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Friends, Family and Nudism

Freedom!

I grew up in a VERY conservative midwestern town and at age nine had the shock of my life. A new family moved down the street and had three sons, one my age, and we became friends. My parents were going out of town one weekend and I asked if I could stay behind at my new friend's house. I arrived Friday after dinner, we played outside for a while then bedtime came. As we walked up to my friend's bedroom his older two brothers came out of their room not wearing a stitch of clothing. I just stared at them and didn't say a thing then we got to the bedroom and my friend took off everything, looked at me and said "Aren't you going to get undressed for bed?" I said "You mean naked like you?" He just looked at me funny and said "Yeah!" So, off came my clothes. We woke the next morning and he goes running downstairs, still naked. So I just followed. We get downstairs and there stands his mother in the kitchen, his brothers and father at the kitchen table and none of them had any clothes on. Well after that weekend went by when my parents got home I asked my mother how come we never walk around naked like my friend's family did. That did it-I was not allowed to play with him anymore and not allowed to go in their house. As I grew up, I never really thought about that much but always remembered what happened that weekend and how it just seemed so natural.
Shortly out of college I took a job in Monterey, CA and moved out there from Michigan. I got out there a month before I started work to get acclimated and explore the area. One Saturday I decided to drive down the coast to Big Sur. On the way down I discovered a parking area along a stretch of beach, parked my car next to the five or so other cars there and walked down to the beach-no one was in sight but I noticed the beach went on for a good half a mile to the north, so I started walking. I got half-way down the beach, jumped over a little creek, walked another 100 yards or so then noticed a couple lying nude on the beach. I kept walking eventually seeing that of the 15 or so people laying on the beach, none of them had any clothes on! I had stumbled across my first nude beach. The very next week I was down there sunbathing in the nude. A couple years later I moved up to Santa Cruz and started going to a very popular nude beach called Bonny Doon. I became a regular there for years and enjoyed the great company of a very mixed crowd of every age, shape and size and soon became a home nudist-the second I got home from work the clothes came off. My friends knew this and even though some of them were not nudists they expected that when they visited my house I would not be wearing any clothing nor would some of my other guests. Sadly, my employer went out of business a couple years ago and I moved back to the midwest. Although I am still a home nudist, I had to give it up when having friends over- finding a much more "uptight" attitude here. And any sort of public nudity is forbidden! I miss my freedom!

Slowly Letting Others Know

One day I had titled on my email profile "home nudist" and a few days later my 68-year-old mother sends an email asking what I meant by that. To say the least it caught me off guard so much that I did not respond for a couple of days! But those days were actually helpful as it allowed me to think how to present my nudist lifestyle in a positive way.

I came back telling her that I have indeed attended a nudist club, and have so much fun being with people of all ages and shapes, from kids to people her age. I think she accepted that explanation, as I did not get a rebuke in reply!

Facebook also has been a great tool for starting conservations with friends and coworkers, and so far the reaction has been very positive. Some have asked me about my "clothing optional" vacation plans, and another admitted she would love to visit a nudist resort.

By letting others know I am a nudist, I am able to educate them about the wholesome, fun lifestyle that allows you to meet others who enjoy just being without clothes, whether it's at a BBQ, a volleyball game, or a get-together dinner, the activities are endless.

National Exposure

In addition to going to nudist resorts a few times a year, I also model nude for art classes. Ten years ago, I qualified as a contestant on the hit ABC game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." During my contestant phone interview, I told the AP (associate producer) that I modeled nude for art classes. She told me that I was the first contestant that had managed to shock her.

She then asked if I would be comfortable talking about that on the air if I made the hot seat. I briefly thought about all my co-workers and my family, most of whom knew nothing about my proclivity toward nudity. What would their reactions be? But I figured that I only had a thirty percent chance of actually making the hot seat, so I reluctantly said yes.

ABC flew my wife and I to New York. We went to a Broadway show the night before the taping. The morning was spent going over legal paperwork and rehearsing in the studio all the things that would happen. The taping started in the afternoon. I missed the first fast finger question, but I nailed the second one. I beat the next fastest contestant by 0.08 seconds and headed to the hot seat.

Before the cameras started to roll, one of the producers came over to host Regis Philbin and pointed out something on my bio card. The commercial break ended, and Regis went right into my part-time modeling job. He asked if I modeled nude, and I told him I did. He managed to make the conversation entertaining, and it made for interesting television. I wound up winning $32,000.

Once I got back to Texas, I feared what I might hear from my family members and co-workers. Most of them responded positively. One female co-worker said her jaw nearly hit the floor as she watched the show. About the only negative response I got came one of the higher-ups in the company who asked a rather rude question about male arousal (which I promptly rebutted).

I have to admit that I was extremely nervous as I approached the hot seat, knowing that I was going to talk about my nude modeling job on national television. Once we got through that, I felt an overwhelming sense of relief, and I think that helped me calm down so that I could answer the game questions that Regis began asking. It probably helped me win as much money as I did.

A short clip can be seen here: http://www.myspace.com/video/danielh41/dan-on-millionaire/8249328

Telling Family and Friends

My family has a get-together every summer. My wife and I never went while Sharon was alive since we lived on the west coast and the family lived in the mid-west and east coast. We had dogs, Sharon had a business and we didn't have an RV.

After Sharon passed away I sold the house in California and bought a house in Nevada. I had enough money from the house in Cal to buy a used RV. In 2003 I took my first trip east to the family get-together. My niece was having the family at her house in Michigan.

I drove there in the RV, stopping when they were along the way at nudist resorts. I was never refused as a single man. In 2006 my niece in Michigan divorced so her sister in Maryland hosted the family. She called me to tell me of the change in plans and told me there was a KOA near her home I could stay at with the RV. I asked her the name of the KOA, told her I would try to get reservations there, but if none were available I would stay at Pine Tree Associates.

She asked me what that was. I told her it was a place near her house with RV parking, swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts. She said she had never heard of it so I told her it was clothing optional. Silence!

After she digested what I said she said suit yourself, but put clothes on when I came to the house. I got into the KOA so clothes were no problem. On the way to and from her house to the camp grounds I told her about Sharon and me being nudists. After the family get together I drove to Va. To see Sharon's brother and a niece who was has daughter. Then I drove to S.C. to see her sister. Lara had not seen her Aunt Sharon since she was a toddler.

While I was there, I told her about Sharon's business and our life showing dogs; the part about us as nudists just came out. Both my niece in Md. and S.C. were very accepting of the news of our nudist lifestyle.

The Wife

I have been going to Aurora Gardens for about four years. Last year I got my wife to go for her first time. She loved it. Now we are planning to go to a clothing-optional resort.

She told her sister about it and when she comes to visit this summer all three of us are going to Aurora Gardens. We have never had a better experience. We love it!