This summer, in order to decompress a bit over the swimming pool removal crisis, I joined a nudist website in order to be able to write a blog for them. I believe it can be now revealed that it didn’t go entirely according to plan. Pretty much in the same way that, because I am not Santa Claus I will not be delivering Christmas gifts on December 24th.
The deal was, I needed to give them a sample of my writing to consider, and then be prepared to write a blog post about my first visit to a nudist park. It was technically a professional writing situation, but because of the cost of membership in the website and the cost of visiting a nudist camp, I was paying out money instead of taking it in.
So, I submitted a rewritten version of my blog post “Blushing in the Garden of Eden”, a piece about the comedy inherent in me being associated with nudist experiences written long before I ever imagined having the courage to actually go to one of these places and be a nudist at the same time.
I took the bull by the horns… okay, let’s not use that trite old expression because of its unfortunate metaphorical connotations… I prepared for the job by contacting a local nudist park, Bluebonnet Nudist Park in Alvord, Texas, and I made arrangements. Then, while my family was off enjoying roller coasters at Six Flags that I was not physically fit enough to ride, I went to the nudist park for a day visit.
I wrote about all the fool missteps, embarrassments, and gobbledygook I went through to visit a nudist park on one of the hottest days of the summer wearing only a thick layer of sunscreen, hat, and shoes. I thoroughly embarrassed myself in an autobiographical essay or three about actually enjoying my brief time among the naked people. And then nudist connections began to blossom. Who knew that they might be so willing to recruit a spotty old naked man into their society? My blog post was re-blogged on a popular nudist website. Twitter nudists began following me by the baskets full. I became connected to nudist sites in Canada, Great Britain, and, curiously, Spain. I got tons of ads for nudists experiences in places world wide that I will never be able to afford to go visit.
But through it all, not a word from truenudists.com about my blog application.
Well, now, during this season of Santa Claus and gift-giving, I started receiving some extremely strange Christmas gifts. Tomorrow I get to go sign the court petition that allows me to be bankrupt under Chapter 13. No more credit cards for me. Including the one used to pay for my Truenudist membership. And then, out of nowhere, the blog coordinator of Truenudists contacts me about being delighted by my submission and being willing to publish my work on their website, Facebook sites, and Twitter account. I am now officially a nudist blogger. Now that the nudist wardrobe is about the only thing I can afford to wear. And my wife added one last gift last night. A plan to sell our house so we don’t end up losing it to the bank.
So, I wrote a letter to Santa Claus, thanking him for my wonderful gifts this year, and asking him to join me whenever possible at the nudist park so he can truly see how I have benefited from his presents.