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There's a controversy going on here in Orange County. Lawyers and judges have been brought in to help decide whether or not people should be allowed to continue bathing nude on a popular local beach. This, in itself, may not be that big of a deal. However, the lawyer defending nudity has gone public with being a "Naturist" himself.
The beach in question is called Trail 6 and it is a small, 1000 foot, beach in South Orange County. I have been to Trail 6, but I admit it was many years ago and it was winter. I had clothes on, and a lot of clothes at that. I took our Golden Retriever there for a walk because, along with ignoring nudity, they also ignore the "no dogs allowed on the beach" rule. In fact, I don't recall seeing a single naked person while I was there. The cold temperature might have been a factor. Who wants to show off their Shrivelly?
I am not opposed to nude sunbathing. I don't really care one way or the other to be honest. I do think nude beaches need to be designated as nude beaches so people can choose whether or not they want to see other naked bodies. Most people don't want to go out for a family picnic and have their 12 year old daughter subjected to Mr. Seventy Five Year Old's penis. Quite frankly, I don't want to be subjected to it either which is why I don't frequent nude beaches.
When I was in college I would often go for runs or long walks on the beach. Sometimes at the end of my run I would end up on an empty stretch of beach. I'd strip off my clothes, and hop in the ocean for a cool-off swim. Afterwards I'd dry off in the sun, put my clothes back on and head home. However, it was an empty beach. The dolphins were the only ones watching, and they just enjoyed having my company. Dolphins are very friendly that way. They like naked female co-eds to swim with them.
The state decided to ban nudity on Trail 6 beginning after Labor Day. They made an announcement and handed out flyers to that effect beginning in July. Basically, they told the "naturists" this would be their last summer to let it all hang out on Trail 6. Mr. Baylis, a Huntington Beach lawyer, did not take kindly to this proposal and went to court to fight the change.
Let's stop right here. There are two things that trouble me about this story and maybe they are bothering you too. First of all, what's up with the word Naturist? The word bugs me. Why not just say Nudist? Why did Mr. Baylis decide to go public about being a Naturist instead of being a Nudist?
If one of my friends told me they were a nudist, and liked to hang out at Trail 6, I'd think, "Okay, whatever." I wouldn't care. Really, who cares? However, if the same friend announced, "I've decided to become a naturist," I would burst out laughing. Naturist vs. Nudist. I'm not sure why it amuses me so much, but it does.
The second thing that bewilders me about this story is Mr. Baylis, the lawyer. I don't know Mr. Baylis, and I am sure he is a fine man and probably looks exceptional as a Naturist. But, excuse me, what has the man just done to his career by telling the whole world he plans to barbeque naked on the beach to celebrate a recent ruling on this case?
Yes, a judge ruled recently that the state must hold a public hearing before they can ban nudity at Trail 6. Nudity has received a temporary stay of execution at Trail 6. Mr. Baylis was quoted in the newspaper discussing his naked, cook-out, celebration plans. Why would anyone, let alone an attorney, do that?
Maybe it's because I've been surrounded by lawyers so much lately. I picture myself at my mediation a few days ago. I picture Mr. Asshole (insurance lawyer) across the table from me on a tirade. Then I try to picture him toasting marshmallows naked on Trail 6. It makes me giggle. All of a sudden Mr. Asshole is not so intimidating, and if anything, he's just plain ridiculous. Likewise, I can guarantee you, I would not have hired my lawyer, Shark, if he was in the newspaper discussing his plans for naked barbeques on the beach with his naked friends.
I realize being naked does not diminish anyone's brain. I, personally, like being naked too. I'm an intelligent woman and I like private nakedness. I'm not into public nudity. I know, however, if I'm hanging out in my bedroom at home reading a novel while I'm stark naked, it does not diminish my understanding of that book in the least.
So why do I think Mr. Baylis has committed career-suicide by becoming the public spokesman for Naturists? What do you think? Are any of my readers Naturists? Would you hire a lawyer who publicly discussed his naked barbeques on Trail 6?