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Thunder in the MountainsDenver, CO -- When I was asked to present at Thunder in the Mountains earlier this year I jumped on the opportunity. I knew by reputation that this event was among the most respected BDSM events organized and that it was known for attracting some of the best presenters in the world. This year's presenters included some good friends, personally respected players and new acquaintances on the national scene.

Susan B, another Seattleite whom I've seen engage in some beautiful, intense and spiritually connected scenes, was there, teaching advanced cutting and suturing. Midori was there and while I wasn't able to attend any of her classes (they were scheduled at the same time as mine), we were able to spend some quality time together and I was able to introduce her to my boy Derek.

Side Bar: We discussed performance art in relation to Sm, among other things. I'm sure I've already reported upon my respect for the intelligence of both Midori and my boy. Let me now state, unequivocally, that talking about any subject in the company of such intellectuals is a challenge to keep up. I am truly blessed by the company I keep.

Speaking of performance art, I got to judge the annual talent contest at Thunder and Felice Shays, another presenter, delivered a spectacular piece that included the fisting of a watermelon that is among the best performances I've seen.

I also got a chance to hang out with Mark Frazier, the new owner of the ILSb title which I'll be judging in October, and Scott Smith, one of the most incredible tops I've ever meet. I can't express how happy I am with the changes Frazier has made to the ILSb title, his efforts to reclaim it as a player's title or my admiration for him as a person. Then there's Scott, it's always a pleasure to see him... he's got some wicked skills and I love learning new, twisted shit from him. I lent Derek out to him for his class on using needles as anchors and even got to assist a bit. It was great fun.

As for my classes, they went very well. There were more people in attendance than I expected and both presentations were well received. It is so much fun to present before such an advanced audience. As promised, I'm posting the slide decks from both classes here for reference. Both the Shibari with Man subs and Full Suspension for Display and Play handouts are in pdf format.

I want to express my compliments to Rich Dockter, the Director of Thunder, and his entire crew of staff and volunteers, for putting on an outstanding event. I'm happy to report Derek and I have been invited back next year and we are already looking forward to doing it again.