It’s that time of year again… as summer approaches, I’m getting out my calendar so I can plan for the weekend getaways that will take me away from life’s insanity.
First up is Memorial Day weekend. While not officially “summer,” it does signal the first weekend of the summer season. And what better way to celebrate the approaching warmer months than with a ton of guys in leather? IML (International Mister Leather) is an annual event in Chicago that draws thousands of leather daddies, puppies, otters, bears and everything in between for a weekend-long celebration of the leather lifestyle. And whether you are turned on by it or turned off, there is sure to be something interesting to see. Heck, just walk down Michigan Avenue anytime from, oh, about now until Memorial Day and you’re assured to see some very interesting sights.
My friends and I don’t necessarily identify with the leather community, but we call ourselves “Leather-curious.” So we doll ourselves up (as much as we can– some of us don’t own any leather items– myself included) and see what kind of trouble we can get into every year. Most of the time it’s harmless… most of the time.
After that is July 4. And while I’m not really looking forward to July 4 for fairly obvious reasons, I can’t just sit around and pretend it isn’t here. Besides, after the year I’ve had, I will need to get away. So a-campin’ I will go… again. This time I get to try out my fancy new tent… which, hopefully, will be a lot easier to set up than my old one.
Somewhere after that, I need to plan a trip. It could be to New York, or it could be to California. I could even be to Mexico. It doesn’t matter where I go… as long as it’s in the contiguous US or Mexico. I have two free tickets on American Airlines to use. Where should I go? Hm….
Then toward the end of the summer, my friends and I will be going up north to my friend Jeremy’s family’s place in Eagle River, WI. We had so much fun there a couple years ago, so I can’t wait to get back up there again.
What are your summer plans? Are any of you going to be in Chicago? Let me know!