my first event

27 01 2009

Last Saturday I attended my first official nudist event. I’ve been naked in social settings before, but this time I was among strangers. I wasn’t nervous about the nudity, but I was nervous about meeting new people. I’ve never been a social butterfly. I tend to warm slowly to new people, taking my time to figure out how much of myself to share with them. With good friends, I’m very expressive and gregarious, but among strangers I’m quiet and reserved, speaking only when spoken to, and spending most of my time listening and watching others interact.

The event was at a local racquetball center. Since it was my first time, I allowed extra travel time and arrived a bit early. I waited in the parking lot for others to show up, and saw a couple other people waiting in vehicles as well. I had the feeling that I was doing something illicit, that I was part of a small group gathering in secret to do something that society tells us not to do. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but exhilarating at the same time. I couldn’t wait to get inside and meet these new people. I’d already planned to join the organization that night – I had attended an informational meeting last fall, and had done loads of research on nudist etiquette and the “rules of the road,” so I had a general idea what to expect. Also, if I paid my membership dues, they’d waive the entry fee for the event, and who doesn’t like to save a few bucks now & then?

A few folks used the exercise equipment (a stationary bike, a treadmill, a couple other pieces) and one guy played handball for a few minutes in one of the courts, but people focused more on the hot tub, the sauna, and the food. This was the holiday celebration, which had been postponed from December due to bad weather. So most of the evening was spent near the table, which was piled high with salads and sandwiches. I had a chance to talk with several members, and they all were friendly and approachable. I wonder if being naked with all these strangers forced me to be more social?

I remember a lot of names and faces – not necessarily together, but that will come with time – and I’m looking forward to getting to know the group and participate in more events in the future. I’m particularly looking forward to the summer, when we can get back outdoors without bundling up under layers of clothing.

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2 responses

1 02 2009
Rick

Congratualations on attending your first nudist event.

I know how you feel about being slow to warm up to new people socially. I’m much the same way.

Thanks for including me on your blogroll. I’ll add you to mine as well.

1 02 2009
local nudist

Thank you Rick, for the comment and for adding me to your blogroll! I enjoy your blog, & consider it one of the handful of good quality nudist/naturist blogs out there. With luck, I hope mine reaches that level too.

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