Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Some Folsom pictures, and a funny story…

A very common sight at Folsom.

Fishing for something out a 3rd-story window.

Nice butt.

Twisted Monk temporary tattoos were seen in all the best places.

Women love them. Or maybe it's just the rope.

It's tough work, guys, but someone's gotta do it.

Whenever there was a cute girl in the air, I couldn't even get close to the booth.

Galahad being eyed by a man wearing his underwear around his ankle.

Really. See, there's his car key on his shoelace, too.

Max takes his turn rigging: Ladies first.

And boys later.

As the crowd looked on.

So, an amusing coincidence... Max and I arrived in the Seattle airport yesterday afternoon, collected our bags, and climbed onto the bus that serves the MasterPark (no pun intended) lot that we use. Sitting across from us were two nice-looking, thirtysomething guys. They were the kind of guys that, if you saw either of them alone, you wouldn’t immediately say “oh, he’s gay”. But somehow the two of them together – well, maybe it was the way they were sitting. Straight men, in my experience, just don’t sit quite that close to each other. It wasn’t that they were draped all over each other, not at all. And there wasn’t some big sexual energy or anything - in fact, if I had to make a guess, I’d say they were good friends but not lovers. At least, not seriously or currently.

But, truthfully, it wasn’t terribly hard to draw some conclusions about them, because one of them was wearing a t-shirt that read “Folsom Street Fair 2005”.

Now, I normally do not talk to strangers in public. I just don’t. I’m very reserved in that way. But Folsom is such a cultural touchstone. So I caught his eye and grinned at him, indicating his shirt. “Yeah, I was there, too.”

He smiled back. “You were?”

Max had been supervising the loading of our several bags, but that moment, he came and sat down next to me. “Yeah, we were there.” I said. “It was great, wasn’t it?”

So we sat and chatted about some things we’d seen, in that elliptical, coded way that queers and kinksters do when talking in a mixed public setting. There was a woman seated nearby who was obviously listening to our conversation, but she was just as obviously not understanding our references. Like this one:

“Did you see that the San Francisco Police Department had a recruiting booth there?”

“Yeah, we saw that. Too funny. I guess they thought, hey, all these guys like uniforms anyway…” (laughter)

The first year I went,” said Max, “I had a hard time telling which ones were the real cops and which ones were just…dressed. I figured out to look for the gun, that was the only way to tell for sure.”

We had a nice chat on the five minute drive, and bade each other goodbye when we arrived at the car lot, and I thought that was the end of a pleasant encounter. I watched the attendant heave our bags into the car, but when I turned around to look for Max, I saw him off in conversation with one of the two men.

God, he’s such a flirt, I thought, smiling. For a guy who says boys don’t make his lust-meter rise, Max does enjoy admiring and being admired by gay men. I’m so used to it that it didn’t cross my mind that it could be anything else.

Until Max got into the car and said, “So it turns out I used to work with that guy.”

“Wha-at?” Max is quite firm about keeping his professional life separate from him private life – that’s why you don’t see pictures of his face online anywhere. So I wasn’t sure how he’d feel about this.

“Yeah, a number of years ago I hired him for a contract gig. I didn’t recognize him – not until he reminded me - but he recognized me.” He laughed.

“Are you okay about this?”

“Sure, it’s no big deal. We’re sort of equally busted, if you know what I mean. It’s fine. I gave him my card and I got his, I might be able to use him again sometime.”

I always say: it’s a small town when you’re kinky…


Mistress Matisse said...
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Lenora said...

The first of your pictures is the guy who is referred to as the "mascot" of the Power Exchange. He has remarkable stamina for jacking off.

And the blonde guy in the picture when Max is rigging the woman? He's someone I dance with through a variety of locations.

It was good seeing you both.

miss candy said...

sounds like such fun! wish i coulda been there...maybe next year...

MsBehavn said...

It looks and sounds like you all had a great time, Matisse. I definitely think that my bf and I should time our trip to Seattle to coincide with Folsom next year!

TwiddlyBits said...

Can't really blame that guy for eyeing Galahad. Galahad looked pretty hot in those leather pants of his!

It was great meeting you again and actually getting to talk to Max this time! Glad you had a safe trip - hope your cold is all gone asap!

Lauren said...

Matisse - do you find many vanilla people attending this festival, simply as curiousity seekers? How are they treated by the kinksters?

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, MM!

- Mrs. Wookie -

Dale said...

Just wanted to comment on the police recruiting. It seems to make perfect sense - not just for the uniform part. I don't know a single community where the majority of police resources are not spent on domestic disputes.

So, in order to best accommodate the community, it would make sense to have police officers who are familiar and empathetic with disputes that would arise from relationships which are not presented through popular media. I can only imagine one of our local cops trying to deal with a domestic dispute between some of the folks I saw in your pictures. I think they would soil their pants.

Bravo to the SFPD!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely traveling to Folsom if I'm on the West Coast next year. Definitely.

Great photos, by the way.

Although, maybe too many penises for my taste. I'd have to find some big, bad butch daddy to bring me and keep me out of Dick's way ...

Anonymous said...

Oh, but from what I could see ... Galahad's ass did look pretty in those leather pants.