Another six months has flown by. I kept to my goal and there’s now a house on the land in north Georgia. I designed it after an 1850’s salt box farmhouse but with all the modern technology and energy saving items in side. Its on 3 levels with 512 square feet per level. ITs a cozy house with maximum use of space to keep the ambient temperature fairly constant inside. It was not an arduous process nor was it difficult. I knew what I wanted and made decisions based on the design and what was in my vision. It was completed on Thanksgiving weekend and I will be heading back up there for awhile to get the interior finished to save a good chunk of money.
I just wanted to come on here and check my mail, approve comments and see what was going on since it has been way too long. I have attended several leather events across Georgia, Florida and Indiana. My greatest joy came about a month ago when I was requested to be on an elders panel of those in the community a very long time. I love sharing my experiences with others; not because I think I’m know it all….because I like to give others information and knowledge about a time that is gone by. If anyone out there tells you that THEIR point of view is the only worthwhile one then steer clear of them. No one can walk a mile in your journey nor has the right to tell you how to walk through it. Steer away from trouble makers, drama creators and those who borrow money and promise to repay it but never do. I know several who have borrowed large sums of money and to this day have never repayed it. Thankfully when I was hit up for it I said NO! I’d still be waiting for it. We have a few of those in the leather community. There are many unscrupulous characters who do for the community at the price of the community being robbed. Many times, Leather has become the cesspool for those who don’t identify as vanilla and these people end up doing a ton of damage. I have met quite a number of mentally unstable guys and some really screwed up dynamics that are destructive, not necessarily to the relationship but to everyone around them. You have to be in a clique and play ball the way you are told other wise you are ostracized.
It does do me a world of good to see my leather family from around the country at these smaller events. You get a chance to bond and connect with them in a way you cant in a large event. I have met some incredible selfless leather men who I connected to and I can say they are my friends now and I look forward to seeing them all again soon. I am surrounding myself with men like this and leaving what is bad a far away from me as I possibly can. I now have quite a number of fantastic leathermen and women in my circle of friends and I am grateful for them all since my family is all dead now. In my mind, I keep thinking of the Disney movie, Meet the Robinson’s. The man theme fo that animated film for those of you who havent seen it; KEEP MOVING FORWARD! With that I am moving myself into bed. Peace to you all and to all a good night!