Whelp, it’s been almost 2 whole weeks since my last post, which is probably the longest time that I have ever gone without posting. Part of the reason is because I came back from my work in Colombia a week ago, and the readjustment to life in Vancouver has been awkward. Additionally, I got terribly sick with something in my last day in Colombia. I was unable to eat for almost 3 days (one of which involved 17 hours in a plane or in transit), which made me super, super weak. Fortunately, I’m feeling much better now. Though, the jarring transition from life in Colombia to life in Vancouver has really been difficult for me.
I think I still need some more time to reflect and figure out what is going on in my head. I need to try to sort out my priorities and make some decisions on what I want in life and where I want to go. These kinds of questions have been on my mind and have made it a bit difficult to think about this blog. But, I felt like writing a bit today, so I thought I would just talk more about day 2 of the Rubbout weekend way back in April.
Awhile ago, I talked all about Day 1 of Rubbout 2014. I had a great time on day 1, but the 2nd day was not quite as glamourous. The events of Day 2 included a Gearswap at Pumpjack, the Puppyplay party, and the play party in the evening. In the past, I’ve had some great finds at the gearswap, but this year I was busy with volunteer duties until late in the dya and missed out on a lot of great 2nd hand gear. Sadly, I missed a lot of the Puppy Play party, but I heard that the folks at Vancouver-Pup and Handlers did a great job running the event.
What kept me busy for a good number of hours was cleaning up the party from the previous night. I can only speak for myself, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of support from the venue where we hosted the party. Certainly, we were given some special concessions (i.e. play space in the back of the establishment), but we also paid to rent the space and I felt like nothing was done for us. I spent much of my afternoon cleaning up lube and cum from the back play area, and I recognize that kind of job was beyond the scope of any business other than a bath house. However, at one point the business owner was telling to me to go clean the bathrooms, which I thought was ridiculous. After the event, the business owner complained a bit that he didn’t make that much money in alcohol sales (fyi, their profit was more than that of our entire weekend) and I think we decided not to work with them again. Afterall, Rubbout and its volunteers put all the work organizing, advertising, setting up and cleaning up their event.
Anyway, I’m complaining a lot..sorry. The day ended with the play party at 8x6, which is this cool new space in Vancouver. It’s classified as a sex club, which makes it different from bath houses like Steamworks. At 8X6, you are allowed to sell alcohol, so we had this great social space for people to sit and talk while having some drinks. This social space was really, really popular, and I feel like some guys appreciated the space where they could hangout in rubber gear and talk with their friends or with new people.
There was also a dance floor (not really used) and a vacuum bondage demo area. Some guys were way too rough with the vacuum coffin and it ended up breaking, which of course is a cost that Rubbout had to absorb. This demo was also well utilized (until the vac coffin broke) and more like a fun exhibitionist show than a sex show. It was crammed full, and a nice segue into the hard core sex that was going on in the back room. Unlike a bathhouse that has little rooms for private sex, 8X6 had no such thing, and instead there was a large room with a couple of slings, bondage benches, etc. set up. This led to a really cool scene where there were 3 or 4 hardcore sex/play scenes going on at the same time, and loads of people watching and participating all around it. It really looked like something out of a porno, which I didn’t really expect to see.
At the event, i chatted with some friendly faces and met some very nice new people (who have yet to e-mail me!). It was a great event, though i’m glad that I didn’t have to stay up to help clean up that night. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of my outfit for the night (I thought it would be uncool to take photos at a play party), so I’ve just shared a photo from the next day’s brunch. Polo and skinny jeans from Libidex, fingerless gloves from Twohandstochoke, and super Canadian surplus boots :).