Thousands of people, hundreds of new pleasure products, and yes, it feels like family. Since I've been a part of the pleasure product industry since 2000, I've had the pleasure of being part of a true industry family. That's just one reason it's so awesome to attend this bi-annual event - ANME, or the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo.
What pleasure product innovations did I see? Dolls. Dolls that looked like life-size Barbies. And, technology. Specifically, speech-recognition technology in male pleasure products that respond when spoken to, or to specific stimulation. I did not see any technology that melded the two together, but anyone's who's seen Cherry 2000 knows that "android wives" aren't too far in the future.
I also saw incredibly upscale innovations that boasted Tiffany blue and gemstone crystals. There was even a wall of anal plug gemstones luring buyers in to see what consumers will be demanding next.
The highlight for me was once again hosting the Annual StorErotica Award Show. This is my time to shine! I'm able to humbly honor fellow industry honorees with kudos for nominations and for a select few, wonderful awards. Yes, this year we did also give award winners tequila shots. Below, I accepted an award for an absentee guest and was able to thank my own liver as I partook in the award shot.
I have to say, for me, it's a complete honor to be the host for such an esteemed event. 2018 was my second year hosting the award show and I've already been asked to host for the 2019 awards. I love being able to officially hand my colleagues trophies that praise their accolades and contributions.
I'm infinitely blessed to be a part of such a great industry and to be able to see cutting-edge pleasure product developments before they even hit the marketplace. This, combined with my coaching and sex toy concierge efforts, allow me to live a full and complete life.