Nudists Go Nude Bowling
John Steinbeck had Charlie. I have LouLou, a north Texas rescue that a vet in Weatherford, Texas, put down as a blue heeler. She’s been my traveling companion for the last 5+ years. She really likes going to nudist places, because a lot of them have doggie parks where she can be off the leash, run, and do other doggie things, and because I seem to relax better nude.
What Do Nudists Do? We Bowl Naked!
In my case I bowl once a year when Hill Country Nudists (the travel club in the Austin area that also sponsors the September nude boat ride on Lake Travis near Austin) sponsor a nude bowling night at the oldest bowling rink in Austin. I have attended the last four or five of these annual events. Before that I bowled once with my dad, maybe 30 years ago. Before that I fulfilled 2 of my college PE credits by taking bowling in 1964. As a kid I sometimes watched bowling on TV. Of course, we only had 3 channels then. Comedian George Carlin used to say that watching golf on TV was like watching flies f…… I consider bowling about the same. But nude? If it were a chance to be nude, I would play a game of Go Fish. (I should probably apologize to those of you who think that watching PBA on TV is a spiritual experience.)
And so, I bowled. Being rather competitive I participated in both games which Mitch (an officer in HCN and president of AANR-SW, the Southwest Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation) had designed. In one competition my team finished first and we received an HCN Koozie, which I secretly returned to their box, because I don’t use Koozies and own several of them.
Nervous First Time Nudists
Last year I didn’t get much of a chance to talk with Adam, the only employee there. Last year toward the end of the evening, with encouragement from some of the HCN members, he took off his clothes. He told me this year that last year he asked the HCN’ers how he should take off his clothes, either there or in the dressing room. Told it didn’t matter, he took them off on the spot. This year he said that he kept his clothes on until there was a period of 20 minutes that he didn’t have to go to the other end of the alleys to un-stick a ball or a pin. He said being naked around some of the machinery back there wasn’t a good idea. He also told me that after we left last year, he set his camera to snap after ten or fifteen seconds and took a picture of himself bowling nude. He also said, hey, how often do I get to work naked.
Adam’s girlfriend, Sandra, came this year. She told me that she wanted to come last year, but since neither she nor Adam knew the protocol, she stayed home. Adam told her about his experience last year, so she was ready for this year. About 10 minutes after Adam stripped, Sandra got down to panties. She told me that she felt totally welcomed by the nudist community: no pressure, no expectations, just acceptance. She found HCN a group of free spirited, open-minded people. She worked as an accountant until age 39 when she retired. Must have been a hell of an accountant! Now 46, she is a volunteer, does photography and looks to find new things to expand her horizons, like nude bowling.
Is a Nudist Experience in Your Future?
There can be a lot of uneasiness when someone first takes the nudist plunge. This is particularly true of women who, for good reason in our present society, feel vulnerable. So, if you are considering a first-time nudist adventure, I have a suggestion. For your first time go to a remote place with a group of friends or go to an organized event. Clubs associated with The Naturist Society and The American Association for Nude Recreation highly value non-sexual, non-threatening, family oriented social nudism. The “family-oriented” doesn’t mean that you have to have your family there. It means that all the activities there in public are activities you wouldn’t mind your child or your mother see.