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Free Range Naturism / Re: Solstice hike in Vermont this June
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:02:25 AM »
Yea, I haven't worn one of those silly face diapers at all.  Not a problem.  I'm so old I'm immune to bullshit, like a fakedemic. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: Solstice hike in Vermont this June
« on: May 29, 2021, 02:50:36 PM »
You are, I think, right, Jbee, in remarking that the pandemic will not be fully controlled. 

In the US it divides up between states controlled by Democrat Party Governors and States with Republican Governments.  Texas and Florida have been back to normal for some months now, and have little if any problems.  Texas recorded NO covid deaths last month despite being back to normal.  Democrat Governors in other states are still flogging the dead horse and holding onto "emergency" power.   Our governments are our worst enemies, for going naked or for living our life as we choose. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 29, 2021, 02:45:42 PM »
Tan lines suck.  I try to get enough sun in the spring, a little at a time, so I am immune to sunburn all summer.  My family and friends all know I'm nudist so I don't have to hide my adventures.  Doctors don't mind seeing naked bodies either. 

Much of May has been cold and windy, but not as much rain as usual.   Getting out on my land I found that I have several dead and downed pine trees so I've been cutting them up for firewood.  Neither of my 16 year old Homelite chain saws would work even though I had both of them serviced last fall, about $100 each.   So I bought a new Echo "Timberwolf" chain saw.  Its got 10 more cc's and more power than my old Homelite saws.  Its a little large and heavier, but it cuts like a champ.  It starts so easily that I turn it off frequently when limbing the trees, and start it again to cut the next limb.  Except when right out at the edge of the road I have been able to do my wood cutting naked. 

Wood cutting is hard work so it gets hot in heavy clothing.  I do get occasional bruises or dings from the work but its not worth being uncomfortable in clothing.  When the trees are cut into blocks, the blocks have to be split and then stacked.  Getting it done in spring will let the wood dry out for 6 months before keeping us warm next winter. 

I also post these images on Twitter, and sometimes Reddit.  Doing my mart to make naked into normal for younger generations.   

This picture was early in May.  By the end of May I have 2 full rows stacked above head high in my wood shed, and about 1/2 a 3rd row.

Splitting wood with my hydraulic wood  splitter.  Much easier than the sledge and wedge method.

Once split it goes into a wheelbarrow to be stacked

And World Naked Gardening Day (May1) in our locale was cold, windy and occasional showers although some sun but not enough to be other than very uncomfortable. 

Yes, the weather is variable everywhere. May 1 was cold and windy here too, but its been warmer later in the week.  On Wednesday I was out cutting firewood naked near the public road, with a loud chain saw to attract attention.  Very beautiful day.  Bucked up and loaded two trees that had fallen during winter storms.  Late spring is often beautiful weather but you have to pick your day according to local conditions. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 07, 2021, 02:01:09 PM »
The whole question of hiding from other people should not be a given, especially in the UK, Kansas, Spain, and other places where being naked is legal as long as you aren't intentionally trying to disturb other people.  Hiding our bodies when we meet other people reinforces our training that somehow what we are doing is "wrong" or "bad."  A better approach is to act as if being naked is a normal every day choice.  When we act normal, continue on our way and give a friendly greeting to textile people we pass on a trail, we will almost always be accepted as normal. Some clothed people, from seeing how comfortable we are, will wonder if they are doing it wrong.  Occasionally one will take off his or her clothes to join our comfort.   Rarely, only rarely, someone will make a crass comment, but that is usually from their own insecurity about their own body.

If we are seen hiding, or apologize for being naked and rapidly cover up, we display the message that our nude behavior is somehow "wrong," we know its wrong, and we are ashamed of ourselves.  That is the wrong message that nudist organizations presented for the whole 20th century, and it resulted in nudists being outlawed, arrested, and shunned as some kind of freaks.  More recently, and particularly on Internet, many of us have become unashamed.  Some national nudist federations have promoted nudism, a choice not to buy and wear textiles, as a fundamental right and freedom, notably in US and Spain.. In other places the nude resort industry still depends on nude being generally illegal so we don't yet have backing from nudist federations, but most of the younger nudists are posing on Internet and out naked in nature. 

We do ourselves and nude freedom a disservice when we hide or apologize for our beautiful human bodies.  Secret naturism is counterproductive to nude acceptance and nude freedom.  Just saying. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 06, 2021, 05:51:30 PM »
Many people aren't paying much attention to what is around them.
One of the main reasons people get lost is because they didn't bother to look around and see where they walked, and never looked back to see what it looks like from the other direction.  Then when they decide to head home, they have no idea where they are, and no idea what the path going home looks like. 

Stationary objects are often not seen, even if an animal (or person) looks right at us. 

April 2021 was cold, dry, and windy around here..  Even now in early May we have 60F but there has been a very unusual  cold Northeast wind all spring.  I'm getting out a little but brrrrr! That NE wind has a bit to it.

I did get out to mow my lawn on World Naked Gardening Day, or 1/2 my lawn.  I got too cold even while getting exercise so I gave up and put the rest off until the next day when the wind was not as bad.  Also cutting firewood. Several trees fell in winter wind storms.   I'm usually barefoot and often naked while running the chain saw in the woods. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: May 04, 2021, 05:43:39 PM »
Good thoughts.  Motion is an important part of vision.   The way eyes work is that we see changes in light.   In order to see fixed objects our eyes shift back and forth to provide apparent changes in light on each receptor.   This is why when you look at some Internet "can you see the hidden number" puzzles it helps to move your eyes.   

Noticing motion of humans or animals is a biological and evolutionary survival skill.  It is said that a hunter can walk right up to a deer if he watches where the deer is looking and only moves when the deer is looking the other way.  Move a little, and then stop before the deer (or other animal) looks back in your direction.  I'm sure that works for people also.  Fixed, stationary objects are background, unnoticed, not there.  You can actually hide in plain sight by not moving. 

The caveat is that we (and other animals) instinctively recognize shapes that are similar to faces and body parts.  A pair of eyes looking our direction can be noticed in a complex background.  The Internet is full of people posting shapes that are similar to sex organs -- because we instinctively recognize shapes that are like a person or part of a person.  So if we want to be invisible to another person, don't look at or focus your attention on the person.  Don't present a face or silhouette that appears like a human.  Look away and focus your attention on something else.  Use your peripheral vision to watch the other person or animal.   

Some people say that thoughts can be "felt" by sensitive people.  So if you are thinking about that person they are more likely to notice you.  If you project thought about something else on the path the other person, if sensitive, will notice the other thing and not you.  His attention will "pick up" your focus on a tree or rock or mountain and be distracted away from you. 

Yes.  Swimming suits are just stupid in so many ways.  Expensive.  Uncomfortable.  Ridiculous. 

General Naturism Discussion / Re: clothing is really bad
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:58:52 PM »
I ran across a really good article about Nudity vs. Sexuality.  Worth a read. 

Do not tell me nudity bears no relationship to sexuality. The adult human body is an explicitly sexual display — evolved over a million years — designed to attract a mate.

    Nudists of yesteryear had a very difficult problem. To even exist they had to vehemently assert that their nudity was innocent of sexual thought. It was a tough row to hoe. Many Americans, at least, had never seen a nude body other than their spouse. Religious doctrine shaped their morality and the government gave it the force of law. Nudists had to exist in the cultural fringes and remote areas of the country. They had to appear to be asexual to the point of Puritanism.

    It was a lie then and it is a lie today. (emphasis added)

Suggestions / Re: NEW posts notification icons? Problems?
« on: April 18, 2021, 10:09:33 PM »
Visiting California a couple of years back

It's California.  Their utilities are crazy. 

In many parts of the US we do have choice of "providers" but they all use the same wires or whatever.   Except out of town there are no wires. 

Suggestions / Re: NEW posts notification icons? Problems?
« on: April 15, 2021, 09:23:54 PM »
I would assume that you are running a PC that is as old as PCs can be and that you do this because it's an achievement to do so (which it certainly is!).  John

Well, John, I haven't replaced my PC this year, but its not all that old.   It's got Windows 10, some kind of Intel processor, 2 TB of data storage, and a 40 inch screen plus a 2nd screen.

I live out of town so we have to use a Hughesnet satellite direct connection.   Hughesnet is a lot slower than having the kind of high speed Internet people have in town, and sometimes it gets overloaded and slowed even more.   Our politicians keep promising to extend high speed Internet out to the rural areas, but its mostly just empty political promises.

I also have a fairly recent cell phone, but our cell phone reception out here is not good either.  Usually our cell phones decide to use our wifi system, which suffers from the Hughesnet slow problem mentioned above.     

The good part of living out of town is that I can taken an hour walk every day, mow the lawn, grill the burgers, get the mail naked, and nobody cares.

But MOST sites manage to transmit their data including "click buttons" even if the feed is slow.  This is the only web site I have that problem with. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: April 15, 2021, 09:09:08 PM »
I have a small Rucksack/Day Pack.   I usually carry it over one shoulder for a while and then the other.  That keeps it off my back and doesn't make tan lines. 

I usually have sandals, minimal clothes, first aid kit, water, lunch, camera, perhaps a tripod for selfies, and my emergency kit with compass, fire starter, small flashlight, TP, etc. 

I also carry a walking stick which I'm sure has prevented numerous falls over the years of back country wandering.   

Suggestions / NEW posts notification icons? Problems?
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:43:08 PM »
I've been having a lot of problems lately with the Icons that tell us we have NEW posts.   Often I get the alternate words "new" instead of the icon.   Sometimes I don't even get that? 

Anyone else having similar problems with this site?   Is that a known bug? 

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