Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 WRAP UP

wow...it went by so fast.

i went to Kenya & Tanzania for an entire month.


while i was there, i managed to summit Kili, the highest point in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world.

                              i made a trip to Haiti, and immediately knew it would not be my last..



and in between all that, i got a ton of work done. i shot some awesome movies, Horizon, Rocki Whore, The Countdown, Craving 2, & Sexy, just to name a few. i created a line of instructional DVDs called jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex. i'm still hosting "IN BED with jessica drake" on Sirius/XM 102. I did a few shows for my favorite TV channel, G4- have you seen me host Sexpo Melbourne?? it was SO much fun!

i also traveled all over the US doing dance bookings and appearances, meeting as many of you face to face as i possibly could. i logged lots of frequent flyer miles, much to the dismay of my co-host for my PODCAST i've been doing called the STFU Show. (sorry, Rick!) many new developments happening with that, as well...

i just did so many totally different, diverse things. yeah, i worked my ass off, especially the past two months where i was sleeping 3-5 hours a night. yes, i really got homesick, and i admit, i even got a little stressed out...but every single minute was such an amazing experience and it was all so worth it.

i am so grateful for every opportunity i had in 2011 and everything i have seen- the good AND the bad...and each and every person i met. i felt myself growing and changing more this year than i ever expected.

each and every one of you played a part in my 2011, and thank you for that.
here's to an even better 2012.

ya'll know i don't really believe in "resolutions", but you'll get another blog in a few days with what i'll call goals.

peace.
love.
happiness.

xo,
j

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

our friends...


our friends and co-workers Marcia and Jay lost their home and a beloved pet last friday...the timing couldn't be any worse- with the holidays coming up-so we've created this Chip In to help them out with the necessities. please, if you have anything to give- whether it's $5 or $500, please pitch in and help them out.

thank you very much.
xoxo





Wednesday, December 7, 2011

wow...

time flies, huh?
here it is, December already. it's about time that i have a day off, except i just got home from shooting a 3 day movie, and at 4am i'm heading to Savannah, Georgia. speaking of, here's where you'll be able to find me, if you're so inclined:

Dec. 8
7pm-??
Sunset Novelties (an adult store)
10419 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA

Dec. 9
8pm-CLOSE
Xmas party!
51 Degrees
121 W. Congress St.
Savannah, GA

in the past few weeks, i've been all over, and i'm really enjoying being able to meet so many of you up close and personal. if you do happen to see me at an appearance, mention that you read the blog, or listen to my radio show or podcast. there may be something in it for ya. ; )

i'm all packed & i'm about to do an STFU show podcast for you- listen HERE!

xoxo,
j

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

As you guys may know, I'm still down under...Sexpo is just getting under way & I've done SO much here already with G4 my head is spinning! I've ridden Harleys, flown in an aerochute, and lots more. I can't wait to see the show, it's going to air in december. : )

I guess thanksgiving snuck up on me this year... I didn't think being in another country would bother me in the least. I always work in my birthdays & holidays don't bug me. Maybe it's because I've been gone so much lately, or maybe it was being alone in Africa for a month, or working in Haiti right before I came here...but I miss home. It's sad, but it also makes me a little mad. I'm a tough guy. I rarely "miss" anything, lol.

But it also makes me realize just how much I have to be thankful for. Firstly, I have a (gorgeous) place to live, food to eat, clean water, & medical care. In the past year I've seen people that lack the most basic things, but I'm blessed to have lots more than that. I have people to love, Big to cuddle, and an amazing job that allows me to follow my dreams anywhere I want to go... AND I have you guys, who I love & appreciate.

So I'm going to stop being sad & I'm going to finish this coffee, have a hot shower, & get ready for another awesome day at Sexpo shooting for G4 & meeting as many of you as possible.

Eat some turkey for me, & be thankful for all you have.

Peace,
jd

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm going down...under!

Hi guys,
I know it's been awhile & you're not getting enough updates. I'm CRAZY busy. This is the first time I've had a chance to catch my breath & sit down and write- and as I type this, it's about 7am in Australia, but it's the 17th here. I'm still on the plane, but as soon as I get wifi, my phone will send out a bazillion emails & this blog entry.

I'm a little homesick. After coming back from Haiti, I was in heaven. I got to see my people, got to cuddle with Big, take hot showers, and sleep in my own bed, but I also had to finish packing & getting ready for this awesome trip I'm taking. And it's gonna be amazing!

I'm hosting a TV show for G4, & we'll be all over- even in Mildura- doing all sorts of really cool stuff. I don't want to give anything away, but I'll just say I am SO excited to be flying in an Aerochute! But that's nowhere near all... I'll be appearing at Sexpo, I'm doing a magazine shoot, a bookstore signing, AND I'm doing a very special one night, one show only at the Melbourne Spearmint Rhino!

I'm going to be so busy. I will be here for thanksgiving, though, and that makes me a little sad. Every year for as long as I can remember, I've made a huge turkey dinner & fed people who are special to me...but I guess I'll do that sometime in late December, because I'm on the go till then.

I'll make sure to get you guys lots of pics & updates, & I'll check in on twitter when I can.

love,
jd

Friday, November 11, 2011

Done (but not really)

The build is over, but I'm guessing this experience is nowhere near done. I'll blog longer when I get back into the states, but it's been an amazing trip. I've met the most incredible, inspiring people & even though I'm SO sore, I feel so good.

Not so good about getting up at 3am, but hey, it's a small price to pay...

xoxo,
j

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm alive!

This is home sweet home for awhile... And it's hot! Like 100 degrees hot. I don't really have signal or Internet, but I'll post when I can.

xoxo
j

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Another adventure!

Though I'm not talking details right now, in a few hours (teeny tiny hours of the early morning) I'll be leaving the US again.

Not saying where yet, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. This time it's only for a week, due to some instability in the conditions. Obviously right now I'm thrilled. Stoked. EXCITED!!

I'm also feeling really lucky I was chosen for this trip, I was on the waiting list awhile.

And, if I had to guess, something there will shatter my heart into a billion little pieces, but I'll be better for the experience & promptly fall in love with the place.

Let's kick this off with a "before" picture.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

on my way to Columbus!

make sure you don't miss the chance to see me up close & personal! i have a LOT going on for the 2 full days i'm there, so you're sure to catch me somewhere-

Nov 3, Thursday
7-8pm LDU seminar "All About Oral"
8-10pm store signing
Lion's Den
1144 Alum Creek Dr
Columbus, OH

THEN

11pm- ??
Afterhours Party at the Ugly Tuna Saloona
1546 N High Street

Nov 4, Friday
2-4pm store signing
Lion's Den
9021 Lancaster Rd.
Jeffersonville, OH

7-9pm store signing
Lion's Den
4375 Roberts Rd
Columbus, OH

AND THEN-
A special one night, one show only special DANCE BOOKING at:
Columbus Gold
5411 Bethel Sawmill Center
Columbus, OH
614-496-1407

plenty of chances for you to meet me, take pics with me, get free stuff, win contests, get even closer, and who knows... if you're brave enough, get a world-famous lap dance. or five.

see you soon!
xoxo,
j

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

well...

to say i'm busy would be an understatement, but i'd be lying if i said i didn't love every minute of it.

i was looking at my crazy calendar today as i locked myself in my office to work and practically duct taped myself into my chair, and i thought to myself how truly lucky i am and how much i love you guys.

you guys are the reason for my career, for my awards, for my appearances, for my website, twitter, podcast, radio show, my dancing, hell, even this blog.

you guys are also the reason i originally started traveling- first i was booked on little dance gigs where no one really knew who i was and i didn't even have a roadie or a bodyguard. then it was conventions just in the US, where i got to do the touristy sightseeing that i had never really done before. that progressed to adult bookstore signings when i had lots of Wicked movies and people started getting to know me...and then i started earning some serious frequent flier miles traveling to countries i would have never seen, if it wasn't for you guys.

this is my THANK YOU to you, if i've never said it before.

thank you for BUYING my Wicked movies instead of downloading them, thank you for joining Wicked's website and mine too. thank you for standing in line to meet me and take pics with me, even when the line is long. thank you for being a true collector and bringing me all of my DVDs and magazines to sign at shows. thank you for wanting pictures with me, and i love feeling your heart pound when i stand so close. ; )

thank you for supporting me as a writer and a director too. though i'm nowhere near done having sex on camera, thank you for believing that i'm so much more than that.

and finally, thank you for supporting all the causes that are so important to me. every year, you guys help me with the LA AIDS Walk, my food drive, and other charities and benefits.

ya'll are awesome, and i love ya!



peace,
j

AEE Expo

Here's your chance to see all of your favorite WICKED girls in ONE PLACE...



there are lots of new things planned for the show this year, and i have a few surprises as well, so book your tickets now while there's still room!

xoxo,
j

Monday, October 17, 2011

LA Appearance

You won't want to miss this! A rare local multi-girl signing! Show up & say you read it here for a free gift!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Here we go again....

Getting ready for my next adventure-
(not Ohio...after that & before Australia)

I have an amazing travel doctor, check him out at http://www.healthytraveler.com !

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

COLUMBUS, OHIO!

come out and meet me at Lion's Den and get a free autograph, have your picture taken with me, and buy some of my newest DVDs- mention my blog and get an additional FREE treat!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

time out.

awhile back, i had Raven Alexis on my radio show. i hadn't been around her much before that, we are both contracted to different companies, but i enjoyed her company.

she is beautiful, sweet, young, sexy, well-spoken, witty and warm.

she also has stage 4 brain cancer.

picture "borrowed" from Raven's Tumblr


it's so brutal to see anyone fight against such a horrendous disease, but not only does she fight it, she has the greatest attitude i've ever come across...even on the days that she has chemo.

this post tonight is not to make you feel sorry for her- she would never want that- but instead to show you how amazing she is and give you every opportunity to support her.

her site is HERE.

read her BLOG - it's a very candid glimpse into her amazing personality

this is her TWITTER.

and look, here's a WISHLIST that i LOVE to promote! (ok, the ONLY one)

if you'd like to send Raven a card-

Raven Alexis Production​s
PO Box 3871 
Valley Village, CA 91617

and not long ago, a company called Naughty Swag designed a T SHIRT  in her honor, and they intended to donate a part of the proceeds to her for help with medical expenses...but here's what Raven said:




(reposted from Luke is Back)
A post on the Naughty Swag website said, "I have to say that after speaking with this woman she is amazing. We explained to her that we were doing this for her to help offset the medical costs. The response we got was touching to say the least. The following is a quote directly from the email we received."
"My fiance Stephen and I both feel that it would be most fitting and appropriate and rewarding for us to donate the money that is raised from the sales of your t-shirt," Alexis said. "I have a special soft spot for cancer now obviously, and always for children. Way before I ever got sick, I have given my fans free subscriptions and merchandise to my websites in exchange for donating to charities that I have listed on the site, so for me, it is a fitting gesture to donate this money to people who really desperately need help."
Raven is donating her share of the proceeds to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital...and i think that really sums it up.

Fuck Cancer.

xo,
j


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

catching up...

i love being busy!
and that's a good thing, because i really am...

right now i'm getting ready for my radio show- here's the info:

IN BED with jessica drake
LIVE on air today 2-3pm PST
Playboy Radio- Sirius & XM 102
1-877-205-9796

today i'll be answering your awkward sex questions, so get em ready! don't be shy...

xoxo,
j

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Craving II

Once upon a time, a few years ago, there was a girl who begged for a fairy tale movie. she pestered and pleaded, and thought up scenes and dreamed of princess dresses mixed with raunchy sex until ONE DAY, the powers that be over at Wicked Pictures agreed...and that was The Craving.

In that movie, the girl got to be Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Princess who kissed the frogs, and also one of the girls who the Pied Piper chased out of town. it was very pretty, with the perfect wardrobe, and AMAZING sex. the movie did very well, everyone liked it- and the girl was very happy...even though she didn't get to do her  secret "dream" scene.



the aftermath of my favorite scene


A few months ago, while brainstorming movies, a sequel was brought up, and the girl jumped up and down with glee! (actually, i giggled a bit in anticipation and said i'd do it IF i got to do that secret magical fantasy scene i'd wanted to do before) Last month that dream was made a reality, as the perfect location was found, and the talent list was put together, and just last WEEK a beautiful movie was made, starring yours truly, Alektra Blue, Ash Hollywood, Tanya Tate, India Summer, Kortney Kane, Brad Armstrong, Dale Dabone, Marcus London, Seth Gamble, Rocco Reed, Derrick Pierce, Xander Corbus, Seth Gamble, and Kris Slater. This time around, there were tales of Hansel and Gretel, Pinnochio, Humpty Dumpty, Rumplestiltskin, and best of all, the girl's favorite scene...Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

after shooting the final scene of the movie last night, an outside orgy beneath Humpty Dumpty's Wall, the girl drove home tired and sore, but masturbated happily ever after.

i hope you'll enjoy our dirty little fairy tales as much as i enjoyed making them for you, and soon they'll be ready to share...keep an eye on Wicked's Website & see it there first, along with all of our other movies.


The End

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Guess what!?!

Jessica Drake, Kayden Kross to Host 2012 XBIZ Awards
XBIZ is pleased to announce jessica drake and Kayden Kross as hosts of adult entertainment's biggest industry awards show, the 10th annual XBIZ Awards, on Jan. 10, 2012, in Hollywood.

watch this...

i was thinking a lot about the AIDS Walk & other ways to promote/support AIDS/HIV awareness, and i came across this from (RED)- it's pretty f'n great. lots of star power.


it's so true, though. something so little as 40 cents can make such a difference.

Monday, September 12, 2011

HELP ME!

it's that time of year again...

time for AIDS WALK LA. last year, i reached my goal and then passed it & went on to be a Star Walker!

so how do you help? just go HERE and you'll see my personal walker page. everyone who donates will get a special thank you from yours truly.

DONATE:
$20 and over- get a "fan sign" emailed or tweeted to you (a pic of me w/a sign with your name)
$50 and over- get a signed movie, provided you are 18/21 years of age, whichever is the law in your area.
$100 and over- a treat box that you'll love!

if you are in the LA area, and if you are "benefactor" status (donate $1000 or more) i will take you to a special breakfast before the walk AND you will have the option of walking with me.


Did you know that...?
• every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
• half of those infected with HIV are under the age of 24.
• 25% of those infected with HIV do not know it.
• Los Angeles County AIDS cases account for approximately 35% of all cases in California.


do something good, get a XXX treat, and remember, your donation is TAX DEDUCTIBLE too!

xoxo,
j

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11

today, as i watch all the specials on TV, i think about where i was 10 years ago.

i was driving to LAX to fly into JFK when i got the phone call. i drove home, pulled into my driveway, walked into my house, and sat down on the floor in front of the TV for 8 hours. no matter how many times i see those towers fall, i still feel the same.

my heart goes out to all the heroes of that day, in uniform or not, and all of the many people who lost loved ones.

jd

Saturday, September 10, 2011

KILIMANJARO DAY 5

July 22

it is bone-chillingly cold.

i am in my tent, in my sleeping bag, in the pitch-black darkness. i'm wrestling for space, competing with my water bottles, camera, phone, ipod, contacts, everything that i don't want to freeze. i haven't really slept since we got into camp a few hours ago, because the altitude is so high (15,295 ft) that my heart pounds, and my arms, legs, and even face is tingling from the Diamox (the altitude meds). i begin to hear rustling outside my tent, and i know that my guide is about to come and tell me it's time to go. i check my watch. it's 11:30pm.

the porter brings me cookies and hot cocoa, but any appetite i had is gone. i shove a few cookies in my mouth and manage to swallow them by taking a gulp of the cocoa. i do this a few times.

i check and recheck all of my things...i am wearing 4 pairs of pants, plus leggings. 2 pair of socks, some amazing insulate snow boots that are comfortable but really heavy. i also have on 4 shirts, a thick fleece, and not one but TWO winter jackets, 2 hats, 2 pair of gloves, and a face mask. i have water, my poles, some pocket handwarmers- which do not work at ALL- a little trail mix, and way inside my clothing, i have my camera stashed away, as close to my body as possible, so it doesn't freeze. i put my head torch on, unzip my tent, and duck outside.



Immediately i lose my breath. it is that cold. i look up, and i see darkness...and then the moon, and then from behind clouds, i begin to make out hundreds of stars, and i'm amazed how bright they are. my guide is already ahead (GO FIGURE!) so i take a deep breath and start walking. for about 20 minutes it's a steady gradual incline, and if i look ahead of me, i see people on the same path, their little headlamps lighting the way. all of a sudden, it gets very steep. i'm walking on shale, little pieces of lava rock, and it's unstable. i take 3 steps and slide back 2. i start to doubt myself. naturally, this makes me angry...but then i get even more determined. i tell myself there's no way i spent 4 days on this mountain to wait till this point and turn around, and besides, if i did, i'd STILL have to walk all the way back down, knowing that i gave up. so i keep going. the path zig zags back and forth, and so do we. it is misting and little freezing cold drops are on whatever bare skin is showing. my face mask is full of snot, which begins to freeze, but i keep going. my guide says i may reach Stella Point (the second highest peak) by sunrise.

i keep walking, my boots heavy, and my breathing hard. i have to take lots of breaks, but everytime i stop moving i only allow myself 10 seconds, then i start again. i saw what happened when people rested too long...they didn't get back up and keep going. sometimes i passed people, sometimes they passed me, but it's not like anyone was beating anyone...we were all in it together, people were crying, throwing up, reaching their breaking point, all in the darkness. after a few hours i was hypnotized by the sound of my shuffling feet in the shale. i kept on putting one foot in front of the other, and i wouldn't let myself stop. it was hard to keep drinking water, but i somehow managed, a tiny sip or two at a time.

i am beyond exhausted.

there is frozen snot on my face. my contacts are freezing in my eyes. i am shaky, and my SOUL is cold. it is still dark, but i look up from the ground, and somehow, there it is... i reach Stella Point.


when i see the sign, i'm so surprised i almost walk right past it. i'm ahead of schedule. i'm still moving forward. these thoughts come to me slowly...and then i realize that i'm going to make it to the top. i knew that Stella Point was over 18,000 feet, and at that moment i got a burst of energy. i kept going. suddenly it got really tough. i couldn't breathe at all, i was dizzy and felt a little buzzed. i started trying to throw up. i got scared, and i kept asking my guide if i was OK. i read a lot about extreme altitude sickness, and knew what the warning symptoms were, and i was starting to get them. i slowed down, but kept going. the sky began to change. all of a sudden, i came almost to the top, and it was getting light...i could see the sign in the distance. i stared at that sign and just kept walking towards it. the last 20 minutes, i started to cough. i was sort of falling asleep on my feet. the guide came and walked right beside me, with his shoulder right behind mine, nudging me on.
and then...

Friday, July 22, 6:50am


i made it. i fucking did it!
i unzipped my two jackets fast and took off one glove so i could get to my camera & we got a few pictures. yes, that's a furry hat with ears that i bought just for the summit. i stayed up there for about 10 minutes before the guide made me start the long descent. within 15 minutes, i was coughing up blood, so he made us hurry. it was really horrible...we were pretty much sliding and skiing though shale all the way down. i lost a toenail. my ankles were raw. we reached the camp 3 hours later (it's much faster on the way down!) but we only had an hour to collect our stuff and keep walking down to the next camp. that took 7 hours, and by the time i got there, i was too sore and tired to be mad, but i did feel VERY accomplished as i limped into that camp. by that time, the elevation was so much lower, only 10,000 feet at this point, so i was able to eat...and SLEEP!!

Excerpt from my journal- Friday, July 22- I did it.


THE END

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sick girl 

I've never missed a day of a convention in 10 years, and I'm SO tired of being sick & tired.

So as y'all know, I got sick after Africa. Then I finally got better. Then I had a few days where I wasn't quite right, but nothing too bad.

Until Friday night. Then Saturday I was at the hospital. Lots more tests, lots of blood drawn, and the IV you just saw on twitter. The consensus is that I have (another) bacteria...caused from wrecking my system with all the antibiotics for my first diagnosis. And if that IS what the results show when they come back on Monday or Tuesday, the "cure" is a different kind of- you guessed it- antibiotic.

I'm not one to enjoy time off or bed rest or anything that holds me back (remember my broken foot 2 years ago?!?) but I'm grounded for the time being. Sorry I'm missing you at Exxxotica & big thanks to everyone who was there the first day. If you got pics with me or of me, tweet em to me.


going back to bed now.
xo,
j

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

catching up...

figured i should post a blog that A. isn't a cut & paste press release and B. isn't about Kilimanjaro. so, here you go.

i have lots going on. i'm FINALLY back to (almost) normal. not only did i pick up a strange bacteria, but yes, what i suspected was true. i had Giardia. after thinking i might die, MANY doctor/hospital visits, and being given the wrong antibiotics, i did a little research on my own, and then literally printed out the findings and took them in. once i had the right meds, things improved GREATLY. and lest you weren't paying attention the last time i said this, we should all really consider ourselves lucky for things like bacteria & parasite-free drinking water, health insurance, and modern medicine.

ladies night out at Con Rev in San Clemente went so great! awesome turnout, and i signed lots of movies...and answered a TON of sex questions. i stayed over, as you probably already saw if you follow me on twitter, and found a new favorite beach place. i went running on the beach really early as the sun was coming up, it was heaven. i want to go back and take a writing vacation there. just write, eat, beach, run, repeat.

even though i'm a girl, i hate certain girly things... one of those things is shopping. i'm getting ready for LA Exxxotica this weekend, and then a 3 day work trip right after that, so i needed to refresh my "professional" wardrobe. i spent today in downtown LA and Melrose. there's a store that i've shopped at for years mostly because i have a crush on the girl that owns/runs the place. she knows it, too...but it's funny- if we were in a bar or at an industry event or a swingers party, i'd have no problem being super smarmy & i'm sure she'd end up here at my house, having some drinks in the jacuzzi, NUDE. but in broad daylight in her store, while i'm wearing jeans and a tshirt & baseball cap, i get tongue-tied and awkward. f it, i'm putting her on my to-do list. she's sooooooo sexy.

and with everything else i have going on, i'm also writing the next instructional in my series "jessica drake's Guide to Wicked Sex", and this one is Female Masturbation. hopefully i'll shoot it sometime in September. i think that would be a great seminar to add to my list.

got something else REALLY exciting in the works, i just have to get permission to share it first... but here's a hint- it involves 2 of my FAVORITE things.

now that i've procrastinated enough, it's back to my script writing.

xoxo,
j






Tuesday, August 23, 2011

KILIMANJARO- Day 4

Thursday, July 21-
this stage of my climb is often broken into two parts- on one day, a hike from Barranco to Karanga, then on the next day, a hike from Karanga to Barafu Camp. naturally, we opted to do it in just one day. it would prove to be the hardest day yet.

my climb through the valley- look closely, that's camp in the background.
we woke right before the sun came up, and it was freezing. packing up my sleeping bag, body pad, and backpack was really tough...i was sleepy with cold fingers. not a great combo. after hiking through the valley below the campsite, the very first thing i saw was the Great Baranco Wall. it's almost totally vertical, and you have to scramble up using just your hands. i loved it though, it was so different from the rest of the hike so far! it took a little under two hours to make it to the top, and it's a good thing i'm comfortable with heights, because on the wall, you just can't help but to look down as you're climbing.

my view from the Barranco Wall, just as i reach it's top.
it was a long, long hike to Karanga. after doing the Barranco wall, i got my poles out and used them the rest of the way. the scenery changed yet again. still mostly barren, but the most interesting cactus-like trees. at times, i was walking alongside the stream, which was really beautiful in the shimmering sun. eventually you just settle into a rhythm and find a pace, ignoring whatever hurts, the sun in your eyes, the guide that won't talk to you... instead concentrating on how far you've come, the scenery, the trader joe's trail mix in your back pack, and how great it will be to get into your tent at the end of your day. at long last, i reached Karanga, where anyone in their right mind would have pitched the tent and called it a night.

but no.














we did stop and have a snack there, long enough for me to become jealous of all the hikers that were staying there that night, and then i kept walking. many times, i'd think i was almost there, only to get to the next ridge and see the NEXT trail.










when you hike for so long and get so tired, your mind does some really interesting things. with no distractions like twitter, facebook, the radio, TV, other work, your brain starts filtering through stuff and what you think about is different than what you normally think about (if you normally think of anything, lol) i think it was sort of like meditation, just not the peaceful lying on the yoga mat kind. i started to realize how i handle things, and what i really think about certain things/people. i won't elaborate here, i'll save it for my book. KIDDING! or am i?? at ANY rate, i found myself exhausted, and i was still a good 2-3 hours out of camp...and it was so cold i wore every layer of clothing that i had in my day pack. with my fingers and toes numb, and in the end, my mind, too, i stumbled into camp on shaky legs.

finally

this is it...i'm at the last camp before the summit. the idea is to get a few hours' rest before they wake you up at 11pm to begin the assault on the summit. after a light dinner- i have NO appetite now, at this altitude-i climb into my tent. between the freezing cold temperatures and my heart racing from the altitude PLUS the excitement of possibly reaching the summit of the highest point in Africa, and the highest free standing mountain in the world, i can't imagine falling asleep. instead, i get all of my things organized. all of my clothes are ready- hell, i was wearing most of them already. i got my serious sub-zero boots out. fresh batteries in the head torch. extra socks. had to put anything i didn't want to freeze in my sleeping bag with me. contact solution, camera, phone, EVERYTHING. after that, i crawled into my sleeping bag to wait.

excerpt from my journal- "i have my second severe headache. i'm sure it's altitude and all the dust i ate on the way up today...but jeez, it f'n hurts. i got all my stuff ready for tonight's departure. i am so excited. i am so hopeful. i think i have a really good chance of making it. i'm going to do it."


THE END

next blog... summit attempt.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

LADIES NIGHT TONIGHT IN SAN CLEMENTE!

excuse the cut & paste of this press release. ; )
i'm on my way out the door to get some beaching in before tonight!


LOS ANGELES, CA - (AUGUST 19, 2011 ROADS TO MOSCOW PR) - Wicked Pictures is pleased to announce that contract superstar and sexual wellness authority jessica drake is sharing her erotic expertise with the ladies of Orange County, California this weekend. Women from across the Southland are invited to join this celebrated star at Peekay Incorporated's popular San Clemente boutiqueConRev (401 S. El Camino Real, Suite D) for Ladies' Night this Sunday evening, August 21st. The three-time AVN Best Actress award winner and acclaimed sex educator will be discussing jessica drake's Guide To Wicked Sex, her exciting series of educational DVDs from Wicked Pictures

In San Clemente, the informative fun will begin at 7:00 PM sharp, when the shop's doors close and Ms. drake joins the ConRev team for what store officials have dubbed "a very special evening out - for women only!"

jessica sees the store as providing an ideal audience for her message of responsible sexuality. "I'm really looking forward to appearing at ConRev's Ladies' Night. It's the perfect venue to introduce my line of instructional DVDs, and I'll be on-hand afterward to take pictures, provide movie recommendations and even share some of my personal tips and tricks!" 
Jeremy Owen, Director of Inventory and Purchasing for ConRev's parent company Peekay Incorporated, is equally excited about Sunday's night's festivities.  “We’re thrilled to have jessica drake introduce her instructional DVD line at our upcoming Ladies Night. Her line is among the best we’ve seen, and we’re certain our customers will greatly benefit from the instruction and advice she provides.”

For her part, jessica sees events like this planned in California as ideal ways of forging a deeper relationship with Wicked's target demographic. “During my time in the adult industry and especially with Wicked Pictures, I’ve noticed a definite shift in the demographic. I’ve seen the lines at our adult store signings and convention appearances evolve. Where you’d once see mostly men, there are now more couples and single women who look to you for guidance.”

To learn more about the events planned at ConRev and Lovers, please visit Peekay's website.



Friday, August 19, 2011

KILIMANJARO- Day 3




Excerpt from my journal- Wed. July 20th- Today it was about 4-5 hours to Lava Tower, which was CRAZY hard. I had to stop twice- once because i couldn't breathe, and another time i thought my heart would explode if i climbed another inch. after that, we had about 3 more hours to hike all the way to Barranco camp. i got a smashing headache, and i guess i didn't realize how hard downhill was going to be.

i'm not robbing you, it just got REALLY cold!

day 3 was really long, but necessary for acclimatization. even though we climbed to 15,180 feet (hence the smashing headache) we hiked back down to sleep at Barranco camp, which was only at 13,077 feet. when i found that out, i was kind of mad, actually...and now in retrospect, i realize that says something about me. i learned so much about myself from doing this, but i suppose i learned even more from being all alone.


For the most part, the hike to Lava Tower was pretty barren. discreet peeing behind rocks was difficult at best. eventually i got to the point where i just didn't care. however, even though i had no inhibitions about peeing anywhere i could, it also got to be quite cold the higher up i went, so now i'm crouching AND shivering... not a good combo.
THAT'S what i should have gotten a picture of. 





Lava Tower

Lunch was eaten at Lava Tower, and since the altitude was killing my appetite, i shared my food with some of the strangest birds...they said they were ravens, but they had to have been 2-3 feet tall, and really robust, for lack of a better word. we didn't stay for long, i suspect the guide knew how tired i was already, and wanted to get me up and on my feet before i fell asleep. we began on a path that would take us down into the Barranco valley, where the scenery was once again, totally different. the pictures don't show perspective well, but everything was just so big! the valley, the stream, the plants, enormous.


  

the downward hike felt like it was taking so long...this was the first part of my climb that my guide was walking really far ahead of me at times. i'd manage to catch up to him, then he'd stop to pee and tell me "keep going" with a grunt. then he'd have a break and walk behind me. at this point i really felt lonely and tired, so i needed/wanted the company. naturally i got more angry, but apparently i know how to turn that anger into motivation, so on i went. and on. and on. and onnnnnnnnnnnn.

fianlly i reached the camp. the view was insane, as was the freezing temperature. with the exception of a *brief* trip to a pit latrine while it was still light out and my nightly mealtime in the cooking tent, i stayed in my tent, zipped up and in my sleeping bag with a hot water bottle inside to help warm me up.



THE END

in my next blog, Day 4, or as i like to call it, the beginning of the hardest 48 hours of my life.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

LA EXXOTICA EXPO!



i'll be appearing with WICKED at LA Exxotica on August 26, 27, and 28th here in LA.
i'll post my signing times soon, but in the meantime for more info, go HERE!

and i'll also be doing 2 seminars-
Friday 6-7pm Fellatio 101

Saturday 8-9pm Intro to Anal

come out & open your...

mind. ; )

xoxo,
j





KILIMANJARO- Day 2





after waking up around sunrise for breakfast (probably my favorite meal of the day on the mountain) we packed up our gear, and started on our way. we'd be hiking to Shira camp, and while it was a harder day, it was also rumored to be shorter. this is also the first day my poles came out. i had never used anything to climb or hike with before, and at first felt really awkward with them...but as the day wore on, i really appreciated using them for support.

this is also when i got my first indication that perhaps my guide and i were not really on the same page. during all my research, i read and heard about how a guide is full of information, ready to talk to you about the mountain, Tanzanian history, politics, his background, whatever. they were NOT talking about my guide. he had not been rude (yet, at this point) but he spent most of his time walking ahead of me and talking to other guides and porters in Swahili. that's cool, i understand that we didn't really have that much in common, but because of that, i was really looking forward to conversation of some kind. i began to look forward to seeing other hikers on the path...only to discover that they were from other countries that didn't speak english either. hell, i had ever learned a little Swahili! but every time i got mad...i kept climbing. and climbing. all the way up the Shira Plateau, which was really tough. since the elevation changes so much, you really see completely different vegetation every day. we were climbing in the clouds, like thick white clouds, and i loved that feeling. i was at 12,595 feet, higher than airplanes when they let you use your electronic devices again. ; )

so we finally reach camp, but we are not there to stay, much to my dismay.
instead we are doing an acclimatization hike to Shira Caves. i had read the advice to "climb high, sleep low", but i was so beat i wanted to stay in my tent. they insisted i climb.







so i did. reluctantly. and in about 45 minutes, i reached the caves...which i proceeded to go into and sit down. for a good 15 minutes.








then it was time to hike back down. by the time i got back, there were more people at the camp.


i really wanted to roam around, take pics, and say hi to people that would talk to me, but instead, this is what happened, right up until it was time to have my "bath in a bowl" and eat dinner:


(taken from my journal) Tuesday, July 19- it's so beautiful- i'm up in the clouds at 12,600 feet! but it's f'n hard, like "wtf am doing" hard, but then i convince myself (again) that i'm going to do it.

THE END

the next Kili blog covers day 3, and altitude sickness kicks in...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

STFU Show Store

happy sunday funday!
(although i'm spending mine catching up on lots of work)

wanted to let y'all know that the STORE is up on the STFU Show site, and the first thing offered are hats, and so far, they're flying out the door! get yours today & you'll get a free gift with your order. free shipping to anywhere in the US is included, and we can autograph em if you'd like.

future products will include tshirts, mugs, & 8x10s, but if you have requests, let us know through the show email.

hopefully there will be another Kili blog up tonight!

xoxo,
j

Saturday, August 13, 2011

KILIMANJARO- Day one

before i get started, i want to apologize for the time it took for this to go up. i was really sick...rereading the post where i was taking inventory of what the mountain did to me,  i had NO idea i would pick up something from the water that would make me more sick than i think i ever have been in my life. i am MUCH better, but i am still feeling some after-effects. at any rate, i reinforced what a wonderful thing it is to have access to clean water and doctors...

and now to get on with it. first, i'm sure you want to know WTF i was thinking, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by myself.

i already had a trip planned to Kenya with an organization i volunteer for, and someone on the build had asked other team members if anyone was interested in doing the climb afterwards. i said i might be, and then i researched it a bit more seriously and got pretty excited about  it. unfortunately, that guy had to drop out of the trip for personal reasons, but i already had my mind made up, so i booked it solo. i'm SURE, in retrospect, that doing it alone gave me a totally different experience...and i think it was also way more challenging this way- at least mentally.

on sunday, july 17th, i was picked up from the guesthouse in Nairobi and taken downtown, where i was put (rather unwillingly) on a shuttle bus to Tanzania. i was the only person on the bus that spoke english, save for the questionable character across from me that smelled of a dirty bar mat, oozing the stench of years of drinking cheap booze. i pretended to sleep (or be deaf) for the majority of the drive...which ended up taking about 7 hours. crossing the border actually deserves it's own blog, but i won't do that to you. ; ) let's just say that it was really straight out of a movie, with me feeling like a refugee trying not to anger the guys armed with automatic weapons everywhere. i had to get off the bus, go through a process to exit kenya, then WALK across the border and then clear customs on the other side. the bus, once it was cleared, picked me up in tanzania, and we continued into Arusha.

once we got there, i was taken to a guesthouse and got a room for the night. the people from the tour company came by and we had a meeting. i met my guide, who at the time, seemed friendly enough. we spoke for about an hour on what i should expect (which really was nothing i hadn't read or heard already) then i ate dinner, repacked all my bags, and went to bed.

DAY ONE

(excerpt from my journal) - i am nervous, a little scared, worried about the cold and the elevation...but excited and pretty determined.

as we drove the hour or so to the park, we stopped in a little village to get some last minute things. here's the cook stocking up on meat for our dinners. i'm taking the pic from the truck. all the butcher shops look like this there.



me, Eme, the cook, and Wenason, my "guide"
we drove up to the gate, and had to unload all of our things and distribute the weight among the porters. you must have with you: a guide, a cook, and however many porters required so that they can carry your camping and cooking equipment. i will come back to the porters in another blog. so we get registered with the park (so they know how many people are on the mountain at all times) and then, just like that, we are ready to go. at this point, i'm just excited. 
me...before.







i had chosen the Machame Route...steep, a little more challenging, we'd sleep in tents, and it would take 6-7 days. i did lots of research for this trip, but by far, the most helpful resource was a book called KILIMANJARO by Henry Stedman. there's a website to go along with the book HERE. it really gave me all the info i needed, and i'd recommend it to anyone that is even thinking about climbing. i loved the maps, and how everything was timed out, so that an 8 hour hiking day was not a "surprise".




so, there i was, on my way up. the first level i hiked through was the rainforest. i saw lots of birds, mice, even some monkeys...but no rain. it was SO beautiful. a little tough in some places, and i certainly learned very quickly why you're not supposed to wear cotton, and why making your day pack as light as possible is a very good idea.

i walked about 7 miles the first day, up to 9,911 feet! there were lots of steep inclines & rocks, and the last hour or so was really tough. when i got to camp, the porters were there and had set up our tents- one for me, one for the guide, and the porters slept in the kitchen/cooking tent.
my tent.
when you arrive at camp, they have hot tea or cocoa for you, and some popcorn. it gets tougher to eat as you get higher in altitude, but the first day wasn't too bad. dinner was a couple hours later, a simple meal with lots of carbs, and then i was in my tent and out like a light, really grateful for my amazing sleeping bag.


the end

next blog coming soon- day two, and my hike to Shira Caves!