A visit from a friend

You may know him online as Alternalife or Rockinrubber but I know him by his real name. We met up yesterday and he not only joined me for my camping trip but he also brought up some of his latex gear. I even got to try one item on!

It was a bit tight as you can see, but I’ve got to say even though this kind of stuff isn’t really my thing, I actually loved how I looked in it.

December will be magic again.

Even in these hard times we can all be assured that December will be a little change. I’ve noticed everyone is taking extra effort with their decorations this year to try and create a little Christmas spirit. Yes it’s going to be odd with the limited travel and the lack of parties (although I suspect some people will still have them anyway), and no gig on New Year’s Eve is certainly going to be strange.

I’ve really been quite well prepared this year, and in general we are very well prepared for the future. An impeding hard Brexit is not leaving me with an easy feeling as I am absolutely sure there will be trouble ahead if we do. We need a deal with the EU. A bad deal is better than no deal, but try telling that to the fuckwits in Parliament.

But I get into politics, and you don’t come here to read about politics.

My latest geeky purchase is a Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. I’ve upgraded my Galaxy Watch to it.

Note to self : you have tried Android Wear and you’ve tried Garmin and you didn’t like either.  Stick with Samsung.

The latest one is pretty much an iteration of the previous one but with extra features and slightly less weight, although I have had to sideload some of the features as they are not yet approved for use in Europe or the UK, and our regulators are still focused on COVID-19 vaccines (the first of which we already have now).

The first feature I gained is ECG. A very good tool for health monitoring, especially as I near 50. I’m already older than my dad was when he had his heart attack and keeping an eye on the electrical activity in my heart can be a good thing (although it does help if you can read an ECG rather than just relying on the software).

Secondly I gain a blood pressure monitor. Now this is definitely useful, as someone who can’t actually remember the last time I had my blood pressure taken it is a good idea to monitor it.

My readings show it is slightly elevated, but not a concern provided I keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t rise too much. Anything over 140/90 is considered high blood pressure.

However when I’m relaxed it has been as low as 115/73 so I’m not too concerned.

I suppose the thing raising my blood pressure is this…

Yeah I finally got my PVC tie! A friend on Instagram pointed me at them. It’s from a company in the Netherlands called Mr Riegillo. ( https://mr-riegillio.com/ )

I did have to give it a covering of latex polish before I could actually tie it though. It really doesn’t slide, even though PVC looks as smooth as hell it does actually grab against itself.

Anyhow, that’s my little update. Have fun.

Adventures in Doncaster

So it was Jake’s 27th on Saturday. He decided he wanted to go around Doncaster.

He also told me he was going to wear his new rose gold pvc jeans (ASOS, pretty much sold out now).

Not wanting to overshadow him I decided to go fairly vanilla – just a pair of jeans and an Oxford shirt. But when I jokingly said that I was thinking of wearing the PVC suit he said “mint!”.

Ok, I followed his intention…

It wasn’t too warm a day so I thought perhaps I could get away with it for a while.

We arrived in Doncaster and immediately I was a talking point. Loads of people commented on the amazing suit. Jake looked stunning in his outfit. Very metrosexual – quite flamboyant.

I was driving though so the only drinks I could have were Mocktails and low alcohol beers.

The night went as follows:

The Gatehouse -> The Wool Market -> The Gin Rooms -> The Red Lion

We left after the lion as my pvc suit was getting a bit clammy. It’s a great looking suit but it’s not really practical to wear on a day in day out basis.

The End of the Weekend that Was – St Patrick’s at The RS Bar

The weekend ended with an Ethryll gig at the Royal Standard. We met Jake there, and Martin joined us shortly after.

After setting up and having a short soundcheck I went and changed into my new jeans. They’re amazing!

It’s as if someone exploded glitter on them. Larry and Jake both approved!

Sadly it was time for a Larry to go so I walked him back to the station and saw him to the train. It was very busy around the station so I was glad I chose that option.

When I came back in Jackalope Tales, the opener, were playing. I didn’t get to see very much of them but they were competent. American country music.

They finished and then Hollis took to the stage. Perfect for St Patrick’s, being Irish and all, he did a selection of covers and original tunes.

Finally after a half hour set, we took to the stage and did our thing.

By the end of the set I was really flagging. Far too much activity and far too little sleep.

I did, however, have a great weekend for exercise! Over 15000 steps on Sunday. 12000 on Saturday.

Wardrobe Remix

These Wardrobe Remix things seem to be popular on Instagram.
I thought I’d do one.
Waistcoat – Matalan
Shirt – Marks & Spencer (older range)
Trousers – Faux Leather by BoohooMAN
Tie – Can’t remember
Watch – Samsung Galaxy Watch
Belt buckle – copy of the one Seeley Booth wore on Bones

A cooler day

It’s so much cooler today. I finally got to wear some latex for the first time in ages!

If you’re a latex wearer, do you like to mix it a little? And if you do what do you wear with it?

Going out in latex

There are certain perils and pitfalls about going out to gig in latex jeans. I’ve done it a few times (indeed I’ve played on stage in leather and pvc, but never latex). My day yesterday was a latex day… Rewind a few days…

Being forgetful me, I had totally forgotten that I had absolutely no latex shine left at all. Not a jot. My last bottle of vivishine was looking quite bleak and I don’t think hitting it with a hammer would squeeze any more out of it.

Sadly, my only latex which is suitable for wearing out without some sort of shine is chlorinated, and since I’ve lost weight it looks like I’ve tied bin liners around my legs.

After the usual Saturday morning duties were done and dispensed with I decided I had to go to the shops; this would also include a trip to the biggest sex shop in the UK so I’m told (not too far from us!). I know they’re a sex shop rather than a fetish suppliers, although I know they do the aerosol based silicon “rubbashine” stuff. It’s ok in an emergency, but better as a shine top-up.

That’s the point at which I found out they now do their own generic latex shine (with a rather smutty name!). Better still; 4 for the price of 3!

Guess who bought four!

Rather than just try them, and knowing my latex jeans were down in my gig wardrobe at work (I store my stagewear in my unit due to home wardrobe size constraints) I called by there and gave them a shine, before putting them on.

Have to say, looking good!

So, that not much after I headed up to the gig; complete with one of the new bottles and a duster in a small bag for “topping up”.

I arrived at the venue. Topped up my shine as I got out of the car (leather seats don’t go well with latex so I tend to sit on a towel or just my coat to avoid the embarrassing sound of it pulling away)

Parking the car and walking down to the venue was a rather cold experience. Snow on the ground and latex jeans with the insulating properties of tissue paper after all!

They shone well in the street lights though!

I was in them for about 6 hours in total. When I first started wearing latex a few years ago I couldn’t wear it for very long. Now I think my body is accustomed to it and I just wear it like normal fabric.

At the gig.

The gig was great. People’s responses to my jeans were quite surprising too. Most people didn’t say a thing (although I detected a few people wanted to say something but didn’t quite know how to take it).

Some people thought they were “shiny plastic”. I corrected them of course.

In all, I felt great and looked pretty damned awesome. Even my beard stayed in order!

But you say perils, I hear you ask.

Well unlike leather and pvc, latex needs “care” whilst you’re out and about. The silicon polish that gives you the shine eventually wears off, so the occasional freshen up trip to the toilets is required so you can give the shine a top up.

This in itself can be a hazard as the silicon can be very slippery if you get it on anything. You have to be careful with the floors of the toilets as you don’t want the next customer slipping up.

Also, generally at gigs, the toilets get quite grim anyway so it’s not a nice place to be!

These, on the other hand, weren’t bad…

I did the obligatory mirror selfie whilst nobody else was in there. Bit weird otherwise…

The other problem with wearing latex, of course, is the stroke factor. You do get a lot of people curious what it is and wanting a touch. Then again… It does look amazing!

The gig was great, and to be honest when I got home I wasn’t actually in a rush to take them off. I’m definitely accustomed to latex these days.

Hawking around?

Our across the road neighbour came across this morning – it appears he had some sort of bird of prey stuck and tangled in a tree behind his house.

When Hannah and I got over there we found a Harris Hawk, complete with jessies and ring, had become tangled in a hawthorn tree.

We managed to cut some branches around the hawk and rescued it.

The poor thing is now at the vets being cared for and hopefully will be returned to it’s owner at some point in the next few days.

Off topic:

Why don’t itunes allow me to remove the DRM from my existing purchased tracks?

God it’s annoying my tits off now….

Meanwhile, todays’s 365 days picture involved me dragging out the old silver PVC trousers. Now I remember why I don’t wear PVC trousers any more… they’re hot, sweaty, and they get very smelly!

They do look rather cool though, especially when composited into a really superb background in a sorta turn of the last century/Gothic way.

I did a lot of work on this one (and discovered just how much processor time is required to run certain Script-Fu in GIMP) but it was well worth it. I’m really enjoying playing around with the GIMP now.

Rotherham Rocks? – it’s on Friday… and Saturday. I’m sort of looking forward to it, but sort of dreading it in a way. I always get this way though – it’s a big event and a lot of preparation goes into it… this year is no exception.

Should I wear the silver trousers? – no – bollocks to that!