My year in review.
yes. i realize the year isn't done yet but i've got some changes happening and now is as good a time as any to summarize the past year of travel and work - especially since i've decided it's the right time to move on.
i have some flights booked in the next couple of months. one is a flight from the US to London, the other is a flight from Copenhagen to Vienna, and another for Vienna to Bologna. I'm going to cancel them or else postpone them for a later date (in 2011) and we'll see what happens.
Otherwise, I'm going to be staying state-side for the next few months. I don't want to say that my days of traveling are over, but I will say my days of working as a fetish model are. It's time for a fresh start, yup yup!
One major thing I notice now with my blogging is that it completely went to shit. Too many of my LJ entries are twitter crap.
Well, at least i've stopped the retweets into my LJ. Unfortunately that didn't necessarily keep me posting so there are empty gaps that should have been filled with proper blogging. I need to fix that.
Luckily I do have the moblog so at least I have some sense of where I was during the year without having to sift through hundreds of one-liners.
BTW, clicking on links below will lead to more detailed LJ entries. some have lots of photos in them.
Jan San Francisco, CA
Feb 04-09 Phoenix, AZ
Feb 10-16 Atlanta, GA
Feb 16-23 Tampa, FL
Feb 23-Mar 02 Fort Lauderdale/Miami
Mar 02-31 San Francisco, CA
Apr 01-06 London, UK
Apr 07-14 Edinburgh, UK
Apr 14-19 Amsterdam, NL
Apr 20-26 Vienna, AT
Apr 26-30 Bologna, IT
Apr 30- London, UK
May 12-17 Berlin, Hamburg
May 17-19 London, UK
May 19-24 Houston, TX
May 24-29 London, UK
May 29- Rome, IT
May 24-29 London, UK
May 29- Rome, IT
Jun 01-04 Bolonga
Jun 04-16 Vienna, IT
Jun 16-22 London, UK
Jun 22-23 San Antonio, TX
Jun 23-30 Dallas, TX
Jul 01-05 San Francisco
Jul 05-11 Eureka
Jul 16-24 San Diego/Ensenada/Channel Islands @ Sea
Aug 02-10 Tampa, FL
Aug 10-16 Phoenix, AZ
Aug 16-26 San Francisco, CA
Aug 26-30 Sacramento, CA
Sep 29 ATL/LHR
Oct 12 CPH/VIE
Nov 05 VIE/BLQJanuary
- I'd been staying local. Not doing much besides going to the Nuthouse. I started using FourSquare and I also had to start up a new FaceBook profile due to being deleted. For NYE i stayed local & didn't fly anywhere exotic. Wow. Exciting. Got to go to dinner
visiting from Scotland. That was cool. Oh, I also cemented in plans for my big bday bash (taking place in March). I was supposed to perform at another party but since they couldn't take the time to confirm, I decided to throw my own. (and it was awesome). I ranted about models
(again) and i saw Up in the Air (and I liked it
). Gilles Berquet sent me a book (i'm in it)
. Oh, I also spent too much time ranting about Alt vs Fetish
- Samar and I flew to Arizona for the fetishball out there. It was great. I was so excited to be at an airport after almost like a billion days of no air travel (it was about 84 actually
). and when we got to SJC, it was new and different too! (airports=porn
). then in Arizona we hung out with cookie mostly, went out, and i got to swim in a super heated pool and then check out the Desert Botanical garden which gave me a renewed interest in seeing as many Chihuly scluptures as possible during my travels. I also did a lil shoot too.
After I got back to Cali, I unpacked and then packed for my flight to Atlanta the next day! That was fun. Hung out with all sorts of peeps
, and then jumped on a flight down to Tampa where most of my days were spent in the sun enjoying the weather by the pool and hitting DisneyWorld. Then I decided at the last minute to head over (by train) to Ft Lauderdale to visit Kendra James & Gary. March
- stuff happened. like my decision to 'retire'
came into my head. had a huge bday party and almost everyone showed up
(ok not EVERYONE
). It was awesome
. it was great. it was just about perfect. tho samar had a lil accident and allenfalkner
spent a little more time in the hospital than he wanted to. oh, and at the end of the month, i flew to London
(hello British Airways strike!).April
- arrived in London to find my upcoming travel plans to places like Great Malvern & Edinburgh about to be disrupted (hello Rail strike!). Luckily, they were not in the end. yes, flying would have been cheaper but this time it was about the journey! there was a festival in london with a bunch of people into japanese bondage. it was fun. i skipped a fetish party to go see the Royal Philharmonic play StarWars with craigclare
and it was awesome
(but not as awesome as my bday party). Went with ynl
to see the Van Doesburg avant-garde exhibit at the Tate (and that was awesome too). Spent some time in Worchestershire then headed up to Scotland where I discovered my white latex catsuit covered in stains
(lesson: no more lending my shit out to bitches). Then I flew to Amsterdam. The day after my flight trouble erupted! (hello Eyjafjallajokull
! btw, if you're actually reading this and you do that thing where you read to yourself but just tripped, here's a little hand: “AY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul.”) Amsterdam was super and i got to perform with mirja
at Wasteland. The volcano really screwed stuff up. I took a train to Dusseldorf to catch my flight to Vienna
(while constantly keeping track of updates). After checking in to my flight and waiting around to board, it was canceled. I spent too much money cuz of the damn volcano
. But eventually flew to Vienna. Then ended up in Bologna. And then finally back to London.May
- Torture Garden Bday - performed with Satomi one night, then the following night had an awesome show with SukaOff.
It was awesome (like many other things this year). I went to Holloway Rd to do some shopping and some fucktart FedEx man stole my phone
. I chased after him. He got in trouble. Flew to Hamburg for the GermanFetishBall & stayed with tatsu_otoko
a bit. It was a nice visit
! Performed with Amrita (it was super fun) and ran around with ropemarks
& other friends a bunch! Hung out in the Hamburg airport lounge a little longer than i wanted to but figured out how to spend the time wisely
. (Hello again, Icelandic volcano). Flew to Houston (Hello, BritishAirways strike, AGAIN
) for the Texas FetishBall
& performed 2 shows with Athena Fatale. Hot weather & awesome relaxation time & good hanging out time too!
Then back to London for a bit so I could pack for Rome! June
- the last nite of the TG/Ritual Rome party I performed. It was fun too.
It was a great weekend even though doing this one performance finally turned me off on the idea of performing anymore. Doing shows like this for so little compensation is just frustrating. I can't work the days after due to soreness and marks. yeah. So this actually turned out to be one of my last show in the EU
. I headed up north via train and spent time around northern italy: Ferrara, Modena, Asti. Even went to this nudist place which was actually very nice (and kick ass weather!). Eventually, back to Vienna, then back to London. Watched a massive amount of World Cup games. I barely missed any! Saw ron athey discussion
which was cool. gurlesque
was there too. and then back to Texas (Yes, again! Yes, again British Airways issues!) Did a lot of things in Dallas
. Performed with allenfalkner
and then a couple of days later he suspended me. we also did more stuff
. Also remembered olmendoza
's birthday - or what would have been his birthday.
July - ROAD TRIP!!! with Samar. Headed north to Eureka, and then north again
. RAWR.Got covered in goo on the beach
while wearing BritishPetroleum colours. Flew to San Diego and then journeyed to Ensenada (Mexico-land)
to jump on a fucking boat
. (do i need to mention the awesome?) Spent ONE
- SIX & SEVEN
days on the Nautilus Explorer and went diving just about every day! RAWRRRR. Then, gorgeous days spent in San Diego
and ComicCon just happened to be around at the same time as was sissystck corruptmorals
That's good enough for now.