|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films DIFFICULT-TO-CATEGORIZE SCENES|
|ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002): Jack Nicholson is enjoying a hot tub in his swimsuit when the tub's owner (Kathy Bates) joins him completely naked. Nicholson is taken aback --and the scene is played for laughs-- but you gotta admire Bates' unashamed display of her less-than-perfect body.|
CAT PEOPLE (1982): Driven by hereditary feline impulses she doesn't yet fully comprehend, Nastassia Kinski sheds her nightgown and ventures naked into the dark Louisiana bayou, searching for undefined prey.
DIE HARD 2 (1990): William Sadler practices naked tai chi in his hotel room before launching a dastardly terrorist attack against Dulles Airport.
THE DOORS (1991): During an out-of-control 1969 Miami concert, the rock band is joined onstage by several audience members who have spontaneously shed their clothes.
THE GOODBYE GIRL (1977): Marsha Mason finds herself obligated to share her NYC apartment with Richard Dreyfuss. Invited into his room late one night, she finds him strumming his guitar in the nude. "You told me you were decent!" she exclaims. "I am decent," he replies. "I also happen to be naked."
HEAVEN'S PRISONERS (1996): Arriving at a remote Louisiana mansion for an interview, cop Alec Baldwin gets out of his truck and is surprised to see Teri Hatcher gazing down at him from a balcony, casually sipping a cocktail in the altogether.
K2 (1992): Preparing to scale the world's second-highest mountain, Michael Biehn accepts a Japanese climber's invitation to try a ritual naked soak in a frigid Pakistani ice pond.
LIFEFORCE (1985): This "so-bad-it's-good" science fiction film features a trio of nude space vampires in human form (two male, one female) who are discovered by astronauts and brought back to Earth. The female proceeds to wreak naked apocalyptic havoc all over London! Kudos to brave Mathilda May, who appears nude throughout much of the movie.
MELANCHOLIA (2011): In a brief scene, Kirsten Dunst lies nude on a riverbank at night and gazes up at the newly-discovered planet that is on a slow collision course with Earth.
PROSPERO'S BOOKS (1991): This adaptation of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST features, as one critic put it, "a mind-boggling amount of nudity". But almost none of it is presented in a sexual manner. Elderly narrator John Gielgud keeps his clothes on, but the rest of the cast bares all.
THE SAME RIVER TWICE (2003): A documentary about a group of former hippies who have settled fairly comfortably into middle age, yet still have fond memories of rafting nude through the Grand Canyon in their youth. Not to be confused with the 1996 film of the same name.
THE SESSIONS (2012): Preparing Helen Hunt for the Jewish ritual mikveh cleansing, Rhea Perlman remarks to her: "You seem very comfortable being naked." Hunt replies, "It's never been a problem for me." (Beware: most of her nudity in the film occurs in very sexual situations!)
VANISHING POINT (1971): Chased in his Dodge Challenger by the cops from Denver to San Francisco, Barry Newman pauses at a distant shack where he encounters a blonde hippie gal who enjoys cruising the desert on her motorcycle in the nude. At one point she does makes a subtle sexual play for him, but all he wants from her is a cigarette. Ironically, Gilda Texter --who appears naked throughout the sequence-- is best known in Hollywood as a costume and wardrobe director.
|Movie Buffs Best Picture|
|Finally caught it on DVD last night. I'm not yet ready to concur with Oscar that it's the "Best Picture Of The Year", but it's damn good. If you remember the Iran hostage crisis (as I do), it will bring back memories of a frustrating time for our nation... and 70's facial hair. During the end credits you get to see how many details of that period the filmmakers got right. With THE TOWN and now ARGO, Ben Affleck is on a serious roll.|
|Music Steven Tyler Can Get Naked Again!|
|Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler owns a spectacular compound in Hawaii. Google "steven tyler house hawaii" to see some images of it. Paparazzi have been swarming nearby for months, trying to obtain candid photos of him and his family. Steven proposed a bill to force them to back off (from himself and other celebrities) to the state senate. The bill has now been passed into law... and it's called the Steven Tyler Act! In response to this victory, Steven said: "Now at least Joe Perry and I can go to Maui, walk around naked on the back lawn, and write some more crazy songs".|
|Movie Buffs Compliance|
|The most astonishing thing about COMPLIANCE is that it's based on an actual incident which occurred at a McDonald's in Kentucky in 2004. Almost every detail of this disturbing film (including the far-from-positive instance of nudity) happened in real life! The restaurant manager should've been arrested and charged with criminal stupidity.|
|Movie Buffs FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012|
|ARGO (I'm not yet ready to agree with Oscar that it's the Best Picture Of The Year, but it sure is a good 'un)|
BERNIE (an amusing true story of gossip, scandal and murder in a small Texas town)
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (I thought this one would be dull and depressing, but instead found it rather charming)
CHRONICLE (better-than-expected "found footage" tale of telekinetic teens gone wild)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (a bold, bloody western revenge fantasy from the always-controversial Quentin Tarantino)
FLIGHT (an engrossing drama about aviation, addiction and the acceptance of personal responsibility... don't watch this one if you have a fear of flying)
FRIENDS WITH KIDS (just the warning I needed!)
GOD BLESS AMERICA (if you've ever wanted to lash out against our rude, shallow, plastic society... this audacious comedy does it for you)
HAYWIRE (an offbeat little spy/action flick with a cool, jazzy music score and a female protagonist who kicks serious ass)
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN (an HBO production for Ernie enthusiasts like me)
HITCHCOCK (if you're a fan of the director and his classic PSYCHO, you'll enjoy this biopic)
JACK REACHER (Tom Cruise is miscast as the tall, muscular hero of the Reacher novels... but if you can look past that, this is actually one of the most satisfying action films of the year)
KILLING THEM SOFTLY (if you liked THE SOPRANOS you can probably handle this violent, underrated crime drama... lots of sleazy characters, some funny tough-guy talk and a brilliant final scene)
LIFE OF PI (although I missed it in 3-D, I still found this pretty impressive on my big screen hi-def TV... the long lost-at-sea sequence is unlike anything I've ever seen)
LINCOLN (parts of it are a bit too stately and slow, but the story is powerful and the dialogue really sings)
LOOPER (I didn't entirely grasp this mindbending time-travel excursion, but I look forward to seeing it again some day)
NOT FADE AWAY (a cinematic love letter to all the 60's garage bands who wanted to be the next Rolling Stones)
RUST AND BONE (a French street fighter begins a friendship/relationship with a woman who's lost her legs in a freak accident... my favorite foreign-language film of the year)
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (a funny, touching tale about preparing for the apocalypse)
THE SESSIONS (if you think your life is tough, check out what John Hawkes has to deal with every day... luckily, he gets help from priest William H. Macy and sex surrogate Helen Hunt)
SKYFALL (better than QUANTUM OF SOLACE, not quite as good as CASINO ROYALE)
THIS IS 40 (it's a little too long, was a box-office disappointment and critics hated it... but I can't think of another 2012 flick that had me laughing more)
THE WORDS (aspiring writers will take this one to heart)
|Music FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012|
|LEE BAINS III "There Is A Bomb In Gilead" (the best album Creedence Clearwater Revival never did)|
GARY CLARK JR. "Blak & Blu" (the scratching and hip-hop fluorishes don't do much for me, but when he just sings and plays guitar he delivers)
BOB DYLAN "Tempest" (his voice is in ruins --- which is part of the charm --- but the songwriting is stunning)
MARK KNOPFLER "Privateering" (a sprawling double-disc from the former Dire Straits frontman, difficult to find in the U.S)
LED ZEPPELIN "Celebration Day" (for once the hype was justified)
VAN MORRISON "Born To Sing: No Plan B" (Van the Man at his jazzy, bluesy, cynical best... I can listen to this one over and over)
SANTANA "Shape Shifter" (this vastly underrated instrumental album was the soundtrack to my summer)
JOE WALSH "Analog Man" (not really a keeper, but it was fun to listen to a few times)
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE "Psychedelic Pill" (if Neil puts out an album you don't particularly care for, just wait six months and he'll have a new one for ya)
|Florida Nudists Apollo Beach in December|
|As I recall, the first time I went to Apollo was on a weekday in January of 2001. Too cold to swim, but the weather was perfectly comfortable for sunning and walking on the beach. It was surprisingly crowded that day for some reason... I had to wait 45 minutes for a parking space.|
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films MASSAGE SCENES|
|FULL BODY MASSAGE (1995): Wealthy art dealer Mimi Rogers receives a day-long massage at her home from substitute masseur Bryan Brown, during which they share their philosophies of life while she insists on remaining undraped. A fearless performance from Ms. Rogers, who appears nude throughout much of the film. (Some flashback scenes indicate that the massages she receives from her regular masseuer go beyond the boundaries of what is considered appropriate between a professional LMT and a client)|
THE RAINBOW (1989): "You're in the hands of a trained osteopath," Amanda Donohoe declares to Sammi Davis before treating her to a nude massage in front of a fireplace after a bit of skinny-dipping. Eventually the relationship between the two women does become sexual.
STILL OF THE NIGHT (1982): Although she ultimately receives her massage draped, observer Roy Scheider is surprised to see that Meryl Streep has no compunction about disrobing in front of her Asian masseur before lying down on the table.
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films SHOWER/SAUNA SCENES|
|THE COCA-COLA KID (1985): Greta Scacchi and her little girl share a shower and some playful conversation in a nice scene of mother/daughter bonding. |
PARADISE (1982): Phoebe Cates turns an underground waterfall into an improvised shower while stranded at a desert oasis.
PERSONAL BEST (1982): Mariel Hemingway, Patrice Donnelly and other female Olympic hopefuls joke, argue and discuss their training while sweating it out naked in a communal sauna. (The movie does feature a lesbian relationship, so viewer discretion may be advised)
SHEENA (1984): Jungle girl Tanya Roberts showers beneath a waterfall and bathes nude in a stream.
STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997): Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and fellow sci-fi soldiers take a break from battling giant bugs to share a co-ed shower and their plans for the future. A great "nudity-in-mixed-company-is-no-big-deal" scene.
STEAMING (1985): Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles and other women enjoy the amenities of a London steam bath/spa in various stages of undress.
TAKE THIS WALTZ (2012): Michelle Williams, Sarah Silverman and other members of an aquatic exercise class engage in some girl-versation while showering up afterwards. All body types are represented here.
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001): Diego Luna and his buddy Gael Garcia Bernal play naked pranks on each other in a gym shower. The movie also features skinny-dipping in a hotel pool, a topless beach scene... and some strong sexuality.
|Florida Nudists Your Favorite|
|RESORT: Cypress Cove (runner-up: Sunny Sands)|
BEACH: Playalinda (runner-up: Apollo)
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films SKINNY DIPPIN' SCENES|
| Many who would never label themselves nudists will admit to at least one occasion on which they've gone swimming naked... solo or not, co-ed or not. Here are some films that portray this usually innocent activity in various ways:|
AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD (1991): Alone in a South American rainforest, Daryl Hannah swims nude in a lagoon, then relaxes on the shore. A naked Tom Berenger (who's gone native) interrupts her, but he means no harm.
AVANTI! (1972): Juliet Mills coaxes Jack Lemmon out of his clothes and into the sea off Italy in an amusing scene which includes them playfully taunting a passing boat.
THE BETSY (1978): Kathleen Beller savors a cup of coffee beside her swimming pool, then casts off her robe and slips naked into the water for a morning dip, unconcerned that houseguest Tommy Lee Jones is observing from a nearby balcony. (Of course, since this is based on a Harold Robbins novel, there's lots of ornery extramarital sex in the film too)
THE BLUE LAGOON (1980): The underwater scenes in this movie are among the most beautiful ever filmed (cinematography by Nestor Almendros).
CONRACK (1974): Jon Voight is an educator hired to teach children on a remote island off the South Carolina coast. When caught by the female principal and scolded for skinny-dipping, he explains: "The salt water's good for my mosquito bites".
DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991): Big-city doctor Michael J. Fox is stranded in a podunk southern town. While sitting by a lake one morning, he is stunned to see local Julie Warner emerge naked from the water and unconcernedly approach him while drying off ("If you're really a doctor, I don't have anything you haven't seen before", she remarks). A very memorable introductory scene for her character.
ECSTACY (1933): Hedy Lamarr takes a break from horseback riding to skinny-dip in a country pond. Her horse runs off with her clothes, forcing her to chase it naked over hill and dale. Reportedly the first mainstream film to show an established actress nude.
THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT (1973): Don Johnson is just one of the students at liberal Harrad College, where clothing is not always part of the curriculum. There are a couple of scenes involving various groups of students skinny-dipping in the large indoor pool, as well as an outdoor nude yoga/meditation session.
HEAVEN'S GATE (1980): While her beau Kris Kristofferson dozes on the banks of a Wyoming river, Isabelle Huppert savors the chilly water nude, then climbs out and wraps herself in a big wool coat.
HOODLUM (1997): Andy Garcia (playing gangster Lucky Luciano) conducts business next to a pool filled with women who wear nothing but bathing caps.
INTO THE WILD (2007): There's a striking overhead shot of Emile Hirsch floating naked on his back down a river.
JAWS (1975): Stuntwoman Susan Backlinie was hired for her swimming skills and nice figure to portray the young woman who comes to a nasty end while skinny-dipping at night in the waters off Amity Island (actually Martha's Vineyard). Most sharks do feed between dusk and dawn, so that's not an advisable time to swim in the ocean, naked or not. Given how many people have viewed this classic film, it's perhaps the most famous skinny-dipping scene of all time.
L'ANNEE DES MEDUSES (1984): Valerie Kaprisky and a female friend are invited by an elderly Frenchman to swim naked in his private pool on the Riviera. The man remains clothed, sipping a liquer, chatting up the girls and enjoying the view.
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971): Cybill Shepherd arrives at what she believes will be a typical indoor pool party... only to find that everyone else (including Randy Quaid) is naked! At first she's mortified, but eventually she joins in.
MAN IN THE MOON (1991): A young Reese Witherspoon is enjoying a naked dip in her local Louisiana swimmin' hole when a young man new to the area jumps in wearing his skivvies. An argument ensues as to whose property they're on, which results in Reese having to gather her clothes and dash off into the woods... but later in the movie the tables are turned.
NELL (1994): Jodie Foster plays a feral young forest woman who routinely swims nude at night. Liam Neeson is the research scientist who gets naked and joins her in the water in an effort to gain her trust.
NIGHT MOVES (1975): While assisting Gene Hackman and Jennifer Warren in the investigation of a sunken airplane in the Florida Keys, a young Melanie Griffith casually peels off her clothes and dives into the water from a glass-bottom boat wearing nothing but flippers and a facemask.
ONE DAY (2011): Finding themselves at a deserted swimming pool after dark, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess jump in naked... even though earlier in the film they'd expressed mild outrage while observing the patrons of a nude beach.
PARADISE (1982): Stranded at a desert oasis, Phoebe Cates and Willie Aames take every opportunity to swim naked, solo and in each others' company.
PLANET OF THE APES (1968): Marooned on a strange planet, Charlton Heston and his astronaut buddies find it only natural to jump in naked when they come across an inviting body of water.
THE RAINBOW (1989): "The grounds are quite private", Amanda Donohoe assures Sammi Davis before the two women strip off in a cottage and then scamper through the rain to a nearby pond for some skinny-dipping on a British estate. The movie also features nude massage, nude portraiture... and some rather frank sexuality.
RAMPAGE (1963): While on safari in Malaysia, Elsa Martinelli freshens up naked in a nearby river before beginning the day's march. She's joined by an equally naked native girl who wants to learn more about this curious outsider.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW (1986): There's an uproarious scene in which Julian
Sands and a couple of pals (including a reverend) have their naked dip in a pond interrupted by a group of stuffy women who happen to pass by.
SHEENA (1984): Tanya Roberts is the female Tarzan who showers naked under a waterfall, dives naked into a river and bathes naked in a jungle stream... to the consternation of a visiting American male journalist.
STEAMING (1985): The climactic scene of this film set mostly in a women's spa features Sarah Miles, Vanessa Redgrave and others frolicking naked in the indoor pool.
TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009): While discussing the massive music festival occurring not far from their New York state motel, Demetri Martin and his father are unfazed by the dozens of naked hippies bathing and swimming in the lake on their property.
TARZAN & HIS MATE (1934): Johnny Weissmuller skins Maureen O'Sullivan (okay, it's a body double) out of her dress before the two of them plunge into a jungle river. The subsequent nude underwater swimming acrobatics are graceful and lovely... and were edited out of many early prints of the film.
WALKABOUT (1971): Lost in the Australian wilderness, Jenny Agutter enjoys swimming nude whenever she can... sometimes on her own, sometimes with her younger brother (played by the director's son) and their Aborigine guide.
WOMEN IN LOVE (1969): There are a couple of English estate skinny-dipping scenes in this movie, one of which results in a tragic double-drowning. (There's also a famous nude wrestling scene between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates)
WOODSTOCK (1970): The director's cut of this great concert film features lots of real-life young hippies swimming and bathing naked in ponds on the dairy farm where the event occurred.
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (2001): While staying at a sparsely-occupied hotel, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna skim some leaves off the swimming pool surface, then plunge in for a naked race. The movie also features some nude shower pranks, a topless beach scene... and several sequences of strong sexuality.
|Playalinda Beach Florida Senate Candidate Dave Weldon|
|I would encourage all Florida nudists to read Paul LeValley's letter concerning a guy named Dave Weldon in the Mailbag section of the July 2012 AANR Bulletin. Weldon is a Republican running for state senate, and apparently part of his platform is to disrupt the beaches at the northern and southern tips of Canaveral National Seashore from being clothing-optional. I don't live in Florida anymore, but I still patronize Apollo and Playalinda Beaches when I'm in the area and would hate to see things change at either one. If you are a registered Republican Florida resident and a nudist, please contact Weldon's office before the August primary and politely let your feelings be known. Thanks!|
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films MODELING/ARTISTIC SCENES|
| As someone who has personally experienced the fun, awkwardness, joy, tedium and liberation of posing nude for artists and photographers (in my youth... when I had better abs), I can attest to the veracity of some of these scenes:|
AGE OF CONSENT (1969): Helen Mirren plays an Australian nature girl who poses nude... at first reluctantly, then joyfully... for an artist played by James Mason. Based on the life and works of Norman Lindsay. The wholly inappropriate title of this film suggests some sort of prurient teen-sex comedy, which it definitely is not.
LA BELLE NOISEUSE (1991): Michel Piccoli plays an aging, inactive artist who is inspired to pick up the brush again when he meets a new muse, played by Emmanuelle Beart. She spends much of this 4-hour film posing nude, and her discomfort early on is as palpable as her relaxed attitude toward the end of the movie.
LOVING (1970): George Segal paints a nude model while his young daughter, his wife and a work colleague pass in and out of the room... all of them seemingly unfazed by the presence of a naked woman.
MAZE (2000): Rob Morrow portrays an artist whose Tourette Syndrome interferes with his communication with his nude subjects, including chipper pro Sheila Zane and nervous amateur Laura Linney.
MY LIFE AS A DOG (1985): This slice-of-life portrait of a small Swedish town includes a talentless local sculptor whose ill-conceived piece showing a nude mother giving birth leads to some funny scenes during the creative process... and the community's ultimate rejection of his finished work.
MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS (2001): There's an amusing sequence in which an entire film crew strips naked to make a nervous actress more comfortable about filming a nude scene.
NAKED STATES (2000): If you've never heard of Spencer Tunick and his guerilla-style mass nude photographs, this documentary is a great place to start.
THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE (2006): Biopic starring Gretchen Mol as the woman who overcame the traumas of her youth (including rape) and established a successful career as a photo model. Eventually she gets into the fetish/bondage arena, but the early scenes of her posing innocently nude for legit photographers like Bunny Yeager are delightful.
READY TO WEAR (1994): The jaw-dropping climactic scene of this comedy about the fashion industry features a succession of female models (including a quite pregnant one) parading down the runway completely nude.
SAVAGE MESSIAH (1972): This study of sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska features a long scene in which a very relaxed Helen Mirren poses nude for him on a staircase. Difficult to find on home video, but YouTube has the full film available unedited as of this writing.
SIRENS (1994): Like AGE OF CONSENT (see above), this is also based on the career of Norman Lindsay. An Australian painter played by Sam Neill has no problem coaxing his wife and several other models (including Elle Macpherson and Portia de Rossi) out of their clothes. Hugh Grant plays a visiting minister who doesn't handle it well when his own wife gets into the act.
TAKING WOODSTOCK (2000): While waiting for the famous 1969 music festival to take place, a group of hippie actors put on an outdoor stage play that involves some renegade nudity designed to shake up the local yokels.
TITANIC (1997): Normally confident young artist (and ladies' man) Leonardo DiCaprio is briefly flustered when Kate Winslet insists on posing for a sketch wearing nothing but a very expensive piece of jewelry.
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films Nudist/Naturist movies/videos|
|My guess is that clip is from THE FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL (1976). I've never seen it, but I know Cindy Williams (of LAVERNE & SHIRLEY) was in it, and that's obviously her in the clip. Plus, it's obviously some kind of "musical".|
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films Beach Scenes|
|CASTAWAY, EDUCATING JULIE and L'ANNEE DES MEDUSES are somewhat rare... I saw all three on VHS years ago. You may be able to track 'em down at Amazon.Com or eBay. Netflix should have the rest of the films I mentioned on DVD (probably not streaming).|
|Naturism and wholesome nudity in films Beach Scenes|
|THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX (2008): The striking opening scene of this true-life political thriller features a man, his wife and their two young daughters enjoying a day on a European nude beach. There's also some coed nude rooftop sunbathing later in the film.|
CASTAWAY (1987): Literally moments after being voluntarily stranded on a deserted island for a year, Amanda Donohoe strips naked, sets up camp on the beach and begins brewing tea. She spends the rest of the movie either nude or topless, exploring the entire island including its rather muddy interior. Her sole companion in this social experiment (a sexually-frustrated Oliver Reed) doesn't handle the isolation as well and has a mental breakdown. Not to be confused with the Tom Hanks film of the same name.
EDUCATING JULIE (1984): While doing a research paper on "Nudism In The 80's", Gail Ward visits naturist destinations in England, France and Florida. There's a lovely scene of her exercising on the beach at Cap d'Agde at dusk, and later she and her boyfriend stroll the beach at Paradise Lakes near Tampa.
L'ANNEE DES MEDUSES (1984): The topless beaches and private pools of the Cote d'Azur are enormously inviting in this psychological drama starring Valerie Kaprisky. The title means "Year Of The Jellyfish".
MORE (1969): While visiting the beaches of Ibiza, heroin-addicted couple Mimsy Farmer & Klaus Grunberg enjoy some naked spear-fishing and sunbathing. The excellent soundtrack is by Pink Floyd.
1969 (1988): This Vietnam-era stateside drama features a sequence in which Kiefer Sutherland & Robert Downey Jr. stumble across a group of friendly hippies who are camping naked on a secluded beach. Although most of the movie is set in Maryland, this scene was actually filmed on Tybee Island GA, not far from where I live.
ONE DAY (2011): Anne Hathaway & Jim Sturgess express mild outrage when they realize the beach they're visiting is adjacent to a nude beach... yet they indulge in a bit of skinny-dipping a short while later when they find themselves at a deserted pool after dark.
SUMMER LOVERS (1982): Daryl Hannah, Peter Gallagher & the late Valerie Quennessen cavort on the nude beaches, grottoes and sun-splashed balconies of Greece in this cheesy but fun flick. Peter's impromptu naked cliff dive is spectacular. (Of course, since this is a Hollywood product, threesomes must eventually occur... but not on the beach)
UNDER THE SAND (2001): While searching a French beach for her missing husband, a swimsuit-clad Charlotte Rampling encounters a young couple who are enjoying the beach in the nude. She doesn't bat an eye and neither do they.
|Florida Nudists Is Playalinda legal?|
|Actually, Apollo Beach DID shut down parking area #5 for shuttle launches... and that's the nude area. I guess it's because #5 is the furthest south and thus is the lot closest to Playalinda and the space center. In the event of another shuttle disaster, they may have been worried about falling debris landing there. Not sure if Apollo shuts down #5 for a regular NASA rocket launch... but if they do, it's been my experience that the nudists just move a couple miles north to parking lot #4, which is normally a textile beach. In any event, Apollo Beach south of lot #5 is safely, legally clothing optional. But there ARE fewer parking spaces there than at Playalinda, and their public toilets aren't as well-maintained as Playalinda's. (On your way home, stop off at Chase's restaurant on A1A in New Smyrna Beach and have a drink at their oceanfront bar)|
|Florida Nudists Is Playalinda legal?|
|Playalinda Beach is technically NOT legal, but it appears the authorities have largely decided to turn a blind eye toward it. You will, however, see a lot of "No Nudity" signs as you approach the beach, which I guess are there for the rare occasion when the police do decide to press the issue. I've never heard of anyone getting arrested there... usually they just tell you to cover up and give you a citation for public indecency. As soon as you cross over from parking lot #13 onto the beach and look north, you'll be able to tell if it's a "nude friendly" day or not. My advice would be to make sure you're not the first person the cops would encounter if they do the same; walk far enough north so that a few nude folks are between you and the crossover. That way you'll be able to see the authorities coming and will have time to get dressed before they make their way to you. On a weekday in March or April it probably won't be too crowded, but it's always advisable to arrive earlier rather than later, just in case the parking lot fills up. Scroll down and read my post elsewhere in this group under the topic titled: "Playa linda beach people!! Summer is here" for specific directions. And check out the posts in the Playalinda Beach group under the topic "The Fuzz" for more people's experiences there with the law. Good luck!|
|Movie Buffs First-Run Favorites Of 2011|
|THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU|
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE
THE IDES OF MARCH
THE LINCOLN LAWYER
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4
|Music Your Favorite Albums Of 2011|
|GREGG ALLMAN - Low Country Blues|
CHICKENFOOT - III
DANGER MOUSE - Rome
LENNY KRAVITZ - Black & White America
MY MORNING JACKET - Circuital
ROBBIE ROBERTSON - How To Become Clairvoyant
SUPERHEAVY - Superheavy
YES - Fly From Here
|Movie Buffs R.I.P. Ken Russell|
| British film director Ken Russell passed away last weekend at age 84. He's best known for having directed The Who's TOMMY in 1975, as well as several extremely bizarre, controversial movies.|
But three of his more "normal" efforts present nudism in interesting ways: His 1969 film version of D.H. Lawrence's novel WOMEN IN LOVE features a couple of skinny-dipping scenes, as well as a nude wrestling match between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates that raised a few eyebrows because of the rare (for that era) glimpses of male genitalia in a mainstream movie. 20 years later Russell directed a prequel called THE RAINBOW, in which Amanda Donohoe introduces Sammi Davis to the joys of skinny-dipping, nude massage and running naked in the rain (eventually the relationship between the two women does become sexual, so don't watch it with young children). And his 1972 film SAVAGE MESSIAH features a long scene in which Helen Mirren casually and quite comfortably poses nude for a sculptor.
My personal favorite Ken Russell movie is 1980's ALTERED STATES.
|Music Best Guitarists|
|Allow me to sing the praises of Joe Bonamassa, a blues/rock guitarist and vocalist. I first saw him play live when he was about 18 and a member of a band with a very interesting pedigree called Bloodline (google 'em). I recently caught him again as a 34-year-old solo artist. He was receiving standing ovations after almost every solo, sometimes two or three per song! I've been fortunate to see some of the all-time greats in concert: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy (twice), B.B. King, John McLaughlin (twice), Jimmy Page (twice), Carlos Santana (twice), Eddie Van Halen (thrice), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, etc. I'm here to tell ya that Joe Bonamassa is easily one of the four or five best guitarists I've ever witnessed. Check out his LIVE FROM THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL concert on DVD and prepare to be amazed.|
|Movie Buffs Let's Discuss...|
|Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, producers of the Bond films since about 1995. I'd like to buy them a martini (shaken, not stirred) and tell them what they've been doing right...and wrong... with the series.|
|Movie Buffs Still Buying?|
| When VHS tapes were going the way of the dinosaur, I did what a lot of other folks did and updated my video library by replacing my favorites with the DVD versions. But my DVD buying has definitely tapered off since then. I rent them frequently (almost exclusively from Netflix these days), but seldom buy them anymore.|
However, last year I raided a Hollywood Video store and two Movie Gallery stores that were going out of business and selling off their stock. At two bucks per DVD, I couldn't pass 'em up. I nabbed BACKDRAFT, CHINATOWN, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, MASTER & COMMANDER, NETWORK, THE ALAMO (the recent Dennis Quaid/Billy Bob Thornton version), THE LONGEST YARD (the superior Burt Reynolds original), THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 (the superior Walter Matthau original) and a couple of Michael Mann films: THIEF and THE INSIDER. I doubt I would have bothered to buy any of them new. And I felt a bit like a vulture at the checkout, as I was served by mostly young employees who were just weeks away from losing their jobs.
Oh, and a couple months ago I stumbled across the first four DIRTY HARRY films in one DVD package at Best Buy for a mere nine dollars. I just couldn't resist good ol' Clint.
|Movie Buffs What're You Watching ?|
|THE TOWN is indeed a dandy crime-drama-with-a-heart... a great comeback for Ben Affleck. Speaking of Ben, check him out in THE COMPANY MEN (2010). Also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Craig T. Nelson. Best movie I've seen in months. A flop at the box office, but it's become a big hit on DVD because it sends a strong message about what's happening in America today: the need to live within your means in a society where corporate big shots live high on the hog... while their employees sacrifice, suffer terribly, and sometimes lose everything. What happens to Chris Cooper's character in this film is happening to people all over the USA right now.|
|Florida Nudists Playa linda beach people!! summer is here.|
|Just follow the brown signs to Canaveral National Seashore and you won't get lost. You'll go east on 406 through Titusville and across the Indian River. Stop at the guard gate and pay admission fee (around 4 bucks per person). As you get closer you'll see the space shuttle storage building in the distance off to your right. You'll also see lots of signs saying "No Nudity", but don't sweat it. Once you get to the parking lots, go to the last one (furthest north), which is #13. On a summer weekend you will probably find a fair amount of people there, so arrive early to make sure you get a parking space. Walk across the wooden crossover to the beach, then head north 'til you start to see naked people. Again, if you just follow the brown signs to Canaveral Seashore from I-95, you'll find it with little trouble. (On the way back, stop off at Quillen's on 406 in Titusville for a taco!)|
|Movie Buffs What's Your Top Five Favorite Motion Pictures & Why?|
|Actually, STAR WARS was concocted by George Lucas, not Spielberg. And if you watch the excellent 2004 documentary EMPIRE OF DREAMS you will see Lucas freely acknowledging his debt to Flash Gordon, including some shot-by-shot comparisons and similarities.|
|Movie Buffs Re-make/Re-model/Re-package|
| I'm not big on remakes either, especially when they got it right the first time. The original ARTHUR is a minor classic. No need for a remake unless you're trying to sell tickets to kids who've never heard of Dudley Moore or the original, but think Russell Brand is a scream.|
PLANET OF THE APES was done perfectly well in 1968, a sci-fi classic. The remake was totally unnecessary and cheapens the legacy of the original. The Jeff Bridges remake of TRUE GRIT was acceptable, except that the last 30 minutes are almost a virtual shot-by-shot recreation of the finale of the John Wayne original. The most egregious example of an unneeded remake I can think of lately is the Denzel Washington/John Travolta version of THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3. Anyone who's seen the 1974 Walter Matthau/Robert Shaw original knows it's damn near perfect: funny, suspenseful... a real "New Yawk" movie. The latter version just pales in comparison.
I haven't seen the recent remake of THE MECHANIC with Jason Statham yet, but I'm here to tell you that the 1972 Charles Bronson original is also spot-on and should have been left alone. I have heard that the new version retains the original's twist ending, which I guess is a good thing.
They could probably remake JAWS today with a computer-generated shark that would look more realistic than the plastic one from 1975... but, come on! Would it be as scary, unexpected or fun as the one Spielberg did originally? No way.
Hollywood's just lazy and trying to make money by rehashing old ideas. That's why all those remakes are flooding theatres these days.
UPDATE (5/18/11): I saw the new version of THE MECHANIC on DVD last night, and I must grudgingly admit that it's not bad. Totally unnecessary, but not bad. I still prefer the original.
|Movie Buffs Laughter Is The Best Medicine|
| My problem with many comedies, especially recent ones, is that they run out of steam after the first hour or so (I just saw DUE DATE on DVD... I laughed pretty consistently for the first 60 minutes, then found myself watching the clock for the final half-hour). Here are a few that keep me laughing all the way through:|
DR. STRANGELOVE (1964): Hard to believe they can make you bust a gut over perhaps the most serious subject matter in the world. A really audacious comedy with a great cast.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978): I was in a fraternity in college, and I can tell you that stuff like this happens more often than you might imagine!
FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): Jeff Spicoli just cracks me up.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973): There are only a couple of laugh-out-loud scenes, but you do find yourself sitting there with a smile on your face most of the time.
THE BIG CHILL (1983): A bittersweet comedy for grown-ups who came of age in the 60's.
UP IN THE AIR: My favorite film of 2009, hands-down.
|Music If you could see any band, dead or alive, who would it be?|
| Wow, scrolling down through everyone's wish lists here inspired me to dig out my old ticket stubs. I'm ashamed to have taken for granted a few shows I've seen that would've meant the world to some of you. From the top....|
LYNYRD SKYNYRD: I was there at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on one of the three nights in July of '76 when they recorded their live album "One More From The Road". That's the only time I've seen them with Ronnie Van Zant. Some people feel the current version of the group (with only one surviving original member) is just a glorified Skynyrd tribute band.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: I saw him one time (1/29/86) at Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham AL. The Fabulous Thunderbirds were the opening act. My ticket cost $10.50. The stage lighting was very dim and Stevie kept his head down most of the time, his face concealed by that famous hat. Not one of his more fiery performances. This was back when he was abusing alcohol and cocaine, so that may have had something to do with it.
JAMES BROWN: I saw a distant red-clad blob that was supposedly the Godfather Of Soul at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, May 1997. He was at least 100 yards away, with a sea of people between me and him. His band came out first and vamped for about 30 minutes before James even took the stage.
LED ZEPPELIN: Never got to see 'em, but I have seen Robert Plant solo thrice, Jimmy Page with The Firm once, and the Page/Plant tour at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta on 5/29/98, when they played a lot of Zep material.
WARREN ZEVON: Saw him do a solo show at a nightclub in Savannah GA, circa 1993. Just Warren accompanying himself on piano and guitar. He encouraged us all to howl along with him during "Werewolves Of London". Can't believe he's gone now.
THE WHO: I saw them at the Omni in Atlanta during their first tour with Kenny Jones on drums, 7/9/80. My ticket cost $12.50. When Roger Daltrey introduced Kenny to the crowd, many booed because he wasn't Keith Moon (as if Kenny were responsible for Keith's death!) Caught them again at Lakewood Amphitheatre on 8/13/97, when they were performing the "Quadrophenia" album in its entirety with a large backing band. I paid $45.50 that time.
PINK FLOYD: I'm fortunate to have seen them three times, including once at Atlanta's Omni on 4/26/77 when Roger Waters was still a member. My ticket cost 10 bucks. They played the "Animals" album in its entirety, took an intermission, then played all of the "Wish You Were Here" album and encored with two songs from "Dark Side Of The Moon". Aside from vocals during songs, no member of the band ever said a single word to the audience.
ALICE COOPER: He's still going strong in his 60's. I caught him at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville on 11/6/01. He played all of his hits and included some of his trademark theatrics, like beheading a mannequin dressed as Britney Spears! (If you're ever in downtown Phoenix, be sure to visit his Alice Cooperstown restaurant... lots of cool memorabilia on the walls)
GRATEFUL DEAD: I saw them twice at the Fox in Atlanta (11/30/80 and 10/29/85). We were shocked at how much weight Jerry Garcia had put on between the first and second concerts. Must've been the beginning of the health decline that eventually killed him.
I've managed to knock two more acts off my bucket list in the past 3 years: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and PHISH, both at the coliseum in Charleston SC. There aren't many more still-living bands I'm itching to see, although I wouldn't mind catching AC/DC, GREEN DAY, MY MORNING JACKET, TOM PETTY or SADE sometime.
And as for a dead band I'm sorry I missed, it'd have to be THE DOORS... either in their early L.A. club days, or that infamous Miami concert in 1969 when Jim Morrison alledgedly flashed the crowd (it was a sloppy show by all accounts, but a real landmark in rock & roll history).
|Movie Buffs Who Saw...?|
|I've actually seen all the films that were nominated for Best Picture except THE FIGHTER and TOY STORY 3. THE KING'S SPEECH is pretty good, but it's as much Geoffrey Rush's film as it is Colin Firth's. My favorite movie of 2010 was THE SOCIAL NETWORK... and I don't even use Facebook that much. INCEPTION was also pretty cool, but I need to see it again three times just to figure out the plot!|
|Music First and most memorable gigs.|
| The first "rock" concert I saw was Seals & Crofts at the Georgia Tech Arena, circa 1974. The first REAL rock concert I saw was Kiss at the Omni in Atlanta, December 1975. The opening acts were guitarist Leslie West of Mountain (solo) and some young upstart band from Chicago we'd never heard of called Styx.|
I've seen many, many concerts since then ---everything from massive stadium spectacles to intimate club dates--- mostly in the south but also in places as far flung as Baltimore, Boston and New York. One that still sticks in my mind to this day was Bobby & The Midnites, a side project for Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta, 6/6/82. Weir and Bobby Cochran (Eddie's nephew) were on guitar, Dave Garland on keyboards, Alphonso Johnson on bass and the great Billy Cobham on drums. It was a relatively small room, the crowd was in a frenzy and the band was on fire. They finished the show, did an encore, then left the building... but the audience wasn't satiated yet. They chanted for more, and the folks down front were tugging at the giant video screen that had been lowered over the stage, threatening to tear it down. Finally the band came back inside and banged out a ragged cover of "Satisfaction" by the Stones. Cobham played drums with one hand while drinking a beer with the other, a big grin on his face. It was the most electrified atmosphere of any show I've attended... a real "rock and roll" experience!
|Movie Buffs Favorite Directors|
|1. Francis Ford Coppola|
2. John Frankenheimer
3. William Friedkin
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Stanley Kubrick
6. Sergio Leone
7. Michael Mann
8. Paul Schrader
9. Steven Spielberg
10. Quentin Tarantino
|Movie Buffs Favorite Detective/Crime Movies|
|1. HEAT (1995): Pacino vs. DeNiro! Michael Mann specializes in crime dramas and this is his masterpiece. Almost 3 hours long but never boring, with great character development. Only the murdered hooker subplot seems superfluous. Not to be confused with the awful Burt Reynolds film of the same title. |
2. BULLITT (1968): Dated but still interesting police procedural, with ultra-cool Steve McQueen battling both the mob and city hall in San Francisco. Oh, and there's that car chase....
3. TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (1985): Director William Friedkin topped his FRENCH CONNECTION with this slick tale of a hot-headed secret service agent (William Petersen, pre-CSI) pursuing a ruthless counterfeiter (Willem Dafoe). Extremely bloody but also extremely well-made. There are no real heroes here, just varying degrees of corruption.
4. HARPER (1966): Paul Newman chews gum and cracks wise in this glossy mystery about a private eye seeking a missing L.A. millionaire. An all-star cast gives able support. The sequel (THE DROWNING POOL) ain't bad either.
5. ANGEL HEART (1987): A scuzzy Mickey Rourke encounters voodoo and the supernatural while investigating weird goings-on from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Literally "dripping" with Louisiana atmosphere!
|Movie Buffs What's Your Top Five Favorite Motion Pictures & Why?|
|1) GOLDFINGER (1963): I'm a big Bond fan and this is the quintessential 007 film.|
2) THE LONGEST DAY (1962): I love war movies and this is my all-time favorite. Incredible true story, star-studded cast.
3) BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969): I love westerns and this is my all-time favorite, although it's not a conventional one. A charming script with many memorable vignettes. (This was the first "M-Rated" movie I ever got to see!)
4) THE GODFATHER, pt. 1 (1972): I love gangster movies and this is the grandaddy of 'em all, arguably one of the top five American films ever.
5) BIG WEDNESDAY (1978): Not just a great movie about surfing, but also a great movie about friendship, loyalty and the changes that life can throw at us.
|Nude Massage Nude massage, advertising, and sex|
|SecretAsianMan is probably right. In our somewhat repressed society, it is customary for the LMT to be clothed and for the client to be draped. The only place you're likely to be able to give massages mutually nude with no sexual context would be in a certified nudist environment, and even then it may seem fishy to some people if both parties are naked. |
|Music Songs that mention nudity|
|See the "Naked Songs" thread elsewhere in this group for more ideas.|
|Nudist Club Trip Reports Sunny Sands|
| The first time I went to Sunny Sands I was flyin' solo, but my AANR card seemed to put the owners at ease... although they were so careful to obtain the exact spelling of my last name that I suspect they went to the nearest computer and ran a quick criminal background check on me, which is okay (keeps the perverts out). Now I don't even bother to phone ahead... I just show up and am welcomed by Teresa and Janice.|
In general, I find it's best to call ahead to any resort you're planning to vist to find out their policy regarding single men. My AANR membership seems to have given me carte blanche; I've never been turned away from anywhere. Much depends on your attitude. If you quietly explain your intentions beforehand, behave like a confident gentleman while you're there and don't gawk at or hit on anyone, you'll probably be accepted. And if you come up against a resort with a "No Single Males Whatsoever!" policy, politely suggest they should consider changing it and let them know you'll be spending your money elsewhere in the meantime.
|Nudist Club Trip Reports Hidden River Resort|
|Hidden River is actually located in that little "toe" of south Georgia that extends down into north Florida, so some consider it a dual-state destination. More of a nudist camp than a resort. A vast wooded property with wide-open fields, a couple of walking trails (one of which leads down to the brackish river), large pool, hot tub, covered pavilion, indoor & outdoor showers, camping, etc. About 45 minutes west of Jacksonville. Decent hotel accommodations in nearby MacClenny. The Nudie Blues Festival each spring draws a pretty good crowd. I haven't been there since 2004, so some things may have changed. I have heard complaints that there's not enough shade near the pool and that they're overly paranoid about smoking on the property (the area is prone to forest fires), but I've always had a good time there. A woman named Barbara has run the place for years. Call before you go. Bring bug spray, although you may not need it.|
|Movie Buffs Movie Services|
| I've been a Netflix member since 2003 and absolutely love it. They have many movies on hand that I've failed to find at video stores after years of scouring. But it's sorta like subscribing to a magazine that you don't read too often... after awhile they start to stack up on your coffee table and you find yourself wondering why you waste your money on that mag. Same deal with Netflix (and other online movie services): the trick is to watch the DVD as soon as possible after receiving it and then get it back to them so they can mail you the next one in your queue. That's how you get your money's worth.|
As far as home services totally replacing the theater-going experience, I don't think that'll happen soon. Yes, first-run movie tickets are pricey (not to mention those outrageously expensive concessions!), but dinner-and-a-movie is still a comparatively inexpensive night out. That's why Hollywood had a record profit year in 2009, despite the recession.
I tend to go to the theater for certain "event" films that were made for the big screen (2012, AVATAR, etc.), certain directors I admire (Quentin Tarantino, Michael Mann, etc.) and certain movies that get uniformly good reviews and/or good word-of-mouth (THE HANGOVER and UP IN THE AIR being two recent examples). I also seem to attend theaters more often when I'm dating... usually PG-13 chick flicks that I'd otherwise wait for the video or skip entirely.
And the recent onslaught of successful 3-D movies (which I'm not entirely sold on yet) may continue to drag movie freaks into the theater just for that immersive experience... at least until the 3-D phenomenon can be easily recreated at home.
|Music Nude Album Covers|
|SANTANA "ABRAXAS" (1970/Mati Klarwein)|
SADE "LOVE DELUXE" (1992/Albert Watson)
YES "GOING FOR THE ONE" (1977/Hipgnosis)
DOOBIE BROTHERS "TOULOUSE STREET" inside cover (1972/Michael & Jill Maggid)
BAT FOR LASHES "THE HAUNTED MAN" (2012/Ryan McGinley)
|Music Nude Album Covers|
|JONI MITCHELL "FOR THE ROSES" (1972)|
The original inside cover of this vinyl album features a spectacular photo by Joel Bernstein of a nude Joni from behind, standing on rocks gazing out at some vast lake or ocean.
GRAND FUNK "WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND" (1973)
The original inside cover featured the members of the band posing nude amidst some artfully-arranged hay bales.
Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks were still a couple and reportedly nude when photographed for the Lorrie Sullivan/Jimmy Wachtel cover of this excellent pre-Fleetwood Mac album. It's obvious that both are "topless", but Lindsey's shoulder obscures Stevie's right breast and you can't see anything more.
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO "TWO VIRGINS" (1968)
John & Yoko famously (and notoriously) posed full-frontally nude for the cover. Too bad the album is unlistenable twaddle.
U2 "ACHTUNG BABY" (1991)
Bassist Adam Clayton reportedly threatened to quit the band unless allowed to go Full Monty for the album cover. Cooler heads prevailed, but you can still see his small photo (by Anton Corbijn) on the inside CD sleeve, his genitals obscured by a large "X". I've been told that some vinyl versions of the album feature the pic uncensored.
BOW WOW WOW "LAST OF THE MOHICANS" E.P. (1982)
Cute vocalist Annabella Lwin posed nude as the band recreated Manet's painting "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe".
BLIND FAITH (1969)
Pubescent 11-year-old redhead Mariora Goschen posed topless clutching a model airplane for the cover of this supergroup's one-and-only LP, igniting a firestorm of controversy and accusations of kiddie porn. Some versions of the album merely feature a photo of the band itself. Nowadays the original cover (by Bob Seidemann) is considered an innocent classic.
In 1967 Janis permitted the aforementioned Bob Seidemann to photograph her wearing nothing but a set of beads. The photos were published in ROLLING STONE following her death and have since been used in various sampler CDs promoting the 1993 "JANIS" boxed set.
|Music "Naked" Songs|
|JACKSON BROWNE "THE NAKED RIDE HOME": The title track of his 2002 album. Jackson jokingly tells a female friend he'll drive her home if she'll get naked in the car. Not only does she willingly comply, but upon arrival she dashes nude from his car into the house, turning on all the lights once inside.|
JOAN OSBORNE "LET'S JUST GET NAKED": From her 1995 album RELISH. Joan exhorts a lover to join her in a moment of non-sexual nudity "just for a laugh" in order to jump-start an impasse in their relationship. By the way, Joan once told me she hated this tune (although she co-wrote it) and only put it on the album at the insistence of the producer.
HANK WILLIAMS JR. "BUCK NAKED": From his 1987 album BORN TO BOOGIE. "... when I undress, I unwind..."
TALKING HEADS "TOTALLY NUDE": From their 1988 album NAKED. With a double-whammy of titles like that, what more do you need? "... totally naked, baby, totally nude..."
|Nude Yoga "Yoga in the Nude - Yuck!"|
|I've yet to find a clothing-optional yoga class or group in my area, but I have heard of them in California and England. Part of my morning routine (4-5 times a week) involves opening the drapes so the sun spills into my living room and performing a combination of nude yoga and calisthenics on the carpet as a prelude to a 3-mile bike ride, while the warm sun serves to further loosen me up. Of course some of my contortions might be considered immodest and revealing (and might elicit a "Yuck!" from a non-nudist observer), but there's seldom anyone else in the room and the neighbors can't see inside. In any event, it just makes sense to practice yoga in the nude. Less constricting and more natural than doing it clothed. Both nudism and yoga encourage awareness of and being comfortable with your body, so why not do both at once?|
|Nude Massage Draping|
| I've received massages from many different LMTs (all of them female) over the years. Even at nudist resorts, they have all remained clothed and at least minimal draping is usually utilized. I believe this is to remove any suggestion of impropriety from the transaction. Laws may vary from state to state but, as Peter said, when money changes hands certain regulations must be observed. It's a pity, because the absence of a drape allows the LMT to engage in long, sweeping, uninterrupted full-body strokes that raise the level of pleasure and relaxation for the client. |
One excellent Florida masseuse I visited often started off working on me typically draped, as we were in a spa and she was following their rules. Eventually I struck up a personal friendship with her and graduated to receiving massages when I visted her home. Within that private setting, knowing I was a nudist, she allowed me to forego the draping. She always kept her clothes on, and nothing even remotely sexual ever occurred. But as we got to know each other better and became more accustomed to the arrangement, I took to walking around her house freely nude both before and after the procedure, occasionally enjoying a hot pre-massage soak in her garden tub while she sat on the edge of the tub and chatted with me. She got so used to seeing me naked that it became no big deal. It was like having my own private nude mini-spa! In warm weather she even worked on me in her backyard; if you've never received a professional massage sans draping while the sun and breeze caress your body and the birds are chirping nearby, you don't know what you're missing. Yes, money was still exchanged, so she may have technically been violating some laws. But I have always appreciated her willingness to bend the rules and allow me such a delicious experience over and over again. We live in separate states now... and boy do I miss her!
UPDATE: In 2010, I (along with several other men and women) received an outdoor massage with no draping from a clothed female LMT during a small gathering at a naturist park in Georgia. And in 2011 & 2012 I attended a large gathering at a nudist resort in South Carolina where quite a few women and men (including me) were being massaged outdoors, sans draping, by male and female LMTs who were also nude. I shan't name any names since some laws may have been circumvented... but I sure hope to see more of it in the future.
|Playalinda Beach The Fuzz|
|Last time I visited (with a girlfriend on a Monday in Sept. 2008), there were about 30 nude folks there enjoying a perfect day. The park rangers zipped by twice on their ATVs, but didn't bat an eye or hassle anyone. |
UPDATE: I went again (solo) on a Tuesday in Sept. 2010 and it was still smooth sailing: not even a park ranger this time, and even more nekkid people. Parking lot 13 was almost full, whereas the other lots were nearly deserted. You'd think the Brevard County Sheriff's Office would be able to figure this one out. With the space shuttle program winding down and layoffs kicking in, Titusville should be looking at new ways of ATTRACTING visitors, not running them off. Playalinda is one of the area's unique destinations.
|Nature Lovers What's your favorite or most memorable vista you've seen ever seen?|
|For me it's a toss-up: either the view of the Cumberland Plateau from atop Signal Mountain (near Chattanooga TN) in 1984, or the view of Paris from atop the hill called Montmartre in 1999. Both took my breath away.|
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