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 Links to all Dave Rhodes' Hump Day posts

 

 

 

Now you can read all of Dave Rhodes' Hump Day news blogs with links to them on this page.

Scroll down to see what you like. They are listed in chronological order with the most recent being at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

A King Without A Kingdom

By Rodney Burger

On February 28th I was on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was a beautiful Friday evening and the bars in Wilton Manors, the popular gayborhood, were hopping. I had enjoyed happy hour at Hunter’s and was having dinner at the Garden Café across the street next to the Eagle Wilton Manors, when I saw Mr. DC Eagle 2020 Justin Sawyers walk by the window. I had been to the Mr. and Ms. DC Eagle 2020 Contest in November and had seen Justin at other events since then. After dinner, I was happy to greet him and several other Leather titleholders who I knew who were also in town and checking out the newest Eagle bar. It was a magical evening that now seems a lifetime ago.

 

 Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend was held January 22-24. Hosted at the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, IL and was produced by David Boyer of Touché Chicago. Six Contestants, #1 Jonathan, #2 Achilles, #3 Rod, #4 Todd, #5 Steve, #6 Stitch competed to represent The Windy City’s Leathermen as Mr. Chicago Leather 2016. In the end it was Contestant 4, Todd Harris whose scores won Mr. Chicago Leather 2016.

Contest Judges were IML 2015 Patrick Smith, International Mr. Rubber 2015 Jeffrey GummiBarchen Basile, Mr Tri State Leather Brian Bolt Donner, DC Eagle 2015 & American Leatherman 2015 Dan Ronnenburg, Mr. Chicago Leather Luis Tipantasig  (He’s single and looking).  Tally Masters were Josh Fortuna and Ron Moser, Den Daddy was Rob Czar, and Judges’ boy was Sara Beth. Bootblacking at the bar for the event was by Great Lakes Bootblack Meghan and Sparkie.

The show itself was skillfully conducted with playfully slick and appropriately dirty humor delivered via John Pendal’s jocular tongue and its vigorous Leather base.

Mr. Chicago Leather Weekend unofficially kicked off with the Opening Night Gala of Leslie Anderson Naked Leather Exhibit in the LA&M Gallery downstairs. Officially it started at Touché with The Welcome Party at 10 PM and the Roast of Mr. Chicago Leather 2015 Luis at Midnight. Saturday was a busy day of Flea Marketing and Kink U classes hosted by Titans of the Midwest, followed at 8 PM by the contest at the Leather Archives and Museum.

This year’s recipient of the Chuck Windemuth Mr. Chicago Leather Mentorship Award went to “Founding Father of Onyx Mufassa," for 20 years of service and mentorship to the men of Chicago.

2016 marked was the first live webcast from LA&M. It was sent to Touché for the overflow crowd to enjoy the contest at the bar.  The webcast was made possible by Touché and The Leather Journal.

Sunday’s Brunch was held at Andersonville Brewing Company followed by a Beer Bust and Black T Dance at Touché.

 

 

 

On Saturday night, January 30, Monte Freeman was named Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2016 in a very packed bar, following in the footsteps of Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith who went on to become Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015 and then International Mr. Leather 2015.

The runner-up was Shane Boyd. Five men competed with Skip Burnett, Johnny Yamamoto and Christopher Guara completing the roster of contestants.

The head judge was Kevin Casey and assisting him were International Mr. Leather 2015 Patrick Smith, Steve Ganzell, Gabriel Green and Cody Troy. The tally master was Mike Van Horn. The judges' boy was Boy Chris and the contestants handler was Ted.

Past Mr. Oil Can Harry's Lou Romano was the emcee and his biting humor had anyone else who appeared on stage on edge. The crowd loved it.

 

Before the winners were announced, bar owner Charlie Matula presented Eagle LA Recognition Awards to Patrick Smith and Steve Ganzell.

Freeman will compete at Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2016 on Saturday night, April 2 at the Globe Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

 

 

2015 is the first time that the Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather contest was held at a venue away from the bar, Sunset Temple on Saturday night, February 21, where Jay Heimbach was declared the winner.

On Thursday, February 19, the San Diego Eagle Leather 2015 contest weekend began with a small and lovely Leather family banquet at Claire De Lune. The producers, friends and San Diego Leather family gathered around Russ Mortenson Boyd. Boyd has been the producer of the Mr. San Diego Eagle Leather contest for the last 10 years, and also heads the Leather Foundation of San Diego. He explained how he carefully hand picked the judges from Eagle Bars abroad, and introduced us to the contestant, Jay Heimbach.

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