February 02, 2001 Features & Images » Feature Story

Beyond all politics and just for fun 

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However, co-organizer Patricia Jones says this year Thunderthrobbers are in luck, with key sponsor the Love Nest more than happy to provide the ultimate pleasure toy.

"This mechanical device debuted at a Harley convention where it was a big hit," she laughs. "We are also hoping to have it mounted on a Harley bike, and if that doesn’t happen, plenty of local guys have offered their dirt bikes for the occasion." How appropriately Whistler is that?

The mystery machine apparently comes with attachments but these extras won’t be showcased during Thunderthrob 2001 at The Savage Beagle.

Savage Beagle owner/operator Neil Aisenstat says no local businesses would allow activity on their premises that was illegal or offensive and from the feedback he’s had on Gay Ski Week, that sort of behaviour is unlikely.

"From what I’ve seen and heard over the past three years, those who attend Altitude are very affluent, a nice group of people who spend their money generously and treat others with respect."

He says Altitude does bring a party atmosphere to Whistler, more than any other single visitor group, but what he’s seen so far is just harmless portrayals of sexuality.

Another Thunderthrob organizer is Sandra Paley. She says the momentum behind the "girls who like girls" events came from within Whistler, rather than being Vancouver-driven like the rest of Altitude. She says tickets to Thunderthrob 2001 at the Savage Beagle are expected to sell out and "all interested lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and curious girls" should come along. Doors open at 8 p.m.

"We created the first Thunderthrob at Maxx Fish last year with three week’s notice after finding out the women’s dance hadn’t been organized," she said. "Word is out in Vancouver that the event is on and it should be loads of fun."

Jones was initially reluctant to help run Thunderthrob 2001 because of some surprise repercussions from last year’s event. However, she changed her mind after Altitude specifically asked Whistler women to host the event, ahead of other interested women’s groups in Seattle.

"Whistler isn’t super-backward on issues such as sexuality but the level of curiosity in my own involvement (in Thunderthrob) surprised me," she explained. "Guys kept asking if they could fix me up with their girlfriend and some people were more conservative than I had expected."

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