So, the BF and I went to MAL (Leather Weekend in DC). We did the Saturday-overnight-to-Sunday thing. It was quite the surreal experience--lots of men (And a few women) in some rather interesting leather and rubber combinations. The event is held annually at the Washington Plaza Hotel with a full leather vendor mart and coat check. While there are lots of events planned, many men are content to shop the mart and hang in the lobby (there is a bar there, so you can buy a drink if you want). Some gus also cruise the hotel hallways looking for sex parties. Oh, the INTRIGUE!! We went to the leather mart to get some armbands and then hung out in the Host hotel lobby for the evening, leaving for meals and such (I already have harness as most of you know--yes, I wore the outfit from my avatar). Nothing like seeing people strip naked to try on cocks rings, harnesses, leather chaps/pants, and more. *whew* There were so HOT HOT men there. HOT, I tell ya. Saw more than a few guys from BigmuscleBears.com, bear411.com amd dudesnude.com and it's always nice when a person looks either (1) like their pictures or (2) better than their pictures. So here are some personal oberservations: Many guys were advertisiing water sports, fisiting, blow jobs, or "anything, anytime anywhere" via hankerchiefs, armbands, or jock colors. A guy in fireman's suspenders and pants is HOT. HOT I say. Assless chaps are NOT for eveyone. The ass is the problem--you either got a good one, or you don't. Is there a better feeling than a guy you just met picking you up, saying "YUM!" and sucking your nipples in front of a room full of 200 people? Touch and be touched is SO the philosophy to have at these events. Men get sexier as they age (as if you need me to tell you that) It is interesting what leather pieces guys are into (boots, aprons, chaps, pants, kilts, etc). I so totally did NOT get the guys in the full gas mask nucklear environmental wasteland gear. Is the fun in taking that off? I also so totally did NOT get the guys who were on all fours, being lead around on a leesh, barking and licking boots for doggie treats. DWM, EricBear--help? All in all, I had a fantastic time. We ran into a lot of internet buddies and the amount of exposure to this scene was just right.