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Crawling back to the surface

After two days of hibernating when I wasn't working, I think I'm ready to come back to the earth.

Ms World was a fantastic event. However, it left me completely drained - physically and emotionally. Being that this was the first time I had judged a contest, and despite the warnings from those who have gone before me, I was ill-prepared for how much it would take out of me. It was incredibly hard to make judgements on the four contestants, all of whom are amazing individuals who deserved their moments in the spotlight.

I also didn't realize how heavy our schedule would be. Early mornings, lasting throughout the day. Lots and lots of work. I took my opportunities for fun when I could, but in the end, I was so wiped that I didn't have the energy to enjoy fully what was put in front of me.

That said, it was an incredible honor to be invited. The judging panel I sat on was an amazing group of individuals, and I look forward to seeing every one of them again in the future. I have a lot to learn from all of them.

What was interesting was the realization of just how young I am. Often I say how old I feel. On the judging panel, I truly recognized my youth. I saw how much more experience people had than I. Which didn't make me feel bad at all... actually, it somewhat energized me. It's nice to recognize that there is so much more to learn and live. Becoming jaded is never good.

In the end, Michele Jackson, Ms San Diego Leather, took the shawl with a platform to teach ASL across the country to leather groups and clubs. It completely shone through that this is her life's passion. It is what she does, eat, lives, breathes. I think she will do the Ms World Leather shawl proud.

I left Vegas on Sunday night on a red-eye flight back home, was able to spend two hours at home before I hit the subway and made the trek to work. By the time I got back home, I lied down, and as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out.

Future travels which will surely create LJ posts - Inferno, and teaching two classes at CAPEX in North Carolina on September 24-25.


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Aug. 31st, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Leather grannies
not really.....

It's like one of those color wraps that priests wear over their robes.
Except it's leather.

That make sense?
Sep. 1st, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Leather grannies
a stole?
Aug. 31st, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Leather grannies
Yep, a shawl. As Ms World Leather is not a typical contest, they didn't want to have a typical sash.

The other really nice thing about it is each winner gets the same shawl. At the beginning of their title year, their name is embroidered onto the shawl, showing the history of the contest. I thought it was a very neat and special touch.

Next year they will be debuting Mr. World Leather. Should be interesting.
Aug. 31st, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Leather grannies
Yes, it is called a service shawl. It drapes over the shoulders and is perpetual, meaning that each winner is embroidered on and it is passed down year to year. World is for the established leather woman, and it's been said that I was "too young" for the title, and I was 33 and had been actively involved in the community for 9 years. This year's class -- all over the age of 40. I'm still the baby.

Aug. 31st, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
so looking forward to the Inferno stories.
My boy side would love the story time. :)

Aug. 31st, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you.

Aug. 31st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
It was amazing seeing you, and I loved and cherish the time we spent together on Saturday night.

Our farewell on Sunday made me sad. I wish I could have done differentely.
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Aug. 31st, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Two classes. A multiple of Boymeat fun. *giggle*
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
ASL?!! Very exiting to hear that someone is out there teaching in our circles about ASL. i'll have to find her website and find out when she comes to our area.

Please try to give yourself time to recuperate properly while you're home.
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
Next time I see you, I am hoping you have a LITTLE more free time. There are things I'd like to do with you.....

Oh, and Allena says that the two "edgier" classes that we discussed would be perfect. Now, tell us when we can fly you to Seattle.

Have I mentioned that somewhere along the line you became utterly sexy?
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
What do you want to do?
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
How explicit do you want it?
Sep. 2nd, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
As much as you need. There a'int no shocking this boy.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
enjoy Inferno, Sir. i'm sure you will. :)
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
"I saw how much more experience people had than I. Which didn't make me feel bad at all... actually, it somewhat energized me. It's nice to recognize that there is so much more to learn and live. Becoming jaded is never good."

I think this is extremely attractive. Thank you for framing it so well.
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