Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Winter's A Trial for Maine's Nudists

This headline from the Boston Globe wins the "No Sh*t? I'd Never Have Guessed That" Award for this week. I'm typing this post in a turtleneck, wool sweater, Smart Wool socks and my heavy jeans (not fat jeans, heavy, as in thick denim for warmth), and cannot imagine shedding my clothes for any reason, let alone just to eat a potluck supper in the buff or to bowl in nothin' but the shoes.
According to the article:

Despite its winters, New England is considered an important region by the American Association for Nude Recreation.

"Our members tend to be college-educated and politically moderate, with incomes above $50,000, like a lot of people in parts of New England, and that makes it very fertile ground," said Erich Schuttauf , executive director of the Florida-based group.

The Maine club has about 60 households listed as members last month. Members include a lobsterman, an artist, a truck driver, a lawyer, and a heating and air conditioning repairman.

Do you suppose the lobsterman hauls traps in the nude? Why do college-educated people want to be bare, I wonder?

I was very disappointed to learn that the Maine group has changed its name from the Bare Nekkid Mainers to the Dirigo Naturist Association. It just doesn't have the same ring.

You might remember the group from this post--be careful when you click the link. There's a picture and everything (not of everything. His everything is blocked out).

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