Rope Management

Lidzbark Warmiński I love rope. Tying other people up, getting tied up by other people and self bondage. I’ve never actually found it necessary (considering my budget) to invest in more expensive and better quality hemp, silk or even bamboo rope. I’m sure its really nice, I just don’t have that kind of expendable income yet. (anyone want to sponsor me?)

Mazatlán Instead, I just use regular old nylon rope from the hardware store. I take out the guts (the inside chord) to make it softer and easier to handle. It works exactly the way I need it to. On occasion, I also pick up cotton rope (sometimes branded “Power Rope”) at the multitude of 99 cent stores around SF. Since I can find unique and vibrant colors in this type of rope, I use it more for decorative rope “outfits”.

In my past 3 or so years of playing with ropes, I’ve had some annoying and mildly embarrassing moments laundering them. I’ve pulled out wet wads of clothes tangled around a rope while doing laundry in a crowded laundry mat. I’ve learned a thing or two doing my best to provide excellent service to some wonderfully deserving Mistresses. This time, I wasn’t thinking.

It’s not the end of the world, only slightly annoying and somewhat amusing. I eventually untangled the ropes and now they’re hanging all over my room to dry. This time I’ll be more intentional about the way I store my ropes and follow Monk’s advice(see video).

Clips from the Olympic Torch Route

In summary, the Olympic Torch Relay was scheduled to take place in San Francisco today. Demonstrations leading up to the event included the Human Rights Torch Relay, individuals scaling the Golden Gate Bridge and a Tibet Rally and Peace March.

I followed coverage on Twitter and on Olympic Torch SF and used extra time on my lunch break to record video (above) at Third and King around 1pm. Protesters waited while San Francisco leaders rerouted the relay and canceled the ceremony to avoid conflict.

Quotes from coverage of the event:

“Gavin Newsom runs San Francisco the way the premier of China runs his country – secrecy, lies, misinformation, lack of transparency and manipulating the populace… He misled supporters and opponents of the run. People brought their families and their children, and (mayoral officials) hatched a cynical plan to please the Bush State Department and the Chinese government because of the incredible influence of money. Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin as Reported by The San Francisco Chronicle

“Free San Francisco.” Miloh

“Who needs freedom, anyway? All [your] bases belong to China!Mariva

Local government action not only silenced the thousands of protesters exercising free speech today but threatens our future rights. We have to hold each other accountable to maintain the rights that allow us to work for justice throughout the world.

I’d like to see the people of San Francisco rally to hold the United States Government accountable for the same human rights violations we accuse the Chinese government. We need to demand our rights as agreed to by the United States Constitution. The call to action has long been made and I fear that if we wait much longer our ability to act will be stifled.

dancing fingers

Thanks to the performance of Jill and Eugene, I ended up with a cool video clip a few months ago. This is me having fun with it.

Clips from Smoldering Woman

Lately I’ve been working on lots of fun projects, but working a lot. I finally found time to put together clips from Smoldering Woman, a birthday party/reunion in the desert. This video is just the moments I caught on tape in the order that they happened. Thanks to everyone who was there, you are all wonderful!