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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Fishandchips on December 13, 2021, 09:59:30 PM »
Well there was a silly Christmas pyjamas night last week which I didnít take part in. They asked why I didnít so I told them Iíd be arrested if I had.
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Greenbare Woods on December 13, 2021, 09:24:30 PM »
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I think Christmas should be staggered throughout the year with the population divided into say 8 or 10 divisions and get allocated their Christmas day holiday every 5 or 6 weeks.  That would iron out the mad, frenetic, stressful rush to the holidays every year!!  :) :D
John

That would mean 12 months' worth of Christmas advertising and jingles on the telly, John. You haven't thought this through, have you?

Anyway, Christmas etc are meant to be mid-winter celebrations, usually with some religious element but mainly an excuse for a blowout in the year's darkest days (literally) - it's been spoiled by the consumerism that has become attached to it, and in any case pretty much made redundant since the invention of the electric lamp. Bah, humbug!!

It all depends on how you view Midwinter Solstice.   Religions are not all the same.

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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Greenbare Woods on December 13, 2021, 09:21:07 PM »
I'll be having lots of Turkey this year!  Early Xmas dinner with friends in early December and normal Christmas dinner with family on 25th!
Turkey...Yum!  My favourite bits are the drumsticks and the dark meat :)
Only regret - won't have the opportunity to eat it naked! It would taste even better without clothes (me that is, not the turkey!).
John

Unfortunately I wonít be having Christmas thanks to our greedy capitalist overlords. My new job for a fucking call centre for a fucking bank has got me working over Christmas. And itís the ridiculous right who accuse us loony lefties of wanting to cancel Christmas!

My guess is that the bank is more focused on customer service than on making profits on a holiday.   I doubt if a call centre is all about high profits any day of the year.  Call centres are usually an expense they pay in order to take care of any problems a customer may be having.  Your bank and your call centre job may be different.  Lots of people would be glad to have a job and an income.  If you are really that offended by your employer you ought to quit, or should not have taken the job.   

Back when I sometimes had to work weekends or holidays I often ended up the only person in the office so I could work naked.   Watch out for video surveillance these days.
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Free Range Naturism / Re: Nude Across America Pt.13: Wandering Quartet
« Last post by Peter S on December 13, 2021, 01:10:36 PM »
The difference, John, between what's legal and what's socially acceptable. Queue jumping isn't illegal - but just try it!
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Peter S on December 13, 2021, 01:08:06 PM »
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I think Christmas should be staggered throughout the year with the population divided into say 8 or 10 divisions and get allocated their Christmas day holiday every 5 or 6 weeks.  That would iron out the mad, frenetic, stressful rush to the holidays every year!!  :) :D
John

That would mean 12 months' worth of Christmas advertising and jingles on the telly, John. You haven't thought this through, have you?

Anyway, Christmas etc are meant to be mid-winter celebrations, usually with some religious element but mainly an excuse for a blowout in the year's darkest days (literally) - it's been spoiled by the consumerism that has become attached to it, and in any case pretty much made redundant since the invention of the electric lamp. Bah, humbug!!
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by nuduke on December 12, 2021, 10:35:16 PM »
Unfortunately I wonít be having Christmas thanks to our greedy capitalist overlords. My new job for a fucking call centre for a fucking bank has got me working over Christmas. And itís the ridiculous right who accuse us loony lefties of wanting to cancel Christmas!
You have my sympathy, F&C.  Before I retired, I worked for large corporations that had similar requirements for staff on duty over the holidays just in case anybody phoned or there was some emergency.  Usually I managed to wriggle out of Christmas/New year duty but on those few occasions when I did it...nobody called and nothing happened!  The skeleton staff just wasted their time chatting and drinking coffee and of course consuming a few bits of Christmas cheer (e.g. mince pies, alcohol being forbidden in the office) together.  Hopefully you will have a quiet day in the call centre and will experience the sort of pleasant exile's camaraderie and bit of bonding as we did amongst those that happened to be trapped in the office during the festive season.


I think you are a bit over irritated, though, F&C.  Presumably you get some benefit like an extra day off in lieu or overtime payment?  And think of all the people who regularly have to work Christmas, every year, like the hospitals, fire and police, power generation (lots of amps and therms needed for cooking all those turkeys!!), water treatment and the many, many care workers for the elderly and infirm.  I'm sure they mostly all find another day nearby to be with family and or friends and eat themselves into a coma like the rest of us who do that on Christmas day.  Hope you do too.  Christmas day is just a day.


Here's an idea - do your Christmas duty naked!  That would probably guarantee you didn't get rostered any year in the future! :D


I've often thought that many of the negatives of Christmas outweigh the positives.  All that concentration of spending, drinking, eating and visiting in one short period.  And in the winter when getting about is so much less easy or pleasurable.  I think Christmas should be staggered throughout the year with the population divided into say 8 or 10 divisions and get allocated their Christmas day holiday every 5 or 6 weeks.  That would iron out the mad, frenetic, stressful rush to the holidays every year!!  :) :D
John
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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by nuduke on December 12, 2021, 10:13:03 PM »
Nice to be reminded of that blog, Jbee.
What was so wonderful about your old house was that you could just wander off from your back garden into the desert night quite safely and the same the next morning.
How long did the snow last?  Was it all gone the next day?  In Britain a heavy fall of snow occasionally leaves a crisp sunny day in its wake making everything white and glittering....for a few hours.  Then the disruption commences as the temperature rises again (or we may not even get the crisp sunny day) - What usually happens is that is then followed by several days of dirty slush everywhere, gradually melting, slowing down traffic and generally making the world grim and sombre.  No residual muddy puddles and muddy ground in Az I would expect as the snow probably quickly sublimes in the sun or the melt water is gratefully absorbed into the dry ground.
John


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Trip reports / Re: Arizona Fall Colors Pt.1
« Last post by nuduke on December 12, 2021, 09:58:54 PM »
Desert Arizona?  Your land never fails to amaze, Jbee. A riot of carotenes and anthocyanins!  See this
As to the 2nd part of the blog...Wow!  Such intensity of colour and monochromatic massive curtains of the same leaves.  The pinks are stunning.  Of course we get great autumn colour in the UK too, but the intensity and variety of pink red and orange of your walk defeats superlatives.
One picture has absolutely no comparison in the UK - mixed deciduous woodland with cacti growing side by sideThe 6th picture in the 2nd blog.
John
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Free Range Naturism / Re: Nude Across America Pt.13: Wandering Quartet
« Last post by nuduke on December 12, 2021, 09:43:19 PM »
It is legal to hike naked in the UK but the spot I referred to is a major tourist location.  I dare say on a wet Wednesday in January there might be relatively few visitors but in naked hiking weather in the spring and summer it is a popular hiking and picnic spot not only for 'proper' hikers but also day trippers out for a day out and an ice cream in the countryside from the nearby conurbations. The river and a nearby ruined abbey attracts lots of visitors. 
This photo and This photo give you a better impression of the area on a suitable day for nude hiking and why you don't come a cross naked hikers around there! :)


Now whilst one or two naked hikers amongst many textile visitors might not be contravening the law, in such a busy spot it would, I am sure, be bound to get complaints and probably adverse comment to both the people that manage the area and on social media.  Social media present almost as large a threat as that of the law and in these legally enlightened times, perhaps more so. I for one would not like to be ridiculed in public across the world, even if my naked exploits might be legal and tolerated by the assembled masses.   
Being highlighted and commented on by some ignorant so-and-so on their tik tok, facebook or instagram feed is a completely different matter from your blog, Jbee or the Naked Munro's FRN site where the content and comment are controlled and presented properly by the site owner.  No such control where a third party decides what spin they will put on your innocent hike and where that might easily be evil and uncalled for negative invective. 


John
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Trip reports / Arizona Fall Colors Part two: Even More Stunning!?!
« Last post by jbeegoode on December 12, 2021, 08:36:32 PM »
As we wander further up the canyon during the next day, the display gets even more amazing. It was a place beyond imagination in wonderfully naked weather. We were wholly stimulated to a smiling dancing high for hours.

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2021/12/12/az-fall-part-two-even-more-stunning/

Jbee
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