Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Thought: John Lennon

"The main hang up in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can't face up to the fact of other people being naked or smoking pot, or whatever they want to do, then we're never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it's none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what's important. It everyone practiced being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren't, there would be peace." John Lennon

These words are true today just as they were almost thirty years ago when Mr. Lennon uttered them. Funny how some things in life just never change. Some people are as ignorant now as they were back then.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March Madness: Revisited

After publishing my original "March Madness" entry last week, I saw this piece about the collegiate basketball tournament. I found it interesting and nudecentric and decided to share it with you here. It takes my few items of note and offers more food for thought. In honor of us now at the Final Four stage of the March Madness competition, I'm posting it today. I trust you'll find it as amusing as well.

A different kind of March Madness

March, originally from the Latin word Martius, named for Mars, the Roman god of War, has a new meaning in modern society. For college basketball fans, March means only one thing...March Madness!

Nudists, however, think of March Madness a little differently. Here are the top 10 March Madness words and their meaning to nudists:

1) NCAA: No Clothes Allowed Anytime

2) March Madness: A nudist's state of mind after having been bundled up all winter long.

3) Free throw: Throwing your friend into the pool without them knowing it.

4) Point spread: The distance you have to walk from your nudist resort hotel room to the pool.

5) Guard: Covering your skin with lots of sunscreen.

6) Rebound: Regaining your sanity by relaxing, restoring and rejuvenating your mental well-being by taking a Nakation.

7) 3-Point play: Getting to play volleyball, play tennis and play in the sand naked all in the same day.

8) Foul: Having to wear clothes all week long while waiting to get away to your favorite nudist resort.

9) Fouling out: Having to cancel your Nakation because your boss says you have to work overtime.

10) Tip off: Telling all your friends about the fun nudist resort vacation you just came home from.

March 24, 2011; Carolyn Hawkins, American Association for Nude Recreation

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Extended Weekend

I'm taking an extended weekend in order to deal with some personal business. Nothing disasterous, just time-consuming. No, I'm not referring to my income taxes, although I do need to get busy with those after I manage this situation! I hope to be back online and posting again on Wednesday of next week (March 30). All of you have a great and naked weekend!

There is one positive thought that I ask all of you to keep in mind. For all of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is here and the warmer temperatures are coming! For those of you living in the Southern Hemisphere, you continue to have some days of temperate weather remaining! Be nude outside for as long as possible! Be nude outside whenever possible and relish each and every day that you are able. Trust me, you know for a fact that I am! The freedom from clothes is ours to marvel! It's as simple as balancing oranges. Go outside and do it! In the end, you'll be glad that you did! Take advantage of the time that you're given!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In Memory Of Elizabeth Taylor

I've never been a fan of Elizabeth Taylor. As a matter of fact, I've never seen a single movie in which she appeared. I know that she was loved by many throughout the world. What I admired and respected about her was her endless work in HIV/AIDS prevention education and fundraising. Long before it became fashionable to do so, she was at the forefront lending her celebrity to efforts to generate much-needed funding for AIDS service organizations and research, especially AmFAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research). Incidentally, she was one of the co-founders of this particular trust. Elizabeth Taylor's work helped to create an awareness of this disease and a compassion for persons living with AIDS at a time when they were more often than not, despised and marginalized by society. Despite her recent failing health, Ms. Taylor's last public appearances were in support of HIV-related charities.

I appreciate her very public endorsement and her energetic work on behalf of AIDS organizations. Long after other famous people finally came to support HIV causes, she continued her efforts in this area. Her courage and dedication in these endeavors will define her legacy and serve as an inspiration for us all. As a fellow humanitarian, I'll miss her. For me, this was her most memorable role. In this undertaking, she dwarfed any performance she ever gave on the silver screen. Personally, this is how I will remember Elizabeth Taylor. May she rest in peace and with the angels in paradise.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Madness

It's the month of March, once again. For basketball fans, it's the time of the year for March Madness. The championship playoffs featuring the best of the NCAA. The time to showcase and spotlight the finest among collegiate hoops. As always, it likewise brings us all disappointments and surprises both on and off the court. And this year is no different.

In order to up the ante and to add some sizzle and spice to all the excitement to both the game and the tournament, I've a couple of suggestions. As the professional scouts from the NBA (National Basketball Association) are in abundance during this series, why not change the name of the pro organization to Naked Basketball Association and mandate that in exchange for the megabucks players receive, they all must play in the nude?

Let's not overlook the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We can rename them "No Clothes Allowed Anytime." The initials stay the same. However, both fans and players alike need to shed their clothes. Now that makes for some very interesting basketball!

Of course, I've previously written here that this is one of my all-time favorite sports, both as participant and spectator. That's exactly why I so desperately want to play and see basketball in the nude! I don't want to miss any golden opportunity here!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nude Novice Notes: FAQs

Some Frequently Asked Questions by those beginning their naturist/nudist journey:

I'm afraid if I'm publicly naked I'll get an erection. How can I overcome this?

This is a common fear that is typically just that: a fear that is not realized. Being socially naked around others is just like a prolonged visit to the locker room of your local gym. One basic rule to remember: don't gawk or stare. Focus on the face of the men you're interacting with. If you do find yourself beginning to become aroused, take a deep breath and relax. This has happened more than once to the overwhelming majority of us at one time or another. It's no big deal. It's a natural reponse.

What do I need to take with me when I go to a nudist event?

Take a small (hand) towel with you to place down before sitting. While you are welcome to lounge bare-assed on your own furniture, it's not polite to sit nude on the possessions of others.

My penis is quite small/unusually large. Should I worry that others may stare or ridicule?

Not at all! It would be rude and impolite-just as in a clothing setting-for someone to stare or comment on any part of your visible features. Trust, as nudist men, we've seen it all. Everyone is different and unique and penises come in all sizes, shapes and colors.

I don't have a six-pack set of abs and I'm overweight/skinny. In fact, I think I look ugly naked. What if I'm the least in-shape guy around?

Once again, relax. All of us have physical imperfections and we are all aware of our own shortcomings. Men at a naturist/nudist social gathering represent the spectrum of life we encounter every day when clothed. Don't stress who you are. Our unity is in our collective nudity. It's who you are inside, not outside, that truly matters.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Arrives!

After a particularly cold and seemingly endless winter, it has all finally come to an end. The Spring, 2011, is now officially here and blossuming into what promises to be a colorful and joyous season! Those dark and grueling days are now behind us and we can all anticipate only brighter and warmer days ahead! The thermometer is slowly rising and thanks to the daylight savings time, our hours of sunlight are extended. What's even better is the fact that our daylight will continue to lengthen as we progress towards warmer temperatures.

We can now expect an increase in the number and frequency of days where we can experience outdoor nudity. It's all good as we are secure in our knowledge that these opportunities will only grow with each passing day. We can all sleep bettter at night with the promise of brighter and warmer days ahead! Let's all welcome the time of hope and renewal!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To all our Irish naturist queer brethren the world over, Happy St. Patrick's Day! And to all of you who would like to be of Irish descent today, the same wishes. Hopefully, all of you are celebrating nude with green body paint, a painted shamrock or an Irish tricolor decorating your skin. Have fun and enjoy your day. Please remember to consume whatever responsibly and to be safe (a condom and water-based lubricant every time you meet your lucky leprechaun)!

If any of you are wearing those cardboard shamrocks, drop them and enjoy the day naked! Remember, as nudists, we discarded those pesky fig-leaves long ago. No more of those Garden of Eden garments! We're all natural here!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Social Nude-Working

This blog is an example of the phenomenon of social networking. In fact, blogging itself is the parent of this social medium. First came the blogs and then the cultural explosion of various types and styles of information and communication exchange soon followed. Technology has expanded our ability to interact globally and instantly. This proliferation has enabled us of the same gender loving naturist culture to now meet and share experiences and opportunities that those before us could not even imagine possible. We are no longer isolated by geography and the lack of knowledge of the existance of our kindred brothers.

These accessible technological advances also provide us with an amazing assortment of websites addressing our lifestyle needs. There are presently numerous sites specifically focusing on the nudist populations from around the world. A few are gaycentric and most are, at the very least, gay-friendly as the global naturist movement becomes more tolerant and inclusive.

Prior to my beginning this blog here, I was a member of several nudecentric social networks. Of the sites that I joined, only two were queer-oriented. The remainder were general audiences but accepting of and supportive of a gay membership. On two of the locations (one gay and the other mixed), I regularly contributed to the communal blog available to members. Additionally, I often offered topics and comments to the community forums options. In other words, I was not simply a passive member seeking to only "shop" the membership profiles. I attempted to make a constructive contribution to the individual websites.

Unfortunately, in all instances, I was disappointed in my experiences. Now, through these groups I did indeed meet several interesting fellow-nudists, both male and female. However, for the most part, both the webmasters themselves and the membership failed to meet my expectations. I was hoping for a positive and meaningful interaction but was met with constant obsession as to my penis size and preferred sexual position. Let it be known to all here that I am not a prude and opposed to sex. Honestly, I am as warm-blooded as the next man. In joining these sites, I wanted more than just sex.

So, for several years, I just avoided any social networking places due to my prior lack of success. I didn't want any repeat performance. My philosophy: been there, done that; no thank you. My history convinced me that I would never satisfy the reason for my search in seeking community among my naturist brothers. Why go through all the disappointment?

Recently, an acquaintaince of mine, recommended another social networking site and encouraged me to try it. I joined a little over two weeks ago and am pleased with the results thus far. I've shared on the forum and have received some interesting responses. I've also met another man who has a twin brother (fraternal, not identical like myself) and we have acknowledged similar situations and assumptions based on our twin-relationships (his twin brother, like mine, is gay). Yes, there are still the inquiries about intimacy and availability. But, these are outweighed by the interest in bonding through fraternity.

Please, learn through my lesson. Whereas there maybe many times we are discouraged in our social nude-working forays, don't abandon hope. There just might be the chance that another opportunity may open the doors to cameraderie and friendship. After all, the internet and social nude-working do offer unlimited possibilities.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Do You!

Open that door and allow yourself to be free! Breathe in the fresh air of finally allowing and trusting yourself enough to honestly, openly and truly being you and who you really are. Provide for yourself and those that you love the opportunity to know and love the basic you. Liberate your soul from the stress of hiding inside the closet or behind protective walls and pretending to be someone that you aren't. Both be and celebrate the essential you and "do you" as you actually are: yourself. Nothing less, nothing more. Simply: be your own man.

Honest living is healthy and productive. We are giving ourselves to the world minus the masks and coverings that prevent others from knowing the truth about our persona, the man that we humanly and indeed are. In doing this, we discard, eliminate and erase any power that the judgment of others have over us. We are ourselves and their opinions of us are reduced to their own problems that they, in turn, must confront. Our reality becomes their own issue to deal or deny. Immediately, it is their challenge and we no longer are subject to their expectations on our lives. The fear-factor is no longer ours to bear as the honesty of our lives are now open and fearless.

Once we open wide the doors to our closets or protective walls, we are emancipating ourselves from the rest of society. We have set the limits and established the boundaries. Our message is clear: accept us or reject us; your decision in this matter is no longer important. Your gossip is merely that: unfounded speculation. I am the man that I am and your idle and idiotic discourse about me means nothing to me. It doesn't change me and is impotent in my life, liberty and my persuing my happiness. I will and continue to be me.

It doesn't take a Pride month nor a National Coming Out Day for us to be reminded to be true to ourselves. Everyday is a day for us to embrace our respective ability and power to "do us." It makes no difference as to whether we "come out" as gay/same gender loving or as naturists/nudists. The signifigance is that we have the power to be ourselves and to control our own destiny. This is our inalienable right granted us as human beings by our own national constitution.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Near-Naked Truth

From Seattle, Washington, we learn today that a man, Cornell Paige, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Police officers arrived at a suburban Seattle residence after a woman called them claiming that a naked man was banging on her front door and demanding to be let inside. The incident happened just after midnight on March 3, 2011. At the time the uniformed patrol unit arrived, the outside temperature was 38F and the weather cold and damp.

At his arraignment hearing, a detective informed the court that when police responded to the scene, they found Paige nearly nude, wearing only his undershorts and his left shoe. His clothes and the handgun were in a pile beside him. Previously convicted of a robbery, the suspect is forbidden by Washington state law from owning a firearm. He is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and released from custody after posting $100,000 bail.

The media headlines screamed: "Naked Man Arrested With Gun", the "Naked Gun" or the "Nude Robber." Of course, there were many others also used. Now, we all know that both the print and broadcast media are suffering during this economic downturn. Headlines need to catch the readers eye in order to attract attention and sell. However, whatever happened to the principle of journalistic responsibility? Where is the professional accountability for reporting the truth?

A far more accurate headline should have informed: "Man In Underwear Arrested With Gun." Or, at least, something similar. As naturists/nudists, we already endure the stigma and marginalization of society as it is. None of us need nor want the additional burden of being perceived as potential criminals. Why perpetuate unfounded stereotypes? Please, let's get it right and then move on. Naked is the absence of covering. The suspect was wearing underwear and one shoe.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Thought


From: Batman: The Nude Adventures by endpiece

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Transitional Trials

"These are the times that try mens' souls." How many times have we read those exact words during our lifetime? How many times have we expressed that very same sentiment? Not in response to some prediction of gloom and doom on an epic global scale nor some impending natural disaster. No, this phrase appropriately describes the days that we are now desperately trying to survive. The period of time as we morph between the dying days of winter and the upcoming burst of Spring! The days that sometimes appear to be as long as the fading winter season itself.

The hours of actual daylight are gradually getting longer. The last remnants of those dead leaves are at last gone from the trees. Those frigid arctic temperatures are daily disappearing. The boredom of the winter is beginning to erode as the excitement of Spring and warmer temperatures fill both the air and our hearts. The doldrums of winter start to fade to the deeper recesses of our minds.

Out thoughts turn to the upcoming season of sunlight and warmth. Carefree days of outdoor activities minus the cumbersome burden of layers of protection against the cold air. Our weekend feelings change from staying inside where it's warm to getting outside and really doing something fun and different. Active versus inactive; our bodies once again engaged and mobile.

Transitional trials: that seemingly endless period of time from our initial taste of Spring and the recurring reminder that winter isn't quite yet finished. One day is temperate and mild only to be followed by another that is cold and dreary. We wake up one morning and foolishly believe that the bitterness is at last over and then the next we discover our previous folly.

Transitional trials: one day we dream and the next we face rude reality. Mentally, we plan our escapedes of frolicking nude and happy among nature and then have to cope with harsh winds and a dropping thermometer. One day we're all naked and liberated and then once again clothed and confined. And the period of this conundrum seems to last forever. We all ask ourselves the question: "How long will this continue?" Then to be followed by the one: "When will all this end?"

Keep the faith and remain strong, my naturist brothers. Trust, these transitional trials will end someday. And when it does, we'll all join in and celebrate our freedom in nudity: outdoors!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Monday, March 7, 2011

"On Clothes" by Khalil Gibran

"On Clothes" by Khalil Gibran

And the weaver said, "Speak to us of clothes."

And he answered:

"Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.

And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.

Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,

For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind."

Some of you say, "It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear."

"But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.

And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.

Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.

And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?

And forget not that the earth to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese philosopher/poet of Arabic descent who lived in the early 20th Century. "On Clothes" is from his book, "The Prophet."

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Saturday Cocktails: Back In The Day

Up until a couple of years ago, there was a local gay nudist group that sponsored Saturday afternoon nude cocktails at a local Washington, DC, traditional leather bar. These parties were held twice a month and ended in early 2009, when the establishment went under new management. The afternoon gatherings were a DC regular activity for six years, maybe more.

Recently, I was sifting through some old photographs and discovered one of the gentleman who opreated the clothing check room at this bar. This man was also Deaf and I recall many interesting conversations that we shared together. More times than not, we were the only two individuals at these socials to communicate using ASL (American Sign Language). Often, he reminded me that by and large, I was one of the few attending to take the time to interact with him. Just as often, I would confide in him that he was usually the only one present that I could completely understand. It was of no importance to us that he was completely clothed and that I was totally nude. What was significant for us both remained our ability to freely communicate, naturally, among ourselves. Kindred, yet kind spirits, he at his workplce, and me, at a place of leisure.

For me, it was a comforting thought that my friend would be at these events. Personally, he was the anchor that made these Saturday afternoons worthwhile. When I learned that these happy hours were discontinued, I tried to contact him but was unsuccessful.

It's a new day here in the DC metro region. There's a newer local gay naturist group active here. The Saturday afternoon nude cocktails are now under their sponsorship, although at a different downtown bar. That's all good. New patronage and a new location. Times and people evolve. There are new friendships and memories to be made.

Finding his photograph was a pleasant reminder of the fun times from the past. Wherever he is, I wish him all the best! I treasure the nostalgia and welcome whatever the future holds.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Read Across America Day...Naked

Every year on March 2, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors Read Across America Day in honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss (The Cat In The Hat, Green Eggs And Ham, etc.). Although designed and promoted to encourage reading books among our nations' youth, it's also an excellent opportunity to foster reading for the population as a whole, regardless of age. Remember the wise proverb: "The mind is a terrible thing to waste." So, do yourself a favor, open a book and read.

A worthwhile suggested selection for naturists/nudists is "A Brief History of Nakedness" by Philip Carr-Gomm. Published in 2010 by Reaktion Books, Ltd., ISBN: 978-1-86189-647-6, its' 286 pages, complete with 143 photographs and a reference section, combine to make it a light, quick and interesting read for anyone who appreciates our culture of nudity. A nudecentric volume for the modern nudist.

As the title implies, Mr. Carr-Gomm's work covers a broad range of subjects relating to historical nakedness. Topics discussed include, but are not limited to: the social, religious and political aspects of nudity (respectively), the nude in literature and nudity in the performing arts. The author frequently uses appropriate quotations of famous personalities throughout history as a compliment to his writing. This tool enables the reader to create a timeline reference to the events featured within the various chapters. The primary focus is naturism in Asia and Europe.

One topic that captured my interest was the employment of nudity in political/social protest movements. From the legendary horseback ride of a nude Lady Godiva to naked protests of Nazi occupation during the Second World War to actions condemning America's involvement in Vietnam and beyond, people discarded their clothing as a means of demonstrating their indignation of perceived/real injustices. Personally, I was totally unaware before reading this book of any organized protests, naked or otherwise, against Nazi rule aside from the resistance underground. Of course, the anti-fur campaigns by animal-rights activists are similarly incorporated.

Unfortunately, there is one obvious omission from this informative book. That is the lack of mention anywhere of the gay naturist/nudist community. Perhaps it is the author's discomfort with the topic. Maybe it is the author's ignorance. Or, yet, that subject is destined to be included in a sequel to the original. Whatever the motive or reason, this work is an educational, enlightening and sometimes witty documantation of a subject that for too long has been ignored or forbidden by historians and society.

Read Across America Day is today, March 2, 2011. Remember to pick up a book, open it and read. If you decide to read "A Brief History of Nakedness," enhance your pleasure and read it while nude.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Portugal's Nude Advance

For most of the past century, Portugal was notorious as being the most conservative, oppressive and poorest nation in Western Europe. For decades, the country languished under the regime of the reactionary dictator, Antonio Salazar. Now, some thirty-plus years after the collapse of repressive totalitarianism, the people are evolving into one of the more progressive societies within the European Union.

Once considered among the continent's staunchest Roman Catholic countries, it is now embracing liberty and human rights. This change has not come overnight and it hasn't been easy. However, it does serve as a shining example of what can happen when tolerance and acceptance are present in the national conscience. Perhaps our own national leadership should explore this model.

Scarcely more than a decade ago, Portugal had no legal public nude areas; in fact, it was one of the few European nations in this situation. As of December, 2010, it counted six legal nudist public beaches and one public naturist campground. This improvement was considered impressive given the twelve to thirteen year timeline.

That could change next month as Faro's Municipal Assembly considers legislation designating Ilha Deserta as the nation's newest nude public space. Located on the southern most point of continental Portugal, Ilha Deserta is accessible only by boat. It is the only uninhabited island of Ria Formosa Natural Park. The pending legislation also establishes a regular ferry service to the island. The municipal assembly is expected to begin deliberations on this proposal later in March.

Portugal is also one of the ten sovereign nations of the world to legally recognize same sex marriage. The others are: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!