Saturday, September 10, 2011

An Awesome Weekend in Seattle

An Awesome Weekend in Seattle

Northwest LeatherSIR/boy and Community Bootblack Contests 2012

Last weekend my sexy little pup (Nitro) and I had the honor of participating on the judging panel for the 2012 Northwest Regional LeatherSIR, Leatherboy, and Community Bootblack contests in Seattle, WA.  It was my first time in Seattle and I must say it is an absolutely beautiful city and the view of the mountains is incredible. 

We were met at the airport Friday afternoon by SIR Hugh Russell, International LeatherSIR 2010, and were joined shortly there-after by boy Renee, First Runner-Up International Leatherboy 2011.  The three of us had the privilege of staying in SIR Hugh's beautiful home for the weekend.  Sir Hugh is an incredible host and I can’t thank him enough for making this weekend so special. He fed us like Kings all weekend and made sure we were well cared for no matter where we were throughout the weekend.

Friday evening we all headed to Doghouse Leathers for the contest Meet and Greet where we joined our Title Sister, Luna, International Community Bootblack 2011.  As you can see by some of the pictures below, we make one very fun and sometimes crazy title family!  I can tell already it is going to be one outstanding title year for the three of us.

After the Meet and Greet we all made our way over to the Cuff Complex to watch Bootblack Ruin during the 90 minute Interpersonal Skills section of the contest.  I must say Ruin is an absolutely beautiful women and an outstanding bootblack. It was a real pleasure to watch Ruin care for the boots of her customers right alongside the 2011Northwest Community Bootblack, Dylan. 

After a peaceful night of sleep, Nitro and I had the opportunity to interview all three contestants Saturday morning.  The interviews were informative and very entertaining.  It was wonderful to be able to spend some quality time with each of the contestants and really get to know them on a more personal level.  Because there was only one contestant in each contest we were able to spend about 45 minutes with each of them. I appreciate the time that each contestant devoted to the judging panel during the interviews and the genuine nature of all of their responses to our sometimes difficult and deeply personal questions.

After the interviews were over the judges and contest staff were treated to lunch at Boom Noodle where we were relax together and enjoy the great conversation and outstanding food. 

Saturday evening we were back at the Cuff for the main contest. I must say that this was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining contests I have ever had the pleasure of judging.  The two emcees for the evening, SIR Hugh and Ms Lynda kept me laughing the entire evening as they set the house on fire with their humor and constant back and forth antics. All of the contestants did a great job on their speeches, fantasies, and leather image and other scored categories, and at the end of the night all three contestants successfully earned their titles.

I would like to congratulate SIR Jim, NW LeatherSIR 2012; boy danny, NW Leatherboy 2012; and Ruin, NW Community Bootblack 2012 for a job well done.  Best of luck throughout your title year and I look forward to seeing all of you in San Francisco in July!  I would also like to thank the producers of the Northwest Regional contests and their attentive volunteers for making our weekend so memorable.

After a couple of very busy weeks with local events in the Atlanta metro area Nitro and I will be heading to Dallas, TX on September 23rd for the Gulf Coast Regional contests. I look forward to seeing more of my ILSb family then.

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