Dark Odyssey: Surrender
Can you Imagine a hotel room nearly taken over by kinksters, in the busy city of San Francisco? I can. I’ve seen it. This past November (ok so this post is about a bit late) I had the opportunity to participate in this glorious, kinky weekend. Dark Odyssey: Surrender came to town. My knowledge of this event came from a good friend of mine, Danarama. He asked me to be his bottom for the Suspension Showcase on the night of Friday the 9th. Seeing as rope is one of my biggest fetishes, I eagerly agreed! We actually prepared for this starting in October. Almost weekly we’d meet up in Dan’s little downstairs dungeon and try out suspension after suspension after suspension. (My tolerance for rope certainly increased during this training period.) Finally, on Thursday the 8th, we were ready. We knew exactly what music we were using, what dance moves we needed, and which suspensions to do.
This event was about more than just rope suspensions though. Dark Odyssey brought together a diverse group of kinksters from all ends of the country. Every single pervy activity you can think of was accounted for. There was a Little Miss/Mister Little’s Pagent (which the amazingly talented and beautiful Siouxsie Q won), an entire floor of the hotel dedicated to play space and – of course – classes. Lots and LOTS of classes on all sorts of play. Before the Suspension Showcase, I had time to attend a class on medical stapling. This was taught by non other than Stefanos and Shay. I left the class not wanting to staple someone (though they allowed class time for the audience to staple the two lovely demo-bottoms) but wanting to be stapled myself. Alas there was not enough time to have Shay staple me. Hopefully another time.
Later that first night (after my performance with Dan), my husband hung out in the lovely pillow filled massage room with the lovely StrapOn Jo and a new friend they made that night. I spent that night (after the Suspension Showcase) in the main play space enjoying my first inverted suspension (did I mention I love rope?). After being in the play space until well after 2am, we finally retired to our hotel room. (Yes having the event at the hotel meant we could play to our hearts content and not worry about transit in the SF Bay.)
The next morning I enjoyed the breakfast buffet downstairs (bacon, eggs, bagels, fruit and pastries were on my plate) before heading out to the various classes of the day. I ended up in the Creative Mindfuckery class (which he teaches throughout the year) taught by Danarama and Give it to him: Prostate Play and Pegging taught by Charlie Glickman.
Initially I had a bit of remorse for visiting Dan’s class. Not for any reason other than I wanted him to Mind Fuck me someday and attending his class gave me the impression that I knew all of his tricks. The fact of the matter is Dan is quite a creative sadist. I found out recently that he has MANY more tricks than he demonstrated in that class. So if you’re interested in Mindfuckery, his is a class you have to take (just leave your submissive at home). In Charlie’s class I learned how to find the prostate. As someone who has never pegged a man (but has fantasies of doing so) this was the best possible advice I could have received. As soon as I get my fingers (and toys) in some submissive boy’s bottom (or a bottom boy’s bottom) I’ll post some more details. In the meantime, you can visit the launch for his upcoming book: The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure.
The second night we were all in for a huge treat. If you paid for admission to Dark Odyssey and MISSED this amazing you, you’re clearly a headcase. What were you thinking? You missed out on one of the highlights of the entire event!! The Wet Spots played for us that night! If you haven’t heard of The Wet Spots, get on YouTube and watch Do You Take it? now! (One of the songs they performed was a cover of Roy Zimmerman’s Defenders of Marriage.) The Wet Spots make great background music for your next play party. And if you’re ever attending an event in which they are performing, don’t be a headcase. Go watch them!
By Sunday morning I was on kinky cloud nine. The Blood Pendants class later that day brought a tear to my eye. Stefanos and Shay showed the class how to incorporate a deep, loving intimacy to their blood play along with making time for arts-and-crafts (the first 15 people were given a kit for drawing blood and making a pendant with it). After lunch that day I went to the rope harness class with Topologist. I was there as a demo bottom for a friend (the same friend that suspended me upside-down). This class, like so many this weekend, allowed for audience participation. No one was seated. Everyone in the room was standing up practicing their ropes on a friend.
Finally that night someone beat me up. I snuck off to an empty play room (modeled after an abandoned alleyway and complete with metal trash can) with Mister Sean (who happened to be the DM of the play space that weekend). The details of what happened in that room I won’t share. Those are between myself and Mister Sean (and the audience he let in once he realized I’m a bit of an exhibitionist too). I will share that this was my first time having a dominant play with me at a public play space that was not a porn shoot. That made me very, very happy. I hope to do some more of that in the future
Thank you mister sean for the play time.
Mostly though, thank you to Greg and his crew for putting together an amazing weekend here in San Francisco. I truly hope Dark Odyssey will visit us every year.