Lex, it was so good to see you again and spend time with you in Balmer. For those who don't know, Lex met up with my partner (Tawse) and me, and we went to a contest at The Hippo in Baltimore - the Maryland Leather Sir/leather boy contest. We spent the afternoon at the contest, and then went out to dinner, and then spent a little time at a club, The Phoenix. Lex, I will send you some of the photos that Tawse took, when I get a chance to sort through them. And I have to say, you were our "good luck charm." All these years, we have been going to contests, and this is the first time that the official photographer has been snapping pics of us... just because we had the handsome black man in his harness sitting with us. And to put a diversity spin on this thread, I introduced Lex to some friends of mine: a black lesbian (I guess you could tell how much Tawse and I LOVE Joanna), a white lesbian, a deaf latino gay male, a female-to-male transgendered person, and several white gay men. At MAL in January, he also met some of my straight friends of various genders and ethnicities. Dude, I can't wait until your BubbaBear gets to this area. We gotta spend some time together, and I can't wait to meet Mrs. Lex... work on that one.