Travel to the post-apocalyptic future with “Jizzoline Queen”

And oh hey, here’s the final result of the other shoot I did, when we had that little heat wave in February (come to think of it, it’s also about 60˚ F out today too).

I had the rusty motorcycle for a while and set up with bits of the set for months, but the original outfit I designed was very different, and not quite right.  It was  more “Mad Moxxi” and far more colorful, and less brown and steampunk.  So that sort of became it’s own concept for a later shoot and that left me with having to come up with something different for this shoot.

Its the old Aviatrix corset and belt with some very different hair, and other different accessories as well.  The hair puffs or whatever you’d call them were pretty fun to make.  They’re made out of the decades old red  bob wigs I had from when I first started out.  So yeah, I guess I can’t ever throw anything away as it might get used as raw materials later.

Of course, the other new bit is the lovely lovely chastity cage that features in this shoot.  I know we’ll be seeing a lot more of this, and for this shoot, it was fitting addition.
This might be one of my favorite recent shoots, and the total tally of pictures in this set is well over 200.  The full set goes up on my site this weekend!  Gonna keep the momentum going, and see what new spin I can make on some old outfits next! 
-Tara

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Let’s travel to the past with “Let them Eat Cock!”

So my newest shoot is up, called “Let them eat cock!”


It’s essentially the same outfit as a shoot I did back in 2010 called “Masquerade”, but with panniers and some refinement to the outfit and set.   Oh, and I really, really do fill out the corset much better than 7 years ago!  For those of you who miss my old boobs, you really don’t have to look any further than comparing the above picture to 2010 and you can see just how much better proportioned the new ones are.


Actually, you can see the difference in my forehead/brow lift and the improvements in my makeup skills and of course, those ridiculously large lips (yeah, I know some of you don’t like them, but well, I feel they balance out the other aspects of my face).


Oh and the urethral beads are back! Plus a really amazing but obviously not 18th century black dildo. (Who knows, maybe it  is period?)

All in all, a really nice outfit and nice shoot and I’m happy this outfit has held up well over the years.  The entire set of 224 pictures just went up today!

-Tara

 

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Back in form: “Flamenco” and “Heidi Ho”

Yay, there’s new stuff on my site.  First off I finally did a shoot in that Flamenco outfit, and for better or worse, I decided the background just needed to be a nicely appointed room.

It was one of those sort of things where I could have built a crazy, over the top Spanish-inspired set, but yeah.. not like you all wanted to wait another year for that shoot to happen.  So here it is, and the results came out fine.Honestly, good shoots are really more about how sexy the energy is, not the stupid little details that often delay the shoots from happening.  I have a few other shoots  and crazy outfits in the pipeline, but I always forget that I can just tweak and do new versions of old favorites and I doubt you’re all going to complain about that!So that’s how I came up with the other new shoot, “Heidi Ho!”, which is really just the Cocktoberfest outfit from way way back, though I did have to alter it to allow my new, larger tits to fit better.  Or in this case, just be exposed more.

For those of you longing for some more normal, less “futanari fuckdoll” type stuff, these two shoots should scratch that itch.  Sure, there are changes that you can see in my face and body, but they’re mostly for the better, right?
And who knows, maybe the next shoot I do will be really stripped down and the complete antithesis of the whole bimbo thing.  You never know what I’m going to do next!

So, I also went on a Vegas trip, that had nothing to do with AVN this year, but if I write about that, I wil save that for another post.

Back into the studio, for whatever is next!  Might be pink, might be not!

-Tara

 

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Two classic Christmas shoots upscaled, and put into a “Ultimate Xmas Collection” gallery.

So I hemmed and hawed a bit about doing a holiday themed shoot, and in the end I decided that I couldn’t really improve on any of the previous Christmas shoots I had done in the past.  Looking at many of those shoots, i noticed they really needed the upscaling treatment.  So, I’ve gone and remastered “Naughty Elf” from 2005 and “The Island of Misfit Sex Toys” from 2008.  The change in size is most noticable in “Naughty Elf” going from something like 900 pixels to 2000 pixels in the largest dimension.  For “Misfit Toys” that also had a similar jump in resolution.
Both shoots may have grown in size as I picked some different pictures that I might had rejected the first time around.    And then I have made a seperate page for all the Christmas shoots, easily accessible.  And as with all the upscaled shoots, they are easily noticable on the gallery pages by the much larger rollover button to access the gallery.  Eventually I will get to all of the galleries, and the biggest jump in quality will be probably for the 2005-2009 galleries.  Later on, I did start inching up the size, so I’m not sure if it’s worth re-mastering the ones where the current finals are like 1700 or 1800 pixels right now.

But anyway, it’s a nice treat to see these classic shoots in far more detail.  Although now looking at them, I can see that I really could have re-shot either outfit with my bigger tits and better makeup skills, and yeah, I could have outdone them easily today!  But eh..  let’s look forward instead of looking back, and I’m more excited about whatever shoot is coming next.  But until that comes out, let’s get this dose of classic Tara!


-Tara

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Two shoots in one: “Diamond Disco”

So I’m finally getting around to that backlog of outfits that I’ve made this year but hadn’t shot in.  This outfit was made for AVN last January and got some nice visibility at Montreal Fetish Weekend but only got to shoot in just now.

This concept had a working title along the line of something like “Rhinestone Vegas”.
But few months back, I purchased this really over the top blonde afro wig, and well, that also worked for this outfit too.

And then “Rhinestone Vegas” didn’t fit as well as something like “Diamond Disco”, even though I’m not really pushing any other 70’s themes anywhere in it.  Anyway, what’s in a name anyway?  And rather than spin each variaton off into different shoots (that being the case I’d probably do different backgrounds), I just included both versions in this one.

So if you’re not too keen on the blue haired hentai look, there’s always the funky variation. Hope you like both of them!  Let me know which version is hotter!

-Tara

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Dancing in New York Dec 6th

At the Satin Dolls Gentlemen’s Club. 689 8th Avenue an 43rd St, 2nd floor.   No relation to the old Satin Doll club in Providence, as far as I know.  In fact, I think every couple hundred miles of so in each metropolitan area, there’s a strip club named “Satin Doll”.

The plan is to drive in, dance, make some money and drive back that night if nothing fun presents itself for an afterparty (We are talking a Wednesday night here, of course).

Hope to meet my NYC fans there!

-Tara

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Hiatus, again…

So hey, I vanished again for a month, but I’m back.  What happened? The last thing you saw, I had just done a ton of video updates and lots of work on my clips4sale store. https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/21825/ts-goddess-tara-emory–

Then, on November 12th I had another one of those Trans All Star Parties strip night at EGO in Providence.   Actually, I was going through a troth of depression around that time, but I managed to pull myself together and attend.  I’m glad I did because I enjoyed myself.  The reasons I was depressed beforehand were pretty complicated.  For starters, I had an issue with a stalker, who was harassing me through texts and then every form of social media.  All of which had something to do with leftover drama from the Satin TS Dolls club from 2 years ago so it was really the ramblings of an unhinged, drugged up person, but they sought to make my life miserable leading up to the night at Ego.  This terrible person tried to get under my skin by pulling the whole “I Know What You Did Last Summer!” routine, where you’re second guessing everything you’ve done.  I literally cannot make sense of what she was rambing about, and what ANY of it had to do with me.  Some of it apparently had to do with thinking that I was cheating the IRS with assumed “under the table” income from a fantasy idea in her head as to what I was going to make at strip club, and threatening to report me to the IRS.  I guess when you’re a microcelebrity, you have to deal with stalkers and idiots.  It’s like all these people who think I’m rich  becuase my pictures look nice, and then somehow make me a target when they’re just bullying a struggling artist. I mean, “fuck you” is not strong enough words to say to this person.

So I’m afraid I didn’t promote the night very much.  And on top of it, I had another thing take priority anyway.

I changed homeowners insurance policies at the end of October, and my new company needed to do an evaluation of my house.  Thing is, when I bought the place in 2013 I went overboard with starting renovation projects and not really finishing them.  They’d been hanging over my head like a low, exposed beam with nails sticking out and electrical lines showing.  Actually thats not a metaphor, I literally had this exposed beam in my kitchen with nails sticking out of it and all sorts of stuff i had to resolve..   So I needed to at least wrap up some of these projects because everything kinda sorta looked like a person started to take the house apart and didn’t know how to put it back together.

I’m usually pretty upfront on social media about all my projects, including my house projects, but my desire to get things finished plus some stalker looking to rat me out as a porn star/sex worker or some right wing libertarian bullshit  That’s all I’m going to say about her,  point it, she’s a terrible toxic person, who i guess is convinced that trans girls are like gaming the health care system to take your hard earned tax money to  get new tits so they can be porn stars.  In any event, none of this had anything to do with anything I’ve ever done, but because of their delusions, I was the target of their harassment.

So I worked on my house for 3 weeks straight, which needed to be done.   My evaluation went along just fine, as it turns out, they just needed to count the amount of bathrooms and bedrooms and stuff like that, but still, it’s always prudent to put your best foot forward, and if that means it all lit a fire under my ass to finish things, so be it.

But it means I haven’t shot in a while, and I’m sorta trying to get myself back in that frame of mind.  As it turns out, I have one photo shoot that I did in October that I’ve decided I might as well release.

On the same day that I shot half of the Caravan Girl shoot I did this indoor shoot, in the “Confection” outfit.  I did this shoot in October because I planned to paint over the pink and white striped wall, and figured let’s get one more shoot in while it’s still there.  The original plan was that I was getting next year’s Valentine’s Day shoot done early, but I decided that there’s a few reasons to just get it out of the way now.  It is pretty similar to Confection, in a lot of ways, so you really can’t say it breaks new ground.

Plus, maybe this look with the pink wig and all the puffs is a look that I’m going to phase out anyway sometime next year.  Also, I could get a much much better idea when next February rolls around so might as well release it now.

But mostly its because I need something up there, as the sets/outfit situation is in a bit of a tizzy anyway.  I started on this set which had an old motorcycle, some steampunk gears and some oil barrels that I painted “Toxic waste”.. Trouble is, I don’t have an outfit to go with this set. I’ve designed some stuff, but as of yet those outfits don’t exist.


To make things even more frustrating,  I have the “Flamenco” and “Vegas Rhinestone” (working titles) outfits, but don’t have set to shoot them on (or a clean room in a complimentary color scheme.  I mean, yeah- I guess I could shoot on the set I made, but that’d be all wrong.  A set inbrowns, blacks and reds and an outfit in blue and white? Yeah.. it just wouldn’t work.  Plus, I have other ideas for the ideal sets for these other shoots, so I’d kind of wreck things by shooting outfit A on Set B). Bottom line is that I had two photoshoot project that were both half done, and the house work got in the way of finishing them. Or think of it this way, you’ve got two cars you can use, but each of them have 2 flat tires, but they’re different sizes, so you can’t put all 4 on one and get where you’re going.  Frustrating!

But now that the house stuff is done, I’m going to refocus my energy on the next batch of shoots (Lets just call them “Toxic Ringleader”, “Vegas Rhinestones” and “Flamenco”), plus a few other ideas I’ve been cooking up (there was that thing with the buttplug/fox tail, and also “Mecha Tara”).   And I might try something Christmas-y too, but till whichever of those shoots comes first, have what was going to be my next Valentine’s day shoot to tie you over.  I’m about about halfway through the editing so the whole set sould go up December 1st.

And I’ve made the decision that once this next batch of shoots are done, I’m doing to finish my Uranus movie.  Yep, for real.

-Tara

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New Videos, upgraded videos, and unreleased videos to come!

So yeah, I know, things have been quiet on the new shoot front, but that’s ok, I’ve been working a lot on adding videos to the videos section, and also to my clips4sale store, which had been sadly neglected for years..

https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/21825/ts-goddess-tara-emory–

So what’s new?  Well, we have the “Valentine’s Day Every Day” shoot, at 15 minutes long.  And since my clips4sale store generated a gif of it, allow me to dangle this shiny blinky object in front of you.

Next up is a brand new video – “Another Slice of Cherry Pie” in all it’s over the top-ness.

I think the following videos shot with Christian might have been available on his site, but here for the first time we get “High Rise Hooker” and “Sweet Tart Fuckdoll”

Last up is a brand new edit of National Pornographic in HD.

This was an experiment to see how quickly I could do a re edit in HD of something that I previously shot in HD but edited in Standard Def (because I was still thinking of DVD releases, which -amazingly- still sell in 2017).  Pretty much all my video that I have shot since lets say- 2010 has actually been shot in HD but captured and edited in the lower quality.   So to re-edit them means going back and recapturing the source video in HD and basing the new edit on my old edit points.  Yeah, lots of fiddling with timecode and stuff.  But it only took a day to make the new edit, and the bump in quality looks great.  I mean, I know it’s no 4k or whatever, but it seems like a good idea in general to make what I have the best quality it can be.  It does seem like mp4 is the way to go for formats too.

So you can expect to see more videos pop up in the coming months.  One video I have not finished editing yet is “Carousel Rider” and looking over old tapes, it seems like I have a few scenes I never released because they were part of video projects that never panned out.

Enjoy these new videos!  I don’t have anything specific planned for Halloween, (mostly because I do costumes all year and I don’t want to be pressured to think of Halloween as a deadline).  But I am cooking some things up in the studio, as the autumn between too hot to work out there and too cold to work out there means I’ll probably have a week or two of constant shooting, once I get my ducks in a row.

 

-Tara

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Where have I been Part 2: I’m back with a new shoot, “Caravan Girl”

So hey! I’m back, with a new shoot! I suppose that’s the short version of the story, but if you’re here, you’re a glutton for punishment, and you probably enjoy my long-winded rambling stream-of-conciousness type of writing, right?  But until I jump into that, let’s just sit back and take in a few shots from my new shoot, “Caravan Girl”.


Remember my rash I keep speaking of, and that everyone says they can’t see in my pictures (I’ve been sparing you all the worse shots, because to me, showing them is “career suicide”), well, I finally GOT a solution to that.

So I get back from Montreal- in one piece- and the rash is clearly not going away.  And I have to say, it’s hurting my career.  Sure, I can try to wear things in camshows that cover it (or just hope no one is recording any camshows), or do a ton of photoshop to fix it in shoots, but the overall feeling it gave me was just a general undermining of my confidence.  I even dated less, and one date I had, the guy asked if I freckled pretty bad in the sun (which I sorta just went “uh huh” without really going into detail about what was really going on.

Anyway, this all meant that maybe it was time to go into hibernation for a little bit, and concentrate on other projects.  As some of you might know, I have quite a few project cars, and well, as much as people think that my “bimbo persona” should leave all that stuff up to guys, turns out I’m pretty knowledgeable when it comes to old VWs, Saabs and other particular kinds of cars.  Let’s just say that this comes from my sort of inescapable redneck past growing up on what was essentially a junkyard.  But it was a junkyard of interesting car junk, so I do have some taste in what I enjoy working on.  I probably know more about air cooled VWs than half the people who go to these shows, my interest in them dating back way before they became a thing in California (so I’m not even the type who uses silly words like “Dubs” and all that.  I enjoy them, to a certain level, and I’ve certainly inherited a ton, (well, let’s say many many tens of tons) of VW stuff from my dad, and that’s not even going into the other stuff I grew up around, like MG/Triumph/Austin Healey stuff.  Like I said, it’s a long long long story, which if I ever write  my memoirs, will be a huge part of it.

So of all the cool cars i had, I had a couple of VW busses.  One red one, that’s a camper, and a blue one that’s not, but was lightly wrecked.  I put the red camper together about 10 years ago and used it occasionally, but it was pretty rough.  Really rusty but it was mechanically OK.  I had to take it off the road this year because the rust was weakening the frame under the rear suspension.  The plan was to get it indoors and at some later date, go to town with a welder on it.   But the blue one I have – apart from the body damage, is actually a very solid body.  It’s a 1970 that was wrecked in 1972, and my dad owned it since 1973-ish, and just stashed it indoors at least since the early 80s.  So the thing only saw like one year of salt.

I can tolerate a lot of rust on an old car, but I just decided  “fuck this crap, why am I screwing around on the shit end of the classic car hobby, when I actually have a solid project bus that I just need to get off my ass and do?” (and yes, there was likely that much swearing when I had this epiphany.)

This wasn’t actually going to cost me much to do, since I have boxes and boxes of parts, and garages full of parts back home as well. It was really more a matter of time.  And seeing that I was kind of down on my body image and stuff, I thought now was as good a time as any to just work on that project instead.


So the end of September I really concentrated on this other bus, and of course everything took longer and much more effort than I wanted it to.  And I also got this idea that it would be pretty cool to do a shoot outdoors in my old camper bus while it was still nice out, and while it was still running.   I also started laser treatments on my face too in mid September, so I had to wait for that to grow out by the end of the month anyway.  As it turned out, everything happened pretty quickly the weekend of September 30th..  On the 29th, I had an appointment I made with a dermatologist about my rash.  Well, guess what? It turned out not to even be the thing I thought it was, pityriasis rosea. Instead it was psoriasis, and they prescribed with tub of greasy stuff for me.

I got home a little early from the dermatologist appointment and as it was, I really needed to get the camper indoors soon if I was going to hit my target for getting the blue bus done. I was aiming to have it ready for a car show on Columbus Day weekend, so that I could vend parts at the swap meet there (so yes, its actually part of a money-making scheme somewhat).  So I had a few hours to shoot  that afternnoon, but as it always is, natural light can  be a fleeting thing, and I didn’t get enough pictures for a whole set.

The next day was  cloudy, but the Sunday after was pretty nice, so i shot the bulk of the pictures that day, then ran the camper into the garage for it’s (possibly final) resting place.
I think I managed to get a pretty good shoot out of it, and I dressed up the inside of the bus with a pretty bohemian selection of blankets, pillows and an old guitar.  Actually it makes me sad that I never got to actually go camping in this camper.  With any luck, it will be saveable and it’ll be back on the road in a few years.  Crazy thing about these busses, is that people ARE doing rust repair on some of them that you wouldn’t even consider saving 10 years ago.  But I got a shoot out of it, which was great.  And I was clever about hiding any imperfections in my skin, and of course photoshop was handy as well.
As for the new diagnosis (psoriasis) and the new treatment?  Well, it was SPOT ON, and I’m kicking myself for not seeing a proper dermatologist a decade ago.   I don’t know exactly how or why I thought I had something else, but the last doctor agreed with me and he turned out to be wrong.  Second opinions are really good things, and I have to say, I’m happy I have insurance, because $15 co pay and $12 for a tub of greasy goo I smear on myself is a cheap price to pay (well, there’s my monthly insurance payment too of course) to actually have this annoying thing FIXED, finally.

It wasn’t fixed in time for these shots, but like I said, I shot 400 raw pictures, so it was not too hard to just settle on the best 200 and just work around the imperfections.  Also like I said, the lighting kept changing and it was really tough to find that sweet spot where the reflected natural light is in perfect  balance with whatever’s coming in through the back window.

Usually when I’m doing these outdoor shoots, I get to that sweet spot and just bang off as many pictures in that position as I can.  But you’ll also get whole blocks of shots with weird shadows, or just blown out highlights that you end up having to toss.

The shoot is what it is, and I’m glad I did it.  It’s got a nice atmosphere to it though I could have pushed the 70s retro look a little further.  But hey, like every shoot, perfect is the enemy of good and enjoy it, even if it makes you think of Kool aid, Tupperware and Tang.

As for the other bus, I got it about 95% done for the show, and a brake issue kept me from going to the show.  It’s not a failure though, I just have to do a little brake work to make it much better.   And for those of you thinking that this bus is something I’m going to sell, let me just say, “not yet”.  I’ve dealt with a lot of rusty crappy stuff over decades, finally I have something solid that I want to have some fun with before I part with it.  Also, I have garages full of parts that I inherited that I’d like to get to car shows and swap meets, so it’s an instrument of that plan, and it’s needed for that purpose. It’s annoying when you have garages and garages full of crap you can’t use (but  has value – or worse- would cost money to get rid of) and everyone wants to buy that Cool Thing you have, and leave you with the 95% of the other shit you have that you can’t use.  Nuh uh! I’m keeping the Cool Thing and using it to find a market for that other 95% of the crap I’ve got.

But hey, I’m back with a shoot, I’ve got a car fixed up that I can have some fun with and my skin is looking pretty clear. And now that I don’t want to mess around with cars for a while (let me tell you, my body ached for a whole week after it, it really is painful to my muscles!), I will be jumping back on the new shoots, and the video updates, and damn, if I dont want to just sit at the computer for like a whole month now!  Anyway, here’s the other bus if you’re curious.  It’s a little rough around the edges (I didn’t have a perfect sliding door to use), but it’s completely rust free underneath, where it counts.  And it’s got patina too.
Next blog post, my BIG video update in progress!

-Tara

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Where have I been Part 1: Tranny Trouble! (AKA the Montreal Fetish Weekend Report)

Hey, I’ve been away.  I know.   No, I’m not dead, but I have been going through unfortunate stuff that had negative implications to my career.

So, I might have mentioned here and there earlier this year that I had been going through a skin condition.  Basically this mystery rash that I have had off and on since 1999, usually every 2 years lasting for a few weeks or a few months.  Someone had told me it was a stress rash called Pityriasis Rosea, (or perhaps I had diagnosed myself?) and there really wasn’t much that could be done about it, but UV light helped it go away quicker.  This was a non-contagious, non catchable thing but still not pretty, basically looking like measles or chicken pox.

Well after a few years of not having it, I had a bit of a flare up in March, but thankfully subside in April, when I got Cherry Pie and Burlesque or Bust done.  It tends to be most noticeable on the sides of the tummy under the breasts, but above the waist, so it’s usually easily covered by corsets and many of my outfits, but anything with a bare midriff would show it.

And I know, you all are going to say that I look great, what am I talking about? well, DUH, of course I’m not going to post pictures of me looking like I have some skin disease, you know, that would be sort of a career suicide.

The rash was back again in May, and did a little to dampen my spirits at Fetish Factory in Florida, then it went away for a while.  But at the end of August, it came back and finally, fuck this, I needed to do something about it.   I had a few floating offers to shoot some mainstream porn video that I pretty much had to turn down, because of it.  Sure, I CAN get away with doing photos, (lots of photoshop work to fix it, but it’s not impossible), but for video, forget it. And even if another company was going to shoot photos of me like that, I wouldn’t have any guarantee that they’d make the same effort that I would to fix those pictures.

So, I was thankfully pretty clear when I shot “Polkadot bikini Bimbo” and “Porcelain Victorian” in August, but a week or two before Montreal Fetish Weekend, the rash came back with a vengeance.  So this time dammit, I went to see a doctor who prescribed me some pills to take to help clear it up, and I switched gears to making outfits for the event.

And this year I didn’t do too bad with the craziness of “how many new outfits am I going to try to make in not enough time” as last year, I already made half this blue and white “Flamenco” outfit.   So essentially, I had already been through the super stressful part of making this outfit, which I literally had dropped half-made, and completely forgotten about it until looking for things to make for this year.

So it really didn’t take much to wrap this one up and make it into something special, though I think when I actually shoot in it, I might try a different hair color.  Not sure yet.  Actually, my rash isn’t noticeable in this picture, but in next picture it is.  Regardless, I had confidence that it would be gone in a week for Montreal.
I know it’s kind of a crappy front-facing iphone 4 selfie but I can assure you, the rash is there.

There was also ambitious plans to make “Mecha Tara” but those were scuttled pretty quickly when it was clear I didn’t have time for new techniques or unproven materials.


However, I had some crazy kinky furry fox tail idea kicking around in my head that I simply  got inspired to start working on it, knowing full well I wouldn’t finish it in time.


 

Yeah, it’s a welded tail with a buttplug and cockring built in.  It will look pretty cool when it’s finished, if it’s not too heavy.  The final idea is kicking around here in sketches, but truth was, I was working on this the night before leaving so it was really more of just a weird tangent I went off on. And hopefully unlike last year’s unfinished “Flamenco” outfit, I won’t take a year to wrap this one up.

So I drove up the 360 miles to Montreal in an old Volvo 240 wagon, which was reasonably solid and had made the trip before, but like most Volvo bricks, has like 400,000,000 miles on it.  I’m not sure why I didn’t drive a different car, as I do have a VW New Beetle here as well, but I think something silly like the cooling fan wasn’t turning on, and on the Volvo it’s connected to the motor so it can’t overheat, plus the Volvo has more room inside so I could bring like 3 or 4 Big Hats.

I hadn’t taken this car on a long trip in a while (a few years back it made it to Pennsic as well), and sort of had forgotten about how the wheel bearings and driveshaft bearing were kind of gravelly, to say the least.   About 100 miles in, it all came back to me, “oh yeah, I forgot about all the little problems with this car”.  But I pressed on.

Somewhere at a rest area in New Hampshire, I  stopped to pee, and came back out and tried to start the car up.  Nope, battery almost dead.  Also, I had forgotten how this particular car had a so-so alternator, and if you were driving around during the day, you’d be fine, but say it was at  night, and you had the lights, wipers, fan and radio all on, you’d barely be charging the battery.  Well, I had been using the radio and fan, so apparently that was enough to do the battery in.   Sadly, the Volvo is an automatic, so I could not pop start it (I’m not much of a fan of automatics because of this.  Yes, I have pop started many a jalopy).

So, called AAA and they were being dicks to me.  I just wanted a jump as I knew about 15 miles down the road was a big retail area and could buy a new battery.  But they seemed to insist that they only wanted to tow it somewhere.  Thankfully someone offered to give me a jump and I cancelled my AAA call.   I got to Auto Zone, all accessories off, where I discovered I charged the battery enough to be able to start up again and be on my way.  But I still bought a new battery anyway, just as a back up.  I really knew now that I had to get to Montreal before it got dark because those lights would probably tip the scales.

And yeah I know what you’re all going to say, “Geez Tara, you need a new car”.  You know, I borrowed a friend’s ’13 Dodge Dart and as nice smooth and reliable that it was, it was incredibly claustrophobic and I can’t believe how close to the top of the windshield the driver’s forehead is.  And the butt is so high up in the air that it needs back up cameras.  Which to me is a solution for a problem that shouldn’t have had to exist in the first place.  Sure, there’s lots of nice, interesting features and electronic bells and whistles, but most of that I find to be distracting.  I wouldn’t quite say that I hate new cars, but I find that they all seem the same, and I made this weird, conscious decision a while back that I’d rather maintain a small fleet of solid classic cars, all very different designs and very different driving experiences.  My Volvo is pretty solid, being a California car, but I just have to work a few of the mechanical issues out.

Anyway I sailed through customs without getting the car searched (or the full body cavity search!) and rolled into town just as the sun was going doing. I found a place to park where I didn’t need to move my car until Sunday.   And since I did have to turn the lights on, once I shut it off, I tried to start it again, and the battery was dead, of course.  Which was fine as I had a new one waiting in the wings.  Actually, the reason I didn’t put the new one in in NH is that I was getting by ok on the one I had, and I felt no reason to half drain two batteries rather than just fully drain one of them and leave one untouched.

So at this point you must be thinking it’s all car drama, and there’s no actual fetish event here.  Well, give it a couple of days.  But for now, I could concentrate on  doing what I do best, but I was sort of getting the short version of this event, having driven in on a Friday evening and heading back Monday, Labor Day.

The club nights were ok, and I’ll just sort of give a run down of each outfit I wore.  At this point, I wasn’t seeing any improvement to my rash, so the best I could do was get some Dermablend (a really thick make up cover that costs like $30 a tube) and just sort of hope everything looks ok in photos.

So this first one is a wonderful bellbottom catsuit thingy I made last January that I have not shot a shoot with.  It’s got a weird sort of rhinestone Vegas sort of quasi Elvis vibe to it, if that’s a thing.  I added the fur collar and cuffs so it keeps evolving and it’s one of my favorite recent outfits.  Like I said, it’s on the books to do a shoot with very soon, I just have to find a matching room to shoot in, or build a set the right colors to shoot against.  It does NOT work well in any of my pink rooms or against a pink backdrop, so that’s why the shoot has not happened.

By the time I got back from the first club night, I was pretty exhausted.  So, on to the next day.  But from the looks of these pictures, you’d think I’d never left my room.  I’m sure some pictures exist of me at the clubs. Here’s one, taken with and by a guy from Transformation Magazine…
I gotta say, even though that fur is just rabbit fur that I had to stuff behind it, it’s looking really nice and is a nice addition to this outfit.

So, the next night I pulled out this chestnut from earlier in the year.

Actually, you can see that the Dermablend it doing it’s job, though I could totally understand if a camera flash might make the rash more noticable.  I think Saturday was the night of the fashion runway show and though I wasn’t in it, I sort of, uh, crashed it, so to speak.  You know how they say “Never show up the bride” or “Don’t wear red at a funeral”?   Yeah, I’m that person who does that..
Ooh, not really tucking well there, am I?

The other outfit worn that night was “Tea and Crumpets” (Strumpets?  Even I forget what I call these shoots half the time).  Which though half of it was old, half was new this year and all of it was unseen in Montreal.

I really do like the way this one came out, and how I sluttified the old “Courting Boat” outfit.

So, Sunday afternoon comes around and it’s time to move the car to another side street. I’ve done Montreal enough times to know where to park for free (why pay $20 a day for 4 days?).  You just gotta know how to read the signs, and know your days of the week in French.  So I put the new battery in the Volvo and came around to my new spot on another street.  And literally as I’ve just completed my parallel parking job and about to go from “R” to “P”, all of a sudden I’ve got nothin’ in the shift lever.

Uh oh.   I shut the car off, and look under it, and a piece of linkage is hanging down. It’s touching the pavement, but not bent or broken, but apparently some other bit was.  And, well, it was pouring outside.   Well shit, I wasn’t expecting this. I expected electrical problems, or some other issues, I had no idea the shift linkage would fall apart.  And no linkage means I can’t start up the car, or of course, drive it.  Shit.. Shit shit shit.  Oh, and SHIT.

Welp, I guess I know what I’ll be doing in the next couple of hours.  I did have a pretty full tool kit, and I managed to get off the broken bit.. Aha.  So THATs why my shift felt pretty sloppy anyway.

 

So that L shaped piece on the upper left fell apart into two pieces, and then that iteself needs to attatch to the flat piece with the holes on it, that actually shifts through the gears on the transmission.. This picture was taken after I peened over the end of the threaded barrell onto the L shaped piece, with a hammer, using the manhole cover on the street as an anvil.  The reason it all fell apart was because the plastic bushings had worn away, and so I re-made the bushings with bits of a cap to a red Sharpie pen.
So I needed some sort of snap ring to keep this all together, and turns out there was a non-crucial one holding the rear seat bottom pin in.  And then I wrapped it all up in wire to keep it all held together.  The plan was, that this would get me to Home Depot on Labor Day, or to a Volvo garage.  This particular part , by the way, appears to not be available from any car parts stores, not that I’d have a clue what to call it in French.  I mean, it’s a doohicky, gizmo thingamabob, right?

So it was all back together and though I had a couple hours of freaking out (mostly dreading having to tow it somewhere, to people probably less equipped to fix it than it turns out I am), but mostly my friend around me marvelled at how well equipped I was to deal with this.   Friend of mine were like “I want Tara on my zombie apocalypse team!”, and someone else said I had “MacGuyvered it back together”

But it really took the focus away from the weekend festivities of the fetish show.  At some point, I just really wanted to cut my losses and go home, not stick around searching for bits of Volvo.  Or worse, trying to get out to junkyards out in the sticks of Quebec, where surely they spoke even less English.   Oh, and as you can see, when I take over a room with my stuff, I really do sprawl a bit.


So Sunday night rolls around, and I’m down to “Flamenco” and whatever I had left.   I think I did fine for outfits, and I managed to not destroy my civilian clothes crawling under the car.  As it turned out, we had a break in the rain, and I hunted around literally in alleyways for a hunk of cardboard to lay on while replacing the shift linkage.  I could have gotten a hell of a lot filthier, but did ok.  It’s a good think I have gloves to cover them dirty fingernails, that’s for sure.  But from the look on my face, you can sorta tell I’m Done With This Shit, and ready to go home.

I did get taken out to sushi by a friend (who had offered a tow back to her place and really was my safety net, thank you!), but I was just going to see how Monday went with searching for some extra bits to make my repair a little more permanent.  Rounding out my outfits was my Valentine’s Day outfit from 2017.
Monday rolls around, and apparently Labor Day might as well be Christmas as EVERYTHING is closed, even Home Depot.  So screw that plan, I guess.  And of course, the one Volvo specialist I found was also closed, so I put the linkage back on  (ok, I don’t recall if i put that back in Sunday or Monday), and was hedging my bets that maybe I’d get a few good shifts out of it before it could potentially fall apart again ( I was more worried about shifting in whatever particular direction might want to pull the part apart, rather than keep it pushed together).

So once I got in the car, shifted from Park to Drive, I was like “Ok, lets just GO”, because honestly, I could get all the way to customs, and beyond without having to touch the shift lever at all.  I’d have to put it back into park to get gas, but by that time, I’d be back in America, and could find an open Home Depot, or use my AAA (I was never clear wether my AAA worked in Canada or not).

So I got home, and the car shifted quite fine. In fact, I’m still on the MacGuyvered repair, though I really should take it back off and make it a bit more permanent (honestly, I’m thinking of just welding the peened over bit to the other bit, so that it can’t come apart again.

Montreal was fun, but I’ve done it so many times I think I’d like to try something different.  Plus this year, my skin rash sort of sapped away some of my confidence.  I got back home and I sort of fell into a bit of a depression, because the medication they gave me wasn’t working at all.  And that’s why you haven’t seen much of me for a while, at least on this blog, and also just in general on my site.

But I have found other things to do, and yes! There is a happy ending for my skin condition, a solution that I never expected, and feel stupid for not doing in the first place…

But I will leave all that for the next blog entry…

-Tara

 

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