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It was another TYPICAL weekend in Chicago:
  • Obnoxious St. Louis Cardinal fans - Cubs lost 2 out of 3 games
  • Boorish Philly Flyers fans - Hawks won both games
  • The President of the US visiting his old Chicago hangout - messed up air and road traffic
  • A few thousand leather and gear fans at IML (International Mr. Leather)
But what did some of the furries do? We used IML as an excuse to hang out in downtown Chicago and just have fun.
  • Friday - Gearblast, organized by Rocketpup, is a social gathering at IML for fans of all types of gear / dress (from business suits to rubber / leather to sports unitforms to fursuits) - While there was a great turnout in general, 35 furries showed up (me, nitropup, jet, hunter, perro, rex, woody, ryan, vish, fen, metro, fozzi, zoober, dane, huxley, pawnce, leon, cyanwolf, theome, delmir, kale, yelang, basilfox, street, kodi, slush, snickers, tozier, spork, madius, panth, tahoe, seven, the man, novaua)
  • Saturday - The fursuiters (spork, madius, woody, dbruin, arty, jaegerfuchs, tigwolf, theome, rex, and delmir) invaded the big market at IML. Overall, it was mainly positive comments. The few negatives centered around blocking paths in the market and how it wasn't related to leather. We were later joined by Kamberlane and his GF for dinner and later drinks at the Signature Room (95th-96th floors of the John Hancock Tower) where the view of the Chicago at night was incredible. The night ended with drinks and good times.
  • Sunday - Nitropup and I took it easy this day. we made our way to the Lincoln Park zoo (along with a billion other people) to see the animals. Once again, the puma was asleep. We did meet up with some of the furs at the IML hotel for dinner. We later went to the local ice rink where 15 of us scrimmaged for about 1.5 hours which was lots of fun. After showering up, Nitropup and I made it back to the IML for another night of drinks and joking around.
  • Monday - There wasn't enough time for much fun things. After brunch and packing up, Nitropup had to flying back to New York. I met up with a bunch of other local furs for a BBQ and watching the Blackhawks beat the Flyers in Game 2! (Thanks to Slush for his impromptu sketch of me - see above)
Wish I could tell you what will happen next weekend. I'm sure it'll be just as "varied..." *off to bed*

*Edit - IML is International Mr. Leather not International Male Leather

Date: 2010-06-01 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hockeyfag.livejournal.com
It was great seing you there :) I loved hunter and his cammo/leather bullet proof looking vest he had.. lots of cute little furs there this year :) Also finally met theome after years of knowing him on LJ :)

Date: 2010-06-01 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invncble.livejournal.com
Def many furs. I wonder if the number will continue to grow...

Date: 2010-06-01 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hockeyfag.livejournal.com
yeah. I'm really getting to like you guys and being a bear...

Date: 2010-06-01 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackswan666.livejournal.com
Psst, it's actually International Mr. Leather, not male leather. :) Just sayin'.

I'm also pleased that a handi-capable trans man won IML this year. Of course it doesn't hurt that I know the 1st runner up ad the gentleman that won International Mr. Bootblack.

One of these years, I'll make it out there for IML.

Date: 2010-06-01 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invncble.livejournal.com
Ack! You're right about the Mr. Leather. Will change it. I think you'd have a blast at IML. :)

Date: 2010-06-01 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rysar.livejournal.com
Pics from the mart and Jaeger and Tig suiting at the bean are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rysar/sets/72157624055476843/

Date: 2010-06-01 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invncble.livejournal.com
It was fun hanging out with you. We'll need more pics of your new suit!

Date: 2010-06-01 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yelang.livejournal.com
Was great to hang with you guys!

Date: 2010-06-01 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invncble.livejournal.com
Fun times, as always. I'll have to work on those G&Ts.

Date: 2010-06-01 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pounce-de-leon.livejournal.com
Ye! Come back soon!

Date: 2010-06-01 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jet-der-hund.livejournal.com
Was great seeing you ye :D

Date: 2010-06-01 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pounce-de-leon.livejournal.com
It was really fun to see you and meet everyone, though I didn't realize there really were 35 of us in that corner!

Date: 2010-06-01 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perro.livejournal.com
It really was a fantastic weekend. Thanks for helping organize and schedule poom :)

Date: 2010-06-01 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jet-der-hund.livejournal.com
Was great seeing you there. Thanks so much for the fun times at hockey, GearBlast and what not :)

Date: 2010-06-01 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snickershusky.livejournal.com
For being my first time at IML it was quite the experience and it is nice to have friends like you guys who have been it longer and show the ropes. ;)

Date: 2010-06-15 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jimwolf24.livejournal.com
I definitely plan to do IML next year. Just didn't work out timing wise this year. It'll be my first leather convention ever.

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