meet people with whom I’m so comfortable.
One of the highlights of THIS trip — and why I’m mentioning it in this post — is that when I went up to my hotel room that night to watch TV, I discovered “curling.”
I had only a distant recollection of my father mentioning seeing curling when he was touring Thule AFB in Greenland. They had a curling court set up on base. I remember him saying that it involved sliding a large stone down a marked pathway on ice. As I watched, I became captivated and ended up watching curling matches until about 2am. As it happened, there was a curling competition going on in Edmonton over this same weekend!
It’s funny that I watch curling in my room at night when such fun things were going on in the dungeon. Nikita and Ursula asked how I spent my evening and I raved and raved about watching curling.