, and I also went to OpenCon
and had my 23rd birthday!
I had been planning to go to OpenCon for some time, but money problems (it’s always money!) meant I couldn’t afford it until it was too late to book. Fortunately my dear friend Maxine prodded me with information that someone had cancelled at the last minute so I was able to go along at the last minute! And by the gods, was it worth the fuss a million times over!
Three days and 2 nights in a tantric healing centre, surrounded by polyamorous folks of all ages, varieties of non-monogamy, and nationalities (I made quite good friends with 3 Germans who’d come over just for the event, mostly through our frequent shared use of the smoking temple). The time was filled with workshops, lovely vegan food, and chilling out at the bar and the smoking temple. The night sky was beautifully clear, the days were made from sunlight and clear, cool autumn air, and the countryside around was the perfect setting for a weekend that saw everyone there grinning like idiots for pretty much all the time.
My own best experiences of the weekend were the poly activist workshop, ‘sex with Ludi’ (a discussion group, not actual sex) and building a rocket. Yes, a rocket. I made a paper rocket and fired it over a hedge! Made good friends with (and kissed) the rocket man, who does the making of rockets in schools for a living. He amazed me with physics, and I amazed him with my ability to impersonate Jack Sparrow – a good trade off, methinks.
I was on a panel myself too, which was a new and very pleasant experience! Myself, the rocket man, beautiful Ludi and dear Maxine sat ourselves in front of a room full of people and spoke about our varying experiences in the kink world. The questions we got were so much fun to answer, and I’m looking forward very much to repeating the experience at Polyday for the kink panel there!
Words do come rather short of describing the experience, especially as by the end of the weekend my brain had dissolved into a warm fuzzy mush from all the wonderful people, great conversation, and the strain of such prolonged social activity. Bipolar in such close confines with people, even marvellous ones, was only contained by lots of pipe smoking and stolen moments to myself. Needless to say, it gave me a great deal of confidence that Polyday will be a roaring success, and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone I met at OpenCon at Polyday!
One particular interesting point is that the activist workshop has made a real impact on people. A new site is being set up, http://polytical.org
, for we poly activists in the UK. It will be launched in the 19th November (in time for Polyday), but the wiki is already up and running at http://polytical.org/wiki
. Personally I’m not sure what use a wiki will be, but I’m looking forward to seeing what gets turned out, and I will be throwing in my help once I’ve gotten myself a little more organised- probably when all the Polyday organisation has been polished off. People have really jumped up and stepped forward, eager to push polyamory out there into the public eye and support our freedoms. Gives me a great big grin, it does!
What also gave me a special Smugface Bobbu Grin™ was my birthday on Wednesday. I had some of my closest friends around for a night watching crap movies, drinking and giggling like the wee monkeys we are. It was also rather lovely having the 3 girls I’m currently dating in the house at the same time (along with 2 other ladies with whom I have a more complicated relationship with). So many beautiful people, so little capacity in language for appreciation! Two of the marvellous creatures stayed over in my bed, and we whiled away the morning of my first day as a 23-year-old with repeated threesome sex before I eventually had to head to work.
If I were to summarise my life over the past week or so, I’d have to say it can be done with a single word, and that I hope you can share in my joy as I shared in the joy of all the people at OpenCon. That single word?
My life has been a crazy busy mess this last week, I have to say! For all the right reasons though; I’m working hard on an ecommerce site for a friend, finally starting on the website for my day job, wading through money problems, organising