Life After IML - June 2007

John and Chuck Renslow, side by side, smiling at the camera

Saturday 26th May - With Chuck Renslow at the President's Reception for the Leather Archives & Museum
Photo credit: Dave Harris

Dave and I flew to Chicago in May for our 5th IML weekend. As usual we spent a lot of the time meeting friends, enjoying the sights in the packed lobby of the Palmer House Hilton and shopping in the leather market. Other highlights included being invited to address the contestants backstage on Thursday, attending the LA&M President's reception on Saturday morning, and the puppy party at the hotel on Saturday evening.

Mikel Gerle, Mr Los Angeles Leather 2007, won the 29th International Mr Leather Contest, but that isn't the only competition running during the weekend. This year was also the 15th annual International Mr Bootblack Competition, which was won by Spot from Michigan. I've met Spot a few times in my travels, including CLAW in Cleveland and during his vacation to London, so I contacted him to find out what his plans were for his title year:

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

Best wishes,

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

To my home page To the full index To the next column