Thoughts on the news business, waning exuberance and a crime story
I have not been writing lately. I'm really sorry about that.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
- Don McLean, American Pie
So many things have gotten me down! I don't write when I'm down because it will bring the reader down. I don't want to do that. I want the reader to see how cool things can be if you take a chance every now and then.
Start with COVID, then Ukraine, Israel, and it doesn't stop there. China may yet move on Taiwan which will cause another bloody war and maybe WWIII. There is a populist right movement that will happily destroy nudism if it can get them another dollar or another vote. I just have to accept it and be thankful to live in a state where we aren't thought to be completely beyond the Pale.
Along with all the clubs and resorts that have either for sale, shut down, or gone textile, Nude Comedy LA is for sale. The owner is no longer interested in running it and we haven't put on a show in many months. I certainly don't have the $$$ or the business chops to take it on.
On a personal note, I haven't been freehiking since June. After my last trip to Deep Creek, my knees were so swollen and inflamed I could barely walk to the toilet. Before that, the only thing I did was the Bare to Breakers. I ended up dropping out of the WNBR half way through from heat exhaustion. I've been slowly getting fatter and losing any cardio I ever had. And I'm just coming off a nerve pinch that left my left arm close to useless.
Getting old sucks.
My knees are now in a better place and I have a Mad Max Road Warrior brace for the right one. Hoping to do some freehiking over the winter. It will raise my mood. Even on a winter's day, in a deep and dark December, we can still have 70 degrees and sunny.
If you want, I have more old freehikes and naked adventures to write about. It can be fun to reminisce.
Once I used to join in
Every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there's revolution, but they don't know
What they're fighting
Let us close our eyes
Outside their lives go on much faster
Oh, we won't give in
We'll keep living in the past
- Jethro Tull, Living in the Past
I can absolutely identify with what has kept you from writing recently. I’ve remarked many times that, for me, life gets a vote. When family, friend, work, or world issues max out my available bandwidth, naturist thought is frequently pushed aside. Doesn’t mean it’s no longer important. It just didn’t make the cut.
And I can further identify with the idea that “it’s all been said”. I don’t generally post things like “the 10 advantages of naturism”, or “how to live a naked life”. They have their place, but it’s not why I write. For me, I tend to scribble down thought or stories that pique my interest, make me wonder, open a door, get me thinking. It’s quality over quantity. If nothing hits that mark, then I go into an extended hiatus I suppose. Better to wait to write meaningful naturist thought than just write something, anything, simply for the sake of a post.
So never be concerned with how long it’s been. Readers will wait.
“No news is good news” so is said for all news is bad. Nope. Not how I see it. Here is good news: “It is cold and windy today, but Bob shunned his robe and walked merrily outside to welcome the day, if only for a minute.”
A short but nice article...
I have no really valid reasons not to follow up writing to these posts except maybe the family commitments over the holidays. Jillian I thoroughly enjoy reading so many of your posts, they all make sense to me, I consider my self a true, full blown naturalist in every sense in all my beliefs and every sense of the word and it’s concept. My public life is complicated and it has taken many decades to be comfortable and at peace with all aspects of myself.
I love clothing and am totally at ease with all aspects of textiles, and same for enjoying being naked in and by the lake every opportunity that cones up.
I “get” the negativity, apprehensiveness and fear that many people feel around the nakedness issue of the subject of naturalism. For now that’s just an uncomfortable fact that needs to be lived with and dealt with.
Let’s all hope that one of the possible positive side effects of the impending reality of open AI. or simply the development and application of AI is to exclude any of the artificial bias that has been built into humanity, in effect, a wiser, fairer, less judgemental influence on civilization, in other words a possible better form of humanity.
Anyone else have an opinion