The first event that we could go to after our shock-introduction to NLA-A was a benefit party being put on by a group called “Touch of Leather.” This group is based in a community about 45 minutes north of Austin and run by a woman named Miz Lilly.
I contacted her by email and phone. I explained that we were totally new to BDSM, had never attended a play party and were a little anxious about what to wear.
“Do you have any fetish clothing?” she asked.
“Well, yes, we do.” I replied.
“Just wear that, but cover up in the parking lot.”
“Okay,” I said. “See you there.”
The last four lines are an abbreviated version of many conversations over a two or three week period as we worked ourselves up to actually going to this event. She was exceedingly kind, warm, welcoming, and informative.
When we walked in to “The Secret Rural Location” out in the middle of nowhere, she immediately recognized us. Of course she did: she knew everyone else that was attending that night!!
There were about 100 people in the facility – that turned out to be a horse auction barn. People were mostly being spanked and flogged. My immediate reaction was: “Ah. Home at last.”
We walked over and took seats at the edge of the play area. We noticed that people kept looking at us. We thought that was simply because we were new. Actually, it was because we were so outrageously and inappropriately dressed. (I was wearing a collar and leather shorts and Renee was in a fishnet body suit with a leather torso top.)