PS. NO APOLOGY THIS YEAR!
Friday: Me and Jeff arrive. Instead of staying at the Grabby Hotel we decide to stay at the IML hotel. I wanted a different experience this year. Last year I spent so much time traveling over there for everything I decided to save my calves the work. It was a great decision. The minute you walk into the Marriott you could smell the leather and feel the positive energy. I instantly knew it was going to be a great weekend. I thought getting there on Friday meant waiting hours to get checked in. Surprisingly we walked right up to the counter checked in and went straight to the room. We had a great view. We unsettled, fucked and went straight to leather mart.
I love the leather mart because its a great way to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones and buy great pieces. The first place I went was Nasty Pig. I love their stuff (I literally wear something NP everyday) and the guys who work there. So I talked to my boys bought some really cool stuff. I always have to get a shredder. I'm an addict. I have no problem unique one of a kind pieces always grab my attention. Then we went to Mr. S. Leather got some short shorts for the IML Victory party (for any circuit party virgins, never, I mean NEVER, show up to any event with Hundreds of gay men dancing in jeans, I made that mistake once and wanted to DIE). After that we went up to the 7th floor ( they had to split the mart between the 5th and 7th floor) to get in more trouble. First person I see when I walked through the door was my A, Aleks (read my twitter account and find him). Immediately my little puppy tail started to wag. Its always great to see him. We walked around some more, saw other friends such as the my boys from SOLDOUT CLOTHING, there shit is hot. THE END. Then we went to the manhunt booth were we saw Tom Wolfe and he stripped me out of my underwear to put me in a jock. I'm not complaining just saying. Its such a different experience from my first time there. I actually know people. I'm not someone saying I talked to you on twitter. The first time was like being the new kid at school. This year was like coming to a college homecoming, familiar and fun.
So we went back to the room. Took a nap (well we attempted to we fucked again) then got ready for a Grabbys dinner party. It was at a little restaurant in boystown. The drag performer turned it out. She did 3 numbers where one she goes out into the street on Halsted stops traffics and perfectly lip-syncs. Somewhere RuPaul was gagging. I always enjoy seeing other industry people. I think its because I in Michigan I'm somewhat secluded to a place like NYC, LA, Miami or SF. After the dinner went back to the room to prepare for the IML parties that night. A few drinks with friends in the room and we were ready to go down. I have always wanted to go the Gear Party but I had heard the SF party is a lot of fun too. Feeling conflicted we decided to do both. They were in connecting rooms so it was easy to jump back and forth. After meeting some very sexy men we went back to the room.
|Drag Queen giving it|
Saturday: Grabbys Bitches. I wasn't nominated but I was a trophy stud. It was cool to see all that happens behind the curtain to make things work. I must commend everyone who does it because it takes alot. The after party was a blast. Look at the pics they describe it better than I could.
|with lil bro Perry|
|Lil Bro again|
|kissing Rayhan (thanks sue)|
|coming up for air|
|returning the favor|
|good wholesome boy|
Sunday. Went to brunch and had some drinks with some friends at Sidetraxxx then went to the room to nap for the night.The IML victory party was one of the best parties I've ever went to. If you never have gone go. I don't want to break any rules but trust me when I say you will have a blast.
This trip as always was amazing as always. I had a great relaxed time. Got to spend time with great friends, met new people and got share it with my Jeff. It was definitely a success. Can't wait for next year.